AFGR Chapter News January 2019

La Conversation

All levels and abilities are welcome for a casual evening of French conversation.
Wine and light refreshments will be served.
When: The conversation group will be meeting on Tuesday, Jan 29 from 6:30-8:00pm.
Where: 1825 Weymouth Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, 49508
RSVP by Jan 27 to Linda at or text her at 616-970-8260.

From Revolution to the Belle Époque: Stories of 19th century Women in Paris

Charlotte Corday, Marie Bashkirtseff, Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Sophie Blanchard, Jane Avril, Loïe Fuller, Juliette Recamier, Berthe Morisot are just a few of the fascinating women you’ll meet in this two-hour class. French, Russian, American, so many incredible women brought their talents to Paris and helped define the history and culture of France. Many were superstars of their time but are too often forgotten today.

AFGR member Steve Soper will introduce you to women whose work transcends time, whose spirit lives on in paintings, in literature, in the very culture of European and Western Civilization.

April 12, 9:30-11:30am, Browne Center, Aquinas College.

For more information visit the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Aquinas College.

“Self-portrait” (detail) by Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun

“Self-portrait” (detail) by Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun

France TV online

This website gives access to a lot of French programming, including daily news programs. Some programming that appears available actually isn’t due to broadcasting agreements. Subtitles are available in French (not in English).

France 24 News online

Another wonderful source for keeping up with all things French. This site is in English and is available as an app for iPad and iPhone as well.