New York Times Expert Lecturer: “Tales from Persia” trip to Iran
Apr
7
to Apr 19

New York Times Expert Lecturer: “Tales from Persia” trip to Iran

Persia. Iran. For 2,500 years, this powerful country has entranced, mystified and beguiled the world. Discover the ancient secrets and modern complexities of this influential land on a 13-day itinerary, visiting some of the world’s oldest archaeological sites and the family home of the religious leader who engineered Iran’s transition to an Islamic republic. Welcome to the once-forbidden land of Iran.

Journey with on-the-ground experts who will help untangle this nation’s complex timeline. Starting in Tehran, journey through beautiful landscapes, arid mountains and rural villages, learning about the traditions and cultures of a land whose influence has been felt for thousands of years. Though Iran often rejects Western ways and is frequently under fire for its positions on human rights, its nuclear program and Israel, its role as a birthplace of civilization cannot be denied. This journey with The New York Times, praised for its intensive and clear-eyed coverage of Iran going back decades, takes you behind the headlines.

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Times Journeys trip to Provence: “Flavors of Provence”  - New York Times Expert Lecturer
Sep
16
to Sep 23

Times Journeys trip to Provence: “Flavors of Provence”  - New York Times Expert Lecturer

In a week that celebrates the world-renown gastronomy of Provence, go behind the scenes and have access to unique experiences. From a Michelin-starred restaurant to a home-cooked meal, this journey is packed with the flavors of Provence. This combination of gentle hikes and Provencal cuisine will literally take you off the beaten path. This is a trip you won’t find in any guidebook.

Van Gogh was drawn by the color and light of Provence, and everyone is drawn by the scents and tastes: wafts of thyme and rosemary as you stroll the hills, the lavender in the fields. Peruse the market in Avignon and get a chef to cook some of its produce on the spot. Sample regional specialties and learn to cook them. And that goat cheese, drizzled with olive oil, accompanied by a glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape? Go to the goat farm and visit the olive mill and the winery, all with expert detail from the producers themselves.

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Round Table on Seduction and French Politics
Dec
11
4:30 PM16:30

Round Table on Seduction and French Politics

  • Robertson Bowl 1, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Robertson Hall, (map)
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Elaine Sciolino is a contributing writer and former Paris bureau chief for The New York Times, based in France since 2002. In the spring term 2017, Sciolino taught as a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University’s Council of the Humanities, a post she held in the fall of 2010. Since 2015 she has served as the expert lecturer on six New York Times-led tours to Iran. In 2010, she was decorated a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor. She is the author of four books, The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs, a New York Times bestseller; La Seduction: How the French Play the Game of Life; Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran; and The Outlaw State: Saddam Hussein’s Quest for Power and the Gulf Crisis. She is currently completing a book entitled The Seine: A Journey into the Soul of France. 

David A. Bell is Sidney and Ruth Lapidus Professor in the Department of History at Princeton. A specialist in the history of early modern France, he is the author of six books, including The Cult of the Nation in France, The First Total War, and Shadows of Revolution: Reflections on France, Past, and Present. His new book, The Idols of the Age of Revolutions: Charismatic Leadership in the Atlantic World, 1750-1830, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 

Anne-Claire Legendre has been Consul General of France in New York since August 2016. She is the first woman to hold this position. As Consul General, Ms. Legendre is in charge of promoting the influence and appeal of France across the tri-state area of New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey, as well as Bermuda.  A native of Brittany, Anne-Claire Legendre graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris and holds degrees from Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (in Arabic) and the University of Sorbonne-Nouvelle in Paris (in modern languages and literature). She previously served at the French embassy in Yemen in 2005-2006, before joining the Direction of the French Abroad at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she contributed to develop consular cooperation between member states from the European Union. From 2008 to 2010, she was in charge of bilateral relations with Algeria as part of the Direction of North Africa and the Middle East. She was then appointed to the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations, where she served under the current French Ambassador to the United States, Mr. Gérard Araud, until 2013. As the Arab Spring upheavals placed the Middle East at the center of attention, she supervised negotiations on Syria, Lebanon, Israel-Palestine, and Irak, at the Security Council of the United Nations. In 2013, she was called to the cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, Mr. Laurent Fabius, where she served as Advisor on North Africa and the Middle East.

Organized by the EU Program, co-sponsored by the Department of French and Italian

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