Curated by iconic feminist thinkers and activists Gloria Steinem and Robin Morgan, the fourth annual Festival Albertine offers an opportunity to realize a vital exchange of ideas between leading francophone and U.S.-based thinkers and artists.
The event is a timely new iteration of a longstanding and mutually-energizing dialogue that stretches back to the mid-20th Century, when Simone de Beauvoir published her groundbreaking 1949 book The Second Sex, having traveled across the United States for four months in 1947; and Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique debuted in 1963, inspiring the establishment of the National Organization for Women. In 1972, Ms. magazine’s historic inaugural cover story, “We Had Abortions,” followed the example of French feminists who had signed a petition demanding abortion’s decriminalization. In 1984, de Beauvoir and Morgan joined forces to cofound the Sisterhood Is Global Institute, the first international feminist think tank.
While the U.S. and France have long produced some of the most influential feminist thinkers and still do, their sometimes diverging perspectives on questions surrounding issues such as religion, childcare, and work-life balance, together with their commonalities, will offer material for fruitful debate.
The festival will feature a number of talks, listed below:
Wednesday, November 1, 7pm
From the Voting Booth to Your Living Room: A conversation between Christiane Taubira and Gloria Steinem on how the fight for more diverse and inclusive political representation can have a very real impact on our daily lives.
Thursday, November 2, 7pm
Making the Invisible Visible: Taking stock of the dangers and crises facing the new media environment, Laure Adler, Soraya Chemaly and Nassira El Moaddem discuss how to make an individual, group, fact, idea, or chosen identity visible in the current media landscape. Moderated by Lauren Wolfe.
Friday, November 3, 7pm
Body: Image vs. Reality: Roxane Gay, Mona Chollet and Camille Morineau explore the struggle to reclaim the integrity of the female body and various representations that reject its objectification and oppression.
Saturday, November 4, 5pm
The Politics of Language: Authors Mary Kathryn Nagle, Marie Darrieussecq, Anne Garréta and Robin Coste Lewis examine the way languages—the very first way we assign a gender to the world around us—shape our actions and opinions. Moderated by Gloria Steinem.
Saturday, November 4, 7:30pm
The Politics of Religion: Wassyla Tamzali, Rabbi Delphine Horvilleur, Annie Laurie Gaylor, and Daisy Khan discuss the influence of religion on women’s lives.
Sunday, November 5, 3:30pm
It Starts in the Streets: Marie de Cenival, “Frida Kahlo” of the Guerrilla Girls, Houda Benyamina and Tania Bruguera will reflect on the ways that big changes have begun in small places, both through activism and through the arts. Moderated by Elizabeth Sackler.
Sunday, November 5, 6pm
An Egalitarian Future: Caroline de Haas, Elizabeth Diller, Cecile Richards, and Heidi Steltzer will discuss how the equality and welfare of women hold the key to our future. Moderated by Carol Jenkins.