Alliance Française de Tulsa

Fall Session begins!

Prenez un cours avec nous! Take a class with us!
It’s the first week of Fall Session classes, but it’s not too late to join! Click on this LINK to browse our class selection.
C’est la première semaine des cours d’automne, mais il n’est pas trop tard pour participer! Cliquez sur le bouton ci-dessous pour découvrir notre sélection de cours.

Atelier Pâtisserie

Let’s bake pastry together! Register now for $5 to receive the list of ingredients and recipe, along with the Zoom link for the lesson being held on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 3:00pm CDT, hosted from Tulsa.

Soirée Palmier

A lesson with a baking duo.

$5.00

Biography of our baking duo: Evan is a life-long Oklahoman who pursued his childhood dream of working with Elephants – landing him a job at the Tulsa Zoo. Evan now works with people as the zoo’s Membership and Admissions manager. Several years ago, while home from work with a bad back, Evan fell in love with baking while binge-watching The Great British Baking Show. After baking his way through a season of the show’s cookbook, Evan developed a real knack for the art of baking delicious cakes and pastries. Jared, a native of North Carolina, moved to Oklahoma in 2013 as a part of Teach for America where he began teaching Middle School Science. He now teaches both French and Science at Clyde Boyd Middle School in Sand Springs. Jared fell in love with the French language in high school and afterwards, in college, where he got the chance to live in Lyon, France for 6 months.  Jared and Evan married just a year ago, traveling to Paris and Biarritz on their honeymoon. They live in midtown with their English bulldog, Albus and English mastiff, Max.

Bienvenue 2020

Bienvenue 2020 will be held via Zoom on October 3rd from 11am – 12noon.

Oliver Gee, author of Paris on Air was scheduled to visit in Tulsa (in May) to promote his book. Instead, he is making a virtual book tour and will be interviewed by Ken Busby for l’Alliance Française de Tulsa. You can learn about Oliver, his podcast, and buy his book from his website.

Save-the-date and receive your invitation by emailing rsvp@aftulsa.org

Bienvenue à 2020-2021!

Notre force, ce sont nos membres!

Merci à toutes et à tous! Thank you to all our members for your continuing support and participation in the activities of l’Alliance Française de Tulsa.

Remember back in September 2019, we held our La Soirée de la Bienvenue at La Madeleine at Tulsa Hills.  Two sets of French classes, beginner and intermediate were starting in October with students dreaming of that trip to France.  The high school students were enjoying their practice time at Le Louvre during their Convo Crèpe mornings on Saturdays.  And Natural Grocers was welcoming our conversation group on alternating Saturdays.  The third Thursday in November found us at Foolish Things Bar & Biscuit for some Beaujolais tasting (mais sans le nouveau). Our meal for the Dîner de Noël held in The Vault’s Tom Room was great as was the music of François Lareuse. 

In February 2020 – La Chandeleur reception was graciously hosted by Charlotte Jabbour Neller. And March brought a visit from Marcel Van Dam who performed multiple Free Concerts for Students of French for a total of 250 students at Jenks MS & HS, Sand Springs MS & HS, Edison Prep, Univ of Tulsa, and Oral Roberts Univ. And for the adults at Neff Brewing, and the AFdeT Evening of French Songs.

The Oklahoma French Film Festival was to be March 21 – 25, 2020 at Circle Cinema with support from the Tomasino family. The planning team was very close to finishing the film and activities schedule – but the city shut down instead. The screening list included Jusqu’ici tout va bien (New Biz in the Hood), Le daim (Deerskin), Le vin se lève (Wine Calling), Les Drapeaux de papier (Paper Flags), and Intouchables.  You might enjoy watching these on a streaming service.

And now we’ve all shuffled gracefully to Zoom conversations, Zoom classes, and Zoom book clubs. 

We began Zoom conversations on Saturday April 11, and I am so thankful for everyone who is joining in! We are all learning how to orchestrate conversations, politely go around the screen so everyone gets a chance to speak!  Thank you Jared Morgan and Poppy Kelley! And we’ll continue on alternating Saturdays until Natural Grocers re-opens their meeting space. 

Students numbered 39 for this year, and classes are continuing via Zoom also – thank you Nan Melton for your fine work. Class information can be found here.

Bienvenue 2020 will be held via Zoom on October 3rd from 11am – 12noon.

Oliver Gee, author of Paris on Air was scheduled to visit in Tulsa (in May) to promote his book. Instead he is making a virtual book tour, and will be interviewed by Ken Busby for l’Alliance Française de Tulsa. You can learn about Oliver, his podcast, and buy his book from his website.

And due to COVID-19, all subsequent in person events have been paused from planning. We have penciled-in some future tentative dates:

Beaujolais Nouveau (11/19/20)

La Fête des Rois  (1/6/21)

La Chandeleur (2/21/21)

Just to let you know about the current board members of AF de Tulsa – names and emails are listed below. The position of Secretary is currently open, and we would welcome a volunteer!

President

Cathy Smythe

aftulsapresident@gmail.com

Vice President

Nan Melton

aftulsavp@gmail.com

Secretary

OPEN

Treasurer

Richard Cochran

aftulsatreasurer@gmail.com

Communication

Judy Glenn

rsvp@aftulsa.org

Education

Poppy Kelley

aftulsaeducation@gmail.com

Teachers

Nan Melton

Rachael Stockenberger

Judy Glenn

Conversation Coordinators

Adults: Jared Morgan

Teens:  Poppy Kelley

Stay connected with us through our website,  our Facebook page, our Meetup group, or our Instagram.

À la prochaine!

Cathy Smythe

New Yorker Staff Writer Lauren Collins Decodes the Mysteries of Frenchness

E3S3: Lauren Collins

Season 3 host Liesl Schillinger first met Lauren Collins about fifteen years ago, when they were both working at The New Yorker. Lauren was friendly and effervescent––she radiated energy like a blonde, Tasmanian devil, but was much more charming and polite, and very focused. 

In 2010, The New Yorker sent Lauren––who was by then a staff writer––to live and write in London. She met a Frenchman there, Olivier, who would become her husband. She moved to Geneva for him—and then she made an even bigger sacrifice: she started to learn French. Her book about that, When in French: Love in a Second Language, was named one ofThe New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of 2016. Soon, she moved to Paris, where she still lives today with her husband and her two little children, writing about current events and the enigmas of language, culture and identity that she runs into every day across the Atlantic.

Liesl talked with Lauren in May, over Zoom, about life in Paris under “le confinement,” which is what the French call lockdown—and about the mysteries of Frenchness that she’s still decoding.

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