Updates from the Alliance Française de Kalamazoo


Dr. Cynthia Ruoff of the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University penned the following updates from the Alliance.

Kalamazoo, le 15 aoOt 2018

Tres chers amis,

Nous esperons que vous avez passe de bonnes vacances  et que vous etes prets a participer  a nos activites culturelles cet automne. Comme d'habitude, notre programme est tres varle. Nous aurons une presentE?tion sur les anfmaux sauvages, une deuxieme "Deportee en .41gerie: !..e rec1t de v,e d'une etudiante au Conservatoire de M usiqu e de Paris" et puis nous feterons l'arrivee du Beaujolais nouveau. Notez bien que notre Repas de Noel aura  lieu  le jeudi  20 decembre;  nous  aurons deux  salles au restaurant Food Dance.

In addition to our program of  activities, I have included in this packet a description  of the functions of the Federation of the Alliances Fran aises USA, La Delegation Generale Alliance Fran aise USA, and La Fondation Alliance Fran aise. If you look at the photo on that page, you will see that I am in the  picture in the right-hand bottom corner. We work  together  to  help chapters become  "the best that they can be." Currently, the Federation has twerve board members. This is the sixth year that I am serving as one of the twelve board members. Our board consists of both Americans and native French speakers.

Note also that in November we will commemorate the centenary of World War I. To focus on this event, Pierre Lauvergeat and Christophe de Goulaine, both from Nantes, are traversing the United States on a hundred-year-old Harley Davidson and will finish their trip on November 11th on the Champs-Elysees.

They have said: "Les hommages ne se resument pas a une minute de silence devant un monument aux

morts. Notre mission est de faire du bruit pour remercier les soldats qui se sont battus pour la France!" Check the other side of this sheet to see the two Frenchmen and their motorcycle. All the parts of their bike are from 1918. 

Check the sheet "Annexe" for information on French music in Kalamazoo, song in three European languages, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and their production of Cendrilfon in French with translations in English, and the Simulcast showings at our local cinemas of operas at the Metropolitan Opera of New York City.

Nous attendons avec impatience le plaisir de vous voir a nos activites culturelles. Venez nombreux!

Bien á vous,

Cynthia Ruoff, Ph.D. Présidente de l’Alliance Française de Kalamazoo

                                          Board of Directors, Federation of Alliances Françaises USA

                                          cynthia.ruoff@wmich.edu                    Bureau: 269.387.3045

Nelly Kurzmann, Trésorière

Kalamazoo, le 27 avril 2018

Très chers amis,

Après un très long hiver, nous célébrons l’arrivée du printemps. Vous trouverez ci-joint le programme de notre saison d’activités. Pour nos francophiles, qui ne parlent pas français, nous avons une intervention en anglais sur le théâtre en France.

Please note the following points:

Because of requests from members, our Tables Françaises will begin at 6 p.m instead of 6:30 p.m.

In July, two professors from the Université Polytechnique de Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso are planning to speak in French about agricultural practices. Later in the year, two graduate students from that region may add to our knowledge of the area. Currently, a multisensory exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago highlights the Volta Photo Studio of Sanlé Sory located in Bobo-Dioulasso, the cultural capital of Burkina-Faso. I have included a copy of one of his photos.

Since May 1st is the “Fête du Travail” or Labor Day in France, please read the article on grèves or the French culture of striking.

Celebration Cinema Crossroads shows great films, including some in French which are sub-titled in English. We have the opportunity to see these films, thanks to the Kalamazoo Film Society. Recently, a number of our members viewed “Visages. Villages” (Faces, Places). By joining the Kalamazoo Film Society for a $10.00 membership, you will pay $7.00 per film, receive an e-mail schedule of films, and summary of each film. For information, contact the society at: kalfilmsociety.net

Many of our members viewed the documentary “Swagger” at the Fountains in April. The director Olivier Babinet works with middle school students from Aulnay-sous-bois, in an area where 50% of families live below the poverty line. This collaboration resulted in these teenagers producing 8 fantastic science fiction short films and the director shooting a clip for the group Tomorrow’s World. This film “Swagger” came out of these activities. In answer to points raised in our discussion of the film, these 11 students have experience in creating films that include musical comedy, science fiction, surrealism and fantasy. This accounts in part for their commentaries.

J’espère vous voir bientôt. Venez nombreux à toutes nos activités.

Bien cordialement,

Cynthia Ruoff, Présidente de l’Alliance Française de Kalamazoo

Conseil d’Administration, Fédération des Alliances Françaises USA