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Panel Discussion & Luncheon
À la Table de Rousseau:
What Is Progressive About Education Today?

Friday, March 9, 2012

FIAF, Le Skyroom
In English

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Join panelists Michel Butor, writer and former Dean of the Faculty of Letters, University of Geneva; Megan Laverty, Associate Professor, Philosophy and Education Program, Arts and Humanities, Teachers College, Columbia University; Jean-Michel Olivier, professor and winner of the 2010 Prix Interallié for L’Amour Nègre; and Shimon Waronker, Headmaster, the New American Academy, and Presidential Fellow, Harvard Urban Superintendents Doctoral Program, for a conversation moderated by Adam Gopnik (The New Yorker) on the relevance of Rousseau’s ideas in contemporary pedagogy.

Is an intensive education essential to a child’s development? How does nature fit into high-tech education? Are innate abilities and learned skills in conflict? Part novel, part treatise, Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Emile, or On Education profoundly influenced modern philosophies of education by laying out the foundations of a system emphasizing human goodness, learning by doing, and a return to nature.

To celebrate the tricentennial of the birth of the Geneva-born philosopher, the City of Geneva has revived the Banquet tradition, which brings people together to debate issues of the day. Delicacies from Geneva will be served.

Lunch will be followed at 2pm by a 30-minute round table, How to Read Rousseau in the 21st Century, led by François Jacob, Director of the Voltaire Institute and Museum, Geneva.

Presented as part of Thinkswiss: Genève Meets New York, a Festival of Global Ideas Born in Geneva, presented by the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York and The City of Geneva, March 6–12, 2012.


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A limited number of tickets may become available at the door

Ticket Price
(includes lunch)
FIAF Members $25
Non-Members $35

FIAF, Le Skyroom

22 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10022


Special thanks to the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, Thinkswiss: Genève Meets New York, 2012 Rousseau Pour Tous, and the City of Geneva
FIAF Winter 2012 Season Sponsors: American Airlines, the official airline of FIAF; the Cultural Services of the French Embassy; Florence Gould Foundation; Institut français; National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; Robert de Rothschild
Image © Jean-Marc Humm, La Fonderie

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