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  • 9 Dec 2019 12:30 | Bethan Meadowcroft (Administrator)

    The Association France-Grande Bretagne has invited our members to attend a lunch debate on Monday 9th December at which Professor Jolyon Howorth, emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Bath and currently visiting Professor of Public Policy at Harvard, will talk, in French, on the subject of 

    "L'Europe peut-elle assurer seule sa défense?"

    Please find, below, full details of the event. Members who wish to attend should register by this Thursday, 28th. November directly with France-Grande Bretagne as indicated in the attachment.

    Invitation FGB Pr J. HOWORTH.docx

  • 18 Nov 2019 18:00 | Anonymous

    The English Speaking Union Paris has invited our members to an illustrated lecture by Sophie Loussouarn, at which she will present her book "Fame and Faces", which is an excellent complement to the current exhibition at Musée du Luxembourg,  "The Golden Age of British Painting".

    She will present it with illustrations on

    Monday 18 November 2019 at 6pm

    at the Mairie du 7ème arrondissement, 116 rue de Grenelle, 75007 Paris

    To be painted by an artist such as Gainsborough, Reynolds or Zoffany was a social event. A portrait could change a woman’s social status and bring her fame as it was the only way to be known. Her beauty could be discovered and admired at the Royal Academy exhibitions. It was the emergence of modern-times celebrity.

    But portrait was soon followed by caricature which mocked the women who had been extolled by portraits. Caricature appeared to have a moralising function displaying the foibles and vices of the beauties of the time.

    Dr Sophie Loussouarn takes us into 18th century society which is in full expansion, and breaks with traditional rules.

    Refreshments will be served after the presentation. Looking forward to seeing you.

    Thank you for filling out the form and replying before November 14.

  • 23 Oct 2019 12:00 | Anonymous

    12 noon Wednesday 23rd October 2019
    Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, 292 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris

    Métro Arts et Metiers (lines 3 and 11) or Réaumur-Sébastopol (lines 3 and 4)

    Booking now open 

    Following the resounding success of the first Cambridge Cutting Edge Lecture delivered by Sir Venki Ramakrishnan at the Institut Pasteur, we are immensely lucky to have another scientist of world renown for the second lecture, Professor Sir Roger Penrose, and to have been permitted most generously by the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers to hold this lecture in their beautiful, historic amphitheatre Abbé Grégoire. This event is very highly recommended.

    Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS is an English mathematical physicist. He studied at University College London and at St John’s College Cambridge and is now the Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of mathematics at Oxford.

    The son of a psychiatrist and geneticist, grandson of a physiologist, brother of a physicist and of a chess grandmaster, Roger Penrose has won numerous prizes and awards and is one of the most important living scientists in the world. He worked closely with Stephen Hawking and appeared in the film, a Brief History of Time.

    The work undertaken by Roger Penrose has been wide ranging and of immense importance. Taking but two examples: in 1964 he revolutionised the mathematical tools used to analyse the properties of space time and, later, his epoch-making paper “Gravitational collapse and space time singularities” lead to the cosmology of Big Bang and Black Holes which he worked on with Stephen Hawking.

    In lighter vein, Roger Penrose also devised the Penrose Triangle which he described as “impossibility in its purest form” which he conveyed to the artist M.C. Escher.

    The topic of Professor Penrose’s Cambridge Cutting Edge Lecture is “Hawking Points in the Cosmic Microwave Sky” in which he will reveal his theories of cosmology and his scientific belief that our Universe is in fact just one of a series of Universes, or eons, each commencing with a Big Bang that had its origins in the dim distant past of a preceding Universe.

    Having attended one of Roger Penrose’s lectures in London, I can only say that it was utterly astounding. Deep, cutting edge, completely incomprehensible science delivered in a way that was, anyway superficially, understandable by all, holding the audience enthralled. By the end, my head was spinning with ideas and revelations beyond my wildest expectations. 

    Over and above, there will be the delight of seeing the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers and the beautiful historic amphitheatre Abbé Grégoire, built in the 1840s, named after the founder of the Conservatoire, an important political figure during the French Revolution depicted in David’s famous painting The Serment du Jeu de Paume.

    This lecture by Professor Sir Roger Penrose will probably be a one-off ever and a landmark experience for many. It is definitely not to be missed.

    Andrew Lyndon-Skeggs


    How to book:

    Tickets are now on sale at €25 per person, with a discounted price of €15 per person for attendees under 30 years of age.

    On-line booking is available on the Society's website. If you book this way, you can pay by credit card, bank transfer or cheque.

    For those who are not able to book their place through the website, a PDF booking form can be obtained from this link. Payment can only be by bank transfer or cheque with the PDF booking form. For any enquiries about the event, please contact Tony Banton.


  • 11 Oct 2019 08:30 | Anonymous

    • Vendredi 11 Octobre 2019 (clôture des inscriptions 8 Octobre 2019)

      Avec Kendal NEZAN, Président de l'Institut Kurde de Paris

      S'inscrire : http://www.geo2000.org/evenements/manifestations/

    • Les Kurdes forment un peuple dont les populations vivent principalement en Iran, en Irak, en Syrie et en Turquie. Ils se caractérisent par une forte revendication identitaire et une grande diversité car, sunnites à 80 %, ils comptent néanmoins parmi eux des alévis, des chrétiens, des yézidis.

      En conflit depuis des décennies avec le pouvoir d’Ankara, les Kurdes de Turquie vivent sur un territoire qui représente près de la moitié de l'ensemble du Kurdistan tandis qu’en Irak, ils ont réussi à créer une région autonome avec Kirkouk comme capitale et ses champs pétroliers et qu’en Syrie, une administration autonome kurde gère depuis novembre 2013 trois cantons coupés les uns des autres et défendus par la branche armée du Parti de l'union démocratique (PYD).

      La faiblesse des pouvoirs centraux à Bagdad et à Damas, et la volonté affichée par Daech de détruire les minorités, ont amené les Kurdes à être aux avant postes de la lutte contre l’État Islamiste, et leur a permis de bénéficier d’une certaine reconnaissance et d’un renforcement de leur capacité militaire.

      Mais aujourd’hui ils doivent faire face à une nouvelle menace, celle d’un conflit avec les Turcs dont l’armée peut à tout moment traverser la frontière qui la sépare de la Syrie et l’Irak.

    • ·         Quelle est la situation réelle sur le terrain ?
    • ·         Qu’adviendra-t-il, si la Turquie décide d’entrer à nouveau dans un conflit meurtrier et frontal avec les Kurdes d’Irak et de Syrie ?
    • ·         Quelle sera l’attitude des occidentaux ?
    • ·         De quelle protection pourront-ils bénéficier ?
    • ·         Quelle déflagration cet éventuel conflit pourra-t-il avoir sur le proche orient et au-delà ?

    C’est à ces questions que Kendal NEZAN, président de l’Institut Kurde de Paris répondra lors d’une conférence qui, pour la première fois de l’histoire de Géostratégies 2000, porte sur la question kurde. Nous recevrons Kendal Nezan le Vendredi 11 Octobre 2019 – Salon Pourpre – Palais du Luxembourg – 8h30-10h.

  • 3 Oct 2019 15:00 | Anonymous

    PADFAS's first monthly lecture of the new season will take place on Thursday, 10th. October, at 3pm. It is entitled

    "Dickens, Lawrence and Zhivago: David Lean's Art of Cinema".

    It will be held at Théâtre du Ranelagh, 5 rue des Vignes, 75016 Paris

    Neil Falkner will explore how, in the "golden age" of cinema, the British director, David Lean, "imagined" the world he sought to represent and had sets constructed to represent landscapes, townscapes and interiors. Such images constitute modern art forms.

    The charge for non-PADFAS members is €15, payable either by cheque made out to PADFAS, or in cash, on the spot. There is no need to register.

    (For PADFAS members, please not that the AGM will take place before the lecture, from 2pm and drinks will be served after it, before the lecture begins.)

  • 28 Sep 2019 14:15 | Anonymous


    A celebration of the exuberant and heady Années Folles when Paris was at the epicentre of the intellectual and artistic world.

    “The Artists and Writers of the 1920s and ’30s”

    Unfortunately, because of ill health on the part of our Lecturer, Mary McAuliffe, the third lecture in the Glory Days of Paris series has had to be postponed. However, the accompanying guided walk will still take place at:

    14h15 on Saturday 28th September

    Meeting point: 1 rue Campagne Première

    End of walk: La Coupole, Bvd. Montparnasse (approx 16h30)

    Price: €17 per person

    There will be either tea or an aperitif at La Coupole at the end of the walk, although the cost of this is not included in the price.

    “Paris is a feast” wrote Hemmingway. This guided walk, full of interesting and amusing anecdotes, will illustrate the history of Les Années Folles in Montparnasse, an area of Paris already well known for its festivity, its Guingettes and the Rue de la Gaïté. Maud Hacker, our guide, will reveal secrets of the wild evenings that took place enlivened by the rhythms of jazz and the dance of Josephine Baker. We will also discover the painters' studios of Picasso, Modigliani, Foujita, Man Ray… and their muse Kiki of Montparnasse. Hidden courtyards and gardens. The famous cafés around Rue Vavin: Le Dôme, La Rotonde, Le Select and La Coupole. And there we shall stop for a cup of tea or, 1920s style, an aperitif.

    Hope to see you on Saturday 28th September.

    Ticket & Mailing List Application

    To apply for tickets, at €17 per person, for the guided walk on Saturday 28th September at 2:15pm, please go to our website and make your booking.

    If you are unable to access the website, or prefer to complete a paper ticket application form, please contact Tony Banton, The Society's Hon. Secretary, and he will send you a PDF version of the booking form.

  • 18 Jun 2019 14:01 | Anonymous

    The Oxford and Cambridge Club of Geneva have kindly extended an invitation to OUSP members to their 70th Anniversary Celebration: a cruise on Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) with dinner and dancing on the evening of Saturday, 6th. July.

    Please join us on Saturday 6th July to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of our founding.

    Tickets are CHF 110 per head for a four hour cruise on Lac Leman.  Apèros as we sail from Geneva, a fine buffet meal and an excellent local band. Wine and soft drinks available until after dinner when there will be a cash bar. Please separately advise Don Birch if you have any dietary requirements. 

    We will be sailing aboard the CGN’s fine vessel the Henri Dunant which is well appointed, with external decks, two large internal areas, and plenty of room for dancing!

    We will be joined by representatives from the British Embassy in Berne, both of our Universities and other associations with whom we have close links.

    Dress code - cocktail chic or college blazers will help us celebrate in a fitting way. Check the weather before you come - will be cooler later in the evening.

    We depart at 6pm sharp from Geneve CGN Vieux Paquis - see below for map. Returning to the same place at around 10.30 pm.

    This event is being organised using Eventbrite, so please register and pay now through this Eventbrite link so we know how many members and guests can come. You are welcome to bring up to 3 guests. Cancellations and full refunds are possible until 7 days before the event.

  • 17 Jun 2019 09:19 | Anonymous

    University of Kent alumni have kindly invited OUSP members to their annual "potluck picnic" as a prelude to the Fête de la Musique this Friday 21 June.

    The event starts at 6:30pm on the Pelouse du Luxembourg (opposite the Palais du Luxembourg). The Kent group will be clearly identified - and it is a bring-your-own event.

    The Jardin closes at 9:30pm so those attending will be expected to go musically on their way.

  • 13 Jun 2019 08:31 | Anonymous

    Glory Days of Paris - A celebration of the exuberant and heady Années Folles when Paris was at the epicentre of the intellectual and artistic world

    Complimenting the lecture “The Philosophical Framework, Dadaism and Surrealism" the Cambridge Society of Paris is organizing a private guided tour, also at Christie's, of the Destribats Collection on Tuesday 2nd July at 9am.

    The Destribats Collection is an Avant-Garde library which has never been available to the public and which is to be auctioned by Christie's in the days following the tour.

    This really is a special opportunity to see these works that have been kept secret for so long and you can attend the guided tour whether or not you come to the lecture on Friday 28th June.

    You and your friends are very warmly invited!

    To attend, kindly complete the registration form here and follow the instructions within.

  • 13 Jun 2019 08:28 | Anonymous

    Glory Days of Paris - A celebration of the exuberant and heady Années Folles when Paris was at the epicentre of the intellectual and artistic world

    The Cambridge Society of Paris is launching its Glory Days of Paris series of lectures and events. You are warmly invited to the second lecture, "The Philosophical Framework, Dadaism and Surrealism" on Friday 28th June at 19h.

    To be held at: Christie's, 9 Avenue Matignon, 75008 Paris

    Aperitifs and light snacks will be served after the lecture.

    You and your friends are very warmly invited! To attend, kindly complete the registration form here and follow the instructions within.

    About the event:

    The modern world that burst upon Paris during the inter-war years was not just an artistic revolution that questioned and destroyed perceived convention, it was also the fruit of philosophy. First, the Dada movement founded in Zurich by artists such as Tristan Tzara and Hans Arp, and then Surrealism under the aegis of André Breton, drawing into its vortex artists and intellectuals including René Magritte, Man Ray, Max Ernst and Salvador Dali.

    About the speaker:

    Dr Alyce Mahon, fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, Reader (Professor) in Modern and Contemporary Art History. Dr Mahon specialises in the dynamic between the body and the body politic in modern art, photography and film, from Dada to Surrealism and the sixties. Author of Surrealism and the Politics of Eros, and curator of a major exhibition now showing at Tate Modern on Surrealist Dorothea Tanning.

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