For over six decades, La Maison Française of New York University has served as a major forum for French-American cultural and intellectual exchange, offering contemporary perspectives on myriad French and Francophone issues. Its rich program of lectures, symposia, concerts, screenings, exhibitions, and special events provides an invaluable resource to the university community, as well as the general public.
Recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, La Maison Française complements and enriches the programs offered by the Department of French Literature, Thought, and Culture, the Institute of French Studies, and NYU Paris. In addition, it fosters interdisciplinary study through collaborations with various university departments, including the Department of Art History, the Department of Anthropology, and the School of Law.
Founded in 1957 by Professor Germaine Brée, La Maison Française occupies a 19th century carriage house on historic Washington Mews. Inside, the ground floor salon is an intimate and versatile space with seating for up to one hundred. The second floor salle de lecture provides an informal meeting place for students, visiting scholars, and the French Graduate Students Association.
Over its history, La Maison Française has welcomed hundreds of literary, artistic, and political luminaries, including Robert Badinter, Jean-Louis Barrault, Roland Barthes, Nadia Boulanger, Pierre Boulez, Jacques Chirac, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Jean Genet, Françoise Gilot, Françoise Giroud, Eugène Ionesco, Pierre Mendès-France, François Mitterrand, Francis Poulenc, Michel Rocard, and Nathalie Sarraute. Recent distinguished guests include: Michel Butor, Hélène Cixous, Maryse Condé, Marie Darrieussecq, Antoine Gallimard, Serge Klarsfeld, Dany Laferrière, Philippe de Montebello, Amélie Nothomb, and Yasmina Reza.
In 2019, the Center for French Language and Cultures merged with La Maison Française of New York University, currently directed by Professor François Noudelmann.
The events at La Maison Française are free and open to the public. It is through the generous contributions of individuals, foundations, and corporate sponsors that La Maison Française is able to offer its exceptional programming. Learn how you can help support La Maison Française.