France-Atlanta 2018: A recap [fr]
France-Atlanta 2018 featured a dozen events across the realm of culture, science, humanitarian affairs and business. From a ciné-concert of Georges Méliès’ films to a workshop on lung cancer, this year’s program included great variation in subject matter. That said, all events were tied together through a shared push towards innovation as well as the promotion of transatlantic ties between the U.S. Southeast and France.
France-Atlanta is a yearly event series put on by the consulate and Georgia Tech and next year’s edition will mark the series’ 10th anniversary. It’s bound to be one of biggest and best yet, so check back in as the year progresses to see what’s on the agenda.
In the meantime, here’s a recap (including photos) of this year’s events:
Street Art in ATL: Mural Installation by CEET
Internationally-renowned street artist CEET, who hails from Atlanta’s sister city of Toulouse, created a mural in Atlanta’s historic Cascade Heights neighborhood. See photos here.
Au Cœur de Mai 68
The consulate and University of Georgia put on an exhibition of 40 previously unseen images of France’s May 1968 protests by French photographer Philippe Gras. Then the Alliance Française of Atlanta screened filmmaker Dominque Beaux’s “The Odd Spring of May 1968” documentary. See photos here.
’Right in the Eye’ Ciné-concert of Georgies Méliès films
The silent films of famed French cinematographer Georges Méliès were set to a live score by French musicians Alcoléa & Cie who used more than two dozen instruments to accompany 10 of Mélès’ films. See photos here. Performances were held at two area schools, at the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation as part of ELEVATEAtlanta, and finally, at the historic Plaza Theatre. See photos here.
Innovation in Biomedical Devices & Health Applications
This symposium brought together researchers from the Regional Hospital Center of Metz-Thionville (CHR) and the Georgia Institute of Technology to discuss key research projects.
Innovative Solutions for Neurological Diseases
This daylong forum focused on the latest advances for people living with chronic neurologic diseases including epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, cognitive and neuromuscular degeneration, and other potentially debilitating nervous system disorders. See photos here.
Lung Cancer Workshop
This symposium gathered outstanding French and American researchers and clinicians for a discussion on screening and latest developments in thoracic malignancy research. It was led by Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute Executive Director Walter J. Curran Jr., MD; Deputy Director Suresh Ramalingam, MD; and Director of Canceropole du Grand-Ouest in France Gilles Favre, MD. See photos here.
Humanitarian Forum: Gender-based Violence in Emergency Settings
This forum focused on gender-based violence in regions undergoing conflict or other types of emergencies via two panels: “When #MeToo Meets War” and “Hidden Emergency: Sex Trafficking From Conflict Zones to Atlanta." See photos here.
Education Series: Teaching students about humanitarian work in the francophone world
Representatives from Atlanta’s major humanitarian organizations gave presentations about their work, humanitarian affairs and how they use the language to area high school and university classrooms where students are learning French.
Crystal Peach Awards
The 2018 annual Crystal Peach Awards luncheon recognized four outstanding corporate honorees for their commitment to economic growth, innovation and the expansion of commercial relations between France and the Southeast United States. See photos here.
Atlanta International Startup Exchange
For a third year, sister cities Atlanta and Toulouse selected promising startups to participate in a week-long residential exchange.