The Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and the Illiberalism Studies Program cordially invite you to the University Seminar on "Europe Since COVID-19":
New Directions for France and the Mediterranean
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
10:00 - 11:00 am (EST)
Virtual Event - Click Here for the Zoom Session
In July 2020, President Emmanuel Macron of France established a new ministerial position to facilitate France’s economic, political, and social initiatives involving the Mediterranean region. Designed to address region-wide concerns such as migration, economic cooperation, and cultural exchanges, this position aims to bring together regional actors from multiple countries. Join us for a conversation with French Ambassador to the Mediterranean Karim Amellal, who will speak about his current work on-site in Algeria, recent social and political developments in France, and the impact of COVID-19 on French policy. This event will be in French with a bilingual Q&A and will be accessible to intermediate-level French speakers and above.
Ambassador Karim Amellal has worked in many fields, often at the same time: professor at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po), entrepreneur, writer, director of a non-profit, and activist. He is dedicated to the improvement of equal opportunities and to residents of lower-income neighborhoods and has always promoted dialogue between France and North Africa, particularly with the country of his birth, Algeria.
An author of many books, novels, and essays, he has published several well-received works including Discriminez-moi ! Enquête sur nos inégalités (2005) and Bleu Blanc Noir (2016). His most recent work is entitled Dernières heures avant l'aurore (2019): published before the Hirak movement launched, the novel describes the dawning of a hopeful new social and political atmosphere in Algeria.
A long-time collaborator with President Emmanuel Macron, he directed the Prime Minster’s Mission contre le racisme et l’antisémitisme sur internet (Mission against racism and antisemitism online) and was named Ambassador and interminsterial delegate to the Mediterranean by President Macron in July 2020. In his new position, Ambassador Amellal seeks to unite the two shores of the Mediterranean region and to foster policies that push youth toward a shared future.
Kathryn Kleppinger is Associate Professor of Francophone Studies and International Affairs. She is the author or editor of 3 books and several articles, many of which focus on Karim Amellal’s literary and political engagement.
This event is on the record and open to the media.
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