Saturday, January 29, 2022 12:00 pm Central Time
Presented In English – Available at no charge for Alliance Française members
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Following the success of our first “Demystifying the French: A Panel Discussion” event, we’re pleased to welcome our panel back again for a continuation of their discussion on insights, perspectives, and experiences gathered over the course of many years of living, traveling, and/or working in France. Our guests will take questions from the audience about how to understand, appreciate, and best deal with the sometimes bewildering, often admirable, nearly always fascinating ways of the French!
Mark Greenside was born and raised in New York, and now lives in northern California. In 1991 he was dragged to a little village in Brittany by a girlfriend to spend the summer. He and the girlfriend fell out of love with each other, but he fell in love with the village, and to his astonishment ended up buying a home there, a rollicking adventure he recounts in I’ll Never Be French (no matter what I do), described by the San Francisco Chronicle as a “fun and high-spirited read, and proof that one is never too old to find true happiness in life.” In his latest, and equally entertaining (and helpful) book, he tells the continuing story of how he is (not quite) Mastering the Art of French Living.
Janet Hulstrand grew up in Minnesota, has lived in New York and Washington D.C., and has spent as much time as she can in France since her first trip there in 1978. Since 1997 she has taught “Paris: A Literary Adventure” for City University of New York study abroad programs; she also teaches literature and culture classes focusing on France for Politics & Prose bookstore. She writes for Bonjour Paris, France Today, and France Revisited, and is the author of Demystifying the French: How to Love Them, and Make Them Love You, which Jake Lamar called “a witty, wise, and keenly observed cultural handbook.” She lives in the lovely little village of Essoyes, in the Champagne region, where she is working on her next book: A Long Way from Iowa: A Literary Memoir.
Adrian Leeds was born and raised in New Orleans. In 1994, she moved to Paris with her family for a one-year “sabbatical” and never left. Her company, the Adrian Leeds Group, provides a full range of property and consultation services for North Americans–– “French Property the American Way.” She is fully committed to helping people realize their dream life in France, and has helped many hundreds of Francophiles to do just that. She is most well-known as the network’s most popular real estate agent on the HGTV series House Hunters International. Since 2001 she has published Nouvellettres® (newsletters) three times a week that are a source of a great deal of practical information about living in France, as well as lively stories about her day-to-day experiences in Paris, Nice and beyond.
Harriet Welty Rochefort grew up in Iowa, bought a one-way ticket to France after graduating from college, and once she got there, never left. She is the author of three nonfiction books about the French: French Toast, French Fried, and Joie de Vivre, all published by St. Martin’s Press. Diane Johnson, author of Le Divorce, called French Toast the “gold standard” of books about the French, and the Los Angeles Times called it “wise and devastatingly funny.” Harriet’s latest book, published in 2020, is Final Transgression, a novel set in France during World War II, based on a true story from her husband’s family. A bi-national, Harriet lives with her husband, Philippe, in Paris. They divide their time between their garden apartment there and their second home in Brittany.
This event will be on Zoom and is free for all Alliance Française members, AATF members, and invited guests of the presenter or publicist. Non-members or persons who have no AF chapter nearby can purchase tickets ($10).
Alliance Française DuPage hosts a special online program presented by Col. (Ret.) Paul Herbert
Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm
Presented in English
Please RSVP using the form below by February 14th to receive the Zoom link.
Despite my fairly thorough grounding in modern military history, I realized on a trip to France in 2017 how very little I knew about the French wartime government that was seated in the resort town of Vichy on the Allier River.
I plan to report on these questions and others based on my reading to date.
I hope you will join me.
For AF DuPage and AF du North Shore members only.
AF DuPage continues a new concept – the mini-Zoom session – a 20 minute focused presentation on a French-themed subject.
Most sessions will take place on Thursday afternoons promptly at 12:30 pm, a perfect midday break to add some French culture into your schedule.
The topics and presenters will vary. Most will be conducted in English, but we may add some French language mini-Zooms into the mix. Zoom links are reserved for AF DuPage members and will be sent out the day before the session. Visit our Membership page to join or renew your membership.
Thursday, January 20, 12:30 pm – 12:50 pm Central Time
Presented by Joe Petro (aka Joe de Downers Grove)
During his Mini-Zoom last September, Joe de Downers Grove just scratched the surface of this little-known, but tremendously interesting, area of France.
Join Joe de DG for a Deeper Dive into this region that he has visited frequently with family over the past decades.
For AF DuPage members only. A Zoom link will be sent the day before the event to all
AF DuPage members. No need to pre-register for this event.
AF DuPage programs are reserved for AF DuPage members only, although occasionally we invite members of other AF chapters to participate in special programs. Due to security and privacy reasons, AF DuPage program, event and recording links may not be shared, posted or broadcast.
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