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Albertine Festival 2016

Curated by National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates, the third annual Festival Albertine will take place from November 2nd through 6th, 2016. The Festival will explore the changing nature of identity and how the arts interrogate our national, social, and cultural labels today in France and the US.

Showcasing Albertine’s mission to nurture French-American exchange around books and ideas, the Festival will bring together a wide range of American and French writers, artists, thinkers, and scholars including Kehinde Wiley, Benjamin Millepied, Claudia Rankine, Darryl Pinckney, Jelani Cobb, Kelly Sue Deconnick, Thelma Golden, Jennifer Homans, Nacira Guénif-Souilamas, Amin Maalouf, Pap Ndiaye, Adam Shatz, and Benjamin Stora.


Nov. 2, 2016 at 7:30 pm: When Will France Have its Barack Obama?
Looking at differences in construction of identity in France and the United States, panelists will ponder what specifically allowed for Barack Obama in the U.S. and how a similar evolution could happen in France. Moderated by Ta-Nehisi Coates with authors Benjamin Stora, Pap Ndiaye, Iris Deroeux, and Jelani Cobb.

Nov. 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm: From the Margins to the Mainstream
Producer David Simon, graphic novelists Kelly Sue Deconnick and Catherine Meurisse, and spoken word artist D’ de Kabal will examine how, and why, certain art forms move from low art to high art in France and the US. Moderated by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Nov. 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm: Blacklisted from Hollywood to Paris
Filmmakers and industry experts Nina Shaw, Claire Diao, and Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche will examine questions of diversity, inclusion and representation in French and American cinema, from Hollywood to Cannes Film Festival. Moderated by Kamilah Forbes.

Nov. 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm: Europe and America in the Black Literary Imagination
After World War II, prominent African-American authors such as Richard Wright, James Baldwin and Chester Himes made Paris their home. Novelists Scholastique Mukasonga and Darryl Pinckney, professor and essayist Maboula Soumahoro, and historian Laurent Dubois will discuss how black authors on both sides of the Atlantic have engaged the culture on the other side. Moderated by Chris Jackson.

Nov. 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm: Art, Race and Representation
Artists Kehinde Wiley and Denis Darzacq, MoMA curator Thomas Lax, and sociologist Nacira Guénif-Souilamasexplore race and representation in contemporary art through practice and process in a conversation moderated by Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Nov. 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm: Every Name in the Street
Considering language as a site of political struggle and a reflection of the social constructions that shape our worldview, authors Claudia Rankine, Jacqueline Woodson, Zahia Rahmani and Charles Robinson will discuss the intersections between identity, language and politics. Moderated by Adam Shatz.

Nov 6, 2016 at 5:30 pm: Race, Equity, and Otherness in Ballet and Society
In a conversation moderated by Jennifer Homans, Benjamin Millepied and Virginia Johnson will discuss ballet’s position as an art form often denounced for perpetuating traditions at odds with racial diversity, equality and justice.

Nb. Each discussion will also be broadcast live on Albertine’s website.