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The Statue of Liberty: the Renewal of a Symbol

June 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This summer, a Lady Liberty crafted from Bartholdi’s molds will once again cross the Atlantic to stand on American ground. This 10-foot statue will leave in June 2021 from the same port in France used by her older sister, visit her sibling on Liberty Island for Independence Day, and finally settle in at the French Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. on Bastille Day, where she will stand as a symbol of the longstanding and strong Franco-American friendship.

As the world is facing unexpected challenges, the roundtable will question the current significance of the symbols the Statue of Liberty carries: the Franco-American friendship, freedom, hope for a better world, and the fight against oppression, on June 23 at 12 PM on Zoom, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Philippe Etienne, Ambassador of France to the United States will introduce the roundtable, moderated by Philip Kennicott, Pulitzer Prize-winning art and architecture critic of The Washington Post.

With the kind participation of :

Lonnie G. Bunch 

Lonnie G. Bunch III is an American educator and historian. He is the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the first African American, and the first historian to serve as head of the Smithsonian. Bunch previously served as the founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) from 2005 to 2019 and as president and director of the Chicago History Museum, curator at the California African American Museum, and curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

David Blight 

David W. Blight is Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University. He is the author or editor of a dozen books, including American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era; and Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory. He has been awarded the Bancroft Prize, the Abraham Lincoln Prize, and the Frederick Douglass Prize, among others.

Olivier Faron 

Olivier Faron was appointed General administrator of the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers (CNAM) in 2013. He obtained the agrégation in history and a doctorate in history in 1996. He is a former member of the French School of Rome. From 2002 to 2004, he was the advisor for the humanities and social sciences in the cabinet of Claudie Haigneré, Minister delegate for Research and New Technologies. He has been appointed Deputy Director, in charge of Higher Education, of the cabinet of the Minister of Higher Education and Research.

Pap Ndiaye 

Pap Ndiaye has been appointed Head of the Palais de la Porte Dorée, which includes the Musée de l’Histoire de l’immigration in 2021. He was a student of the Ecole Normale and holds an agrégation in history, discovering black studies for the first time in the United States, at Virginia University. He then became a lecturer at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences lecturing on the social history of the United States, and started to write about the question of minorities in France. This led him to take part in creating the Action Committee for the Promotion of Diversity in France and the Representative Council of France’s Black Associations (CRAN).

Philippe Etienne, Ambassador of France to the United States will introduce the roundtable, moderated by Philip Kennicott, Pulitzer Prize-winning art and architecture critic of The Washington Post.

The event is conducted in English, free and open to everyone.