Ronald Blunden is a dual citizen of France and the United States. He is a Senior Vice President of Hachette Livre, the third largest trade publishing company in the world, the first in France and the fourth in the United States.
We are at that time of the year when the dog days are behind us - or so it seems - and all at once summer seems to collapse into fall. As you start daydreaming about the changing of fall leaves, we thought you'd like to know what the Alliance Française has in store for the next few weeks. Mark your calendars!
FRENCH CLASSES - Expanded Portfolio!
Our Fall Class Schedule starts on the week of September 16th, with additional General French classes in Raleigh and, for the first time, General French classes in Chapel Hill and Durham. See our class schedule for information on levels, days and times here: https://www.afraleigh.org/general-french-classes
We are introducing 4 new Specialty Classes in Raleigh: "Le Cinéma Français", "L'Univers de Jules Verne", "La Chanson Française" and "Petite Conversation", in addition to our popular "French for Travelers" class. More information here: https://www.afraleigh.org/workshop
First and foremost, we will hold our 2019 General Assembly on September 14th, 11am, and hope to see you there! Our team will review the Alliance's past year performance and share our goals for the upcoming year. We will close with a glass of wine - or lemonade - and appetizers.
Our literature highlight this month is How Jules Verne crossed the Atlantic, a talk by expert Jean-Michel Margot, VP of the North American Jules Verne Society and fellow North Carolinian, on September 24th, 7pm. No registration required.
On Thursday October 10th, 4pm, critic and curator Oulimata Gueye will present Digital Imaginaries in Africa, a talk about the impact of digital technology on urban popular cultures in Africa. In collaboration with Duke Center for French and Francophone Studies. At Duke East campus, Pink Parlor.
On October 29th, 6:30pm, MTN Director Papa Sow will present Mobile Phones: A Daily Revolution in Africa. At Duke East campus, Pink Parlor.
On November 7th, 7pm, The Making of Tapestry, from French Gobelins' and Aubusson's tapestries to modern designs made in America today will include a talk and a demo by Hélène Crié-Wiesner, journalist and haute lisse tapestry weaver.
On the culinary side, our acclaimed Wine Tasting workshop is back! Wine expert Loïc Lautredou will teach us how the key flavors in food affect how you taste wine. Saturday 12 October, 5:30 to 7pm. Register here.
North Carolina Museum of Arts docent Diane Beckman will take us on 4 guided tours in French this fall: The Color Blue - Part 1 & 2 on September 18th and October 1st, Art in the Park on October 15th, and the special exhibition on Diego Riviera and Frida Kahlo on November 20th. All tours start at 11am, except for the Diego/Frida tour starting at 12:15pm.
We're excited to introduce a new Theater Workshop this fall. The Theater Workshop will take place at the Alliance every Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00pm, starting Saturday, September 28th. Spearheaded by theater obsessed Allen Taylor, this bilingual workshop will offer an opportunity to explore the various facets of theatrical performance. Free for members. Registration required.
Our September Welcome Café will be held on Tuesday, September 3rd, 10:30am, at the Alliance. The Café is an opportunity for new members to meet 'regulars' and for everyone to catch up on what's new and exciting in the francosphere.
The next Club de Lecture will take place on Thursday, September 19th, 10:00am. We will discuss "La Délicatesse" by David Foenkinos. The book garnered nominations for all five major French literary prizes and was translated into 25 languages. Free for members, registration required.
That same evening of September 19th, 6:30pm, Apéro'Sing will get together again after summer break. Our casual choir is a magical place where all voices, from glorious to suboptimal, somehow combine as one. We believe that guitar player Michèle Darrah has something to do with the magic. No registration required.
Yoga en Français invites you to hop back on the mat on Friday, September 20th, 10:00am, for 1 hour of Gentle Yoga. Suitable for all ages and shapes, and all levels of yoga and French! Registration required.
Our Cercle de Convivialité will kickstart the social season on Sunday, September 22nd, 4:30pm in Raleigh. This is the perfect time to (re)connect with fellow francophiles, and hopefully make some new acquaintances in the Triangle. The Cercle takes place at a different Alliance member's home each month. You will receive the exact address upon registration here.
This concludes our September newsletter. We hope you will find the time in your busy schedule to enjoy some of our events. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Alliance Team
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