Past Events
April 13, 2007
French-American Relations on the Eve of the French Presidential Election
Presentations and Public Conversation Followed By a French-American Wine and Cheese Reception
Roland Flamini, former correspondent, editor, and bureau chief for TIME magazine in Paris and current columnist on current affairs for the CQ Weekly.
Homer Sutton, Professor of French and specialist in contemporary French society and culture at Davidson College.
October 20, 2004
French-American Relations on the Eve of the Election
Panel Presentations and Public Conversation Followed By a French-American Wine and Cheese Reception
Erwan Lagadec, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
“French-American Relations Today: Enduring Conflicts or Political Sound Bites?”
Steven Vincent, Professor of History, North Carolina State University
“France-US: The Tensions of a Partnership in War and Peace”
Terry Maguire, Co-Owner of France-Press, Publisher of Journal Français and France Today
“How the French Media Portrays American Politics Today”
Lloyd Kramer, Professor of History UNC-Chapel Hill, served as moderator
October 16, 2003
The Cordial Misalliance: The Current Crisis in French-American Relations
A Panel Discussion and Public Conversation Followed by a French-American Wine and Cheese Reception
Lloyd Kramer, Dean Smith Distinguished Term Professor of History UNC-Chapel Hill
“The Long Alliance: Lafayette, The Statue of Liberty, and Charles De Gaulle”
Donald Reid, Professor of History, UNC-Chapel Hill
“An American in Paris: Reflections on a Year in France, 2002-03”
Pierre Wertheimer, President, French Development Agency, Inc.
“The Economic Costs of French-American Tensions and Boycotts”
Terry Maguire, Co-Owner of France-Press, Publisher of Journal Français and France Today
“Cultural Stereotypes of the ‘Other’ in France and America”
Homer Sutton, Professor of French, Davidson College
“Anti-anti-Americanism in Contemporary France”
March 8-11, 2001
The French-American Connection
75th Anniversary
The Institut Français de Washington 75th Anniversary Celebration coincided with the annual meeting of the Society for French Historical Studies.
  More than 200 historians from North America gathered in Chapel Hill to discuss themes and issues in French historical studies.
One theme of the meeting was the emphasis of contemporary French-American cross cultural perceptions, conflicts and stereotypes.
The IFW sponsored a panel on the changing status of the French language in the contemporary world.
What is the Place of the French Language in the World Today?
Albert Valdman, Indiana University
“French in the Caribbean Basin”
Julie Auger, Indiana University
“French in Canada and in France”
Carl Blyth, University of Texas, Austin
“French in Africa and in Global Technology”
February 18 and 19, 1994
The French-American Connection
200 years of cultural and intellectual interaction
"In honor of the Bicentennial of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and William Davie, a founding father of the University and one of the American diplomatic representatives that President John Adams sent to France in 1799-1800, the Institut Français de Washington invited scholars, students, and other interested parties to Chapel Hill on February 18-20, 1994, for a conference on “The French-American Connection: 200 Years of Cultural and Intellectual Interaction.” The conference had three objectives: to discuss the evolving  interactions between the cultures of America and France; to use this perspective to reflect on the changes occurring in the French-American cultural interactions as we move into the 21st century; and to revitalize the Institut Français de Washington as an institution that promotes new kinds of French-American interactions in a new historical era."
Dr. Catherine A. Maley
Institut Français de Washington
The Eighteenth Century
“Lafayette: The Soldier of Two Worlds”
Speaker: Sylvia Neely, St. Louis University
Respondent: Dr. Stanley Idzerda, College of St. Benedict
The Nineteenth Century
“Worlds Together, Worlds Apart: Tocqueville and the Franco-American Exchange”
Speaker: Dr. Seymour Drescher, University of Pittsburgh
Respondent: Dr. Sarah Maza, Northwestern University
The Twentieth Century
“Gilbert Chinard: Scholar, Teacher, Franco-American”
Speaker: Dr. Robert Forster, John Hopkins University
Respondent: Dr. Donald Reid, UNC-Chapel Hill
The Twenty-first Century
Speakers: Drs. Neely, Drescher, and Forster
Moderator: Lloyd Kramer, UNC-Chapel Hill