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Walls and Bridges

Walls and Bridges is a 10-day series of performances and critical explorations uniting French and American thinkers and artists from social sciences, philosophy, literature and live arts.

Taking History Personally — From Personal Lives to Collective History

Michèle Audin © Catherine Hélie Gallimard, Ian Buruma © Michael Childers, Cynthia Carr © TGSMA, Ivan Jablonka © Emmanuelle Marchadour

10/15/2013 >  18:30 - 20:00
The New School
55 West 13th Street (at 6th Avenue), 2nd floor
New York 10011

Discussion. Co-presented with The New School, Bookforum and Public Books


With : Michèle Audin, Ian Buruma, Cynthia Carr, Ivan Jablonka

Family history is inevitably public history, and can be key to understanding larger events. In Year Zero (Penguin, 2013), Ian Buruma personalizes the political upheaval of 1945 through individual accounts, including that of his father. In History of the Grandparents I Never Knew (Seuil, 2012), Ivan Jablonka reconstructs the lives of his Polish grandparents, as Jewish Communists during the Nazi occupation. In her work, Michèle Audin recounts the life of her father, an anti-colonialist activist who was brutally killed during the Algerian war, and in Our Town (Broadway, 2007), Cynthia Carr unearths dark family secrets of her father’s hometown—Marion, Indiana. In the hands of these authors, letters, diaries, and remembrances highlight unknown individual lives and radiate outward to reveal epic social forces at work.


Hosted by Albert Mobilio  (Bookforum editor) 



Learn more about our guests :

Cynthia  Carr
Ian  Buruma
Ivan  Jablonka
Michèle  Audin