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.
The Object Seminar: Breaking Boundaries
What happens when we incorporate the non-human material world into academic conversations? As part of the Object Library's ongoing inquiry into routes to knowledge beyond traditional methods and existing discourses, this series of seminars co-presented with Henri Peyre French Institute invites the public to join us in study once again, taking material culture as our point of departure. With topics ranging across new areas of research, each presenter is encouraged to bring-a-thing-along or propose an object that might sit in creative tension with the seminar discussion. All are welcome, but a commitment to attend is necessary, as is reading in advance any materials supplied.
The final event, held in the Object Library, will lodge seminar-related objects—both suggested by seminar attendees in response to our conversations or brought along to the final session—into our temporary installation, 365 Things.
The Henri Peyre French Institute is proud to organize this seminar series in conjunction with the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY and its Object Library project. The Henri Peyre French Institute is dedicated to promoting a broad, transdisciplinary, and transnational understanding of major cultural issues across French and Francophone studies through public programs concerning the arts, history, society and politics. This current seminar series seeks to showcase work in these areas that breaks boundaries, asks new questions, and alters current paradigms.
More speakers to be announced.
The Object Seminar: Breaking Boundaries series is co-organized and sponsored by the Henri Peyre French Institute, and The Object Library from the Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Recently Past Events
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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