Updates from the Alliance Française de Kalamazoo

Dr. Cynthia Ruoff of the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University penned the following updates from the Alliance.

Kalamazoo, le 28 avril 2019

Très chers amis,

Après un très long hiver, nous célébrons l’arrivée du printemps. Vous trouverez ci-joint le programme de notre saison d’activités. Pour nos francophiles, qui ne parlent pas français, nous avons plusieurs activités culturelles en anglais.

I have fantastic news to report. An anonymous donor has made a significant monetary gift to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. According to the donor’s wishes, the Alliance Française de Kalamazoo is listed as the sponsor of the summer exhibition “L’esprit: Exploring Wit and Beauty in French Prints”. In addition, our Alliance will sponsor an opening-night celebration to be announced at a later date. As a result of this donor’s foresight, the Alliance Française de Kalamazoo will benefit from enormous visibility. Mille fois merci!

The exhibition, from June 15 through August 25, celebrates the joys and foibles of French society and culture between 1830 and 1930, when Paris was the world capital of artistic creativity, innovation, and opportunity. The exhibition includes fully half of the museum’s collection of French prints. These include depictions that glorify or ridicule the ever-present French State, landscapes of the monuments and street life found in big towns and cities, bucolic renditions of farm life, the adoration of beautiful women, the love of children, and the fruitful relationship that arose between printmaking and literature. Among the artists on view are Théodore Géricault, Honoré Daumier, Charles Méryon, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Georges Rouault, and James Tissot.

You will notice we have a new member of the board; Martine Goddeyne has volunteered to attend our board meetings and function as our secretary. As one of her responsibilities, she will be creating and sending thank-you notes in the name of the Alliance Française de Kalamazoo.

We are all greatly saddened by the tragic fire at the Cathédrale de Notre Dame de Paris. Please see the enclosed note from the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA which includes information on making a donation for the restoration and rebuilding of Notre Dame de Paris.

J’espère vous voir bientôt. Venez nombreux à tous nos événements.

Bien cordialement,

Cynthia Ruoff, Ph.D., Présidente de l’Alliance Française de Kalamazoo, cynthia.ruoff@wmich.edu
Nelly Kurzmann, Trésorière
Martine Goddeyne, Secrétaire


Kalamazoo, le 20 décembre 2018

Très chers amis,

Les membres du comité de l'Alliance Française tiennent à vous souhaiter une bonne et heureuse année 2019, une année ensoleillée et vibrante. Vous trouverez ci-joint le programme de la première partie de notre saison d'activités culturelles. We include soirées in English for those francophiles who would like to participate in our activities. We always welcome you to listen to the French presentations and participate in our activities even if you do not speak French.

Avec l'initiative "One Book/One Federation," la Fédération promeut la littérature française à travers un auteur contemporain. Cette année la Fédération a choisi le roman "La Délicatesse" (2009) by David Foenkinos. Since our Allinace already read this novel a number of years ago, I replaced it with "Souvenirs" (2011) by the same author. This novel explores a young man's relationship with his grandparents, especially his grandmother, and his own search for love. David Foenkinos est né le 28 octobre 1974 et a étudié la musique et la littérature à Paris. I will have the books available at our January meeting.

The "One Film/One Federation movie this year is "le Brio," a dramatic comedy. It is in French but has been subtitled in English. this film has not been released in the U.S. thanks to the support from the Cultural Services in the French Embassy and the Institut français, I have arranged to have an exclusive showing on February 5.

We wish to thank Nelly for organizing the wonderful "Repas de Noël" at the Food Dance on Thursday, December 20. The restaurant incurred substantial damage from a kitchen fire and had to be renovated. We were very happy to hear that he renovations were completed in time for dinner.

At each of our soirées, the hostesses and hosts provide refreshments an delicious desserts in addition to the comfort of their homes. We would like to thank them for their generosity and hospitality. If you would like to host, but the cost is not within your budget, contact me to arrange the details. After the event, please submit your receipts for reimbursement.

Le mois de janvier est le moment de payer vos cotisations. Nous vous remercions de votre participation. Nelly will send you a membership form soon. We ask you to send your check to Nelly before February 15 to facilitate her work.

Nous nous réjouissons d'avance de vous compter parmi nos membres.

Trés cordialement,

Cynthia Ruoff, Présidente de l'Alliance Française de Kalamazoo, cynthia.ruoff@wmich.edu
Nelly Kurzmann, Trésorière