Lecture Series

The Lycée’s lecture series gives the students and the parents the opportunity to meet leading authorities in a wide range of fields, from literature to politics, from economics to science. Both educational and informative, these lectures are idea-provoking, and are designed to inspire current and future generations in their roles as thought-leaders.

The lecture series are organized for the LFNY community, students, parents and staff.

Upcoming Lectures



Past Lectures

Olivier Esteves, professor of British studies

Friday, March 10th 2017 8.30 am-10.30 am

For Grade 10, 11 and 12

Olivier Esteves is a professor of British studies at Lille University. He works on the sociology and history of immigration and race relations and on British intellectuals. He is the author of De l’invisibilité à l’islamophobie : les musulmans britanniques (1945-2010) (Presses de Sciences Po, 2011) and co-writer of Les Politiques de la diversité : expériences anglaise et américaine (Presses de Sciences Po, 2010) , and “La question raciale dans les séries américaines”.

Catherine Blaya, professor of Education Science - Cyberbullying

Thursday, February 23, 2017 3 pm - 4pm

For Grade 8

Catherine Blaya,  a lecturer at the IUFM of Aquitaine, as well as IREDU (University of Burgundy) before becoming a professor of education science at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. Her research focuses on comparative studies regarding school violence problems, juvenile delinquency, school dropout and cyberbullying. She is president of the International Observatory on Violence in School, she served on the Committee of Sponsoring the Coordination for education for non-violence and peace.

Oliver Wieviorka, Historian

Thursday, February 23, 2017 9.20 am - 10.30am

For Grade 11

Olivier Wieviorka will give a talk about the French Resistance during WWII to eleven graders.


Marie-Aude Murail, author

Friday, January 6th 2017, at 10.30 am for 3e1 and 3e2,  2.10 pm for 3e3,  3.05 pm for 3e4


The Lycée welcomes Marie-Aude Murail, author of Oh Boy, for a conference in 3e (grade 9). Her play Oh Boy is performed at the New Victory Theater from January 6th to January 15th .

Edouard Planche, Art Historian and Adviser for the UNESCO

Monday, December 5th 2016 from 8.00 am to 10.15 a.m

For Y9

Cultural Heritage during WWII

Edouard Planche will speak on the question of the destruction of heritage sites in case of armed conflict focusing on destruction that occurred during the Second World War studies by the students. He will evoke the studies in progress in order to restore the damaged works and reconstitute the sacked sites.

Sarah Cohen Scali, writer and 2016 LFNY Literary Prize Laureate

Tuesday, November 15 2016 from 2:10pm – 4:00pm

For Y11

Born in Fes in Morocco, Sarah Cohen Scali is a French writer who published over 40 books of Youth literature. She won the Prix Litteraire 2016 du LFNY. 

Jean-Paul Schintu, actor

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 from 2:10pm – 4:10pm

For Y10/Y11

He started in Villeurbanne in the drama troupe of Roger Planchon and then joined the company of Antoine Vitez at the National Conservatory of Paris. Jean Paul Schintu played in more than 60 plays, both classical (Molière, Marivaux, Musset, Maupassant ...) and contemporary (Nathalie Sarraute, Paul Claudel, Eugene Ionesco, Victor Haim, Michel Viala, Serge Ganzl, Agotha ​​Khristof ...) and this both in France and abroad in many tours. He will perform The First Man from Albert Camus for students and discuss with them after the performance. Open to parents.

Catherine Wihtol de Wenden, political scientist

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 from 10:30am – 12:15pm

For Y12

Catherine Wihtol de Wenden is Director of research at CNRS (CERI). For 30 years she has been a researcher on international migration.  She studied Political Science at Sciences-Po Paris and University Paris I (Panthéon- Sorbonne). She holds a PhD.  She has published 20 books, alone or as co-writer and around 150 articles. She is also teaching at Sciences-Po, at the University La Sapienza in a Socrates Program. She has been President of the Research Committee Migration of ISA –International Sociological Association- (2002-2008) and expert for several international organisations (UNHCR, Council of Europe and European Commission). Among her most recent books : Faut-il ouvrir les frontières ? (Paris, Presses de Sciences-Po, 2014 (2nd edition)) and Le droit d’émigrer, Paris CNRS Editions 2013. Her Atlas mondial des migrations (Paris, Autrement 2012) has been published in its 3rd edition since 2005.

Martin Espada, poet

Friday, September 23, 2016 from 2:10pm to 4:00pm

For Y11OIB and Y12 OIB-BFA

Martín Espada was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1957. He has published almost twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His new collection of poems from Norton is called Vivas to Those Who Have Failed (2016).  Espada is a professor of English at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Joseph O’Neill, author

Thursday, September 22, 2016 from 10:30am – 12:20pm

For Y11 BFA

Joseph O’Neill was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1964 He is of half-Irish and half-Turkish ancestry O’Neill started off his literary career in poetry but had turned away from it by the age of 24.After being called to the English Bar in 1987, he spent a year writing his first novel. O’Neill then entered full-time practice as a barrister in London, principally in the field of business law. Since 1998 he has lived in New York City. O’Neill is the author of four novels. Netherland was published in May 2008 and was featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review, where it was called “the wittiest, angriest, most exacting and most desolate work of fiction we’ve yet had about life in New York and London after September 11 attacks.

Adrien Meyer, International Director, Impressionist and Modern Art at CHRISTIE’S

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm

For Y8 and Y9 students.

Adrien Meyer, International Director of Impressionist & Modern Art and auctioneer, joined Christie’s Paris in 2004 to run the European Furniture & Decorative Arts department. He had the responsibility for handling the most prestigious sales of that time. Under his leadership, Adrien’s team captured a dominant position in this market, achieving the €4.1 million world record price for a Louis XIV commode in December 2008. Adrien was granted a Commissaire-Priseur license by the French Ministry of Justice in 2009 allowing him to conduct auctions in Paris, in addition to London and New York. Adrien joined the Impressionist and Modern Art department in New York in 2010 and was named Senior Vice President, International Director in 2011. Following his graduation from the Ecole du Louvre, Paris in 2000 where he specialized in Contemporary Art, Adrien began his career in the New York European Furniture department of another major auction house where he built, from 2000-2004, a strong international client network.

Angélique Kidjo, singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador - Lecture and book signing

Conference Celebrating Humanity Around the Globe

Monday, January 25, 2016 from 3:20pm to 4:55pm

For Y7 and Y8 students.

Angelique Kidjo, singer and song writer, was born in Benin on July 14, 1960. Her father was a banjo player and her mother was a performer in a dance and theatre ensemble. Her 13 albums including OYAYA, FIFA and EVE, were unanimously acclaimed by the national and international press. She mixes her musical influences, Gospel, afropop, jazz, zouk and rumba in her songs. After leaving Benin in the early 1980s because of the unstable political climate, Kidjo lived in Paris. She now lives in New York with her husband and their daughter. Angelique has received Honorary Doctorates from Yale University, Berklee College of Music and Middlebury College. She received the 2015 Crystal Award given by the World Economic Forum of Davos in Switzerland. The Guardian has listed her as one of its Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World. She is the first woman to be listed among “The 40 Most Powerful Celebrities In Africa” by Forbes magazine. Angelique Kidjo was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador on 25 July 2002. She made girl’s education a focus of her UNICEF partnership.

Thanhha Lai, writer

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 8:05am to 9:40am

For Y7 students.

Thanhha Lai was born in Saigon, Vietnam, immigrated to Montgomery, Alabama after the war in 1975 and currently live north of New York City. She wrote Inside Out & Back Again, published in 2011. Her second novel Listen, Slowly, was published on February 17, 2015. She has started a not-for-profit organization called Viet Kids Inc. to buy bicycles for poor students in Vietnam. 

Malika Ferdjoukh, French writer

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 8:55am to 9:40am

For Y7 students.

Malika Ferdjoukh is a French writer. She was born in Bougie, Algeria in 1957. She went to La Sorbonne. She worked in a child hospital before she decided to become a writer. She wrote novels for children and teenagers, translated into about ten languages and scenarios for TV. She wrote the famous book series Quatre soeurs.

Marcel Rufo, Neuropsychiatrist

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 from 8:30am to 9:40am - for the parents
Teenage Madness and Mad Parents

Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 8:05am to 9:40am - for Y9 and Y10
Dreaming of the Future

Intern in Marseille hospitals in 1969, Marcel Rufo became Clinic Chief-Assistant in 1975 and Associate Professor of Psychiatry for children and teenagers in 1982. He created in 1999 the Espace Arthur, a teenagers unit. From 2004 to 2006 he was Medical Director of the Maison de Solenn - Maison des adolescents at Cochin.  From September 2007, he came back to Marseille and directed again the Espace Arthur and built the project of a Mediteranean Space for teenagers, eventually created in 2012. He stopped working in hospitals in 2013 and created his own office. He also created a unit called “Soins-Etudes” for high school and college students. As a university Professor, and now Professor Emeritus, he teaches and give conferences in France and abroad. Beyond his medical activities and teaching, he wrote several books such as Elever bébé (1998, Hachette Pratique) or Vouloir un enfant et Comprendre l’adolescent. Until June 2008 he hosted a radio show on Europe 1 and then a TV show about family on France 3 with Charline Roux. He was also on France 5 with “Allo Rufo”, a daily show broadcasted at 10am in which he answers the questions of the audience concerning children and teenagers. Since February 2013 he chronicles on France Inter.

Antoine Bello, Writer

Friday, November 13, 2015 from 8:55am to 10:40am

For Y9 students

Antoine Bello was born in Boston in 1970. He is a Franco-American writer. He studied business at HEC Paris. In 1993 he wrote Mankin 100 and won the Prix du jeune écrivain. Two years later, he published his first novel, Eloge de la pièce manquante. This book was a great success, acclaimed by the press, and was translated into eight languages. Les éclaireurs, received the Prix Culture Telerama in 2009. Antoine now lives in New York, he has four children.

Eric Reinhardt, French novelist

Wednesday, November 5, 2015 from 11:35 am to 1:10 pm

For Y11 and Y12 students.

Eric Reinhardt is a French novelist and art editor. He lives and works in Paris. His latest book, L’Amour et les Forêts (Paris, Gallimard, 2014). received le Prix Renaudot des lycéens 2014.  Le Moral des ménages, from his homonymous novel published in 2001, was adapted to the stage in 2013 with director Stephanie Cléau and actor Mathieu Amalric in the role of Carsen Manual. This play will be shown this fall at FIAF in New York.

Thomas B. Reverdy, French novelist

Monday, October 19, 2015 from 10:45 am to 12:25 pm

For Y11 students.

Thomas B. Reverdy is a French novelist born in 1974. His first three novels constituted a poetical trilogy. In 2010 his novel L’Envers du Monde is a police intrigue set in New York after September 11 . Published in August 2013,  Les Evapores, his latest novel takes place in Japan. it was selected for the Prix Goncourt. He was awarded the 2015 LFNY Literary prize.

Serge July, Journalist

Friday, October 2, 2015, from 11:35 am to 1:10 pm

For Y10 students.
Serge July is a French journalist, founder of the daily Libération where he was director from 1973 to 2006 . After his departure from Liberation, he was an editorialist at French radio stations RTL, Europe 1 and for the magazine Les Inrockuptibles. His latest book Dictionnaire amoureux du journalisme was published by Plon in 2015. 

Boris Cyrulnik, Psychoanalyst

Monday March 16, 2015 9:55 am-11:30am

For Y11. Y12 students.
Boris Cyrulnik is a French psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He is best known for having popularized the concept of “resilience” (reborn from suffering)
“Empathy: From Philosophy to Neurosciences”

Olivier Barrot, Writer and journalist

Wednesday March 25 8:05 am-9:45 am

For Y10 students
French Journalist and writer Olivier Barrot (Un Jour Un livre - TV5) will lead the Y10 students on a virtual tour of Paris through the eyes of The Romantic writers ( From Hugo to Baudelaire)

Philippe de Montebello, Art Historian

Thursday January 22, 2015 10:45am -11:30am

For Y8, Y7 students. 
LFNY alum Philippe de Montebello served from 1977 to 2008 as the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Upon his retirement, he was both the longest-serving director in the institution’s history, and the longest-serving director of any major art museum in the world.He is teaching Art History at NYU.

Joseph Stiglitz, Economist

Wednesday October 29, 2014 2:30pm-4:05pm

For Y10, Y11, Y12 students.
Joseph Eugene Stiglitz,  is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979). He is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank, and is a former member, and Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. He is known for his critical view of the management of globalization, free-market economists (whom he calls “free market fundamentalists”), and some international institutions like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.(Wikipedia)

Maylis de Kerangal, Writer

Monday, October 27, 2014 3:20pm-4:50pm

For Y11 students.
Maylis of Kerangal published his first novel, I walk under a sky trailing in 2000, shortly after she created the Publishing house Baron Perché specialized in youth litterature before turning to writing. Her novel Birth of a bridge published in 2010 won the Prix Medicis .In 2014, she was the first recipient of the Roman des étudiants France Culture-Télérama for her novel Repair The Living also awarded the Grand Prix RTL-Lire. In this book, she follows the 24-hour journey of young Simon’s heart, who is brain-dead, until the transplantation of the organ.

Illustrator Kris di Giacomo, The Art of Drawing Stories

Monday September 22, 2014 10:30am -11:30am

For Grade 5 students.
Kris Di Giacomo, an American based in Paris, began illustrating children’s books in 2006 for French publishers such as Kaléidoscope and Frimousse. Enchanted Lion Books in Brooklyn has translated four of Di Giacomo’s books since 2012 including “Brief Thief”, “Me First” and “My Dad is Big and Strong But…,” and Kris is currently working directly with Enchanted Lion on a biography of E. E. Cummings with the poet Matthew Burgess.“Take Away the A"is the latest production from the duo Kris Di Giacomo forms with author Michaël Escoffier. An ABC book unlike others, each page explores the playful exercise of taking a letter of the alphabet away from a word to reveal a hidden word!

Marie Darrieussecq, On being a writer

Thursday April 10, 2014 2:30pm to 4pm

Marie Darrieussecq is a Prix Goncourt writer for her famous novel Pig Tales in 1996. For Y11 and Y12L.

Claude Desplan, scientist, The Role of Chance

Tuesday April 8, 2014 10:10am to 11:45am

Graduate from the Ecole Normale, Claude Desplan is a professor at the Biology Department at New York University. He studies the evolution of early embryonic development and the establishment of retinal and brain circuitry that underlies color vision. The lecture is for for Y11 and Y12 students. A Celebrating Humanity Around the Globe conference.

Rachel Nuwer, journalist, blogger for the New York Times, on Biodiversity

Friday March 14, 2014 10am to 11:30am

Rachel Nuwer’s love for nature and science was kicked off by a childhood exploring the bayous and beaches of southern Mississippi. As a biology student at Loyola University New Orleans, she researched Mekong River fishes in Laos, sparking a passion for travel and exploration. In 2010 Rachel returned to Southeast Asia to investigate illegal wildlife trade and natural resource use in Vietnam for her ecology master’s thesis at the University of East Anglia, England. In 2011, She earned a second master’s degree at New York University’s Science, Health, and Environmental Writing Program (SHERP). She writes for the Green blog of the New York Times.

Jeffrey Kluger writer, Creating Fiction

Friday January 17, 2014 12:50pm to 1:50 pm

Jeffrey Kluger is a parent at the Lycee, senior writer at TIME Magazine, and author of several books on science topics including Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio; Simplexity; Journey Beyond Selene; and Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13.

Ibrahim Cissé,  Scientist, on DNA

Friday, December 6, 2013 11am to 12:35pm

Ibrahim Cisse is a young physicist who is working on the representation of the DNA. His postdoctorate work at the Ecole Normale Superieure has been singled out. He will be leaving the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to take his new position at MIT in January 2014. He studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
A Celebrating Humanity Around the Globe conference.

David Jones on Marketing and Globalization

Monday, November 11, 2013 10:10am to 11:45am

David Jones is the Global CEO Havas. He studied business at Middlesex Business School He is the Co-founder One Young World, a nonprofit organization that provides young people with a global platform through which to effect positive change. Described by CNN as the “junior Davos,” One Young World held its first gathering in 2010. Jones led Kofi Annan’s campaign on Climate Justice. Author of Who Cares Wins.
A Celebrating Humanity Around the Globe conference.

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