Notre Dame de Paris : Devastation and Reconstruction

Notre Dame de Paris : Devastation and Reconstruction

with Jean Luc Marion of the Académie Française - In English


Monday, May 20 at 06:30 p.m.
Free for members / $10 Non-Members
54 W Chicago Ave


Notre Dame de Paris in flames. Smartphone and television screens across the world light up one after the other, sending shockwaves as the heart of Paris burns. What is it about the old stones, the stained glass rosette, and the 800 year old charpente called “the forest" that brought people together for a few hours? 

Artifact of a medieval faith;  icon immortalized by Victor Hugo and turned into a hit on Broadway; haut-lieu of the most touristic city in the world; pawn in renewed political and architectural high stakes… What does the cathedral in the heart of Paris mean for them, and for each of us?

To sort out the history, the meaning, and most of all, the future of Notre Dame de Paris, the Alliance Francaise de Chicago welcomes Jean Luc Marion, theologian, member of the Académie Française and a frequent lecturer at the University of Chicago. Jean Luc Marion will be in conversation with Thomas Pavel, professor at the Department of Romance Languages of the University of Chicago.

This program is made possible thanks to The Lumen Christi Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture and Thomas Levergood.

Jean-Luc Marion is the Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Professor of Catholic Studies and Professor of the Philosophy of Religions and Theology and professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Chicago, and holds the Dominique Dubarle chair at the Institut Catholique de Paris. He is also Professor Emeritus of Modern Philosophy and Metaphysics at the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne) and is a member of the Académie Française. Among his books are In the Self’s Place: The Approach of Saint Augustine, God Without Being, and The Erotic Phenomenon. In 2014 he delivered the Gifford Lectures on Givenness and Revelation.

Thomas Pavel is the Gordon J. Laing Distinguished Service Professor in Romance Languages and Literatures, Comparative Literature, the Committee on Social Thought, and Fundamentals at the University of Chicago. Educated in his native country of Romania and in France, he has taught at University of Ottawa, the Université du Québec à Montréal, University of California, Santa Cruz, Princeton University, and now University of Chicago. He is author of several books on literature and linguistics, including The Spell of Language:  Post-structuralism and speculation and The Lives of the Novel. His teaching focuses on the history of the novel, 17th-century French literature, 20th-century French literature and intellectual life, as well as the interactions between literature and philosophy.

Watercolor and Photo by Dominique Goubau