Streaming live from Columbia University’s Maison Française
Wednesday, April 13, 6-8 p.m. EST, 5-7pm local time

La Maison Française at Columbia University is organizing a roundtable to discuss “Why French Matters” and the event will stream live so you can watch it too!

Does French still matter? If so, why? This roundtable discussion is a  response to recent concerns about the status of the study of French and other foreign languages and cultures in U.S. higher and secondary education at a time of increasing globalization. Five leading voices in different fields bring a variety of perspectives to bear in a lively discussion about why French matters today.

Roundtable participants include:

  • Adam Gopnik, writer and essayist for The New Yorker magazine
  • Charles Kolb, President of the Committee for Economic Development
  • Rosemary Feal, Executive Director of the Modern Language Association and Professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance
  • Languages, University at Buffalo, SUNY
  • Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Professor of French and Philosophy at
  • Columbia University
  • Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor, French Embassy in the U.S.

This event is fully sponsored by the Florence Gould Foundation.

The roundtable discussion will be broadcast live through a link accessible at A videorecording will also be available after the event.

Questions?  Comments?  Please contact the Columbia University Maison Française directly.

Clémence Touboul
Maison Française
Columbia University