The NYU Center for French Language and Cultures exists to promote academic and cultural activity relating to the French-speaking world at New York University, and to foster exchange between the University and French and Francophone communities. It serves the French Department, the Institute of French Studies and La Maison Française, and maintains close ties with NYU-Paris, coordinating with all four. Recognized as a Center of Excellence by the French Embassy, it also collaborates with their Cultural Services on French and Francophone-related academic and cultural projects.
The NYU Center for French Language and Cultures organizes at least one annual conference, hosts the regular series “Machines à écrire”, and has invited a regular stream of distinguished visitors to lecture at NYU.
It also sponsors events relating to French and Francophone academic and cultural life organized by other members of the NYU community. The Center is eager to expand its ties with other departments and programs at NYU.
It was first founded in 1978 by Professor Tom Bishop who was its director from then until 2016.
The Florence Gould Foundation supports the Center since its creation, and offers financial assistance for its programming.