French, Pierre de Coubertin and the Olympics
The 2018 Olympics are upon us and let me preface this blog post by saying that I am a huge Olympics fan. Being a naturally competitive person, I am drawn to competitions and what competition is more grand than the Olympics?Read more »
Paul Bocuse: A French legend and culinary icon
But enough about his death, what about the life of Monsieur Chef Bocuse. To begin to understand this grand chef, let’s look at the opening line of Paul Bocuse’s cookbook La Cuisine du Marché: “Tous les matins — c’est une tradition lyonnaise dont j’aurais bien du mal à me défaire — je me rends au marché et je flâne parmi les étalages.Read more »
Sitting down with an old laureate, Jacob.
Let’s hear back from one of our old laureates: Jacob Hamburger! **Back up**: Apart from being the leading French language and cultural center of Chicago, for the last 35 years, the Alliance Française has been proud to send outstanding students to France each year under the Alliance Française de Chicago McCormick Award for Excellence Scholarship Program.Read more »
French Revolution Collection at the Newberry Library – and a Chance to Hone your Translation Skills!
Did you know that a piece of French history sits just steps from the Alliance? Since the early 1960’s, our neighbor, The Newberry Library, has been home to a massive collection of over 38,000 pamphlets published during the French Revolution era.Read more »
Women Warriors: A Dahomey story
Who run the world? Girls! Who run the world? Girls! As we continue exploring other francophone countries and cultures, it’s hard not to pay respects to the all women warrior military group that once protected the Kingdom of Dahomey which resided in present day Benin - a country now a part of La Francophonie.Read more »