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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.


    • 07 Jan 2021
    • 7:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • 16 Jan 2021
    • 8:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote

    The live event occurred on January 7th, 2021. 

    However, you can register to receive a link to view the recording (REPLAY), and you will receive the discount codes for the full series.

    France is a land of many splendored things, chief among them being the glorious chateaux which dot the Loire Valley and the Ile-de-France. Some started out as medieval stone donjons; others sprang to life as the magnificent Renaissance edifices built by the 15th and 16th century Valois kings, first in the Loire Valley and later in and around Paris; then came the the equally grand French Baroque style chateaux built around Paris by Bourbon royals and their peers.

    Russell Kelley will take us on a quick romp through ten of these landmarks which have been witness to 1,000 years of French history, expanding on some of their salient features — for instance, Chambord is  the largest chateau in the Loire with 426 rooms; Chenonceau  is called the « chateau des dames » because of the nearly uninterrupted series of women — including Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medicis —who oversaw the many additions and embellishments of this particularly beautiful castle. Outside Paris stands Vaux-le-Vicomte, built in the mid-17th century by Nicolas Fouquet whose lavish chateau so enraged Louis XIV that he had the man thrown into prison where, 15 years later, he perished.

    Speaker: Russell Kelley is the curator and moderator of the lecture series on the Grands Châteaux of the Loire Valley and the Île de France. He is author of The Making of Paris: The Story of How Paris Evolved from a Fishing Village into the World’s Most Beautiful City, to be published in March 2021. He has lived in France for nearly 30 years and has visited every château featured in this series many times.

    **This presentation is an introduction to a 10-part online series — each devoted to a single chateau — whose fascinating stories will be narrated and illustrated by the director, curator, or owner of the spotlighted edifice — those who know them best! 

    These experts have been brought together by Russell Kelley under the Alliance Française chapters in Miami and Chicago which have graciously agreed to include WICE members among the viewers.

    The Alliance Française lectures take place weekly on Thursdays from January 14 through March 25 at 7 p.m. Paris time / 1 p.m. Eastern Time. (The January 14 talk will be the same that Russell will present at WICE on January 7. )

    PLEASE NOTE: Registrants for the January 7 WICE lecture (or paid REPLAY) will be entitled to the entire 11-part series at the Alliance Française membership rate.  The registration code to receive the discount on the AF series will be included with your registration confirmation email for the WICE introductory session.

    For further information and registration for the AF series visit: https://www.af-miami.org/cultural-events_2020/upcoming-events/

    The cost of the series is $15 per lecture or $135 for the series of 11 lectures for non-members of AFMM: $8 per lecture or $70 for the series for AFMM members and registrants for the January 7 WICE lecture (or paid REPLAY).  Find the registration code in your registration confirmation email.

    Photo credit: BEHN LIEU SONG, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

    • 19 Jan 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote Online via Zoom

    From Art Nouveau, Art Deco to Modern Art

    From the Romans to the latest modern innovations, Paris architecture covers almost 2000 years of history.

    In this session, we will explore Paris architecture in the 20th century, from Art Nouveau, Art Deco to Modern Art, citing a large number of examples and  explaining their architectural specificities.

    Catherine ESTIVALEZES has been a lecturer with WICE for several years: she guided walking tours in Paris districts, organized visits to museums, held on site lectures at WICE. She has a PhD in American and British history and literature, a professional degree in Art and History. She communicates her passion for art and culture in a simple expressive way.

    Photo Credit: public domain

    • 26 Jan 2021
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote Online via Zoom

    Post-War architecture in Paris and the grand projects of a modern city

    From the Romans to the latest modern innovations, Paris architecture covers almost 2000 years of history.

    This  session will be dedicated to the post-war modernization of Paris through great projects carried out by the presidents Pompidou in the sixties, or Mitterand’s ‘grand travaux’  in the eighties.

    Catherine ESTIVALEZES has been a lecturer with WICE for several years: she guided walking tours in Paris districts, organized visits to museums, held on site lectures at WICE. She has a PhD in American and British history and literature, a professional degree in Art and History. She communicates her passion for art and culture in a simple expressive way.

    Photo credit: Public Domain

    • 02 Feb 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Remote
    • 46

    Everglades National Park in the USA protects an unparalleled landscape that provides important habitat for numerous rare and endangered species like the manatee,  American crocodile, and the elusive Florida panther.

    Join a National Park Service ranger for a presentation of the history of the park and an introduction to the wildlife. 

    The everglades have been deemed a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve.  It is home to thirteen endangered and ten threatened species as well as being the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere and the largest designated wilderness in the eastern U.S. and the only subtropical preserve on the North American continent.

    Presented by the Everglades Education Team of Park Rangers


    Photo Credit:  US Park Service

Past events

12 Jan 2021 WICE Talks: Whitman Mission - US Park Service Special Presentation. FREE for Members
05 Jan 2021 VJ051 Private Parisian Mansions: A Famous Element of French Heritage
15 Dec 2020 VD151 The Famous Cocottes and Courtesans of the 19th Century
20 Nov 2020 VN201 PARIS ART AND ARCHITECTURE (Online 4-part Series)
17 Nov 2020 WICE Talk - Nez Perce Battle at Bear Paw - American History
12 Nov 2020 AN121 Ethiopia: A Land of Staggering Cultural Riches (Remote)
10 Nov 2020 AN031 Lecture: Symbols in Painting (New Date - Remote)
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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