Events & Programs



The Three-years Seminars

Food, Power, Exchange and Identity: Food and Foodstuffs in the French and Francophone Worlds, a three-year interdisciplinary seminar organized by the Henri Peyre French Institute.
Impunity, Responsibility and Citizenship: Haiti, a three-year interdisciplinary seminar organized by the Henri Peyre French Institute.


Collaboration and Funding

March 19, 2014: The Henri Peyre French Institute co-sponsors Marjorie Perloff's lecture The Last Hapsburg Poet: Paul Celan's Love Poetry and the Limits of Language organized by the Center of the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY.

March 26, 2014: The Henri Peyre French Institute supports the French-American Workshop and Conference on French Sixteenth-Century Literature and Culture, a collaboration of The Graduate Center, CUNY, and the Université Paris IV-Sorbonne. The event takes place at the Graduate Center, CUNY, in the Segal Theatre.

This spring 2014 semester, the HPFI provides support for the Annual Graduate Conference of the Ph.D. Program in French Students Conference, "Transgression and Subversive Performativity," to be held Friday on April 11, 2014: Martin E. Segal Theatre. More information.


February 28, 2014:  the HPFI provides support for The Ninth Annual Pearl Kibre Medieval Study Interdisciplinary Student Conference, entitled Medieval Celebrations.
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March 6-8, 2014: The Henri Peyre French Institute supports the 20th/21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium 2014: Money / L'Argent to take place at NYU, the Graduate Center CUNY and Columbia University.
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This one-day meeting will inaugurate an annual series of conferences/workshops jointly organized by Professors Mireille Huchon (Sorbonne) and Bernd Renner (GC), alternating between New York (even years) and Paris (odd years), and  modeled after the Atelier XVI siècle held at the University Paris IV-Sorbonne for some 15 years. It will provide a unique opportunity for exchange between scholars of the French Renaissance from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and for current presentation of the latest research in the field for all those interested in this pivotal era of French history.



In the spring 2013 semester, the HPFI provided support for the annual French Doctoral Graduate Conference…

Fall 2013

The Henri Peyre French Institute supported the A Centennial Celebration of Aimé Césaire held at Lehman College and The Graduate Center, CUNY on October 3rd and 4th 2013.

On October 16, 2013, launching of the series "Meet Our Scholars" with Lucie Carmel Paul conversation about her research and conclusions on "Partir marron" - Un parcours sémantique à travers les trous de la mémoire collective haïtienne.



From April 24 to April 30, the HPFI held a series of events as a seminar entitled Haiti-Rencontres, organized by French doctoral candidate Jasmine Narcisse.

The first event was an exhibit called Port-au-Prince Debout: 1750-2010, a collection of archival photographs on the architecture and neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince before the earthquake. Conceived by a group of Haitian artists and archivists, including united Haitian Artists, the CIDIHCA, and the filmmaker Franz Voltaire, the unique exhibit was commented on in a talk by Gina Cheron, who had previously toured it at the Queens Museum.

On April 25, the distinguished Swiss physician and medical researcher Jean-Daniel Rainhorn (Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, Institute for Global Studies, Paris) spoke on the causes of the cholera epidemic in Haiti today ("Un autre regard sur L'épidémie de choléra en Haiti").

On April 30, the internationally-known poet and theater performer Syto Cavé made his second visit to the Graduate Center. Both these visits were historic in view of his stature in the world of Haitian letters and in the history of theater in NYC into the sixties, after which he did not return until the Graduate Center invited him a few years ago.

The Haitian Book Fair took place during that period, on April 22, at York College.
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