[Alumni NYC] Wine tasting & Cheese

Join us on Thursday, June 2nd for a networking event featuring a wine tasting from Maison Cordier USA.

Château Maris Rosé is subtle and balanced wine, elegant and tasty, floral and fruity, fresh and round. A wine to drink chilled with friend

A dialogue with Mathias Vicherat

Join us on Monday, May 16, 2022 at 6:00 PM ET (until 8 PM ET) for a Dialogue with Mathias Vicherat, President of Sciences Po at Cultural Services of the French Embassy, 972 5th Ave, New York, NY 10075.

Mathias Vicherat is traveling to New York for the first time since he was appointed President of Sciences Po last November 2021, and looks forward to meeting Sciences Po Alumni in New York.

Please come and learn more about his ambitions for Sciences Po and the Alumni Community.

This event is also a great networking opportunity for the Sciences Po community as it is the first in-person gathering of 2022!

Can ecology become the central cleavage around which politics is organized?

Do you believe it is too late to tackle climate change?

If you read the news, you came accross the latest IPCC report, and know that the dire state of ecological concerns continues to worsen, even as political mobilization of ecology remains marginal. It is this concerning fact that Bruno Latour, anthropologist, scientific philosopher, and professor emeritus at Sciences Po, centers in his boundary pushing work. Latour, founder of Sciences Po médialab is no stranger to innovation. In the last two decades, he has become widely recognized as one of the most inventive and influential of contemporary philosophers. His engagement on these issues of climate intersect and meld disciplines of philosophy, science, theater, art and politics, putting his weight behind his argument that it is untenable to talk about scientific facts as though their rightness alone will be persuasive. Climatologists, Bruno says, must recognize they have always been political actors, and have never been engaged in some objective, science. Last month Sciences Po received Bruno and Nikolaj Schultz for the conference (Re)defining Class (FR and ENG) on their new book, Mémo sur la Nouvelle Classe Écologique, which advocates ecology as a politically organizing force in order to establish a new geo-social class capable of enacting, and mobilizing others to enact, concrete social change.

The urgency of this work is paramount. Latour tells us, “It is no longer a question of ecology, but of civilization,” this is the reason that Sciences Po is engaged in a first of its kind Initiative for fundamental research in political ecology. We are seeking funding to actualize research at the cutting edge of the fundamental aspects of political ecology. The primary and central goal of this research initiative is to secure a powerful long-term focus on the theme encompassing topics informed by Latour’s ideas such as cities coping with climate stress, geopolitics and climate, environmental justice and inequality, the new role of living things, and agriculture and production. We are looking for Alumni to get involved in establishing this research institution, through funding and sharing this important project with those individuals who would be interested in realizing such an undertaking. 

You can find more information on the Initiative for fundamental research in political ecology and on Bruno Latour at this link

Do you want to get involved? Do you want to know more? We are organizing on Tuesday April 26, 2022 at 12:00 PM noon ET (9:00 AM PT; 6:00 PM CET) an online meeting to let you know more about this initiative and answer your questions. Please RSVP to take action!  And do not hesitate to spread the word. Now is the time for ecology to become the central cleavage around which politics is organized.

[European Affairs] What do we owe to each other?

Across the world, the Covid pandemic has triggered fierce debates about mandates, restrictions, and surveillance. While there has been a dramatic increase in state intervention on private lives and individual liberties, we've also observed mass compliance to very strict and demanding measures. Many of the debates that have divided political communities over the last two years have shown how challenging it is to strike a balance between rights and duties in modern societies. French historian Nicolas Delalande will offer a historical reflection on the legitimacy and sources of our civic obligations, shedding light on how state power, collective duties and individual rights have grown together over the last two centuries. In his talk, Delalande will also explore how our inherited conceptions of citizenship, deeply rooted in 20th century history, are put to the test as we face the challenges of climate change, global inequality, and global security.

Join us on Monday, April 25 at 12:30 PM ET in person (at Columbia University Maison Française) and online (livestream here) for a talk with Nicolas Delalande, Professor of European History at Sciences Po, currently Alliance Visiting Professor at Columbia University's History Department.

Nicolas Delalande is a Professor of European History at Sciences Po, currently Alliance Visiting Professor at Columbia University's History Department. His research and publications focus on the history of social inequality, political economy, and state power. His next book, Struggle and Mutual Aid, will be published by Other Press in early 2023.

Emmanuel Kattan will introduce and moderate the discussion. Emmanuel Kattan is Director of the Alliance Program.

This event is co-sponsored by Alliance Program, Columbia School of General Studies, Department of History, Department of French, Columbia Maison Française and the Sciences Po American Foundation.

[European Affairs] France Between Two Rounds

2022 marks the third time in the last twenty years that a candidate of the far right has advanced to the second round of presidential elections. Many expect this contest between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen to be closer than the last, noting the continued trend toward the extremes in French domestic politics and in Europe more generally.

Join us for a conversation with Florence Haegel, professor of Political Science at Sciences Po, Isabelle Guinaudeau,  political scientist at the Centre Emile Durkheim, Sciences Po Bordeaux and Vincent Tiberj, Centre d'études européennes et Sciences Po Bordeaux, moderated by Alexis Buisson.

Thursday, April 21 at 1 PM ET

As France prepares to vote on April 24, this panel of experts on French society and the electoral process will analyze democratic transformations, electoral participation, the evolution of public opinion, the role of electoral promises and political polarization in France. 

[European Affairs] When trade is a weapon of war?

The war between Ukraine and Russia is playing out in two theaters: on the soil and in the financial market. The EU, the U.S. and other allies have responded to Russia’s invasion with financial sanctions. Will crippling Russia's economy stop Putin?

In 2018, what began as a trade war over China's unfair economic policies has evolved into a so-called cold war propelled by differing ideologies.

Is Trade a weapon of war? Philippe Martin, dean of Sciences Po School of Public Affairs and Chairman of the French Council of Economic Analysis will be joined by Jamieson Greer,partner in the International Trade team at King & Spalding, and Sonia Dridi, journalist and French Correspondent in the US to discuss these questions and more.

Register for this webinar on Tuesday, March 29 at 12 PM ET.

[Alumni Webinar] Kati Marton : what lessons can be drawn from Merkel’s leadership?

Join the Sciences Po American Foundation, the European Institute, Columbia Global Centers – Paris and the Alliance Program 

On Thursday, March 24 at 1 PM EST for a discussion based on Kati Marton latest book The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel

In the course of her tenure, Angela Merkel became a symbol of unity for Europe, while weathering complicated relationships with many world leaders. At this critical juncture, what lessons can be drawn from Merkel’s leadership? Can her legacy provide inspiration to those who are concerned about the future of democracy and security in Europe? Kati Marton, whose biography of Angela Merkel was published last fall to critical acclaim, will be joined by Michael Broening (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung) and Sheri Berman (Barnard College) to discuss these questions and more. 


Kati Marton

Born in Hungary, Kati Marton has combined a career as a reporter and writer with human rights advocacy. From 2003 to 2008 Marton chaired the International Women’s Health Coalition, a global leader in promoting and protecting the health and human rights of women and girls. From 2001 to July 2002 Kati Marton was Chief Advocate for the Office of the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations. Marton is currently a director and formerly chair of the Committee to Protect Journalists. She served on the Human Rights Watch Board for ten years, and previously served on the New America Board. She also serves on the board of directors of the International Rescue Committee, and Central European University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, P.E.N. International and the Author’s Guild.

Since 1980, Marton has published eight books and contributed as a reporter to ABC News, Public Broadcasting Services, National Public Radio, The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The Times of London, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, and The New Republic. Marton’s 2009 book, a Cold War memoir entitled Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America, published by Simon & Schuster, was a National Book Critics Circle finalist.

Marton attended Wells College in Aurora, New York, the Sorbonne, and the Institute des Etudes de Science Politique in Paris. She earned a B.A. in Romance Languages and a M.A. in International Relations from the George Washington University. She was the winner of a George Foster Peabody award for a documentary on China. She has also received two honorary doctorates: one from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island in 2000 and another from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York in 2009. In 2011 she was awarded the Leo Nevas Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association.

Alumni in DC in-person Spring Gathering

The Sciences Po Alumni network in DC has new team of regional coordinators.

We will be hosting an in-person Spring gathering on Sunday, March 20, 2022 4 PM-7PM. This will be the opportunity to meet the team, network and plan for the 2022 agenda of activities together. 

Note that any Sciences Po Alumni, including foreign exchange students, are welcome to join!

Please RSVP on Eventbrite. A Sciences Po Alumna is hosting the event.  The exact location (in Bethesda, MD) will be communicated to attendees only the week before the event.


The Alumni network in DC team:

Dora Cattuti (Public Affairs 11’) is a French career diplomat. She arrived in September 2021 to DC, where she is Counselor for Middle East, North Africa and Turkey at the French Embassy to the United States. She previously served in Paris and Amman, Jordan.  

Anthony Aslou (PSIA '16) serves as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State. He currently works in the Office of Counterterrorism Finance and Designations in the Bureau of Counterterrorism, where he develops and implements policies to counter the financing of terrorism in East, Central and Southern Africa.

Max Bouchet (Public Affairs 11’) is a senior policy analyst and project manager at the Brookings Institution. He researches sustainable development in cities and local leadership in addressing global challenges.

[European Affairs] Macron's plan for Europe

A discussion with Christian Lequesne, professor of Political Science at Sciences Po on January 6, 2022 at 1 PM ET.

On January 1, 2022, France will take over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU. 2022 is also an election year in France.

What are Macron’s plans for the EU Council presidency in 2022 and beyond? What is the role of France in the construction of Europe? How can the Presidency of the Council and the election align? What is the place of Europe in the world?

[Alumni Webinar] World & Security: the role of the UN Security Council

Join us on Monday, December 13, 2021 at 1:15 PM ET for a conversation between Alumnus Amb. Juan Manuel Gomez-Robledo, Deputy Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations, and Alexandra Novosseloff, non-resident Senior Fellow at the International Peace Institute in New York and author, Le Conseil de sécurité, entre impuissance et toute puissance, 2021 (2nd edition), Paris, éditions CNRS.

They will discuss the role of the UN Security Council behind the scenes, how elected members such as Mexico can play a role, and comment Mexico's recent Presidency of the UN Security Council (November 2021).

This webinar will be a unique opportunity to learn more about international security and geopolitics.

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