Past Events

The French House hosts events throughout the academic year in cooperation with the Department of French & Italian as well as other organizations both on and off campus whose mission aligns with ours. We also help promote French & francophone related events in and around Madison.

Below is a sampling of past events, hosted at the French House.

If you would like to HOST an EVENT at the French House, please let us know! You can start with this page here.

If you would like us to help PROMOTE an EVENT in the Madison area, please click here.

Bienvenue à toute la famille !

Friday Nov. 3, 12:15pm As part of the UW-Madison Family Weekend "Open Class" series, the French House welcomes to lunch the parents and family of our French 301 students as well as all of our residents. From grandparents to siblings, Family Weekend gives...

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Transnationalisation du droit

The University of Wisconsin Law School, Center for Indisciplinary French Studies, and the French House invite you to a talk in French by  Vivian Curran, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law. (More about Professor Curran here.)...

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A day for new, future & improved French teachers

The American Association of Teachers of French - Wisconsin Chapter, The UW-Madison French Center and The French House invite you to a day dedicated to the profession of teaching French including events for future and current teachers. (Please register here.) Saturday,...

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Gala de Printemps 2017: Les Saveurs du Maroc

This event is now fully booked. If you would like to place your name on our waitlist, please email info@uwfrenchhouse.org and include a phone number.  Merci! This event is now fully booked. If you would like to place your name on our waitlist, please email...

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Study Abroad InfoSession

Want to learn about options for studying French language abroad? Are you planning on studying abroad this upcoming summer, fall semester or academic year? Join us to learn about program details, get to know other students who are interested in studying french, and get...

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Get your King Cake for Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras 2017 is Tuesday, February 28th ! Whether you celebrate Mardi Gras or not, a King Cake makes a great dessert. Our head chef Karen is baking a limited number of cakes this year. Pre-order yours now ! Description: Traditional New Orleans style, cinnamon...

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Welcome Reception for French Major and Certificate Students

Please join us for a Welcome Reception and Dinner for French Major and Certificate students. Monday, September 12 5pm reception 6pm dinner The French House Mix and mingle with other students, French instructors, and staff in French. We have also invited our...

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Van Gogh and Murder!

April 19, 2016 4pm A reading by authors Betsy Draine and Michael Hinden In DEATH ON A STARRY NIGHT, the third novel in the Nora Barnes and Toby Sandler Mystery series, art historian Nora Barnes returns to France for a Van Gogh conference in the charming medieval...

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Une Raclette !

In its Swiss origins, travelers received a quick meal by scraping (racler = to scrape) melted cheese on top of potatoes and charcuterie. These days, guests around the table normally prepare their own dish and melt the cheese on a raclette grill. Because we'll be...

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Gala d’hiver 2015

Come celebrate the end of another long semester and the beginning of a much deserved break. Friday, December 11, 2015  Click here to reserve your...

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Reflections about Inequality and Capital in the 21st Century

An evening conversation with French economist Thomas Piketty Paris School of Economics Friday, November 6, 2015 6pm This event is a Marianne Midwest video conference STREAMING LIVE from the University of Chicago.   Thomas Piketty is a French economist and professor at...

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Alumni Mixer and Panel

The new undergraduate French Ambassadors welcome all students of French to this inaugural event. 5pm: Alumni "Mixer" and Panel Enjoy a few hors d'oeuvres and mix & mingle with a six alumni of our French program who are currently working in Finance, IT,...

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Allez les Blaireaux !

Join fellow students of French for a casual get-together followed by an optional dinner (on the house!). Monday, March 2nd meeting: 5:30-6:00 dinner: 6:00-7:00 (free!) A goal of the French department this semester is to foster connection among our current majors and...

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Students, Take a seat at the “Table Ronde”

The Greater University Tutoring Services (GUTS) announces its newly formed  Table Ronde where students can improve their French, discuss interesting and engaging issues related to French language and culture, and get some free snacks too! The first learning forum -...

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Rediscovering Rameau

Rediscovering Rameau: A Year-Long Series Examining the Music and Theories  of Baroque Composer Jean-Philippe Rameau The UW-Madison School of Music welcomes you to a conference and recital on December 4, 2014, 7pm at the French House. While performances of Rameau’s...

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“The Rameau Revival”

Rediscovering Rameau:  A Year-Long Series Examining the Music and Theories of Baroque Composer Jean-Philippe Rameau   The UW-Madison School of Music welcomes you to a conference and recital on December 4, 2014, 7pm at the French House. While performances of Rameau’s...

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The Case for French in Wisconsin

Workshop for High School Teachers Saturday, December 6, 2014 9am-1pm (lunch included). Help us help you make the case for French in Wisconsin Schools. Click here for more information and...

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Soirée Cajun avec le Prairie Bayou Cajun Band

Prairie Bayou Cajun Band et les étudiants de Français 228 Honors présentent une soirée de musique cadienne à la Maison française mardi le 7 octobre à 17h30. Dîner à 18h00   Venez découvrir la langue,  la danse, et la culture cadiennes !       From 5:30-6:00, the...

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Films à la Maison Française

En coopération avec le cours de cinéma avec Professeur Vlad Dima, la Maison Française vous invite à trois films classiques ce semestre, chacun le premier mercredi du mois (octobre, novembre, décembre). These three films are free and open to the public.  No need to...

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“The Roots of French Cuisine”

A lecture by Ann Mah Friday, September 5, 3pm. Explore the signature dishes of ten French regions with Ann Mah, author of Mastering the Art of French Eating. From steak frites to soupe au pistou, Ann discusses the origins of each recipe, connecting each one to a...

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Délégation d’Aix-en-Provence

April 24, 2014 4:30pm The UW-Madison French Center and the French House welcome a delegation from Aix-en-Provence, France to meet our faculty and staff and a few of our local business partners in the greater Madison area. This event is not open to the general public....

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Geopoetics of the Caribbean

Monday, April 28th 4:00-6:00 PM DANIEL MAXIMIN: "Geopoetics of the Caribbean: Francophone Writers in Dialogue with their Anglophone and Hispanophone Counterparts" Daniel Maximin, a writer from Guadeloupe, moved to Paris with his family at the age of thirteen. ...

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Gala de Printemps 2014

A tradition at the close of every semester! Join the residents of the French House, French students, faculty and staff, and the...

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“Quand on se parle”

An original play about the French monologue through the centuries. Presented by the UW-Madison Department of French & Italian and the Students of French 595 April 8 & 9, 7pm Margaret H'Doubler Performance Space, Lathrop Hall, University of Wisconsin - Madison (map)...

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Chez vous à la Maison Française

Do you speak French at home?  You can if you call the French House home!  Live in one of the most unique language learning environments, improve your French AND save money. The French House saves you $1000-$2300 as compared to UW residence halls, still less expensive...

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My French Film Festival 2014

MyFrenchFilmFestival.com is an innovative on-line French film festival showcasing French directors and enabling Internauts all over the world to share their love of French cinema. For its fourth edition, the festival returns with new films, new foreign languages and...

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“R/Evolutions: Queer Changes in the Arab World” Nov. 22

Abdellah Taïa, an openly gay Moroccan writer comes to Madison for the week of November 18-22 to share his life story and his literature with students, faculty, staff and the UW-Madison community thanks to the support of the Department of French & Italian, the Lectures...

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“Sports et Divertissements” Nov. 22

Pianist Jo Simons and poet Lewis Bosworth present this unique set of 20 short piano pieces by Eric Satie (1866-1950), written in 1914 and inspired by illustrations by a popular French illustrator in the day, Charles Martin. Sports et Divertissements by Eric Satie Jo...

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La Réunion comes to La Union!

Christine Salem, a francophone singer/song writer from the Reunion Island, will be performing at the Madison World Music Festival this Thursday. UW-Madison Students and Staff are invited to a special Meet-n-Greet that afternoon. Meet-n-Greet with Christine Salem...

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A table! Check out our Spring 2014 Menu

Déjeunez et dînez à la Maison Française The French House is open to the public for Wednesday dinners and Friday lunches.  UW Students can join us Monday through Friday for lunch. Dining at the French House is a fantastic way to practice your French in a very relaxed...

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“The Madwoman of Chaillot” Aug 31 – Sept 21

adapted by Maurice Valency from the French, La Folle de Chaillot, by Jean Giraudoux Strollers Theater @ the Bartell 113 E mifflin St. Madison, WI Directed by Sam D. White The play is set in the Café de l'Alma in the Chaillot district of Paris. It is said that Molière,...

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9 French Films at the Wisconsin Film Festival

The 2013 Wisconsin Film Festival is screening nine films from France and several films in French from other countries, including THE PIROGUE (from Senegal), and three films from Switzerland.. C'est beaucoup!  See a complete listing here. For the family, this list this...

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Alumni-Student Career Lunch

Planning on attending the Alumni-Student Career Event? March 19, 2013, 1:00-2:30 The French House Interested in a little lunch beforehand?  Please scroll down and reserve your spot. Share a meal with other UW students and a few native French speaking students and warm...

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A Concert of French Music, March 24 (Milwaukee)

The Bach Chamber Choir, along with orchestra and soloists, will present a concert featuring "Requiem" by Gabriel Faurée and other works by French composers Maurice Duruflé, Georges Bizet, César Franck and Olivier Messiaen. The pieces will be sung in the original...

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Jambalaya with a side of “Grand Fromage Cajun Band”

Wednesday, February 6, The French House welcomes the “Grand Fromage Cajun Band”. This musical trio will perform during dinner and certainly add even more Louisiana flavor to our Jambalaya.  Careful! There may even be some dancing going on too! Want to join us for...

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A table ! Notre menu de printemps est arrivé !

Check out our new Spring Menu at the French House. Dining at the French House is a great way to practice your French and share a delicious, affordable meal just off campus. Our Wednesday Dinners and Friday Lunches are open to the public. On parle français à la Maison...

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My French Film Festival 2013

My French Film Festival is an innovative concept the goal of which is to let you discover French cinema and share your love of French films with Internet users all over the world. From January 17 - February 17, audience members are invited to vote for their favorite...

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Azouz Begag

Germaine Brée Lecture Series & the Institute for Research in the Humanities presents two lectures by Azouz Begag Writer, CNRS Researcher, Equal Opportunity Minister (2005-2007) Créer dans les marges. Azouz Begag: du gone au ministre, en passant par l'écrivain November...

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“Azouz Begag” Thursday, November 29 & Friday, November 30

Germaine Brée Lecture Series & the Institute for Research in the Humanities presents two lectures by Azouz Begag Writer, CNRS Researcher, Equal Opportunity Minister (2005-2007) Créer dans les marges. Azouz Begag: du gone au ministre, en passant par l'écrivain November...

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“Elles” Sunday, November 18

a German, French & Polish film by Malgoska Szumowska & Malgorzata Szumowska with Juliette Binoche Sunday, November 18, 3pm Marquee Theater, Union South This film is part of the 22nd Annual Polish Film Festival [youtube...

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“She was… at Tahir Square” Friday, November 16

a documentary by Professor Névine El Nossery UW-Madison Dept. of French & Italian Friday, November 16, 7pm 126 Memorial Library "In the summer of 2012, I went to Egypt and did some interviews with women about the Revolution that started on January 2011. Upon my return...

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The French Resistance: Beyond the Myth, History?

Olivier Wieviorka Thursday November 1, 2012 at 4 p.m. 5233/5243 Mosse Humanities Bldg. (Curti Lounge, 3rd floor) Olivier Wieviorka is a professor of contemporary history at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Cachan and a senior fellow of the Institut Universitaire de...

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Work at the French House

Each semester, the French House hires college students (UW-Madison, Madison College, Edgewood College) to work in our kitchen. Duties include light food...

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Fête de Marquette 2012

Seventh Annual Fête de Marquette La Fête de Marquette 2012 Celebrates French Music & Culture July 12-15 at South Dickinson & E. Washington Location! The stars will be on display at La Fête de Marquette à La Rue Dickinson this summer. A truly stellar group of...

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Two Free French Films coming up!

The Wisconsin Union Directorate invites you to free screenings of two French films. A Prophet La Haine Thursday, May 3 Monday, May 7 A Prophet (Un Prophete) Thursday, May, 3 9:30pm The Marquee Theater at Union South France, 2010 | 155 min | Dir. Jacques Audiard | HD...

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Language for Life

Professional Opportunities in National Security & Intelligence 6:30-8:00, Wednesday, April 25 126 Memorial Library Interested in exploring professional opportunities in national security and intelligence? Learning about the kinds of academic experiences that federal...

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50 years of UW-Madison in Aix-en-Provence

Join UW-Madison Alumni and Friends for a event: UW-Aix Cinquentenaire Reunion & Celebration June 21-23, 2012 On Friday, June 22, those in attendance of the UW-Aix Cinquantenaire Celebration will embark on a journey to rediscover the heart of Provence, beginning with a...

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Michael Papio: Boccaccio and the Italian novella tradition

April 16, 2012 4:30pm   4:30pm on Monday, April 16, the Department of French & Italian has the honor to host Michael Papio, Professor of Italian at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and President of the American Boccaccio Association.  Professor Papio's talk...

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What can the AATF do for you?

What can AATF-WI do for you? The American Association of Teachers of French presents many opportunities to post-secondary educators.  AATF-WI is looking for ways to better serve these members in Wisconsin.  This workshop will share the opportunities provided by the...

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Poetry Day at the French House

Poetry day at the French House March 19, 2012 4pm At this years annual event, we have the honor to welcome, for his third visit, Nicolas Pesquès (French), accompanied by Antonio Riccardi (Italian) who is making his first trip to Madison. Nicolas Pesquès was born in...

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Eat Smart in France

The UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies invites you to discover the heart of French culture: its food. Monday, March 5, 2012 6-7:30 pm at The French House (map) In this one-evening course, author, traveler, and food-lover Ronnie Hess presents her journeys in...

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Soirée de Préparation Professionnelle

Announcing the 6th Annual Wisconsin Alumni Association - France/Europe Chapters Career Event / Soirée de Préparation Professionnelle Thursday, 22 March 2012 1:00-3:00 PM 260 Bascom Hall OR 7:00-9:00 PM ESCP-Europe, Paris Campus, 4210 University of Wisconsin grads...

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Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life: film Wedneday

The Wisconsin Union Directorate invites you to a free screening of this 2010 French film focusing on the life of the famous and often controversial singer, actor and public figure: Serge Ginsburg. Taking the best from La Vie En Rose and Amelie, renowned comic book...

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What can the AAFT-WI do for you?

A forum for post-secondary French faculty and staff, April 14, organized by the Wisconsin Chapter of the AATF. The American Association of Teachers of French presents many opportunities to post-secondary educators. AATF-WI is looking for ways to better serve these...

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FIlm: Le Rayon Vert (Friday)

UW-Madison Cinematheque and the Chazen Museum invite you to Friday's screening of Le Rayon Vert (Summer) by Eric Rohmer (France, 1986, 35mm, 98min, English subtitles).Cast: Marie Rivière, Vincent Gauthier, Amira ChemakhiA recently jilted young Parisian woman (Rohmer’s...

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Eat Smart in France

The UW-Madison Division of Continuing Studies invites you to discover the heart of French culture: its food. Monday, March 5, 20126-7:30 pm at The French House (map)In this one-evening course, author, traveler, and food-lover Ronnie Hess presents her journeys in...

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Taste of Africa III

Please RSVP by this Friday, January 27! Taste of Africa IIIMonday, January 30.5:30pm and 7:00pm. In the basement of the Crossing, Located next to the chem building on the corner of Charter and University. And as always, for the ever so agreeable price of 5...

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Summer French Camp

June 18-22, 2012, June 25-29, 2012 For beginning and continuing French students from ages 4-14 years. What is French camp? French Camp on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus is a creative and fun way to improve French language skills and make new friends....

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The Case for French in Wisconsin

Space is limited and the response has been great so far! Please register as soon as you're sure you can attend!  Merci! Making the case for French a workshop for Wisconsin French teachers Saturday, January 21, 2012, 9am-1:30pm Learn to reach out and educate your...

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Playtime

a film by Jacques TatiSunday, December 18, 4 p.mpresented by Cinematheque at the Chazen Museum Art (map)Tati's beloved Monsieur Hulot finds himself in a futuristic funhouse of modern architecture and traffic jams as his once familiar Paris progresses uncontrollably....

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Le Québec au féminin

Conférence publique deLouise Duprévendredi 2 décembreà la Maison Française (map)633 N. Frances St.4:30 à 6:30Louise Dupré, romancière, nouvelliste et professeure, est l’une des pionnières du mouvement féministe au Québec. Ayant publié une vingtaine de recueils de...

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Causerie avec rappeur “sénéquois” Webster

4pm, Nov. 17The French House (map)Open to the publicOriginaire du Québec, d'origine québéco-sénégalaise, le rappeur Webster raconte le Québec black.Sa tournée à Madison débute avec un concert pour les étudiants de East High School et finit avec une causerie à la...

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Languages: My Future

Inspiré du thème de l'avenir et des langues, John Lendved, étudiant Américain à l'Université du Wisconsin à Madison, a tenté ses chances et a soumis la vidéo suivante à une copétition organisée par Vista Higher Learning.   A travers son film, il nous communique son...

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Dobet Gnahoré

live in concertFriday, November 11, 9pmThe Sett, UW-Madison Memorial Union South (map)General Public: $24UW-Madison Students: $10reduced prices for Union Members & UW-Madison Faculty/StaffMadison favorite Dobet Gnahoré, a singer, dancer and percussionist from the...

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Global Hip-Hop Nation Language

4:00 pm, Monday, November 7254 Van Hise Hall1220 Linden Drive (map)The University of Wisconsin-Madison Language Institute is pleased to present the second lecture in its 2011-12 series, Cosmopolitanism and Language:Global Hip-Hop Nation Language: Race, Métissage and...

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Congolese Music, Francophone Literature, and the Humanities

October 10, 2011 Reception 3:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. Seminar 3:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. 212 University Club John Nimis, French and Italian, UW-Madison Africa and the Disciplines: Congolese Music, Francophone Literature, and the Humanities That music is central to African...

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Congolese Music, Francophone Literature, and the Humanities

October 10, 2011 Reception 3:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. Seminar 3:30 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. 212 University Club John Nimis, French and Italian, UW-Madison Africa and the Disciplines: Congolese Music, Francophone Literature, and the Humanities That music is central to African...

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A Classic French Opera (in Chicago)!

The Tales of Hoffmannpresented by the Lyric Opera of ChicagoOpening October 1, 2011 Join Hoffmann, the wild-eyed poet, as he travels the world in search of love. Impossibly beautiful music (including the beloved Barcarolle) and flamboyant theatricality...an...

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Advanced Placement Summer Institute

French teachers: please join us this summer for an exciting professional development opportunity! The UW-Madison 2011 Advanced Placement seminar in French will help French teachers build a content-rich upper-level course. Taught in French, this seminar has a dual...

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La Fête de Marquette

July 7-10, 2011De Temps AntanThe stars will be on display at La Fête de Marquette à La Rue Dickinson this summer. A truly stellar group of performers who span the globe from the Sahara Desert to the Arcadian Prairie will be arrayed for your enjoyment at the...

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Yelle comes to Madison

French singer, Yelle, comes to the Majestic Theater in Madison on May 8th. Originally from Brittany, this often feminist, sometimes pop, other times hip hop, sprinkled with rap, always fun singer and performance artist is one of France's most successful music...

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Centennial Gala

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