Highlights of the Month

November 3 -5 | Chicago & Highland Park

French author Éric Vuillard will discuss his 2017 Prix Goncourt-winning book, The Order of the Day , a behind-the-scenes account of the Anschluss, or annexation of Austria into Nazi Germany in March 1938. This striking patchwork of anecdotes, fine words, and fevered dialogues illustrates how the most grotesque days are the ones that make history, and reminds us that the worst isn’t always unescapable.
Nov 3 @ 6:00pm| The Book Cellar-Chicago
Nov 4 @ 6:00pm| Seminary Co-Op-Chicago
Nov 5 @12.30pm| Alliance Française de Chicago (en français)
Nov 5 @ 7:00pm| Highland Park Public Library
Organized by the Book Office of the French Embassy and the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago

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Nov 10 &11 | Chicago

One of France’s most innovative and provocative comic book artists, Yvan Alagbé will discuss why the graphic form is so well suited to conveying true stories in all their honesty and depth and will talk about his book Yellow Negroes and Other Imaginary Creatures, that details the relentless anxieties and tribulations of undocumented migrant workers in Paris. 
Nov 10 @1.30pm| Alliance Française de Chicago (en français)
Nov 11 @1.00pm| Chicago Humanities Festival

Supported by the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago

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November 27 | Chicago & Broadcast live in Midwest Cities

As part of our Marianne Midwest Series, the University of Chicago is pleased to welcome Pascal Brice, Director-General of OFPRA (French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons) for a public lecture entitled "Welcoming the Refugees: Lessons of the European Crisis from a French Perspective".

Marianne Midwest Series is a forum for distinguished speakers from France to engage audiences at the University of Chicago, and to interact (via live broadcast) with audience members network in the Midwest.

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Nov 1 - 11 | University of Iowa - Iowa City

Iphigenia Point Blank: Story of the First Refugee is a contemporary play that follows Iphigenia, considered the first refugee depicted in Western drama, as she navigates 2,500 years of war zones and crises. Arriving in contemporary times, she seeks to understand the issues of refugees and alter the ending of her story. The play seeks to examine if society has truly changed since the times of Euripides.
Supported by FACE Contemporary Theater, a program developed by FACE Foundation and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy

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Nov 12 - 25 | Midwest Tour

The Bridge: A transatlantic network for jazz and creative music is back for many public concerts in Chicago & the Midwest with another ensemble borne out of its network from France and US.
Supported by the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.

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Nov 1-7

An initiative of the AATF (American Association of Teachers of French), the National Week of French takes place on Nov 1-7. During the week, an array of cultural, educational and gastronomic events are organized in schools and universities from student competition to fun activities to bring the French language and francophone cultures into the spotlight! Check out the Chicago/Northern Illinois chapter for ideas.

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Nov 10 – Dec 22 | Midway Contemporary Art - Minneapolis

Solo show by French artist Jean Michel Wicker.Supported by the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.

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Nov 3 | Northrop Auditorium-University of Minnesota - Minneapolis

Combining hip-hop and acrobatics with a 3-D digital landscape that adapts to the movement of the dancers, the audience is offered a glimpse of the possibilities in a virtual world.

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Nov 14 | Chicago

At the invitation of the Society for Contemporary Art at The Art Institute of Chicago, Camille Henrot will talk about her practice which combines film, drawing, and sculpture.

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Nov 7 | Chicago

The Graham Foundation will be hosting Caroline Maniaque-Benton for "The Whole Earth Catalog (1968-1971) revisited", a cultural touchstone of the 1960s and 70s. 

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Nov 12-18 | Chicago

Graphic novelist Yvan Alagbé will also have a series of encounters in Chicago with school & university's students and public talks at bookstores and the Chicago Book Art Fair. Supported by the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.

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Nov 18, 2018 - Jan 21, 2019 | Cleveland Art Museum

On view for the first time in North America, the recently restored Valois Tapestries, a unique set commissioned by Catherine de’ Medici, the indomitable Queen Mother of France, are unveiled in this exhibition.

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Nov 10-11 | Chicago & Valparaiso (IN)

In remembrance of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the Valparaiso University and the Rembrandt Chamber Musicians present a thoughtprovoking musical journey into the past and present veteran experience.

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Until November 4 | Multiple Locations

The French Slam Connection returns to Chicago for another great cultural exchange between the Ligue Slam de France & Poetry Slam in Chicago. Supported by Kids Trail and the Cultural Service at the Consulate General of France in Chicago.

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Nov 30 - Deс 5 | Gene Siskel Film Center - Chicago

Even among cinema’s legends, Jean Vigo stands apart! He died in 1934 at age 29, but he left behind four remarkable films, two of them groundbreaking masterpieces.

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Nov 4 - 27 | Trylon Cinema - Minneapolis

Often heralded as one of France's most influential directors, Robert Bresson directed some of the most philosophical and enigmatic movies in French cinema.

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Nov 1 - 11 | St. Louis (MO)

Rendez-vous in Saint Louis for an awesome selection of French and French language films as part of the St Louis International Film Festival.

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Nov 3 - Deс 15 | Cleveland Cinematheque

A showcasing of seven newly restored classics from one of the French cinema's most underappreciated masters Jacques Becker!

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Nov 1 - 9 | Chicago

The Chicago International Children's Film Festival features an eclectic collection of French and French language animated and live-action features for children and families. Supported by Kids Trail.

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Check out the list of French artists and bands touring the Midwest this upcoming month which include Brodinski, Carpenter Brut, Klingande, Malaa, Stéphane Denève, Stephane Wrembel, Technasia and Zimmer.

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The Art Institute of Chicago is one of six international art sites invited to transform the Centre National de la Danse (CN D) into a living, ephemeral museum. AIC will present an exhibition (perfomances, sound installations, texts) by artist Cally Spooner, Failed British Silver, curated by Hendrik Folkerts.

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Oct 30-Nov 3

Curated by renowned Russian-American journalist and author Masha Gessen, the 5th Festival Albertine brings together thinkers, authors, and artists from both sides of the Atlantic to ask not what a democracy is but what it could be. Events stream live at

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Deadline: January 8, 2019

The Chateaubriand Fellowship call for applications is now open. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months.

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Deadline: January 15, 2019

Expand your horizons and share your native language and culture with French students by applying to our Teaching Assistanship Program for the 2019-2020 school year!

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November 11, 2018 | 4 – 7 PM

Join the Lycee Français de Chicago's community to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. As part of the event, a student exhibition will highlight Illinois' 370th US Infantry, an African American Regiment decorated for bravery in France during the Great war.

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The Education Department of the French Embassy and Kids Trail are proud to present author-illustrator Sandra Lanilis's expansive US tour, taking place from October 19 through November 10, 2018 with stops in Milwaukee and Minneapolis.

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