Conferences and workshops

 SPEAK UP WITHOUT FEAR


Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE by calling The French Class at (415) 362-3666

A 4-week seminar in English by Deborah Biro
$100
Four Thursdays: March 5 to 26, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

 Do you get nervous when put on the spot?  Do you feel anxious when delivering a presentation or making a comment at a meeting?  Are you afraid to speak because you don’t want to “make a mistake?”  This 4-week class will help you explore the situations that can cause anxiety and stress when speaking. You will learn skills in a supportive, fun environment using exercises and practical techniques to quell the “anxiety devil.”

 PRÉCIEUX ÉDICULES: LES VESPASIENNES ET LA PAGODE BASTILLE


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A conference in French presented by Renée Morel
$25

The same conference will be offered twice at The French Class:

Tuesday, March 3, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

In 1834, the Count of Rambuteau, Prefect of the Seine, had 478 structures installed on major Parisian boulevards to relieve men’s bladders. These vespasiennes, named after Roman Emperor Vespasianus, who created public urinals, soon became the place of an atypical sociability where fleeting loves or fast friendships were born. Find out about their place in gay literature (Proust, Jean Genet, Roger Peyrefitte) or the fabled lore of the Résistance, as well as the battles fiercely fought around them. Then discover another édicule that has similarly disappeared from the Paris cityscape: the Pagode Bastille, a glass and cast iron métro entrance designed by Art nouveau architect Hector Guimard.

 NICOLAS POUSSIN (1594-1665) AND CLASSICAL PAINTING


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A conference in French presented by Renée Morel
$25

This conference will be offered only once at The French Class:

Tuesday, March 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A supreme master of formal design in Western art, Poussin was the greatest painter of the French classical period (its “Golden Age” or 17th Century), contrasting with the excesses of the Baroque. A modest, yet proud and independent spirit, he refused to live the life of a courtier despite entreaties such as the prestigious title of “First Painter of the King” bestowed upon him by both Louis XIII and Louis XIV. Poussin spent most of his life in Rome, patronized by merchants, bankers, and civil servants. Inspired by Plutarch, Homer and the Bible, this artist who excelled in all genres ceaselessly tried to move and elevate. This is why he has remained, even throughout the 20th century, the major source of inspiration for painters attracted by the classical style, like David, Ingres, and even Seurat, Cézanne, and even Picasso.

 MEMENTO MORI, SACRED AND PROFANE


Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE by calling The French Class at (415) 362-3666

A conference in French presented by Renée Morel
$25

The same conference will be offered twice at The French Class:

Tuesday, March 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Memento Mori (Remember that you will die) or “Vanity,” an artistic reminder of the inevitability of Death, is believed to have originated in ancient Rome, with the advent of Christianity. However, as a pictorial genre, it became popular during the Renaissance and even more so during the 17th C., with the spread of the Counter-Reformation. Look at amazing examples of this disturbing genre and its well-known symbols. See how this moralizing Christian theme turned existentialist when embraced by the Romantic movement and, more surprisingly still, by Modernists (Cézanne, Picasso) and successive waves of the iconoclastic avant-gardes (Andy Warhol, Basquiat, Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst).

 PATRICK MODIANO AND THE PUZZLE OF IDENTITY


Please REGISTER AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE by calling The French Class at (415) 362-3666

A conference in French presented by Renée Morel
$25

The same conference will be offered twice at The French Class:

Tuesday, March 31, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: This conference is different from the previous conference (Modiano and Dora Bruder) on Patrick Modiano. Obsessed with the dark and shameful period of the Occupation during which his father engaged in shady dealings, French author Patrick Modiano (1945-) has returned to this theme book after book, building a remarkably homogeneous work recently honored by a Nobel Prize in literature. His dream-like novels read like a never-ending search for identity in a world where “the sand holds the traces of our footsteps but a few moments.” Who are the various—and numerous—“ghosts” that haunt his stories? The people and places that most memorably embody his obsessions and elegiac prose?

Call to sign up for a class (415) 362-3666