“Artists and intellectuals in Nazi-occupied Paris”

with Alan Riding in conversation with Pamela Druckerman

On Friday, June 5, at 11 a.m. Central, Tulsa time (9am PDT, 12pm EST) Alliance Française of Tulsa members are invited to attend a free webinar from the comfort of their home computers. The session will be hosted by Pamela Druckerman via Zoom from Paris, as part of her popular Pandemonium U series of educational sessions on Zoom (this session is sponsored by the national Federation of Alliances Françaises, of which our Alliance is a part).

Pamela has lived in the City of Lights since 2004 and is the author of four books including Bringing Up Bébé: One American mother discovers the wisdom of French parenting, which has been translated into 30 languages. She’s been a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times since 2013 and a columnist for 1843/the Economist since last year.


In the 45-minute Zoom meeting, Pamela will discuss artists and intellectuals in Nazi-occupied Paris with Alan Riding, best-selling author of And the Show Went On. Riding is the former Paris bureau chief and European cultural correspondent of The New York Times, is the author of And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-occupied Paris. A Brazilian-born Briton, he became intrigued by the political role of writers and intellectuals while covering Latin America in the 1970s and 1980s, a period when most countries there were under dictatorships, and many artists were forced into exile, persecuted or silenced. He lives in Paris.

Riding and Druckerman will discuss: When German tanks rolled into Paris in 1940, they took over the cultural center of the Western world. It was the era of Picasso and Piaf, Sartre and Malraux, Colette and Némirovsky. And it was a city where, since the time of Voltaire, the intellectuel engagé has shaped the national thinking on political events. How did Paris’ great writers, painters, musicians and actors respond to the long German occupation? Did continuing to publish and produce art necessarily entail collaboration? Do artists and writers have a special duty to show moral leadership in moments of national trauma?

The session will be in English with a smattering of French vocabulary. The Zoom link for the Friday session will be sent to registered guests the day before.

Request your link no later than Thursday at rsvp@aftulsa.org

This PANDEMONIUM U class is the fourth in a series co-sponsored by the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA, which promotes French language and culture through 100+ Alliance Française chapters across the U.S.

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