The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. is thrilled to be back with Season 3 of The Thing About France podcast! 🎉
(They’ve) passed the mic this season to guest host Liesl Schillinger, the brilliant American literary critic and enthusiastic francophile who will be shaking things up and seeing how conversations about France guided by an American lead us to new discoveries.
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, Liesl and her guests––notable writers and cultural figures––delve into the fascinating and complicated relationship between France and America.
First up? The hilarious John von Sothen, an American magazine writer based in Paris, and author of Monsieur Mediocre: One American Learns the High Art of Being Everyday French. In his book he lays out the mysterious rules of French social behavior, which he’s decoded during his years in France, first by breaking them, then by learning to roll with them.
Find out why he says, “Route 66 is like a French protectorate that starts at the Air France gate;” what distinguishes an American kitchen from a French one; and how he’s experienced the French art of critiquing what you love.
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The Thing About France is produced by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S.
Madame, Monsieur, chers amis, dear friends,
July 14th traditionally gives us the occasion to get together and celebrate our commitment to the universal values of the French Republic. This year, COVID 19 world pandemics forces us to observe our National Day in a different way while focusing on the immense solidarity that bonds, across the world, those who are mobilized against this sanitary, economic and social crisis, and of course, in the forefront, all healthcare personnel.
Le 14 juillet nous donne traditionnellement l’occasion de nous rassembler pour célébrer ensemble notre attachement aux valeurs de notre République. La pandémie mondiale de Covid-19 nous contraint cette année, aux Etats-Unis comme dans tous les pays où le virus circule activement, à le faire différemment tout en mettant l’accent sur l’immense solidarité qui unit, à travers le monde, tous ceux qui se mobilisent face à cette crise sanitaire, économique et sociale, et en premier lieu les soignants.
Therefore, I invite you to enjoy the not-to-be-missed virtual program prepared by the Embassy and the Consulates General of France in the United States which will be broadcasted on Tuesday July 14th at 4 pm CT (registration on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inscription-14-juillet-2020-digital-110205046260 ) as well as the numerous initiatives from our cultural partners, particularly the Alliances françaises and the Rienzi Collection Museum in Houston (check our website https://houston.consulfrance.org and social media for all details)
Je vous invite donc à ne rien manquer, ni du programme virtuel préparé par l’ambassade et les consulats généraux de France aux Etats-Unis qui sera diffusé le mardi 14 juillet à 16h CT (inscription sur https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inscription-14-juillet-2020-digital-110205046260 ), ni des nombreuses initiatives de nos partenaires culturels, notamment les Alliances françaises ou le Musée Rienzi à Houston (toutes informations sur https://houston.consulfrance.org/celebrations-de-la-fete-nationale et sur nos réseaux sociaux ).
By publishing several “portraits of caregivers” from our area, we hope to show our very special gratitude to the healthcare providers who fight on the frontline of the pandemics. And as a meaningful reminder of the historical ties that have bonded our two nations for many years, I shall also present the Legion of Honor to several American WWII veterans who served as medics during the campaign for the liberation of France
A Houston, nous témoignerons plus spécialement notre gratitude aux soignants mobilisés sur le front de la pandémie en publiant des « portraits de soignants » de la circonscription. Je remettrai aussi la Légion d’Honneur à plusieurs anciens combattants américains de la seconde guerre mondiale ayant servi comme personnel médical pendant la campagne de libération de la France afin de rappeler combien l’amitié entre nos deux pays s’inscrit dans une histoire longue et riche.
Warm regards, très cordialement,
Consulat Général de France à Houston
Consulate General of France in Houston
777 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 600
Tél : + 1 (346) 272-5356
How do you plan to celebrate this “Fête Nationale?” Feel free to tag a photo from your toast/*chin chin to our Instagram #af.tulsa to celebrate with us.
AF Tulsa invites our members and our MeetUp subscribers to a virtual event on Tuesday, July 14, in honor of the Fête nationale from 7p-8p CDT/Tulsa. The content will be a short lesson on the historical significance of the day, talk about the 🍷vin, or whatever else we are drinking, singing of La Marseillaise, etc… here is the link to the 7/14meetup
And AFUSA is offering a conversation group for more advanced speakers as a regular event the 2nd Tuesday of each month, which just happens to be 14 Juillet. Read more about this particular conversation on this previous post LINK.
Our Tulsa teacher and AF Tulsa Vice-President, Nan, will be hosting a Zoom session for her current and former students. This session is also scheduled for 7/14 from 7p-8p and will be limited to her students.
Draw art from sculpture- inspirational!
Let’s go to Europe and DrawText and Drawings by Peggy Macnamara; layout by Michelle Flitman
This month we are touring European museums with Peggy Macnamara, who has been drawing and painting sculptures for thirty years. To enjoy Europe from a distance, she takes us to collections in London, Paris, Rome, and elsewhere. She created this tour for the enjoyment of all the friends of the Press.
Download the PDF of Let’s go to Europe and Draw. [DRM-free PDF]
Peggy Macnamara is adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and artist-in-residence at the Field Museum. Three books by Macnamara are available from the University of Chicago Press at 20% off list price with the promo code UCPART:
And see the Armchair Traveler’s Reading List on the Chicago Blog.
2020 Reading Catalog
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AF Tulsa editor also shares a Youtube link to Madi Schulz sketching at the Louvre earlier this year, 2020.
Tulsa City-County Library’s annual Summer Reading Program is a beloved tradition for people of all ages! It’s fun, helps kids keep their reading skills strong, and promotes the joy and love of reading.
If you missed the recent July 14, 2020 virtual storytime in French, highlighting Tulsa’s Sister City of Amiens, find the LINK here to view the recording.
Tulsa Global Alliance Sister City of Amiens storytime has been added to the Central library’s YouTube channel: https://m.youtube.com/watch?t=303s&v=lPfuFfE6ZT8