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Cultural Studies

About this course

Welcome to WICE's Cultural Studies department. We are pleased to offer a variety of events covering history, culture and the arts – past and present, French and beyond. Our program also includes outings to films, exhibitions and performing arts events. All are presented by experts in the field in an intimate setting inviting discussion and further exploration.

Please feel free to contact us at culturalstudies@wice-paris.org with any questions, ideas and thoughts.


    • 10 Nov 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote Online (Zoom)
    • 16

    Would you like to read and understand paintings through its symbols? Since the 15th century, artists have used details in paintings which are endowed with a specific meaning. It can be religious, spiritual, an expression of luxury, the passing of time, corruption etc. Whether a colour, a reference to the animal or natural worlds, a particular type of fabric, food and beverages, etc. we will explore a selection of paintings and decipher their messages. An experience to art history.

    About the Instructor: Catherine Estivalezes holds a PhD in British and American Studies from the Sorbonne and has been involved for years in a foundation for promoting contemporary art, before getting back to art history studies. She has several years of experience in guiding, including districts, monuments, museums, and temporary exhibitions.

    Image Credit: symbolespeinture

    This Lecture will be held online via Zoom. Details of Joining the Meeting will be emailed 24 hours before class start.

    • 12 Nov 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Hybrid (Remote online or WICE office: 10 rue Tiphaine, 75015 Paris, France)

    Mention Ethiopia and most people exclaim: “Why would anyone want to go to there?!”

    Images of the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia still loom large. Well, that war is over and Ethiopia offers perhaps the richest cultural experience in all of Africa and combines it with some of the world’s most dramatic scenery and dazzling diversity of wildlife. It is a Christian country surrounded by Muslim ones, once ruled by the Queen of Sheba, who was seduced by King Solomon 3000 years ago and produced a son who started a dynasty said to have continued unbroken until Haile Selassie.

    We will review the history Ethiopia and look at photographs of some of its treasures, including astounding subterranean Christian churches carved into rock. The highest country in Africa, Ethiopia has twenty peaks over 13,000 feet and is split into two by the Great Rift Valley. We’ll look at photographs of the dramatic Simien Mountains in the north and the Bale Mountains in the south, including some wildlife there. Finally, we’ll take a spin through the tribal south. The Omo Valley in southern Ethiopia has a multitude of ethnic groups living outside the modern world. We’ll look at photographs some of these ethnic groups, like the Mursi people with their large lip plates, as well as colorful markets and ancient tribal ceremonies.

    About the Presenters: Among other things, presenters Lynn and Russell Kelley are intrepid travellers who designed their own trip through Ethiopia and will share this adventure with WICE. During confinement Russell entertained WICE members and friends with the 7-part Making of Paris, and will be back in January with a series on the most prestigious chateaux of France.

    Photo Credit: Lynn Kelley

Past events

17 Sep 2020 ES171 WICE Virtual Open House 2020
03 Jun 2020 WICE Special Film Screening - In The Name Of Your Daughter, and a Q&A with director Giselle Portenier.
10 May 2020 WICE Special Event: Harp Concert and Sing Along with Lauren Woidela
19 Mar 2020 AM191 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Matignon
29 Jan 2020 AJ291 Career Boost: How to Get a Job in France
17 Jan 2020 AD131 The Mystery of Mozart and his Requiem (New Date)
12 Dec 2019 AD121 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Drouot
03 Dec 2019 AD031 The Wallace Fountains of Paris: Their Story
14 Nov 2019 AN141 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
15 Oct 2019 AO151 The Modern Harp and its Many Incarnations
10 Oct 2019 AO101 Contemporary Art Up-Close: The Marais
10 May 2019 AY101 Britten's War Requiem: A Musical Cry for Peace
06 Apr 2019 AA061 Visit Chateau d’Hardelot with Author Stephen Clarke
19 Mar 2019 AM191 The Sexual Demonization of Muslims in France’s “Banlieues”: Myth or Reality?
16 Mar 2019 AM161 Women in Occupied Paris
22 Feb 2019 AF221 Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel: Detecting Which is Which
21 Feb 2019 AF211 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
18 Jan 2019 AD141 Ludwig van Beethoven: A Musical Giant Composes Program Music …? (New Date)
12 Dec 2018 ED121 Christmas Sing-Along and Farewell to WICE 40
07 Dec 2018 AD071 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Drouot
16 Nov 2018 AN161 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Belleville
12 Oct 2018 AO121 Contemporary Art Up-Close: The Marais
03 Oct 2018 AO031 Richard Wagner; Love Him or Loathe Him!
05 Jun 2018 AU051 Le Diner en Blanc: A Global Phenomenon
13 Apr 2018 AA131 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Old and New Meet in Montparnasse
04 Apr 2018 AA041 Dimitri Shostakovich: A Musical Response to Constant Fear
15 Mar 2018 AM151 Contemporary Art Up-Close: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
08 Mar 2018 AM081 César Franck: Organist Extraordinaire
15 Feb 2018 AF151 Contemporary Art Up-Close: The Marais
12 Feb 2018 EF121 Live comedy show and meet the author: The Merde Factor by Stephen Clarke
07 Feb 2018 AF071 Johann Sebastian Bach: As Perfect as Perfect Can Be
20 Jan 2018 AJ201 Americans Sing Paris
14 Nov 2017 AN141 Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes
18 Oct 2017 AO181 Composer of the Month (December): Franz Liszt
17 Oct 2017 AO171 In the Footsteps of Genghis Khan: A Mongolian Adventure
28 Sep 2017 AS281 French War Brides: Mademoiselle and the American Soldier
27 Sep 2017 AS271 Introduction to Indian Painting
02 Jul 2017 AL021 Paris Screenwriting Workshop (CANCELLED)
10 May 2017 AY101 - CAN YOU STAND THE HEAT? Gender Bias in the Professional Kitchen
06 May 2017 AY061 Rodin Revisited: A Guided Tour of the Permanent Collection
13 Apr 2017 AA141 Discover Strasbourg and Berlioz!
29 Mar 2017 AM291 Detroit and the Cyclical Transformation of our Environments
09 Mar 2017 SM091 Contemporary Art Up-close
08 Mar 2017 AM082 Manufacturing: Beyond Just Machines
08 Mar 2017 AM081 Hector Berlioz: an Underappreciated Genius
25 Jan 2017 AJ251 To Glyndebourne with Love
18 Jan 2017 AJ181 The View of the World from Trump Tower
06 Jan 2017 AJ061 Josephine and the Bonaparte family
16 Dec 2016 AD161 Lost in Frenchlation - upcoming films
07 Dec 2016 AD071 Mommy, What is a Sexologist?
02 Dec 2016 AD021 Cocottes and courtesans in the late 19th Century
01 Dec 2016 AD011 Lost in Frenchlation - upcoming films
25 Nov 2016 AN251 Paris and its sumptuous hôtels particuliers
16 Nov 2016 AN161 Helping Street Children in India: a volunteer recounts
07 Oct 2016 SO071 Art Collecting in Paris Fall 2016
05 Oct 2016 AO051 Life in a Migrant Camp: La Grande Sythe
01 Oct 2016 AO011 Paris Underground: Spies, Resistance and The Secret War Against the Nazis
22 Jun 2016 AU221 A Visit to an Animal Shelter
18 May 2016 AY181 Acting for Animals: The Story of a Shelter
24 Apr 2016 AA241 Myths and Legends at La Maison Jean Cocteau, Milly-la-Forêt
20 Apr 2016 AA201 Behind the Scenes at Le Cordon Bleu
08 Apr 2016 AA081 - The Lie - VIP Theater Event
01 Apr 2016 AA011 The Language of Paint: Talks on Art and Artists
25 Mar 2016 SM251 Art Collecting in Paris, Spring 2016
16 Mar 2016 AM161 Funding the Louvre: the Hunt for International Donors
10 Feb 2016 AF101 Internet Shams and Scams: How to Avoid Them!
30 Jan 2016 AJ301 A Visit to the Lourdes of Paris, The Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
20 Jan 2016 AJ201 Led by her: A Path from Victimhood to Empowerment
22 Nov 2015 AN221 Henna Day: Talk on Oriental wedding traditions and beauty rituals at Café Maure
12 Nov 2015 AN121 Marie de Medicis: Queen of Spin
04 Nov 2015 AN041 - Green, Not Gray in Paris: Urban Gardens and Gardening Opportunities
24 Oct 2015 AO241 - Cyrano de Bergerac - VIP Theater Event
23 Oct 2015 AO231: Traveling More Consciously & Staying Open to Life-Changing Experience: One Woman’s Journey
06 Sep 2015 FULL The Mysteries of Van Gogh Unveiled at the Village of Auvers-sur-Oise - Day Trip
28 Jun 2015 EU281 Café Maure de la Mosquée - Sweets & The Secrets of Eastern Culture
03 Jun 2015 SJ031---- Smartphone Photography Workshop IV
27 May 2015 AY271 - When Alzheimer's Strikes: A Way to Help
27 May 2015 SM271---- Smartphone Photography Workshop III
20 May 2015 SM201---- Smartphone Photography Workshop II
13 May 2015 SM131 Smartphone Photography Workshop I
06 May 2015 AY061 Escape from Abuse: A Woman's True Story
15 Apr 2015 AA151 Le Camion Qui Fume: A Hamburger Food Truck
12 Apr 2015 EA121 Passionate Love & "La Folie" at the Musée d'Orsay (FULL; call office for Waitlist)
26 Mar 2015 SM261---- Smart Devices as Tools of Creative Expression Part IV
19 Mar 2015 SM191---- Smart Devices as Tools of Creative Expression Part III
12 Mar 2015 AM122 Mobilizing for Youth in Kenya: Rafiki ya Maisha
12 Mar 2015 SM121---- Smart Devices as Tools of Creative Expression Part II
05 Mar 2015 SM052---- Smart Devices as Tools of Creative Expression Part I
11 Feb 2015 AF111 Black History in the Spotlight
30 Jan 2015 EJ301 Cocktail Hour at Café Marly - Palais du Louvre, plus Rhodes Exhibition
04 Dec 2014 AD041 --- Paris When It Flickers: Part II
20 Nov 2014 AN201 --- Paris When It Flickers: Part I
02 Oct 2014 AO021 --- Feminism & The Maternal in Contemporary Art
30 Sep 2014 AS301 --- Emile Zola, Social Activist in the Dreyfus Affair: “J’accuse!”
27 Sep 2014 ES271 Open House 2014
08 Jul 2014 AU081 --- Paris, A Crossroads: Kiki, Mendjisky, Hemingway and Man Ray.
17 Jun 2014 AU171 --- Angels of Paris: An Architectural Journey
10 Jun 2014 AU101 --- Montmartre Through The Ages: A Privileged Setting For Religion, History and Art
03 Jun 2014 AU031 --- How to Look at a Photograph
20 May 2014 AY201The Yanomani People and their Life in the Amazonian Rainforest
08 Apr 2014 AA081 Making the Most of Culture Clash
11 Mar 2014 AM111 Learn to Play the Piano in Just One Hour!
07 Mar 2014 AM071 How To Look At A Painting, The Representation Of The Artist In His Studio, History of Art
11 Feb 2014 AF111 A Thinking Persons's Guide to Better Movement
08 Feb 2014 EF081 - Early Bird - WICE Money Matters for Women 2014
13 Dec 2013 AD131 History of Art Exhibition Lecture, The Bruegel Dynasty
29 Nov 2013 AN291 History of Art Exhibition Lecture, Braque
20 Nov 2013 AN201 Myths of Venice, History of Art
12 Nov 2013 AN121 Is Gun Culture Out of Control?
08 Nov 2013 AN081 History of Art Exhibition Lecture, Masculin, Masculin
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