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 May 2014
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MAI 2014



Thursday, May 22, Fresno Art Museum, Bonner Auditorium

Scholarship Reception: 5:30 PM

Members and guests, please join us to honor the Alliance Fran�aise scholarships recipients for 2014. The scholarship ceremony will take place beginning at 5:30 PM. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception so members and guests can meet and congratulate the scholarship recipients and their parents. At 7:00 PM, Susana Sosa will present a talk on The "Beautiful Machine" and Modern Utopian Visions: French Art in the 1920s.



Recipients with sponsoring French teacher 


FRESNO STATE ($1500)    

Alicia Valle; Rose Marie Kuhn


HIGH SCHOOL ($750)                

Stephani Anderson; Sanger; Bruce babcock

Jovana Garcia, Sunnyside; Blandine Vu

Laurel Kinman, Fresno; Brandon Crum

Tierney Pretzer; Mariposa County; Brooke Dobson

Lecture: 7:00 PM

Presented by L'Alliance Fran�aise de Fresno and the Fresno Art Museum

The "Beautiful Machine" and Modern Utopian Visions:

French Art in the 1920s

Fernand L�ger, The City, 1919
(Philadelphia Museum of Art)

French artists in the 1920s celebrated modern life in artworks that expressed the new "machine aesthetic" of the age.  Streamlined forms and geometric shapes defined the style of paintings, sculpture, graphic design, architecture and even film.  This talk will explore the utopian visions of artists such as Fernand L�ger and architect Le Corbusier who were inspired by the industrial world of machines. As Fernand L�ger wrote:  "The beautiful machine is the beautiful modern subject."


Susana Sosa is an art history instructor at Fresno City College.  She received her M.A. from Stanford University.  Her areas of focus include 19th-century France and England, modern architecture and early French cinema.
The lecture begins immediately following the L'Alliance Fran�aise de Fresno Scholarship Presentation and Reception for high school & college students.  (Gather at 5:00 pm, Awards 5:30 pm)  Both events are open to the Public.

Lecture - FAM & L'Alliance Fran�aise Members are Free / All others, $10


Scholarship Recipients Application Excerpts:


Alicia Valle: "When I was in High School, I had only been in the US two and a half years so French was a way for me to prove that I could learn another language to those who thought that I was not capable to learn English. I chose French because I got interested in French books in the library while in middle school. Since I was 12 years old I wanted to go to France and visit the places described in these books."


Stephani Anderson; Sanger: "Being able to speak French has impacted who I am now and who I want to be in the future in a profound way. I have a passion to minor in French, so that I will not lose all of the remarkable knowledge and skills that I have acquired. I have learned life lessons and have been awaked to a whole new culture that will stay with me forever."


Jovana Garcia, Sunnyside: "This scholarship will give me the chance to pursue my dream of working for a major international corporation and traveling to a francophone country like France. During college, I intend to study abroad in order to assimilate myself with the daily life, working environment and custom of a French speaking country."


Laurel Kinman, Fresno: "I have discovered that the act of studying another language broadens one's worldview and greatly enhances one's multicultural appreciation, and no matter where my path takes me, these are skills that will without a doubt help me in making sense of the world around me in all its dizzying, beautiful variety."


Tierney Pretzer: "I learn French not simply to fulfill a high school graduation requirement, but instead look forward to a life of engagement with the language and the culture. I rush toward the idea of fluency one day and remain steadfast in my dedication to learning the language."

Schedule for the Spring Session: June 9-August 15, 2014



French for Travelers
8 weeks
Friday 5:30-7:30Frederic MartinWindham
Intermediate French I
10 weeks
Tuesday, 5:30-7:30Frederic MartinOrchard Park
Advanced French II
5 week mini session
Wednesday, 5:30-7:30Norman StokleOrchard Park



Orchard Park, library/game room675 W. AlluvialClovis
Windham, library room, 2nd floor1100 E. Spruce Ave.Fresno
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church5140 N. Fruit Ave.Fresno
Private Residences: Contact Director:


Saturday French for Children
5-Week mini session

Teacher: May Choua Vang
Venue: Orchard Park
Level 1 7-9 year-olds 11am-12pm10-12 year-olds 12-1pm
Level 2 7-9 year-olds 10-11am 



Adult-level courses: $170 for a 10-week session, 20 hours
French for Travelers: $140 for an 8-week session, 16 hours

Advanced French II: 5 Week Mini Course $85
Private Lessons: $50
Semi-Privale Lessons (2 students): $25
Class materials can be purchased on the first day of class.




5 Week Mini Course: $55


There is no registration fee, but AFF membership is required of all students. AFF fees vary: $5 for full-time students; $30 for individuals; $40 for a family. Membership runs from September to August. September is renewal time.






5/22: Scholarship Awards to High School and College Students, followed by a brief Reception, 5:30 pm - and at 7:00 pm - Lecture by FCC's Susana Sosa on "French Art and the Machine Age (1920s, Leger, Corbusier et co.)

6/13: Start of  Summer Session French Classes 

7/13: - Bastille Day Celebration 5:30 p.m.
Lakeview Clubhouse, Fresno
NOTE: Lectures coming in the fall

NOVEMBER: Beaujolais Nouveau
Tous les jeudis � 15h30 � La Boulangerie de Fig Garden Village, � Fresno.