French author Géraldine Smith discusses (in English) the provocative argument of her new book, Vu en Amérique, bientôt en France (Seen in America, Soon in France): that current trends in the United States presage the shape of things to come in her country. 

The author, who has lived in North Carolina since 2007, reveals “everyday America” through the opioid epidemic, the rejection of “cultural appropriation,” ADHD and the medicalisation of education, the loss of etiquette (why eat with cutlery?), attachment parenting, the generalisation of the gig economy, identity politics, and the quest for “safe spaces.” Her long-haul reportage predicts the Americanisation of France, not because of overwhelming U.S. soft power, but because the same causes – worldwide competition, large-scale immigration, the end of white patriarchy — will produce the same effects. Of course, all of this with a grain of Gallic salt….


When: January 17th, 6:30 pm

Where: At the Alliance Française (free parking on site)

The talk will be followed by a small reception. Books will be sold and signed by the author there.

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