November 6, 2008 – 9:00-10:15am
Patrick Baudry Developing One’s Potential
Invited to speak for the LFNY Sports and Adventure Day, Patrick Baudry, a French former fighter pilot and test pilot, has flown for more than 13,000 hours on approximately 350 planes and other aircrafts. As an astronaut, he was one of the first two Frenchmen to go into space with the Soviets in 1982. He then flew on the U.S. space shuttle Discovery in 1985 which was the first French American spaceflight ever. A UNESCO goodwill ambassador, he currently works on creating and developing educational projects in Africa. He is the recipient of numerous awards.
November 7, 2008 – 2:00-3:00pm
John O’Neal The Age of Sensibility: the Enlightenment in France
A professor of French at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY since 1984, he has written widely about the French Enlightenment authors such as Rousseau, Voltaire, Diderot, and Condillac, and on topics such as morality, the history of manners, and the aesthetics of the novel, among others. The author of three books and editor of three others, he was named a chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques in 1998 and was promoted to officier in 2007
November 12, 2008 – 1:00pm-2:00pm
Fatou Diomé Writing The Belly of the Atlantic
Originally from Senegal, Fatou Diome moved to France where she pursued her PhD. Her first novel, The Belly of the Atlantic became a bestseller in France before being translated into other languages. Her language is authentic and vivid and traces a portrait of the difficulties of integrating in France as an immigrant, mixed with nostalgia and memories of a childhood in Senegal.
November 20, 2008 – 10:30am-12:00pm
Mariette Job The Journal of Helene Berr
In the spring of 1942, Hélène Berr, the daughter of a prominent Jewish family and a recent graduate of the Sorbonne, began composing a journal of her life in Paris under the Occupation. Hélène wrote regularly in the journal until she and her parents were arrested and deported to Auschwitz on her twenty-third birthday. Her parents died within 6 months, Hélène died in Bergen-Belsen in April 1945. Entrusted to her family’s cook before she was taken away, Hélène’s journal survived as a family heirloom until her family agreed to publish it last year. It has since become a number-one bestseller in France and will be published in fifteen countries worldwide in fall 2008. Mariette Job, a former librarian, is Helene Berr’s niece.
November 20, 2008 - 7:00pm-8:00pm
Alain Cléret The cost of oil
After getting close to $150 a barrel, oil’s prices went down below $70 just a few months later. How can one explain the sudden change in the cost of oil? What is the ‘fair’ price of oil? Alain Cléret, President of TOTAL Lubricants USA, will explain some of the mechanisms involved in the changing prices of oil and the different strategies involved. This conference is presented by Accueil NY.
Free - Booking at
Auditorium, Lycée Français de New York
505 East 75th Street