Festival des Écrivains du Monde: September 20-22, 2013
This celebration of world literature is the result of an innovative new partnership between Columbia University and the Bibliothèque nationale de France. The exciting initiative brings together some thirty writers from across the globe and honors the idea that New York and Paris are intellectual and cultural capitals as well as centers of their respective publishing industries.
The Festival was hosted by Columbia Global Centers | Europe, with events held in several venues throughout Paris and at the Center’s Reid Hall. The moveable festival traveled to Lyon on Monday, Sept. 23, for its final two days.
“The strategic objective of the Festival was to announce—to Paris, France, and Europe—that Columbia is a now a major 'player' on the Continent,” according to Paul LeClerc, Director of Columbia Global Centers | Europe. “Through elegant and meaningful partnerships with other world-class organizations such as the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Columbia and the Paris Center can use its convening power to create globally-relevant, cultural programming for a very broad public.”
The Festival welcomed students, Columbia alumni, members of the press, and Columbia Global Centers delegates from around the world. Student volunteers from the Mailman-EHESP Master of Public Health at Reid Hall also contributed to make this event a resounding success.