Upcoming panels

Past panels

French and American Democracies Today: comprendre, anticiper et participer

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:30pm

Joining the panel will be Robert Y. Shapiro, the Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government at Columbia University, Philippe Coste, journalist for the French online news site Mediapart, and Magalie Laguerre-Wilkinson, co-producer of 60 Minutes. This discussion will be moderated by Sean Lynch, with ample time for questions and comments from the audience. Open to all members of the Lycée community.

Social Media for Our Children and Ourselves

Wednesday, February 22,  2017 at 6:30pm

Online violence and promiscuity on social media have become a major issue for parents and educators alike. This new “expository society” as defined by Bernard Harcourt is putting at risk the freedom of our children and our privacy as well. The experts on this panel will help us apprehend the dangers of this new situation and give us some tips to better regulate our consumption of social media.

With: Catherine Blaya was a Lecturer at the IUFM of Aquitaine, as well as IREDU (University of Burgundy) before becoming a Professor of Education Sciences 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.
Bernard Harcourt, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought.  Alumnus from the LFNY, Bernard Harcourt is the author of Exposed:  Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age.

Moderated by Jeffrey Kluger, Editor-at-large, Time magazine

The 21st Century Citizenship Series are panel discussions on the major issues facing our world. Organized in the evening and in English, they are open to all and free of charge.

Cultural Heritage and Armed conflict

Monday,December 5 , 2016 at 6:30pm

Today as conflicts rage in the world and opposite ideologies are at war, we see historical cultural treasures disappearing. What are the laws and texts in place to protect those places and how effective are they?  Is it possible to better protect this heritage? Is technology part of the solution? All of these questions will be addressed by a panel of experts from different regions of the globe.

With Philippe de Montebello professor of Art History at NYU, Navina Najat Haydar curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Edouard Planche  Programme Specialist, Division for Heritage,  Section for Movable Heritage and Museums at UNESCO, Salam al-Kuntar,Research fellow at the Penn Museum, Hugh Eakin , Senior Editor for The New York Review of Books.

In English

Migrants: Crossing Borders, Changing Lives

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 6:30pm

European and US experts on migration and the migrant crisis will help us better understand why populations are being displaced and why people are fleeing their own countries, making migration a major global challenge of the 21st century.

With Catherine de Wenden, Director of Research at CNRS, author of the “Atlas Mondial des migrations”; Bernard Haykel, professor of Near Eastern Studies and director of the Institute for Transregional Study at Princeton University; Firas Kayal, Senior Policy Advisor, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; and LFNY alumna Aline Sara, founder of Natakallam .

Moderated by Eric Schine Senior Editor, Bloomberg News

Making History our Story, The example of Chambon-sur-Lignon

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 6:30pm

Click here to register.
Could we be part of the Resistance today? Faced with the challenges of History, can examples from our shared past help us to make good choices, to become citizens of tomorrow active and responsible? The panel focuses on the example of Chambon-sur Lignon, a small village where 5000 jews were sheltered in Nazi-occupied France. Among the participants were Denise Vallat,in charge of the cultural department for the township of Chambon-sur-Lignon and president of the historical site of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon; . Mia Nagawiecki, Director of Education at the New York Historical Society; Peter Nelson, Director of the New York Office of Facing History and Ourselves. The debate was moderated by Dr. Arthur Plaza, Head of History-Geography Department and History teacher at the Lycée Français de New York.

SPECIAL OFF SITE PANEL:  High Schools Debate on Climate Change

Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 3pm to 5pm.

At French Cultural Services, 972 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10075

In partnership with the Green Schools Alliance (GSA), high school students from the Lycée Français of New York, French Heritage program, and the vast network of New York public schools will discuss the issues surrounding climate change with experts in the field, just a few weeks before the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) meets in Paris (November 30 to December 11). As the floor is open to questions from the assembly, a group of dedicated students will write a common statement that will be presented in Paris.
This Panel is part of Festival Albertine and is open to all.

SPECIAL PANEL FOR THE FALL FESTIVAL : “Evolving Taste: The Challenges in Food Innovation”

Friday October 23, 2015 6:30pm-8pm

The panel will explore new technics, new products and new culinary experiences recently developed to adapt to changes in taste and consumer’s habits. The panelists will share their experiences and knowledge and will help us discover and understand how our food is evolving. With: Amy Bentley , Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University. Ariane Daguin founder and owner of D’Artagnan; Elisabeth de Kergorlay a businesswoman, entrepreneur, foodie and mother at the Lycée Français de New York; Lior Lev Sercarz ,  the chef, spice blender and owner of La Boîte, a biscuits and spice shop in New York City, created in 2006. The panel was moderated by Andrew Friedman who has made a career of chronicling the life and work of some of our best chefs.

New Challenges for Journalism

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 6:30pm

Watch a recording of the panel below:

What events should the Media cover? Which photos can be published? Today journalists are often criticized, and sometimes become victims of their own decisions as they have to adapt to new information sources that can compete with or even overshadow serious journalistic efforts. To help us understand the evolution of the profession, renowned journalists and thinkers will share their experiences and their beliefs. With:

Serge July is a French journalist, founder of the daily Libération; Susan Chira  deputy executive editor of the Week in Review section at The New York Times since October 1999;
Edward Berenson, director of New York University’s Institute of French Studies, and Jonathan Alpeyrie, photo-journalist and LFNY alumnus.The panel was moderated by Olivier Knox, chief Washington correspondent for Yahoo News.

Slow Food: Celebrating the Local To Build A Stronger Global

Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 6:30pm

What to eat and what to feed our children? Is organic better than local? When a fish has traveled thousands of miles to reach our plate even though we live an hour away from the ocean is it even edible? We are more than ever concerned by where our food comes from. Whether nutritional, economic or social, the implications created by our food system are staggering. Come hear a panel discussion with people who are working to raise awareness and ultimately change our food world. WithAnthony Fassio Chair of Slow Food NYC, Chris , Food Program Director à la GRACE Communications Foundation, Sylvia Channing master farmer, Suffolk County. Moderated by Sylvie Bigar, food writer.

Education and Technology: Opportunities and Challenges of Our Times

Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 6:30pm

Technology is changing the face on education from the invasion of smartboards in the classrooms to online education offered by universities. What should we know as parents, educators and students about this phenomenon? How can we prepare ourselves to face this evolution? With: 
Timothy Hoffmann ,Teacher at the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City; John Katzman , Founder of Noodle Education, Board member at National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Greater New York City Area; Joel Rose, Co-founder & CEO New Classrooms. The panel was moderated by Michaël Bijaoui, Partner at East Wind, Board member of Teaching Matters and introduced by Adena Dershowitz, Director of Digital Learning, Lycée Français de New York.

Lafayette, a Source of Inspiration

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 6:30pm

L’Hermione, the frigate on which General Lafayette sailed to America in 1780 to come and help the American Insurgents has been rebuilt over the last 15 years in Rochefort and will come back to America in June 2015. This important Franco-American endeavor is also a time to look back on Lafayette’s legeacy. Why are we still talking and writing about him to day? What are the ideas from the Enlightenment years that we still cherish today? Are they still relevant?
Laura Auricchio, author of The Marquis, Lafayette Reconsidered recently published at Alfred A. Knopf, Pantheon Schocken; Laurent Ferri currently serves as Curator of the pre-1800 Collections in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, at Cornell; Diane Windham Shaw is the Director of Special Collections and College Archivist at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. The panel was moderated by Pascale Richard , Director of the Cultural Center.

Dialogue Among Civilizations: Its Ever Greater Importance

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 6:30pm Click here to register
Free Open to All

With Richard W. Bulliet, Professor of Middle Eastern History at Columbia University; Dr. Gerald Cattaro, Chair of the division of Educational Leaderships, Administration, and Policy and executive director of the Center for Catholic School Leadership.Nihal Saad is the Spokesperson for UN High-Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations. The panel was moderated by Pascale Richard, Director of the Cultural Center.

Past panels

My Culture, Your Culture:
International Education for the 21st Century

Saturday April12, 2014 from 9am- 5pm
Free Open to All

Reserve your Saturday for this exciting conference exploring cultural identity, diversity and educating for the future. Thought leaders on the topic, including Gérard Bouchard, Patrick Savidan and Ruth van Reken, author of Third Culture Kids, will join members of the LFNY team, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and the French Heritage Language Program for three panels on the topic. Information at

Social Entrepreneurship : How to Change the World?

Thursday, February 27, 2014 6:30pm-8pm
Free Open to All

With David Jones, tech entrepreneur, outgoing CEO of Havas Worldwide and cofounder of the global youth forum One Young World. He is author of Who Cares Wins: Why Good Business Is Better Business(Pearson/FT Publishing, November 2011) and the founder of the Social Business Idea. He is parent of four children at the Lycee. Also participating: Casper Sonesson, Team Manager, Private Sector at United Nations Development Programme, Stephanie Potter Director, University and Corporate Partnerships, Ashoka’s Youth Venture, BrigitteJaumel, Vice-President and Richard Im Treasurer of Aide Dentaire Vietnam, an organization partnering with the LFNY, and Sean Lynch, Head of School, Lycee Francais de New York as moderator.

Climate Change:
Where Do We Stand and What Can We Do?

Thursday, November 21, 2013 6:30pm-8pm
Free Open to All

With Professor Peter B. deMenocal from Columbia University, Professor and Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and Professor of the Earth Institute, Columbia University. Professor deMenocal is a paleoclimatologist whose work examines how and why climate has changed in the past and this work is used to inform global climate sensitivity to future greenhouse gas emissions. He is currently leading the new Center for Climate and Life, a Columbia-wide initiative to understand how climate change impacts human sustainability through its impacts on the security of food, water, and shelter. 

With David O’Connor, Chief Policy and Analysis Branch, United Nations Division for Sustainable Development. Dr. O’Connor has worked on sustainable development challenges facing developing countries since before Rio, first for a decade-and-a-half at the Development Centre of the OECD and for the past 10 years at the United Nations. Most recently, he led the substantive support to the Rio+20 Conference and the negotiation of the outcome adopted by Heads of State and Government in June 2012. Among his books is Managing the Environment with Rapid Industrialization: Lessons from the East Asian Experience. He has published widely, including in refereed journals, on climate change and development, and has served on the Economic Options Panel of the Montreal Protocol.

With Geoff Green from Students on Ice Expeditions. Geoff is the founder of the award-winning program Students on Ice. Since 1999, he has taken over 2000 students, teachers, scientists and experts from over 50 countries to the polar regions. He is a passionate ambassador for the protection of the planet’s global ecosystem. He inspires and motivates groups of all ages around the world with tales of adventure, incredible visuals, and personal observations on topics such as leadership, vision, teamwork, climate change and the power of youth.

The panel will be moderated by: Jeffrey Kluger Editor at Large at Time Magazine and author of several books on science topics, such as Simplexity (2008); Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Conquest of Polio (2005); Journey Beyond Selene (1999); and Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 (1994). The latter work was the basis for Ron Howard’s film Apollo 13 (1995)as well as two novels for young adults, “Freedom Stone” and “Nacky Patcher and the Curse of the Dry-Land Boats.” Mr. Kluger is also a parent at the Lycee.


Watch the panels on the LFNY blog.

Sign-up to our newsletter!

Click here to receive email updates about upcoming events and lectures at the Cultural Center.