2015 Speaker Series

2015 Speaker Series

  • 2015 speakers include Bruno Latour and Enrico Letta2015 speakers include Bruno Latour and Enrico Letta

The Summer School's Speaker Series is an opportunity for Summer School participants from all academic tracks to interact with a variety of public and academic figures from the Sciences Po community and French society. For the 2015 Summer School session, we are pleased to confirm a distinguished panel of invited speakers who will join the programme to discuss their areas of expertise. At the end of each presentation, there will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions.

The Speaker Series is open to all Summer School students, faculty and staff. 


  • 15 June, Enrico Letta, “Seizing opportunities for recovery in Europe.”
  • 22 June, Elodie Nowinski, “Fashion in France: history of a cultural phenomenon.”
  • 13 July, Bruno Latour, “COP 21, lessons from the Make It Work simulation.”
  • 20 July, Philippe-Alexandre Bernatchez, “Champagne brands: a French success story for creating value and making the world dream.”

2015 Speaker Bios

Philippe-Alexandre Bernatchez 

Born and raised in Québec, Philipe-Alexandre Bernatchez started his studies in political science and international relations at Université de Montréal before moving to Europe to study at Sciences Po Paris, obtaining a Master's degree in Marketing in 2009. 

After having worked as a brand consultant for a communication agency and as communication and events manager for a spirit distributor, he now holds the position of Marketing & Communication Manager for Champagne AYALA, a historical house based in Aÿ.

Apart from working for Champagne AYALA, Philippe-Alexandre also teaches the class “From French Terroir Wines to International Brands: Understanding the Culture of a Fermenting Industry” to Master’s students at Sciences Po, putting his professional experience and passion to the service of a school to which he has always remained close. 

Philippe-Alexandre will address the Summer School during the July session, focusing on the following topic: “Champagne brands: a French success story for creating value and making the world dream.”

Bruno Latour 

One of Sciences Po's most esteemed professors, Bruno Latour is a world-renowned expert in science and technology studies, and the university's former Vice-President for Research. Born in 1946 in Burgundy, he was first trained as a philosopher and then an anthropologist. From 1982 to 2006, he worked as a professor at the Centre de Sociologie de l'Innovation at the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines in Paris and, for various periods, visiting professor at the University of California in San Diego, the London School of Economics and at the History of Science department of Harvard University.

In addition to his work in philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology of science, he has done research in the areas of science policy and research management. For example, he has written “Laboratory Life” (Princeton University Press), “Science in Action”, and “The Pasteurization of France”.

Dr. Latour is now a professor and a part-time Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics since October 2013. While at Sciences Po, he has created the Médialab to support the spread of digital methods and has created, together with Valrie Pihet, a new experimental program in arts and politics (SPEAP). 

Dr. Latour will address the Summer School during the July session, discussing the “Make it Work” project, a public student simulation to raise awareness for the UNFCCC international climate negotiations, COP21, which will take place in Paris this December.  

Enrico Letta 

Enrico Letta is an Italian politician and the former Prime Minister of Italy from 2013 to 2014. An international law graduate from the University of Pisa with a doctorate in European Community Law from the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Dr. Letta has taught at Sciences Po for the last year and is involved in work at the Centre of European Studies. 

A committed Europhile, he is a leading figure on the international stage and has contributed in several capacities to the construction of the European Union over the last twenty years. A member of the Italian parliament, he served as Minister for European Affairs (1998-1999), Minister of Industry and Commerce (1991-2001), and member of the European Parliament (1998-1999) before becoming President of the Council of Ministers of Italy in 2013.

As of April 2015, Dr. Letta succeeded Gassan Salamé as the new Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po. He will address the Summer School during the June session, focusing on the following topic: “Seizing opportunities for recovery in Europe”.

Elodie Nowinski 

Elodie Nowinski researches cultural history with a focus on fashion and garment history in the contemporary period. She has been teaching at Sciences Po for the last ten years, after working as a teacher and researcher at Columbia University in New York City. She has published multiple papers on the development and influence of fashion, such as “Fashion and the delusion of national identity for Brands” and “Such a soft power: American fashion and France”.

Since July 2013, she has also served as the programme manager for the Master in Marketing and Communication at the School of Communication at Sciences Po, focusing on luxury, digital innovation and alternative marketing.

Ms. Nowinski will address the Summer School during the June session, discussing the following topic:  “Fashion in France: history of a cultural phenomenon.”

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