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Center for French Civilization and Culture

In fulfilling its principal mission of training graduate and undergraduate students of French language, literature, and civilization,as well as of Francophone studies, the Center boasts a nationally and internationally renowned faculty and a sizable corps of superior students who receive substantial fellowship support in pursuing their degrees. The faculty's widely respected research and scholarship places it in the forefront of the profession.

Through the wide range of public activities it regularly organizes, the Center plays a preeminent role in the cultural exchange between France and the United States.


Professor Tom Bishop, Director

The Center for

French Civilization and Culture

13 University Place, New York, NY 10003-4556. (212) 998-8700.

Department of French

The Department of French at New York University, recognized as one of the leading French departments in the country, currently has thirty faculty members and thirty assistants. In addition to distinguished senior scholars and critics, the faculty includes many younger members of solid achievement and growing reputation. This outstanding group of teachers represents a broad spectrum of specialization in all areas of French literature and civilization, as well as critical theory, the history of ideas, cultural studies, and Francophone studies.

The Institute of French Studies

NYU's Institute of French Studies, is this country's premier multidisciplinary center for the study of modern France.

Its resident faculty of specialists in history, anthropology, French, politics, and art history, together with its distinguished visiting professors from France make it unique in the United States.

Established in 1978 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the IFS focuses on French culture, history, politics, economics and society.

It draws upon the strengths of New York University's world-class faculty in the humanities and social sciences and on the vast cultural riches of New York City.

La Maison Française

Just north of Washington Square, at the entrance to the historic, cobble-stoned Washington Mews, stands a New York University landmark, La Maison Française. Since its founding in 1957, the "French House" has evolved into the most active center of French-American cultural and intellectual exchange to be found on any American campus.

NYU in France

Founded in 1969, New York University in France is in the forefront of international study-abroad programs, offering opportunities for graduate and undergraduate study in Paris during the academic year and also during the summer session.

Over the years, NYU in France has played host to many outstanding students from over one hundred American colleges and universities. Participants develop solid language skills while pursuing a challenging curriculum for degree credit and exploring Parisian cultural and social life.

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Advisory Board and Sponsors
Simone de Beauvoir Week, September 15-20 2008