Discover France and its Culture
Season 29

You want to learn more about France, its History, its Arts, its Culture, its Traditions… Alliance Française of Greater Orlando offers you an opportunity to do so from the comfort and the security of your home with its new online Zoom conferences.

Prepare yourself for an amazing journey through centuries, visiting French cities, regions, gardens, menageries, world fairs… Learn about the genesis of modern techniques, avionic, automobile… Follow the paths of great scientists, Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie… Share the daily life of kings in Versailles, enjoy the cuisine they used to savor, and the beauty of the French art of the table… Use all of your senses, admire the art of painters, the skill of sculptors like Bartholdi, discover the history of perfumes… Enter the intimacy of French national figures: Joanne of Arc, Marie-Antoinette… Take part of the lavish existence of our kings’ favorites…

We have so many enthralling stories to share with you.After ten weeks of visit to Nord Pas-de-Calais, our next season will transport you to Picardie. From the landscapes of the region to its rich History; from the capital city of Amiens to the other towns of the province; from the writers who since the Middle Ages have forged French Literature, to the great painters of the region; from the local recipes to the food festivals, you will discover the History and the stories of the province from where French, as we know it, originated.Each conference lasts two hours. The program takes place on Fridays and Saturdays, Fridays in English, Saturdays in French.

The first conference of our twenty-ninth season will be held on Friday November the 3rd at 6:00 pm.

The cost for a session of 5 conferences is $ 60. But you can in fact decide to take advantage of the bilingualism of our program to improve your French, or your English; and register, for the same price, to the full session of 10 conferences.

Here is the schedule for the new five conferences of Season 29:November the 3rd and the 4th 2023
General Presentation of the Picardie region
– Geography
– Economy
– History

November the 10th and the 11th 2023
– General Presentation
– History of Amiens

November the 17th and the 18th 2023
Picardie, Land of Literature 
– Middle-Ages : Jean Froissart, Adam de la Halle, Jehan Bodel, Richard de Fournival, Jean de Venette, Gerbert de Montreuil
– Renaissance : Jean Calvin, Hélisenne de Crenne, Guillaume Des Autels, Barthélemy Aneau, Jacques Grévin, Marie de Gournay
– XVIIth Century : Vincent Voiture, Jean Racine, Antoine Gallant
– XVIIIth Century : Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Jean-Baptiste Gresset
– XIXth Century : Alexandre Dumas Père, Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, Constance de Salm, Jules Verne
– XXth Century : Pierre Mac Orlan

December the 1st and the 2nd 2023
Picardie Painters
– Confraternity of the Puy Notre-Dame d’Amiens, Simon Marmion
– François Dubois, Antoine Caron, Quentin Varin
– The brothers Le Nain
– Quentin de La Tour

December the 8th and the 9th 2023
– Regional Products
– Recipes
– Food Fairs

If you are new to our conferences, to pre-register please contact our teacher in charge, Muriel Partridge, by sending her an email:
Upon receipt, she will give you her direct phone contact as well as payment information and answer any questions you may have.

If you are a returning participant, please send your payment the same way you did for the first sessions of five conferences.

We look forward to taking you on an extraordinary journey!

Muriel Partridge, AFGO Teacher

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