Thursday, October 28, 2010

Naim Kattan's lecture cancelled

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret that Naim Kattan must cancel his lecture which is due to place at the Alliance Francaise tonight, Thursday 28 October.
Sorry for any inconveniences this may cause.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The fascinating world of the Ocean waves by Pr. Frederic Dias

Wednesday 3 November - 6.30 pm

Water waves can have destructive power but they can also be a source of renewable energy, especially in Ireland. Expert on water waves for over 20 years, Prof. Frederic Dias from University College Dublin (School of Mathematical Sciences) will present his work The fascinating world of waves at the Alliance Francaise.

The presentation is in French with films and slides in English. It will be followed by a session of questions and answers in English and French.

Admission free
Limited number of seats available: RSVP - 01 676 17 32.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thursday 28 October at 6.30pm
Lecture : Pourquoi j’ai choisi le français. par Naim Kattan

Naim Kattan, writer, literary critic (born at Baghdad, Iraq in 1928). Kattan studied law at the University of Baghdad before studying literature at the Sorbonne. His fictionalized memories of these years appeared as Adieu, Babylone (1975) and Les Fruits arrachés (1977). He immigrated to Canada in 1954 and in 1984 became head of the writing and publishing division of the Canada Council. Kattan has contributed to magazines and newspapers in the Near East, Europe and North America, and has written several books, distinguishing himself in the genres of essay, novel, short story and theatre.
In Le Réel et le théâtral (1970), a collection of essays that won the Prix France-Canada (1971), Kattan pondered the elements that over the ages have differentiated and distinguished cultures and civilizations, the relationship of oriental and occidental man with nature, other men and the beyond. He continued this reflection in La Mémoire et la promesse (1978), Le Désir et le pouvoir (1983) and Le Repos et l'oubli (1987).
In collaboration with the Délégation générale du Québec à Londres.

Presentation in French
Q & A in French and English
Admission free. RSVP:

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Wednesday 13 October 6.30pm

Azouz Begag, born in Lyon, France, is a French writer, politician and researcher in economics and sociology at the CNRS. Begag's best known literary work (he has published more than 20 books, among them many novels often inspired by his childhood) is the autobiographical novel Le Gone du Chaâba, published in 1986. In his novel, he describes the first ten years in the life of a child of Algerian immigrants who arrived in France in 1949: an Arab father, a mother from Kabylia, seven siblings, and a wooden shack for a house on the banks of the Rhône, next to other shantytowns.

Azouz Begag has been the delegate minister for equal opportunities of France between 2005 and 2007. Begag's academic career, culminating in his place as a researcher at the CNRS, as well as his political career to date, have also centred around the problems of unequal opportunity for those brought up in industrial suburbs and ghettos, " les Beurs" (young French of Maghreb descent).

Presentation in French moderated by Michael Cronin, Director of the Centre for Translation and Textual studies (DCU).
Q & A in French and English
Admission free. RSVP: