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08 Mar
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
Mar 8, 2012 | 7:00 PM-9:00 PM


From Albert Gallatin to Michel Butor

French Writer MICHEL BUTOR Speaks About Craft, Place, and Language

Thursday, March 8th, 7 P.M.
Gallatin School of Individualized Study
Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
1 Washington Place
Free and open to the public, however a RSVP to is required.

A Conversation between Michel Butor and Lois Oppenheim
The NYU Presidential Medal Ceremony Honoring Michel Butor

NYU pays tribute to the accomplishments of two prominent figures -- Albert Gallatin and Michel Butor -- whose beliefs and actions have been shaped by L’Esprit de Genève, 200 years apart.

Albert Gallatin, emigrated from Geneva in the 1780s and helped secure this country’s independence and establish NYU. Former Dean of the Faculty of Letters at the University of Geneva and professor in several American universities, avant-garde novelist, poet and essayist Michel Butor has created an astonishing body of work inspired by the relationship between word and space.

Michel Butor will be presented with the 2012 Presidential Medal by NYU President John Sexton, then interviewed by Professor Lois Oppenheim (Professor and Chairperson, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Montclair State University), an expert on his work. The evening will include a sneak preview of the 2012 traveling exhibition on Albert Gallatin, organized by the Bibliothèque de Genève and running at NYU’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library from November 2012 to March 2013.

This event is presented in partnership with the Gallatin School of Individualized Study and La Maison Française of NYU, and is part of ThinkSwiss: Genève Meets New York, A Festival of Global Ideas Born In Geneva, running March 6-12. 2012. Building on the tricentennial anniversary of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's birth, the festival features more than 10 panel discussions and live performances, drawing attention to global ideas that were born in Geneva and still reverberate worldwide today.

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