From the desk of the Consul General - September 2021 [fr]
Dear French and American friends,
The month of September is upon us, a season of new beginnings and renewal. In France, this period is called la rentrée – the back-to school period and the beginning of the new literary, political, etc. seasons. As it relates to our work at the Consulate, it is a time of welcoming new agents and launching new projects.
First, I want to welcome our three new staff members: a cultural attaché, a new Volontariat International agent with our Office for Science and Technology and a new press intern. Their arrival at the Consulate signals the continuity as much as the renewal of our actions to strengthen transatlantic ties. Each of these agents will work in cooperation with our partners to strengthen our efforts to build lasting ties between the institutions and the people of the U.S. Southeast and France. You will inevitably have the opportunity to meet them as well as to hear about their work in the months to come.
I congratulate the efforts of Consulate’s team as well as the rest of the diplomatic network in making possible the creation and launch of new projects this fall – despite an unprecedented public health situation. I must pause here to note the upward trend in the number of COVID-19 cases. I encourage you to remain vigilant and prudent as well as to continue to follow all public health recommendations.
The 12th edition of our annual French-American event series – France-Atlanta – is among our notable fall projects. This year’s edition will showcase innovative ideas and advances during multiple virtual events. The program, which begins October 7, includes events focused on the ethical questions raised by artificial intelligence, French Tech and FinTech opportunities in the U.S. Southeast, new Francophone literary and cinematographic voices, the impact of computational tools on art, challenges to the medical supply chain in the era of COVID-19, and more. I invite you to consult the 2021 program and join me in discovering the latest innovations from both sides of the Atlantic.
This fall, we will also inaugurate France’s new major cultural institution abroad, Villa Albertine. With a permanent presence in ten major U.S. cities – including Atlanta, the Villa Albertine will will transform our cultural network in the United States and bring the richness and diversity of French cultural and intellectual life to the heart of this country. Please stay tuned for more information regarding the launch of this project as well as its artists and projects.
I invite you to learn more about all of our projects and initiatives by regularly consulting our website and our social media accounts.
Finally, allow me to conclude with a quote which, I admit, is difficult but gives us something to meditate upon from now until the end of the year:
« Le Monde est une pensée qui ne se pense pas suspendue à une pensée qui se pense. »
(Jules Lachelier, Philosophy course at Ecole Normale Supérieure).
Consul General of France