04/10/2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul
As France prepares to elect its President for the next 5 years, Alliance Française presents a round table discussion on the upcoming elections. Learn about the French electoral process, this year’s candidates and important issues. The Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul will also serve as a bureau de vote for French citizens.
Admissions: $5 AF & Global Minnesota Members , $10 General Public.
Free for students of the Department of French & Italian at the University of Minnesota & Humphrey students
Call our office at 612 332 0436 to reserve your place or RSVP HERE!
The discussion will be in English. Refreshments will be served.
The discussion will be led by our panelists: Mary Curtin, Tom Hanson and Selim Rauer
- Mary Curtin, a Minnesota native, joined the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota as Diplomat-in-Residence in 2013 after a twenty-five year career as a Department of State Foreign Service Officer. During her Foreign Service Career, she served at the U.S. Mission to the EU in Brussels; as Political Counselor in Warsaw, Poland; and at missions in Tunisia, Mali, and Chile, as well as in Washington, D.C. She has expertise in issues including Middle East policy; European affairs, including the EU and NATO; human rights and democratization, and non-proliferation. She was a member of the U.S. delegation to the 1995 UN Conference on Women. Dr. Curtin earned a Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in the City of New York (1986), writing her dissertation on “Hubert H. Humphrey and the Politics of the Cold War, 1943-1954,” a Masters in Security Studies from the Army War College (2003), and a BA from the University of Notre Dame (1977). She speaks French, Polish, and Spanish.
- Tom Hanson is a former U.S. Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State whose diplomatic postings included East Germany, France, Norway, the Soviet Union, Sweden, and the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. He also participated in the opening of new U.S. embassies in Mongolia and Estonia, worked on the Foreign Relations Committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and served as Director for NATO and European Affairs at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, D.C. Mr. Hanson currently serves as Diplomat in Residence at the Alworth Institute for International Affairs at the University of Minnesota – Duluth. He is program secretary of the Committee on Foreign Relations Minnesota and is also a member of the Great Decisions advisory committee at the Minnesota International Center, where he is a frequent Great Decisions speaker. Mr. Hanson holds a BA degree from the University of Minnesota and graduate degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; the Institute of Advanced International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland; and the National School of Administration (ENA) in Paris, France.
- Selim Rauer studied Philosophy at the Sorbonne University – Paris-IV, then obtained a Master’s degree in Performing Arts at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University – Paris-III. He lives and works between Paris and Berlin from 1999 to 2006, where he collaborates with the dramaturgical team of the theater of the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz directed by Frank Castorf.In 2006, he founded the Europa magazine with Sine Causa; In September 2006 his first novel, La Passion de Pier, is published by Les Perséides. Invited by the French Embassy in Rome for the presentation of his novel to the poet Renzo Paris, he presented to students of French literature at the University of Rome 3, in March 2007, a conference on “Solitude as a recreation space” (Kafka / Hölderlin / Pavese / Blanchot). He is the winner of the Stendhal Mission (Ireland), 2011. Selim is also a French PhD candidate in Postcolonial literature; postcolonial theory; French and Francophone modern literature; exile and alterity; modern drama; European contemporary theater aesthetics at the UofM French Department; where he was also awarded the Janis L. Pallister Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Work in an early-career student.
In partnership with Global Minnesota and the U of M French Department.