"Bring the spirit of French culture to your school! The France on Campus Award is an invitation to explore your creativity and to take on ambitious and original projects. Now is your chance! Seize this opportunity!" —Wes Anderson
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in partnership with Kickstarter, with support from NAFSA: Association of International Educators (NAFSA), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), has launched the second edition of the France on Campus Award under the patronage of film director Wes Anderson to discover, celebrate and support initiatives that explore France in new and creative ways.
The France on Campus Award 2016 is intended to help student organizations eager to launch or continue a major France-related project on campus by providing a unique package of funding, mentoring and networking. With this support, awardees will be expected to expose new audiences to France and French culture on their campus and beyond.
Think out of the box and bring France to your campus !
Projects selected in 2015
The Franco-US Wine Connection: How Data Tells the Story of Integration
GW DATA is a project that highlights the significance of French culinary products by creating an application that best pairs French food items with cuisines and wine through machine learning.
A Choreographic Exploration of le commerce triangulaire is a student-led dance project supported by the French Embassy that uses French texts as the basis for creating movement and introducing new audiences to French culture and history.
More information here.
Hors centre : NYC French and Francophone Guide to Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan above 96th St.
Hors Centre is a guidebook that presents a unique collection of reviews of French and Francophone cultural venues in New York City’s “outer” boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx, and in Manhattan above 96th Street.
French Slam at Texas Tech
French Slam at Texas Tech replicates the writing workshops and events of Slam associations in Paris on the campus of Texas Tech University, including through writing workshops, live events in French, open language Slam events centered on French themes but open to any language, and a final Slam competition in French.
Liberté, Égalité, Francophonie
Juniata’s French Club project celebrates la Francophonie through a week of activities featuring lectures, a film, a student panel, presentations in local schools, and culminating in a festival with food and music.
Connecting with French and Francophone Culture in the Twenty-First Century through Film
This project is a film festival emphasizing diverse aspects of contemporary French and Francophone culture with an interdisciplinary vision that complements World Literature Today’s Puterbaugh Festival featuring Alain Mabanckou, recipient of the 2012 Grand Prix de Littérature Henri Gal from the Académie Française.
The French Press -- The Responsibility of Freedom of Speech project increases awareness of the French press through a major display, lectures, and presentations of actual samples of the press in various settings, including library displays, classrooms, and service clubs.
More information here.
Discovering the Light: A Celebration of French Film and Photography
Discovering the Light: A Celebration of French Film and Photography is a series of film screenings, public lectures, and an installation exhibit designed to showcase moments in France's rich involvement in photographic and film history.
French Pionniers of Science: Jacques Cousteau Under the Sea
This project celebrates French pioneer of oceanography and filmographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau's storytelling and later commitment to conservation through a screening of his documentary, talks by marine researchers, a art project, and beach clean up for Earth Day.
Une Semaine Francaise à UNL
Une Semaine Francaise à UNL engages both the community on campus and the city of Lincoln, Nebraska through French film screenings, an art exhibit displaying the work of French painters at the Sheldon Art Museum, and a French Program open house for perspective students at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.