Description

Bordeaux-USA provides to residents of Gironde the opportunity to share Franco-American friendship, culture and ideas through English-speaking events and our Library in the heart of Bordeaux.
We can try for FREE to take part to one talk (Thursday evening 7:00 pm) OR one conversation hour (see 'Practice your English' tab).

COMING NEXT !

Thursday, October 18th : The Imaginary World of Origiful

In this talk, he wants to address the origins of video in San Francisco with Eadweard Muybridge and the early cinematic magic of Georges Méliès. From there he will talk about his development as a video artist, showing the connections to the past, how his own trials and tribulations in the US changed his path, and how he now ended up living in Bordeaux still making movies. This talk will have a lot of video clips and he will discuss both his inspiration and his techniques.



Ian Padgham is a video artist from San Francisco, California. He was the former social media manager for the San Francisco MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) and then the video producer for the social media company Twitter. Since 2013 he has been the head of Origiful, a social video company that produces short artistic videos for companies around the word. From the Olympics to the Tour de France, Sony, Disney, and music videos for country music stars he has made creative videos for just about evryone under the sun. In 2017 he moved his family to Bordeaux where they now live full-time. 



Thursday, October 11th: Dan Hall, Consul of the USA in Bordeaux and Brandon Pierce, France Desk Officer at the Department of State

Dear all,

On October 11th, BDX-USA is honored to greet the Consul fot he USA in Bordeaus, Mr. Dna Hall who will come along with France Desk Officer at the Department of State, Brandon Pierce.


Dan Hall


Brandon Pierce is a foreign service officer ‎working on the France and Monaco Desk in the State Department's Bureau of European Affairs. He previously served at embassies in Baghdad, Beijing, ‎and Abu Dhabi and speaks French, Chinese, and Arabic. Originally from Richmond, VA, Brandon is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he studied Economics and French. 


The United State Department of State (DOS) often referred to as the State Department, is the United States federal executive department that advises the President and represents the country in  international affairs and foreign policy issues. Equivalent to the foreign ministy of other countries, it was established in 1789 as the nation's first executive department.



The State Department building



We will discuss the American perspective on France among other topics and also we will explain what is at stake with the upcoming mid-term élections in the USA.


October Potluck - with the Students of the Centre de Californie

It's time for our traditional-first-Thursday-of-the-month Potluck Dinner!

This time we're Lucky to have with us the students from the Cenre de Californie.

Please bring one or more of your favorite 'salé ou sucré' dishes and some drinks to share, typical of France to welcome them!

(if you can't €10 into our Piggy bank will do)

Join-us at our premises at 7pm :-)

Potlucks are perfect to meet with our members, making new friends and chat in English in a very relaxed unformal atmosphere.


Thursday 27th: Goat Lab Furniture - Sustainable and Quality Craftsmanship

This evening we're going to learn about making environmentally friendly furniture from craftsman Mayuka. He will tell us how he came to have a business here in la Gironde after being a researcher in London.

Mayuka, born in Sri-Lanka and raised in London, is a master cabinetmaker at Goat Lab Furniture, where he designs both contemporary and timeless pieces of furniture influenced by Knoll, Le Corbusier and the Bahaus movement, as well as others.

After learning his trade in London and creating a cabinetmaking company in Sri Lanka, he came back to France to open his workshop in the "Pépinière d'Entreprise d'Eco-construction" located in Floirac. 


He enjoys working with Douglas fir and oak wood as well as other types from trees that grow in the Aquitaine region and the European Union. No matter which type of wood he uses he chooses sustainable sources.  

Go here to see his website: https://goatlabfurniture.com/ 







Thursday 20th: Nous Sommes les Ancêtres de Ceux qui Ne Sont Pas Encore Nés.

Nirina Ralantoaritsimba will join us this evening to talk about her life in San Diego and the results of her thesis: her first novel called Nous Sommes les Ancêtres de Ceux qui Ne Sont Pas Encore Nés which is about the journeys of two Californian women.


Nirina is a linguist with a PhD in French literature. She taught French in the suburbs of Paris, in the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes and in the Sorbonne branch in Abu Dhabi.
Her thesis that led to her novel was based on journals written by some of the French who went to California during the gold rush.


Totally dedicated to her artistic creativity, Nirina uses a broad range of mediums: calligraphy, painting, drawing, cinema, music, meditation, and writing. Join us this evening to find out more.




Thursday 13th: Discover the A.F.S. Intercultureal Program (Subject to Change)

BDX-USA we will have a presentation by a representative from The American Field Services (AFS).
AFS was created by young American volunteers who came to Europe during the WWI to save lives. After the war, the volunteers wanted to offer educational programs to the younger generations around the world, believing that mutual understanding could prevent wars.



Today, the AFS, also known as AFS Intercultural Programs, is a non-profit organization offering language study stays abroad. AFS has more than 50 national organizations on five continents, each of them with their own network of volunteers, employees and board of administrators. 



Young people, aged 15 to 18, are welcomed by volunteer host families for 2 or 12 months in order to be immersed in the culture and language of the host country.
Join us to find out more about the French branch of AFS whose mission is similar to ours: promoting the exchange of Franco-American culture, language and friendship.












BDX-USA September Movie Selection

Dear all,

here is the selection of movies of the month. They are on display in the foyer of BDX-USA.