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Henri Peyre

The Henri Peyre French Institute, founded in 1980, is named in honor of the late Henri Peyre (1901-1988), internationally renowned linguist, literary scholar, and critic. Professor Peyre was a great influence in introducing Americans to French modern literature and culture. He authored 44 books about French classicism, modern literature, and higher education, and mentored numerous students along their path to doctoral degrees while serving as Distinguished Professor and Executive Office of the Ph.D. Program in French at the Graduate Center.

Inspired by that rich intellectual legacy, The Henri Peyre French Institute presents a wide range of special events that are free and open to everyone who values and enjoys French and Francophone cultures. The programs include exhibits, artistic performances, readings, seminars and lectures on subjects as varied as literature, philosophy, politics, art, theatre, film and music.

Fundraising activities and the endowment of the Henri Peyre French Institute support the Graduate Center Ph.D. Program in French, ranked second in the country for the scholarly achievement of its faculty, by providing scholarship awards to students and funding for the French doctoral student conferences held at the Graduate Center.

Upcoming Event

Édouard Glissant's Tout-Monde: Transnational Perspectives
Fri, Nov 16, 2018, 12:45 PM – 7:00 PM
Elebash Recital Hall & The James Gallery

About the symposium:
The year 2018 marks what would have been the 90th birthday of Édouard Glissant (1928-2011), the eminent thinker of Relation and the All-World (Tout-Monde) who taught for sixteen years at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. Since Glissant's passing, the influence of his thought continues to grow as his works are now taught not only in Europe and the Americas but also in India and China.

CUNY celebrates the transnational reach of Édouard Glissant's ideas and the continued sustenance they provide to activists, artists, scholars and writers world-wide. It underlines his call for all people to abrogate the walls, real or imaginary, that separate them for all communities to achieve equality and solidarity and embrace the "Poetics of Relation."  

Presenters and speakers include: Mary Ann Caws,Mohit Chandna, Nathalie Etoke, Paul Fadoul, Emmanuel Bruno Jean-François, Jarrod Hayes, Sylvie Kandé,Cilas Kemedjio, Francesca Canadé Sautman, Barbara Webb, Christopher Winks and Pedro Zylbersztajn.

This symposium is organized by the Center for the Humanities, the Henri Peyre French Institute, and  Americas Society, and is co-sponsored by Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), the Ph.D. Program in French at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and the Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean (IRADAC)

Photograph from the private collection of Olivier Glissant.

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