All Things French

A series of free Zoom meetings on French life, culture, history and language

with Pamela Druckerman, author, journalist and founder of PANDEMONIUM U


Druckerman will host three more French-themed discussions in June!


No registration required. For these events, no email/contact information is required of participants, or is collected by the hosts/organizers or by 3rd parties for follow-on solicitations.


These are free events with no strings attached!

Use this Zoom link for all sessions
Meeting ID: 7917404469

The Zoom link is the same for all events

Pamela Druckerman series of All Things French Zoom meetings are now all available to view on

Pan U’s YouTube channel.

Friday 19 June - 12pm

Let’s talk about women and race (in France)

with activist and writer Rokhaya Diallo &
author and journalist 
Lindsey Tramuta

Why is race such a complicated topic in France? How are women in particular affected? How does the myth of the Parisian woman — inevitably white, lithe, ever fashionable — differ from the diverse female faces shaping the French capital today? Where does this myth come from, anyway? 

Rokhaya Diallo is a prominent French journalist, TV presenter, author and antiracist activist who cofounded the NGO Les Indivisibles. Her books include Racisme: mode d’emploi (Ordinary Racism Shorts) and Ne reste pas à ta place! (Don’t try to fit in!). She’s at work on a documentary about la Parisienne. 

Lindsey Tramuta is the American author of the forthcoming book The New Parisienne: the Women & Ideas Shaping Paris. She also wrote the bestseller The New Paris, and she’s a regular contributor to the New York Times and Condé Nast Traveler. She lives in Paris.

Wednesday 24 June - 12pm

How the 1919 Paris Peace settlements shaped today’s world

with historian Margaret MacMillan, award-winning author of 

Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World

Just after WWI, at the Paris peace conference of 1919, the leaders of the US, UK and France met in Paris to make peace and wind up four empires. They created new states such as Iraq and Syria. They imposed reparations and other penalties on Germany, which had just lost the war. They agreed to create a League of Nations, the forerunner to the United Nations. It was the start of a new era that included the spread of Bolshevism, the growing importance of international public opinion, and the notion that nations had the right to self-determination. How did the Paris Peace Settlements shape the world we live in now? 


Margaret MacMillan is one of today's best-known historians and international-relations experts. She’s a professor of History at the University of Toronto and an emeritus professor of International History at Oxford University, specializing in British imperial history and the international history of the 19th and 20th centuries. Paris 1919 (with an introduction by Richard Holbrook) won the Samuel Johnson Prize, the PEN Hessell Tiltman Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize. MacMillan’s other books include Nixon and Mao: the Week that Changed the World  and The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914.

Friday 26 June - 12pm

The rebuilding of Notre Dame

with R. Howard Bloch, professor of French at Yale

On April 15, 2019 a fire broke out in Notre Dame Cathedral. The spire collapsed and most of the roof was destroyed, but to the relief of the watching world, the Gothic building was saved. What are the economic, political and aesthetic issues involved in rebuilding Notre Dame? How do current efforts to rebuild compare to past ones, across the centuries? Why is this building so central to France’s sense of itself? 

R. Howard Bloch, Sterling Professor of French at Yale, is a specialist in the literature and social history of Medieval France. He holds a medal from the Collège de France, is an officer in France's Order of Arts and Letters, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

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