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Cultural Studies


About this Department

Welcome to WICE's Cultural Studies department. We are pleased to offer a variety of events covering history, culture and the arts – past and present, French and beyond. Our program also includes outings to films, exhibitions and performing arts events. All are presented by experts in the field in an intimate setting inviting discussion and further exploration.

Please feel free to contact us at culturalstudies@wice-paris.org with any questions, ideas and thoughts.

UPCOMING EVENTS

    • 07 Oct 2021
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Meet at 10 rue Servandoni – 75006 Paris (Metro: Saint Sulpice (line 4))
    • 11
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    Opened in 2013 in the 6th arrondissement, between the Luxembourg Gardens and the Saint-Sulpice church, Mundolingua is a unique museum dedicated to speeches and languages. Language is one of the most fundamental skills in people. It is also something that has played a decisive role in the evolution of mankind and modern society. Come and discover during a guided visit the language in its broadest form. The museum is made of several rooms with themes as various as the production of sounds, the brain mechanisms, alphabet and even invented languages as Esperanto.

    Guide with linguistic expertise is provided by the museum.

    photo credit ©mark oremland

    • 08 Nov 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meet at 15, Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris (Metro: Alma Marceau (line 9)
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    Opened in 1913, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées is without doubt one of the most beautiful performing arts venues in Paris. This listed building houses three theaters – Le Grand Théâtre is home to opera, dance, symphony concerts and recitals, while the more intimate settings of La Comédie and Le Studio host repertory theater. This art deco style building was designed by a daring group of artists: the architects Van de Velde and the Perret Brothers, the sculptor Antoine Bourdelle who carved Isadora Duncan among others in the bas-reliefs on the facade, the painters Maurice Denis and Edouard Vuillard and René Lalique who designed the lights. The artistic adventure of the theater was marked throughout the century by the presence of prestigious composers, conductors, dancers and singers. This theater remains noted for the “scandal” of the first performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes whose music and choreography were shocking at that time.

    GUIDE PROVIDED BY THE MUSEUM

    photo credit ©Pierre Lannes

Past events

14 Jun 2021 AU141: Grand Central Station: A Rose Among Thorns
15 Apr 2021 AA151: European Synagogue Architecture: What makes it special?
23 Mar 2021 AM2301: The History of Paris and its Angels Part 2 of 2
21 Mar 2021 AJ075 Grands Châteaux of France: An Illustrated Overview (recorded)
18 Mar 2021 VM111: Women Artists and Their Art: The Contributions of Women in Art History Part 2
16 Mar 2021 AM1601: The History of Paris and its Angels Part 1 of 2
09 Mar 2021 AM091: Manhattan in Sixty Minutes
25 Feb 2021 VF251: Representation of the Feminine Nude in Western Art: The Contributions of Women Artists in Art History Part 1
02 Feb 2021 WICE Talks: Florida Everglades - US Park Service Special Presentation FREE for Members
26 Jan 2021 VJ261 POST-WAR ARCHITECTURE in Paris and The Grand Projects
19 Jan 2021 VJ191 PARIS ARCHITECTURE: From Art Nouveau to Modern Art
12 Jan 2021 WICE Talks: Whitman Mission - US Park Service Special Presentation. FREE for Members
05 Jan 2021 VJ051 Private Parisian Mansions: A Famous Element of French Heritage
15 Dec 2020 VD151 The Famous Cocottes and Courtesans of the 19th Century
20 Nov 2020 VN201 PARIS ART AND ARCHITECTURE (Online 4-part Series)
17 Nov 2020 WICE Talk - Nez Perce Battle at Bear Paw - American History
12 Nov 2020 AN121 Ethiopia: A Land of Staggering Cultural Riches (Remote)
10 Nov 2020 AN031 Lecture: Symbols in Painting (New Date - Remote)
17 Sep 2020 ES171 WICE Virtual Open House 2020
03 Jun 2020 WICE Special Film Screening - In The Name Of Your Daughter, and a Q&A with director Giselle Portenier.
10 May 2020 WICE Special Event: Harp Concert and Sing Along with Lauren Woidela
19 Mar 2020 AM191 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Matignon
29 Jan 2020 AJ291 Career Boost: How to Get a Job in France
17 Jan 2020 AD131 The Mystery of Mozart and his Requiem (New Date)
12 Dec 2019 AD121 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Drouot
03 Dec 2019 AD031 The Wallace Fountains of Paris: Their Story
14 Nov 2019 AN141 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
15 Oct 2019 AO151 The Modern Harp and its Many Incarnations
10 Oct 2019 AO101 Contemporary Art Up-Close: The Marais
10 May 2019 AY101 Britten's War Requiem: A Musical Cry for Peace
06 Apr 2019 AA061 Visit Chateau d’Hardelot with Author Stephen Clarke
19 Mar 2019 AM191 The Sexual Demonization of Muslims in France’s “Banlieues”: Myth or Reality?
16 Mar 2019 AM161 Women in Occupied Paris
22 Feb 2019 AF221 Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel: Detecting Which is Which
21 Feb 2019 AF211 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
18 Jan 2019 AD141 Ludwig van Beethoven: A Musical Giant Composes Program Music …? (New Date)
12 Dec 2018 ED121 Christmas Sing-Along and Farewell to WICE 40
07 Dec 2018 AD071 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Drouot
16 Nov 2018 AN161 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Belleville
12 Oct 2018 AO121 Contemporary Art Up-Close: The Marais
03 Oct 2018 AO031 Richard Wagner; Love Him or Loathe Him!
05 Jun 2018 AU051 Le Diner en Blanc: A Global Phenomenon
13 Apr 2018 AA131 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Old and New Meet in Montparnasse
04 Apr 2018 AA041 Dimitri Shostakovich: A Musical Response to Constant Fear
15 Mar 2018 AM151 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
08 Mar 2018 AM081 César Franck: Organist Extraordinaire
15 Feb 2018 AF151 Contemporary Art Up-Close: The Marais
12 Feb 2018 EF121 Live comedy show and meet the author: The Merde Factor by Stephen Clarke
07 Feb 2018 AF071 Johann Sebastian Bach: As Perfect as Perfect Can Be
20 Jan 2018 AJ201 Americans Sing Paris
14 Nov 2017 AN141 Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes
18 Oct 2017 AO181 Composer of the Month (December): Franz Liszt
17 Oct 2017 AO171 In the Footsteps of Genghis Khan: A Mongolian Adventure
28 Sep 2017 AS281 French War Brides: Mademoiselle and the American Soldier
27 Sep 2017 AS271 Introduction to Indian Painting
02 Jul 2017 AL021 Paris Screenwriting Workshop (CANCELLED)
10 May 2017 AY101 - CAN YOU STAND THE HEAT? Gender Bias in the Professional Kitchen
06 May 2017 AY061 Rodin Revisited: A Guided Tour of the Permanent Collection
13 Apr 2017 AA141 Discover Strasbourg and Berlioz!
29 Mar 2017 AM291 Detroit and the Cyclical Transformation of our Environments
09 Mar 2017 SM091 Contemporary Art Up-close
08 Mar 2017 AM082 Manufacturing: Beyond Just Machines
08 Mar 2017 AM081 Hector Berlioz: an Underappreciated Genius
25 Jan 2017 AJ251 To Glyndebourne with Love
18 Jan 2017 AJ181 The View of the World from Trump Tower
06 Jan 2017 AJ061 Josephine and the Bonaparte family
16 Dec 2016 AD161 Lost in Frenchlation - upcoming films
07 Dec 2016 AD071 Mommy, What is a Sexologist?
02 Dec 2016 AD021 Cocottes and courtesans in the late 19th Century
01 Dec 2016 AD011 Lost in Frenchlation - upcoming films
25 Nov 2016 AN251 Paris and its sumptuous hôtels particuliers
16 Nov 2016 AN161 Helping Street Children in India: a volunteer recounts
07 Oct 2016 SO071 Art Collecting in Paris Fall 2016
05 Oct 2016 AO051 Life in a Migrant Camp: La Grande Sythe
01 Oct 2016 AO011 Paris Underground: Spies, Resistance and The Secret War Against the Nazis
22 Jun 2016 AU221 A Visit to an Animal Shelter
18 May 2016 AY181 Acting for Animals: The Story of a Shelter
24 Apr 2016 AA241 Myths and Legends at La Maison Jean Cocteau, Milly-la-Forêt
20 Apr 2016 AA201 Behind the Scenes at Le Cordon Bleu
08 Apr 2016 AA081 - The Lie - VIP Theater Event
01 Apr 2016 AA011 The Language of Paint: Talks on Art and Artists
25 Mar 2016 SM251 Art Collecting in Paris, Spring 2016
16 Mar 2016 AM161 Funding the Louvre: the Hunt for International Donors
10 Feb 2016 AF101 Internet Shams and Scams: How to Avoid Them!
30 Jan 2016 AJ301 A Visit to the Lourdes of Paris, The Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
20 Jan 2016 AJ201 Led by her: A Path from Victimhood to Empowerment
22 Nov 2015 AN221 Henna Day: Talk on Oriental wedding traditions and beauty rituals at Café Maure
12 Nov 2015 AN121 Marie de Medicis: Queen of Spin
04 Nov 2015 AN041 - Green, Not Gray in Paris: Urban Gardens and Gardening Opportunities
24 Oct 2015 AO241 - Cyrano de Bergerac - VIP Theater Event
23 Oct 2015 AO231: Traveling More Consciously & Staying Open to Life-Changing Experience: One Woman’s Journey
06 Sep 2015 FULL The Mysteries of Van Gogh Unveiled at the Village of Auvers-sur-Oise - Day Trip
28 Jun 2015 EU281 Café Maure de la Mosquée - Sweets & The Secrets of Eastern Culture
03 Jun 2015 SJ031---- Smartphone Photography Workshop IV
27 May 2015 AY271 - When Alzheimer's Strikes: A Way to Help
27 May 2015 SM271---- Smartphone Photography Workshop III
20 May 2015 SM201---- Smartphone Photography Workshop II
13 May 2015 SM131 Smartphone Photography Workshop I
06 May 2015 AY061 Escape from Abuse: A Woman's True Story
15 Apr 2015 AA151 Le Camion Qui Fume: A Hamburger Food Truck
12 Apr 2015 EA121 Passionate Love & "La Folie" at the Musée d'Orsay (FULL; call office for Waitlist)
26 Mar 2015 SM261---- Smart Devices as Tools of Creative Expression Part IV
19 Mar 2015 SM191---- Smart Devices as Tools of Creative Expression Part III
12 Mar 2015 AM122 Mobilizing for Youth in Kenya: Rafiki ya Maisha
12 Mar 2015 SM121---- Smart Devices as Tools of Creative Expression Part II
05 Mar 2015 SM052---- Smart Devices as Tools of Creative Expression Part I
11 Feb 2015 AF111 Black History in the Spotlight
30 Jan 2015 EJ301 Cocktail Hour at Café Marly - Palais du Louvre, plus Rhodes Exhibition
04 Dec 2014 AD041 --- Paris When It Flickers: Part II
20 Nov 2014 AN201 --- Paris When It Flickers: Part I
02 Oct 2014 AO021 --- Feminism & The Maternal in Contemporary Art
30 Sep 2014 AS301 --- Emile Zola, Social Activist in the Dreyfus Affair: “J’accuse!”
27 Sep 2014 ES271 Open House 2014
08 Jul 2014 AU081 --- Paris, A Crossroads: Kiki, Mendjisky, Hemingway and Man Ray.
17 Jun 2014 AU171 --- Angels of Paris: An Architectural Journey
10 Jun 2014 AU101 --- Montmartre Through The Ages: A Privileged Setting For Religion, History and Art
03 Jun 2014 AU031 --- How to Look at a Photograph
20 May 2014 AY201The Yanomani People and their Life in the Amazonian Rainforest
08 Apr 2014 AA081 Making the Most of Culture Clash
11 Mar 2014 AM111 Learn to Play the Piano in Just One Hour!
07 Mar 2014 AM071 How To Look At A Painting, The Representation Of The Artist In His Studio, History of Art
11 Feb 2014 AF111 A Thinking Persons's Guide to Better Movement
08 Feb 2014 EF081 - Early Bird - WICE Money Matters for Women 2014
13 Dec 2013 AD131 History of Art Exhibition Lecture, The Bruegel Dynasty
29 Nov 2013 AN291 History of Art Exhibition Lecture, Braque
20 Nov 2013 AN201 Myths of Venice, History of Art
12 Nov 2013 AN121 Is Gun Culture Out of Control?
08 Nov 2013 AN081 History of Art Exhibition Lecture, Masculin, Masculin
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