main_imageInternational Lecture Series | Spring 2016 - Fall 2017

How do we imagine and conceptualize a possible way of living together, not in spite of our differences but because of them? How do we welcome singular, minority, marginalized narratives into the living polyphony of a shared world? How do we find solidarities upon the diversity of experiences?

These questions are not new. But they are being posed with greater acuity than ever, now that societies are fragmenting, that retreats into identities are increasing, that inequalities are worsening, and that generalized commodification is destroying natural resources.

We wish to adopt a multidisciplinary approach and bring together around these questions scholars from the humanities and the social as well as environmental sciences, as well as artists and committed individuals whose imagination, creativity, and struggles will enrich our reflection.

International Lecture Series organized by New York University-Paris, the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme, the Institut du Tout-Monde, and NYU Institute of African American Affairs.

NYU Institute of African American Affairs gratefully acknowledges support from Global Research Initiatives, Office of the Provost.

Organizers: Manthia Diawara & Nicole Lapierre
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The first three lectures will take place at Cité Internationale des Arts (CIA) as part of the Museum du Tout Monde (M2A2) exhibition, 18 Rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, 75004 Paris. The following lectures will take place at various venues. All programs are free and open to the public. Please check specific date for any RSVP info.


May 2016


May 10, 2016 - 17h / 5:00 pm
Negritude: A Dialogue Between Wole Soyinka and L. S. Senghor
Manthia Diawara - University Professor and Director, Institute of African American Affairs, New York University
Presentation by Nicole Lapierre


May 12, 2016 - 18h / 6:00 pm
Say No. Tell Us.
Edwy Plenel - journalist, essayist
Presentation by Manthia Diawara

Balveer Arora

May 19, 2016 - 18h / 6:00 pm
Indian Democracy at the Risk of Nationalism
Balveer Arora - political scientist, chairman of the Centre for Multilevel Federalism,
Institute of Social Sciences Delhi
Guest artist: Pancho Quilici
Presentation by Nicole Lapierre

October 2016 - October 2017


October 18, 2016
TIME: 17h  (5:00 pm)
LOCATION: FMSH-La Maison Suger - 16 rue Suger 75006 Paris, Paris (75) France
Tél : + 33 1 44 41 32 06  / Web:
On Reconciliation in Ivory Coast
Yacouba Konate - art critic, philosopher, prof. University of Cocody, Abidjan


ANGELA DAVIS: "La société américaine et l'élection de Donald Trump" 
(The American Society  and the Election of Donald Trump )

GINA DENT: "L'industrie du rejet social"
(The Social Rejection Industry)

November 23, 2016 - Florence, Italy
TIME: 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Villa Sassetti at NYU Florence Villa La Pietra campus
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Florence, ITALY
RSVP is mandatory. Please email:
NYU La Pietra Dialogues website:
Phone:  +39 055 5007225
U.S. Toll Free - 1-800-361-1108


November 25, 2016 - Paris, France
TIME: 19h (7:00 PM)
LOCATION: House of Latin America -
217 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75007 Paris, France
Telephone: 01 49 54 75 00   / Web:

Orlando Patterson

December 12, 2016
TIME: 17h  (5:00 pm)
PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION:   NYU-Paris - 57 Boulevard Saint Germain  75006 Paris, France 
Telephone: (01) 53 73 28 00  / Web:
(For security reasons, access will only be granted to persons who have previously
registered at:
Racial Integration, Issue and the US
Orlando Patterson - sociologist, prof. Harvard
Presentation by Manthia Diawara


January 19, 2017
TIME: 17h  (5:00 pm)
LOCATION: FMSH-avenue de France (Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme) -
190 avenue de France, 75013 Paris, France
Telephone: 0149542000  / Web:
Do We Have to Look Alike to Live Together?
Nicole Lapierre - social anthropologist, Emeritus Research Director CNRS


February 20th, 2017
TIME: 17H (5:00 pm)
LOCATION: FMSH-avenue de France (Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme)
190 Avenue de France 75013, salle du conseil B
The Black Movement in Brazil
Francine Saillant - anthropologist, prof. Laval University


May 2017 (date and location to come)
Political Recognition
Charles Taylor - philosopher, prof. McGill University Emeritus


Fall 2017 (date and location to come)

The Interdependence of Living
Gilles Boeuf - biologist, prof. Pierre and Marie Curie University (TBC)