La Fête de la Fin du Centenaire
Dec
10
5:00 PM17:00

La Fête de la Fin du Centenaire

Help us ring out the end of a fantastic year for the AFO.  As we close out our incredible centennial year, and look forward to the future, we have much to celebrate.  Join us at the Joslyn Castle for an evening of good food, entertainment, old and new friends.  Festivities start at 5pm. 

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French Conversation Meet Up
Dec
14
5:30 PM17:30

French Conversation Meet Up

Come speak French with us the second Thursday of every month.

Good conversation, interesting people. Drink your favorite beverage and be French in Omaha.
Once a month, those who want to practice speaking French meet for an hour or two of convivial French conversation.

Each month at a different locale. Meet people who share your love of the French language.
Join us anytime from 5:30 to 7:30.
We’ll start the conversation off each month with a different theme.
All are welcome. No charge for the event.

Must be 21 years or older.

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Le Gala du Centenaire
Sep
9
6:30 PM18:30

Le Gala du Centenaire

Please join Monsieur Guillaume Lacroix, Consul Général de France à Chicago for the Centennial Gala of the Alliance Française d'Omaha, honoring the Sam Mercer Family.  This is our capstone event celebrating 100 years serving as Omaha's cultural center for all things French. 

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Fête de la Bastille Centenaire
Jul
16
4:30 PM16:30

Fête de la Bastille Centenaire

Celebrating our 100th French Independence Day!

Imagine you and your family walking through a magical park filled with street jugglers, mimes, a crèpe station and even dancing!  You won't want to miss this year's Bastille Day Centenaire! 

Reservations are required for this event!   Please click on event for complete details.

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Royalty, Revolution, Republic: French Jewelry Design
Jun
17
12:00 PM12:00

Royalty, Revolution, Republic: French Jewelry Design

Alliance Francaise d’Omaha and Joslyn Art Museum invite you to a Lunch and Lecture

Royalty, Revolution, Republic: French Jewelry Design

Exhibit at Joslyn Art Museum Bijoux Parisiens: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris

Enjoy lunch on your own at the Joslyn’s ConAgra Foods Atrium prior to lecture, presented by Jan Lund, retired adjunct professor of French at Creighton University.  She holds the Degré Supérieur de Langue et de Civilisation Française with an art history minor from the Sorbonne, University of Paris.

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“George Dinsdale” CONCOURS DE CUISINE
Apr
22
11:30 AM11:30

“George Dinsdale” CONCOURS DE CUISINE

As we continue to celebrate our Centennial, we're delighted to bring to light some of the great history of the Alliance Française d'Omaha.  In that tradition, we are having a true Cordon Bleu “cook-off” to honor George Dinsdale, AFO president from 1958-1959.  Compete!  Eat!  Judges and Prizes! 

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"Disruptive Knowledge: Diderot’s Encyclopédie and the World of the French Enlightenment”
Mar
18
11:00 AM11:00

"Disruptive Knowledge: Diderot’s Encyclopédie and the World of the French Enlightenment”

In conjunction with UNO's Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, the AFO is pleased to invite Scott St. Louis to Omaha for this interesting and lively discussion.  Scott was recommended by the French consulate in Chicago.  Don’t miss this fascinating discussion!

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Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!
Nov
19
2:00 PM14:00

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!

Let’s celebrate the uncorking of the 2016 Beaujolais Nouveau at La Buvette!

Every year in France the Beaujolais Nouveau is marked on the 3rd Thursday in November with fireworks, music and festivals. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the wine's grapes have been harvested. Parties are held throughout the country and further afield to celebrate the first wine of the season. We will celebrate in Omaha together! Come taste the wine!

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La France: Le Nouveau Normal
Jun
25
11:30 AM11:30

La France: Le Nouveau Normal

La France:  Le Nouveau Normal

A presentation and discussion led by Jody Neathery Castro, PhD.   Learn and discuss how the economy, rise of the far right, refugee crisis and other topics have impacted the lives of the French people.  (Click on event for more details.)

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The Life & Iconic Works of Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun
May
21
12:00 PM12:00

The Life & Iconic Works of Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

This in-depth lecture is devoted to the extraordinary Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun whose life and career stretched from the reign of Louis XV to that of Louis-Philipp, one of the most eventful and turbulent periods French history.  This is a free lecture, (lunch is à la carte) presented by the distinguished Jan Lund; all are welcome.  (Click on event for complete details)

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The French Convention
Apr
2
7:30 AM07:30

The French Convention

This wonderful event is held every two years, and the AFO always participates as part of our commitment to promote the French language, in this case, among young people. They have all sorts of fun activities for the students who come from all over the state, and they have competitions that require judging.   Think about making time to volunteer! 

You will NOT want to miss this one day celebration of French language and culture with French students from across Nebraska!!  (Click on event for more details.)

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French Masterpieces at The Holland
Feb
20
6:00 PM18:00

French Masterpieces at The Holland

THE AFO in collaboration with the Omaha Symphony features: French Masterpieces with pianist Charlie Albright

This February, the Omaha Symphony will be performing a “French Masterpieces” concert at the Holland Performing Arts Center.   AFO members will receive a 20% discount; pre-concert drinks and talk.  Click event for full details, and please join us for a wonderful evening of music.   (Click on event for full details)

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Holiday Dinner 2015
Dec
13
5:30 PM17:30

Holiday Dinner 2015

Please join us for the annual AFO Holiday Dinner.  Old and new friends will celebrate the holidays together, share a sumptious meal, and enjoy a lovely decor and music.  Click on the event for full Information and please read carefully “How to Reserve.” 

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Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!
Nov
21
2:00 PM14:00

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!

Every year in France the Beaujolais Nouveau is marked on the 3rd Thursday in November with fireworks, music and festivals. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m., just weeks after the wine's grapes have been harvested. Parties are held throughout the country and further afield to celebrate the first wine of the season. We will celebrate in Omaha together! Come taste the wine! 

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Author Lance Donaldson-Evans Presents "100 Great French Books"
Oct
17
11:00 AM11:00

Author Lance Donaldson-Evans Presents "100 Great French Books"

AFO and UNO's Department of Foreign Languages and Literature proudly present a luncheon presentation, discussion and book signing with Lance Donaldson-Evans, author of the highly acclaimed "100 Great French Books: From the Middle Ages to the Present".

Lance Donaldson-Evans, Professor Emeritus of Romance Languages, University of Pennsylvania, has taught courses on all periods of French literature and culture for some forty years, and is the author of many other books and articles.  In 2008, the French government awarded him the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques for his services in helping spread French literature and culture.  Join us for a delightful afternoon.  

 

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AFO Proudly Presents Lunch Theater Escoffier
Jun
20
11:30 AM11:30

AFO Proudly Presents Lunch Theater Escoffier

AFO member Marty Skomal brings Escoffier to life on the stage in this highly entertaining 45-minute one-man-show. Born in 1846, French chef Georges Auguste Escoffier was truly one of the first celebrity chefs. Without his innovations, creations and dedication, there would be no Gordon Ramsay or Mario Batali stars! The performance delves into the gossip and backstory of the restaurants, recipes and private lives of the famous people in the time of Escoffier's France and Europe.

Marty Skomal, Nebraska Arts Council arts administrator and director of programs, is a trained actor, lifelong foodie, amateur gourmet and certified Francophile. Back by popular demand, Marty has performed this show with rave reviews. The production is directed and adapted by Barbee Davis.

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La France: Identity, Assimilation, and the Charlie Hebdo Affair
Apr
11
11:30 AM11:30

La France: Identity, Assimilation, and the Charlie Hebdo Affair

Is France experiencing an identity crisis?  Much has changed in this great European nation over the last 20 years.  What does it mean to be French in this globalized world?  

ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS:

Jody Neathery-Castro, Ph.D joined the Political Science Department at UNO in 1998 with specializations in European politics, women's and gender studies, and subnational politics.

Mark O. Rousseau, Ph.D is Professor of Sociology Emeritus at UNO. He has a minor in French and has passed considerable time in France and Quebec, including a semester at the Alliance Française in Paris.

Juliette Parnell, Ph.D is a professor at UNO teaching contemporary France (politics and culture), French cinema, French theater (17th-19th centuries) and stylistics, and business French. 

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Henri Matisse et Les Fauves: An Open Window into Modern Art
Mar
14
12:00 PM12:00

Henri Matisse et Les Fauves: An Open Window into Modern Art

Please join us for an à la carte lunch at Cafe Durham, followed by a presentation from Jan Schneider Lund.  (click each event for RSVP information and further details)

Henri Matisse was unquestionably the greatest and most prolific French artist of the 20th Century. This talk will explore his life and body of work, from his early leadership role in the short-lived movement called Les Fauves to his important impact on Modern Art. Les Fauves, which translates as “Wild Beasts” , were a unique group of artists whose works emphasized painterly qualities of stronger color and less realistic values than the Impressionists had used before them. This presentation will explore how the Fauves bridged the gap between Impressionism and Modern Art, with Henri Matisse firmly planted in both eras. Madame Lund will also discuss the role played by ex-pat American art collectors, the Steins and their friends, in shaping Matisse’s early career and ultimate success.

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Jan
10
11:30 AM11:30

2015 Scholarship Awards Luncheon

Please join us at Le Voltaire Restaurant to honor the following recipients for the Alliance Francaise d'Omaha's (AFO) annual scholarship awards:

  • Jade Adler (Ralston High)
  • Ciera Farrens (Marian High)
  • Colette Gillaspie (Marian High)
  • Bailey Olsbo (Millard West High)
  • Spencer Reynolds-East (Millard South High)
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