AFGR Chapter News February

We were saddened to learn recently that Elliot Serafin died.  He was a long-time member of Alliance Française de Grand Rapids and appreciated by the many who knew him for his friendship and valuable contributions to our wider community. Our thoughts and hearts go out to his family and friends.

Mardi Gras Party 2019!

Fat Tuesday, 5 March — for details and to register download the invitation!

Studying French in France

Linda FitzGerald took summer language courses for her Master’s Degree at Centre International d'Etudes Françaises (CIDEF) at the Université Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers, France.

Courses range from one week to one year in length.

If you’re interested contact Linda at and she will forward the information.

La Conversation group

Please join us for a conversation about the French novel La Tête en friche, available on Amazon.  The discussion about the book will also be in French.  Light hors-d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

To RSVP please contact Carolyn Chapman or phone (616) 868-5217. 

When: Sunday February 24 at 3:00 PM
Where: 5903 Bancroft Ave SE, Alto, MI 49302

AFGR Book Club

Our next book club selection is the prize winning bestseller in France, Small Country by Gael Faye. In his first book, the author recounts his childhood in Burundi.

We will be meeting Tuesday, March 12 at Schuler's at 5:30pm. For more information contact Marijke.Wiersema.

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.

Marie Bashkirtseff

Marie Bashkirtseff

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.