Through the Lens: A Multilateral Perspective on Today's World is a series of events inviting artists, journalists, and experts in politics, economy and ethics from both sides of the Atlantic to share their analyses and participate in debates about some of today’s most pressing issues. Organized by the French Cultural Center in partnership with local and international partners, the series will take place from September 22nd, 2016 through May 2nd, 2017 in the Center’s historic brownstone. Through the Lens includes panel discussions, art exhibits, a film screening, workshops, and a stage reading on a variety of themes ranging from the upcoming presidential elections in France and the United States, to freedom of speech in the post-Charlie Hebdo era, to protection of journalists’ autonomy and security and some of the XXIst century’s most memorable trials.




   

Past Events

Performance

Stage Reading - Peur(s) with WilmerHale and Barclay Damon

Play by Hedi Tillette de Clermont Tonnerre and directed by Sarah Tick

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 At 6:00 PM
At The French Cultural Center Get Directions

Join us for a stage reading of the play Peur(s), followed by a discussion with the director, Sarah Tick, long time Guantanamo Habeas translator Felice Bezri and star-lawyers Rob Kirsch and Stephen Oleskey.

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Lecture

Bernar Venet at MIT

A lecture with world-renowned artist Bernar Venet about the influence of science and mathematics on his artwork

Friday, March 3, 2017 12:15 PM To 2:00 PM
At MIT, Building E-25, Room 111 Get Directions

Conceptual artist and sculptor Bernar Venet will give a special lecture at MIT where he will address his decades of work and the influence of science and mathematics on his artwork.

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Exhibition

RAW: Portraits of Artists

by Bernar Venet

From Mar 3, 2017 To May 16, 2017
At The French Cultural Center Get Directions

Join us on Thursday, March 2, for an exclusive artist lecture at 6:00 PM (RSVP only) and the opening reception and official kickoff of le mois de la Francophonie at 7:00 PM!

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Screening

Ciné-Club de l'Alliance: L'enquête

The Clearstream Affair (2014)

Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:30 PM To 8:30 PM
At The French Cultural Center Get Directions

Ripe with political and financial intrigue, this film follows Journalist Denis Robert as he sparks a storm in the world of European finance by denouncing the murky operations of banking firm Clearstream.

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Lecture

From the Bench to the Sketchbook

A discussion between U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and famed courtroom artist Noëlle Herrenschmidt

Monday, February 13, 2017 5:00 PM To 6:30 PM
At The French Cultural Center Get Directions

The event is sold out, please register to our waiting list, we will contact you directly if we are able to accommodate you. If we do not contact you please understand that we are not able to accommodate you.

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Exhibition

Sur le Chemin de la Loi

A selection of works by famed courtroom artist Noëlle Herrenschmidt

From Feb 2, 2017 To Feb 28, 2017
At The French Cultural Center Get Directions

This exhibition features a selection of works from famed courtroom artis Noëlle Herrenschmidt's latest book, Dans les coulisses de la loi. Through the drawings from her fascinating career, we are given an inside look at the path of law in France and some of its most famous trials.

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Exhibition

The Charlie Archive Exhibition

Works from the Charlie Archive at the Harvard Library

From Jan 6, 2017 To Jan 30, 2017
At The French Cultural Center Get Directions

Opening Reception : Thursday, January 5 at 6:30 PM. A gallery talk will be held at 7:00 PM during the opening with the co-founders of the Charlie Archive at Harvard Library: Lidia Uziel, Virginie Greene, and Nicole Mills. An advance RSVP is required for this gallery opening.

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Workshop

Teachers' Workshop

Éducation aux médias: décrypter l'information avec TV5MONDE

Friday, November 18, 2016 9:30 AM To 2:30 PM
At The French Cultural Center Get Directions

Workshop in French led by Évelyne Pâquier. Intended for secondary and post-secondary teachers of French.

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Screening

Ciné-Club de l'Alliance: American Premiere of Howard Zinn, A Popular American History

Introduced by directors Daniel Mermet and Olivier Azam; discussion moderated by Erin Trahan

Thursday, November 17, 2016 At 6:30 PM
At The French Cultural Center Get Directions

Screening of the documentary Howard Zinn, A Popular American History, introduced by directors Daniel Mermet and Olivier Azam.

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Exhibition

Reporters Without Borders: 30 Years in Support of Free Speech

with Reporters Without Borders and TV5MONDE

From Nov 4, 2016 To Nov 29, 2016
At The French Cultural Center Get Directions

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 3, 6:30PM - 8:30 PM

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Conference

Presidential Elections in France and the U.S.

An in-depth look at the intricacies of the elections

Thursday, September 22, 2016 At 6:30 PM
At The French Cultural Center Get Directions

Join the debate on the parallels between French and American presidential elections with experts in the field.

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Our Sponsors

This program is made possible thanks in part to TV5MONDE, Reporters without Borders (RSF), NATIXIS Global Asset Management, Institut français-Paris, the Mosaïque Cultural Fund, Harvard Library, Les Mutins de Pangée and Jean-François and Nathalie Ducrest.


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