Newsletter November 2018

French version here

Dear French Alliance members:

Many thanks to those of you, devoted volunteers, who helped us establish a nice French presence at the International Festival in Raleigh. The cultural booth illustrated this year’s theme with a display of the French celebration of Kings’ Day and the “galette” or Kings’ cake, and was a great success. Also, during these three days, our blue, white, and red dessert table offering typical pastries, was practically raided by the public and we sold out every night. Because of the fabulous chocolate cake, napoleons, slices of galette, and multicolored macarons, thousands of visitors were able to discover our French Alliance in the Triangle.

For several months we have been announcing an exceptional lecture meant to celebrate the 1918 armistice which marked the end of the First World War. On this occasion, in partnership with Duke University, we have invited the author-journalist Thomas Saintourens to present his book, “Les Poilus de Harlem” (The Harlem Hellfighters), on November 13th.This book met with great success in France when it came out last year. It tells an unknown story: in the trenches there were Frenchmen, the famous “Poilus”, but also some Black Americans from New York. Thomas Saintourens traces the incredible journey of these “Hellfighters”, rewarded in France for their bravery in the Marne trenches, but who remained victims of segregation in their own country.

To make it possible for the maximum number of people to attend the presentation (in French followed by an exchange in both languages) taking place at 6:30pm at Duke University in Durham, the Alliance is organizing some carpooling. This will facilitate the parking, and the partaking of drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres that will be offered following the lecture. All details, time, and meeting place for carpooling, are found on the website. Please sign up directly on the Alliance site or respond to the sign up mail sent by the Alliance.

With a musical program, the BBC radio recently devoted a short program to these Harlem Hellfighters, podcast that you may want to listen to before coming to the lecture: “The jazz kings go to war : The story of how an American regiment brought jazz to France”.

A new exciting conversation workshop on oenology (the science and knowledge of wines) will start after Thanksgiving. It will be possible to participate in the workshop without necessarily attending all the meetings. Check the website and sign up soon as space is limited!

The Yoga classes in French have been very successful and continue every Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30pm.

Here is a quick reminder of the regular Alliance activities in November, the details of which can be found on the website:

- Welcome Café

- Apero’Singalong (formerly Apero’Sing)

- Speak Easy

- Ciné-Club

- Hiking in French

- North Carolina Museum of Art in French (Georgia O’Keeffe)

- Cercle de Convivialité

- Game Night

Be sure to check the calendar of events on the web site since some dates have not yet been set at the time we complete this newsletter.

Finally, we have an idea: would you be interested in a workshop on “argot” (slang), more simply referred to as “langage familier” (familiar language) in the dictionary? To try it out, it would be a one-time two-hour session, probably in January, geared to speakers at an already advanced level of French. And if people are interested by the project, we could start a true French course around this theme. Tell us what you think via the “Contact us” window on the web site.

The Alliance Française team and come by the cultural and food booths of dozens of countries represented through the participation of communities from the Triangle and the rest of North Carolina. These past few years French culture has been represented by the Alliance and the French school of Raleigh.

The Alliance Française team

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