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  • Orientation Spring 2020

    Lundi 6 janvier 2020 - 14h00 - Grande Salle
  • Christmastime in Paris

    It is Christmastime in Paris. How do I know this? My local farmer’s market on the Boulevard Raspail is filled with fishermen shucking sea salty oysters, butchers hawking creamy foie gras, and bakers selling the tiniest of toasts baked and cut specifically for Christmas party canapés. Pastry shops across the city have begun taking orders for their infamous “bûche de Noël”, a rich, chocolaty confection enjoyed by all of France on the 25th of December. The smell of pine wafts through the air—fancy flower shops and my local Franprix alike have begun selling the pointy green trees. Fairy lights have been hung across small side streets, casting warm glows onto the beige Haussmanian buildings. At night—if one is feeling particularly nosy—one can peek into apartment windows and see the majesty of... Continuer à lire →
  • The Darkness of Paris Helps Us Appreciate the Ligtht

    My phone lights up in the darkness, shrieking its marimba wake-up call. Could it really be morning already? It seems as if I just put my head down on my pillow. Looking towards my bedroom’s windows, all I see is blackness. During my final days in Paris, many of my morning begin just like that (well, perhaps a bit more on the positive side—I was really tired that day!). I wake up in the early morning hours to be greeted with what appears to still be the dark night sky. However, as I slowly begin to make my coffee and begin my day, pale morning light creeps into my apartment. The light is grey and hazy, fuzzying the sharp corners of the beige Haussmanian buildings on my street. But it is beautiful. As I sip my coffee and let the sun climb higher in the sky, I cannot help but appreciate the... Continuer à lire →
  • Thanksgiving in Paris

    One could certainly argue that Paris—and France in general—is home of the most beautiful (and delicious) food traditions in the world. It is common for families to have long lunches on Sundays “en famille”, it is a time for everyone to share with their loved ones anecdotes from the past week. Sidewalks are crowded during lunchtime year round, with friends huddled together under the heat lamps in winter and couples sipping cool drinks under the shade of café terraces in summer. France seems to be the country that invented—and continues to uphold—the notion that meals are meant to be enjoyed and shared with loved ones. While Americans—and particularly those of my kin, New Yorkers—have become increasingly too busy to spend mealtimes with their families and friends as much as the French do,... Continuer à lire →
  • Les "fiedls trips" français

    En tant que majeure en études françaises et francophones à Barnard, il est impératif pour moi de mieux comprendre tous les aspects de l’histoire de la France, et où mieux l’étudier qu’à la Sorbonne à Paris? A la Sorbonne de la faculté d’histoire, je suis en train de suivre un cours d’histoire sociale de la France urbaine aux XIXe et XXe siècles. Même avec nos conférences hebdomadaires, le matériel de cours est incroyablement profond, vaste et intéressant. Mon cours se concentre sur la vie quotidienne des Parisiens sous l’influence de la Ville de Lumière en constante évolution, ainsi que sur la vie quotidienne de ceux qui vivent en dehors de la soi-disant « bulle parisienne » dans les autres départements de France. Dans l’ensemble, ce cours m’a permis d’acquérir encore plus de... Continuer à lire →
  • An afternoon at l'Assemblée nationale

    On a rainy Tuesday afternoon, five young women and their professor made their way through the Parisian chill and surmounted the very French grève to meet in front of the Assemblée Nationale (France’s National Assembly). As a part of our course for La vie politique française (or, French political life), our professor de Bellaing organized a trip for our small, tight-knit class to put our semester’s learning into context and sit in the gallery and watch the Assembly’s proceedings taking place mere meters away. We entered the back door to the Assembly, bustled through the metal detectors, and checked our telephones (no photos allowed!). Seated on the inexplicably tiny gallery seats, we whispered amongst ourselves: “Is that Marine Le Pen? Could that really be the Prime Minister in the flesh... Continuer à lire →
  • Reid Hall Student Party

    Lundi 2 décembre 2019 - 18h30                 Avant les derniers examens, devoirs etc... venez partager un moment chaleureux et de convialité avec les étudiants de Reid Hall
  • Thanksgiving Dinner

    Toute l'équipe du Columbia University Undergraduate Global Engagement | Paris est heureuse d'inviter tous les étudant.e.s du programme qui le souhaitent à partager un repas de Thanksgiving avec les étudiants de Smith College Paris au restaurant.  
  • Projection cinéma - L'Atelier de Laurent Cantet

    Lundi 25 novembre 2019 - 19h00               Laurent Cantet est le dernier cinéaste français à avoir remporté la Palme d’or au Festival de Cannes avec Entre les murs en 2008. Á la fois discret dans ses apparitions médiatiques et très engagé dans la vie citoyenne et politique, il élabore patiemment depuis une vingtaine d’années une œuvre forte où l’individu est toujours confronté à la réalité sociale, économique et politique : de Ressources humaines (2000) à L’Atelier (2017), en passant par L’Emploi du temps (2001) ou encore Vers le sud (2005), il est devenu une sorte de « contemporain capital » qui nous donne des nouvelles du monde par le truchement de fictions où ses personnages nous touchent d’autant plus qu’ils conservent leur radicalité et se révèlent à mille lieues d’être de... Continuer à lire →
  • On Rome and Paris, a tale of two historical and beautiful cities

    Picture this: an ancient city on a major river with centuries of history stacked upon it. There are museums all around you, apartment buildings rising up from the ground with large windows looking down on small alleyways. Because it’s autumn, there is a faint smell of wood smoke in the air—it’s almost as if you’re breathing in the history of the city’s inhabitants, current and former. And there you are, strolling down a cobblestone street en route to a café to have a pastry and a foamy cappuccino. Where are you? Paris? Maybe. But you could also be in the historical city of Rome, the capital of Italy. Last week, I traveled to Italy for my Toussaint holidays. While I have been lucky enough to travel to Italy before, it was my first time in Rome. Despite having fallen head-over-heels in love... Continuer à lire →

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