March Newsletter

Dear Members,

Mars est là! Which in French could be confusing since "mars" means both the planet Mars and the month of March - both being named after the Roman god of war. How do we know which is which? Simple: on Mars, there isn't much at all. In March, however, flowers are budding, chocolate is on sale, we never know what to wear and .....we're springing forward! Plus we are always sure there is water - plenty, in fact. Just the right ingredients to spice up this (hopefully) last stretch of Ground Hog Days ahead of us. More importantly for French speakers: March is the month of La Francophonie, an opportunity to celebrate the cultural and linguistic diversity of the French language. And move it to Mars.

It all starts here:

Tournées Film Festival March 1st through 28 Cinema lovers rejoice: Duke's Center for French & Francophone Studies (CFFS) and Screen/Society present the 2021 Tournées Film Festival featuring fiction, documentary, animation and repertory films - in French with English subtitles. Free on a first come, first served basis. The number of tickets for each film is limited. More information here Zoom Café Tuesday 2 March, 10am Our monthly get-together to catch up with each other and welcome newcomers from all planets. In French Free and open to all. Sign up here Molière, Décidement Contemporain Sunday 7 March, 2pm Francophones like to refer to their native language as "La langue de Molière." But who was Molière exactly, and are his works still relevant today? Don't miss this presentation by Director André Nerman about the 17th century playwright known as the "French Shakespeare." In French. Members only. Sign up here Apéro National Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 March, 5:15 or 8:15pm. Where you meet and chat with AF members from all over the U(niver)S! In French. AF members only. Sign up here The French Heritage of North Carolina Wednesday 10 March, 6:30pm Did you know that the first European explorers to the region were French? Prof. Dudley Marchi tells us the story and so much more about the many connections between French culture and the Carolinas. In English. Free and open to all. Sign up here New Hidden Secrets of Paris Saturday 13 March, 2pm Oliver Gee, the host of the popular Paris podcast The Earful Tower, will share 5 carefully curated and undiscovered secrets of the city. We can't travel yet, but we can prepare! Members only. In English. Sign up here Live Concert with Benjamin Piat Saturday 13 March, 4pm Download the lyrics and sing along with singer Benjamin Piat in a virtual performance, live from France! You will be able to interact with Benjamin and ask questions during intermissions. In French. Free and open to all. Sign up here Club de Lecture Tuesday 16 March, 10am. This month's selection is Une si longue lettre by award-winning Senegalese writer Mariama Ba. The brief narrative, written as an extended letter, has been recognized as one of Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century. In French. For members only. Sign up here. Dictée Gabrielle-Roy Thursday 18 March, 6:45pm. Celebrate La Francophonie with this pan-American dictation contest organized by AF Manitoba and offered to all AF chapters across North America. The contest is non competitive: 3 winners will be drawn lots among participants and will receive prizes. In French. Free and open to all. Sign up here The Le Pen Family Friday 19 Mars, 12pm. Political scientist Catherine Fieschi will discuss how the Le Pen family built and changed the French political far right. Might their party ever win power? In English. For members only. Sign up here Apéro Antivirus Friday 19 and 26 Mars, 5pm. This month's Apéro comes 1 hour early! Still complaining about that lost hour of sleep? Join us instead; we'll explain how it all works. In French. Free and open to all. Sign up here.