Wednesday, November 3, 7:00 p.m. Institute of French Studies Colloquium
GAYLE K. BRUNELLE
Professor of History, California State University, Fullerton ANNETTE FINLEY-CROSWHITE
Professor of History, Old Dominion University
Co-authors of Murder in the Métro: Laetitia Toureaux and the Cagoule in 1930s France (Louisiana State University Press, 2010)
“Murder We Wrote:” Reflections on the 1937 assassination of Laetitia Toureaux in the Paris Metro
On the evening of May 16, 1937, the train doors opened at the Porte Dorée station in the Paris Métro to reveal a dying woman slumped by a window, a nine-inch stiletto buried to its hilt in her neck. No one witnessed the crime, and the killer left behind little forensic evidence. This first-ever murder in the Paris Métro dominated the headlines for weeks during the summer of 1937, as journalists and the police slowly uncovered the shocking truth about the victim: a twenty-nine-year-old Italian immigrant, the beautiful and elusive Laetitia Toureaux.Toureaux toiled each day in a factory, but spent nights working as a spy in the seamy Parisian underworld. Just as the dangerous spy Mata Hari had fascinated Parisians a generation before, the mystery of Toureaux’s murder held the French public spellbound in pre-war Paris, as the police tried and failed to identify her assassin.
Thursday, November 4, 6:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, The Center for Ancient Studies,
and La Maison Française
Dramatic Reading and Discussion. In English.
Location: Abu Dhabi Institute in New York, 19 Washington Square North
A Modern Aeneid: A Reading and Discussion of Olivier Kemeid’s The Aeneid
Olivier Kemeid, Playwright; Artistic Director, Théâtre Espace Libre, Montreal Kay Maschullat, Director; Associate Teacher, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU Catherine Coray, Associate Arts Professor, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU Joy Connolly, Asssociate Professor of Classics, NYU (moderator)
In his adaptation of The Aeneid, Canadian playwright Olivier Kemeid tells the tale of civil war, loss, and exile in the 21st century through the lens of Homer’s epic poem. This is the first in a series of readings of modern revisions of classical texts organized by Judith G. Miller, Professor of French, NYU.
Sunday, November 7, 7:00 p.m. Co-sponsored by La Maison Française and Deutsches Haus
Reservations required: 212-998-8750 or maison.française@nyu.edu Tickets: $10. general admission; $5. with student i.d.
The acclaimed German filmmaker, director of Young Törless; The Tin Drum (1979 Academy Award, Best Foreign Language Film; Palme d'Or); Un amour de Swann; Death of a Salesman; The Handmaid's Tale; H*** Faber; and Strajk– Die Heldin von Danzig, among many others, speaks about his childhood inGermany, his education and early professional life in France, his love of cinema, and his career in Germany, France, and the U.S.
Americans speaking to other Americans… but in French! From Brooklyn to San Francisco and from Boston to Minneapolis and Ville Platte (Louisiana), many radio stations and shows are now broadcast in French.