“French vs. American Food Rules: How we eat, and what that reveals about us”

Friday, June 12 @ 9:00 am Pacific / 11:00 am Central / noon NY / 18:00 Paris

“French vs. American Food Rules: How we eat, and what that reveals about us” with sociologist Claude Fischler and journalist Guillemette Faure,

in conversation with Pamela Druckerman

On Friday, June 12, at 11:00am, Tulsa, Central time, (6 p.m. Paris), 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 this session she will interview Claude Fischler (center in photo) and Guillemette Faure (at right in the photo) on topics such as: What’s wrong with telling your French host you’re a vegetarian? What shocks the French about Thanksgiving? How is it that Americans have far shorter mealtimes, but are more likely to be overweight? Why do the French think that having a sandwich for lunch isn’teating?

Claude Fischler is a French sociologist and anthropologist specializing in food, and the author of books including Manger: French, Europeans and Americans Confront Food and L’homnivore. He was one of the first social scientists to look at food as a major interdisciplinary research topic, and has studied cross-cultural approaches and the social dimension of meals.

Guillemette Faure is a columnist for M, the weekend magazine of Le Monde. She’s the author of nine books including Dinner Parties: A How-To and La France made in USA. She spent 12 years as a journalist in New York for Le Figaro and other publications. 

Join us for a conversation about the unspoken rules of French dinner parties, the nature of eating in each country, and why French and Americans have so many misunderstandings at the table. The session will be in English with a smattering of French vocabulary. The Zoom link for the Friday session will be sent to registrants by Thursday evening prior to this virtual event.

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

We encourage our members to note our chapter’s city name of Tulsa in the event’s Chat area at the beginning of each session to say « bonjour à tous. »

This PANDEMONIUM U class is the fifth 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. 

The recordings of previous sessions sponsored by the Federation (and including the names of the participating chapters) are available on Druckerman’s YouTube channel(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbQQRNZ42TKfHdtURZqxcsw).

PANDEMONIUM U is a series of free, live, online classes for kids and grown-ups taught by world-class experts. Subscribe to their newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/543a1d9c74c0/pandemoniumu


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