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Conference: La Culture Oui, But Why?

After the conference “Le Francais Oui, But Why” on French language in 2016, the Cultural Center of the Lycée Français de New York continues to explore the world of French Culture. We organize two conferences on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10:30am to 4pm. The first roundtable will focus on culture in the Digital Age. Then we will look at the importance of culture for students in higher education.

On this special day, writers, activists, educators and intellectuals will contribute their thoughts and ideas and try to answer the question: La Culture Oui, But Why? French education requires the acquisition of “culture générale”, imperfectly translated by the notion of “general knowledge”. What does this notion overlaps, and is there an equivalent in the Anglo-Saxon curriculum? Faced with the evolution of acquiring knowledge through digital means, is this idea of “culture générale” altogether undermined? This conference is free and open to all those interested in French culture, new technologies, digital culture and the French educational system. The roundtables will be held in French and in English and earphones will be provided for translation.


10.30am – 3pm: Cultural Fair
10.30am-11am: Coffee
11am-12.30pm First panel: Raising Citizens of Culture in A Digital Age (La culture générale à l’heure du numérique)
12.30pm-1.30pm: Free lunch
1.30pm-3pm: Second panel: General Knowledge and Higher Education (Culture générale : quel atout pour les études supérieures ?)
3pm: Live concert