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February 28, Tuesday, 2017 Mardi Gras Luncheon
12:30–2 pm, National Arts Club
Guest Speaker: Dr. Irene Finel-Honigman, Columbia University

Our speaker and club member, Irene Finel-Honigman’s topic will be: “When Paris went Trump: Napoleon III era of profits, police and parties.” A discussion of  the Second Empire, derided as illegitimate, vulgar and censorious, yet judged as France’s leap  into capitalism, finance and global reach.

Dr. Finel-Honigman previously served as a research scholar at SIPA and adjunct professor in the MBA program at Johns Hopkins University. From 2001-2008, she taught European Union political and financial history and policy in the Institute for the Study of Europe at SIPA.

Finel-Honigman served as senior adviser on finance policy at the United States Department of Commerce during the Clinton administration. Her responsibilities included the introduction of an initiative on the European Monetary Union and its implications for U.S. competitiveness.

Finel-Honigman’s book, A Cultural History of Finance (Routledge, Taylor and Francis, 2010), examines the societal and intellectual sources of the 2008 financial crisis within the historical context of European and American financial culture. Her last book, written with Fernando Sotelino, is International Banking for a New Century (Routledge). Finel-Honigman has published extensively on European financial and corporate issues, international relations and French intellectual and financial history. She is editor and an author of European Monetary Union Banking Issues: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (JAI Press, 2005). She regularly provides commentary for French, Belgian, Russian, and U.S. media, including CNN, WNYC, Bloomberg, and other television outlets.

Finel-Honigman was previously Chair of Foreign Languages at the New School. She also served as Director of French Programs at Crédit Lyonnais USA and as a consultant to the French Embassy Cultural Services on Business and Economic French programs in United States universities. Finel-Honigman is on the advisory board of the EU Center of CUNY Graduate School; Barnard College Club of New York and Maison Française of Columbia University. She has served on the Boards of the French American Chamber of Commerce; French-American Foundation; Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique, and the International Trade and Finance Association.

Born in France, Finel-Honigman earned a baccalaureate from the Lycée Français de New York, B.A. from Barnard College, and Ph.D. from Yale University.

March 7, 2017 – When Paris Sizzled
7 pm, French Cultural Services (972 Fifth Avenue at 79th Street)

Paris in the 1920s. Les Années Folles. War had ended. It was the Jazz Age, and the brightest minds of the era happened to find themselves in Paris. Mary McAuliffe, author of When Paris Sizzled, explores this extraordinary decade whose players shaped art, literature, music, fashion, entertainment, and architecture for the twentieth century. She will then engage in a discussion with David Garrard Lowe, President of The Beaux Arts Alliance. A reception and book signing will follow.

This special event is hosted by Albertine Bookstore and the French Cultural Services of The French Embassy in New York City.

Please register through The Beaux Arts Alliance. There is no charge for this event.


Donate to the Paris American Club’s Educational Fund, to benefit the School for InternatiSchIntlStudiesLogoonal Studies, New York City’s first public high school featuring a French Dual Language 6-12 International Baccalaureate program,  created in partnership with the French Embassy and French American Cultural Exchange (FACE Foundation).

Calendar of Meetings 2017

The Club is proposing more evening events in 2017, to attract members who find it difficult to get away from the office during the day for Thursday luncheons.

Date Event Speaker/Topic Venue
Jan 12, Thursday Business Meeting &
Luncheon, 12:30
Galette des Rois
Celhia de Lavarène, UN Peacekeeping Missions & Robert Hansen, School for Int’l Studies National Arts Club
Feb 2, Thursday Luncheon, 12:30
La Chandeleur
Guy Sorman
National Arts Club
Feb 28, Tuesday Luncheon, 12:30
Mardi Gras
Dr. Irene Finel-Honigman, Columbia U. National Arts Club
March 21, Tuesday Reception, 7:00 New Members Private Residence
April 4, Tuesday Dinner, 7:00 Dean Foster, Cross Cultural Associates National Arts Club
May 4, Thursday Luncheon, 12:30 National Arts Club
June 6, Tuesday Dinner, 7:00  Cabaret français National Arts Club
July 11, Tuesday Pre-Bastille Happy Hour, 6-8 TBD
Sept 7, Thursday Luncheon, 12:30 National Arts Club
Oct 3, Tuesday Dinner, 7:00 National Arts Club
Nov 7, Tuesday Soirée 7-10 TBD
Nov 16, Thursday Beaujolais Nouveau 6-8 French-American Chamber of Commerce TBD
Dec 5, Tuesday Dinner, 7:00 National Arts Club