Reception following the lecture
In 2004-2005, the Center for French Studies began a series of public lectures at night, specifically intended to gather larger audiences around the Center's events. Th e inaugural evening public lecture featured French actor and director, Daniel Mesguich. More than 150 attended the evening lecture in French on Daniel Mesguich's aesthetic and theater. He lectured on Shakespeare's Hamlet which he directed three times in his career: "Hamlet ou le passant compose : An Evening with Daniel Mesguich," November 18, 2004. Another evening public lecture last year featured Michael Barry, a former adviser to Bernard Kouchner in Afghanistan, who fascinated the evening audience with his experience in both Afghanistan and the Middle East: "Entre Kouchner et Massoud: An Evening with Michael Barry," April 14, 2005.
Other Public Lectures in 2004-2005 included:
Gilles Kepel, Institute of Political Studies, Paris, "The War for Muslim Minds: Islam and the West," September 27, 2004.
Blandine Kriegel, Adviser to President Jacques Chirac on Human Rights and Issues of Integration, "Secularism and Integration," October 21, 2004.
And, with the Department of French and Italian:
Tahar Ben Jelloun, "Les Langues Francaises: Ecire ou Traduire? Propos d'un Ecrivain Marocain de Langue Francaise", March 21, 2005.
Short-term Visit by French director, Daniel Mesguich The Center for French Studies November 15-21, 2004.
The Center for French Studies sponsored a short-term visit at Princeton University of French actor and director, Daniel Mesguich. His visit, which culminated in an exclusive evening public lecture, offered Princeton University's students and members of the francophone community the unique opportunity to get to know more one of France's most renowned theater directors. Many additional events were organized around Daniel Mesguich 's visit among which, a tribute by Princeton University Theater and Dance Program Students, and master classes and rehearsals in French and English for L'Atelier students, and Program in Theater and Dance students. This visit was co-sponsored by Princeton University Department of French and Italian and Princeton University Theater and Dance Program.
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