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).


May, Thursday 23rd: Wine & Cheese Evening

Wine & Cheese Discussion. Bring your favorite cheese and wine or non-alcoholic drink to share. We'll have some fun topics to discuss.

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May, Thursday 16th: Local Adaptation to Climate Change

 Daniel Compagnon will give a presentation on City and Local Government Policies in Addressing Climate Change. Mr. Compagnon believes in the importance of cities and local governments making policies that mitigate ongoing climate change in order to contain its devastating impact. 

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In addition, it is necessary to adapt a process that is already taking place across the world. He will give particular attention to the pivotal role of US cities and local governments, (often at odds with the current federal government policies and attitude), can play in the success of this process.

 Daniel Compagnon is a professor of Political Science at Sciences Po Bordeaux with 15 years of experience in researching and teaching climate change and other environmental issues at global level. He is one of the authors of the book Transnational Climate Change Governance published by Cambridge University Press.

May, Thursday 9th: A New Way of Looking

Our very own Simone Raskin will talk about her new activity: The Art of Looking, tell us what this means and how this subject came up in her life.

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Submerged in images, videos, films, infos, on small screens and large ones, we have lost our ability to really look and see. Using mindfulness and slow looking techniques, she facilitates workshops where she teaches people to slow down, look and see. Her point of departure is art, but this method is valid for everyday life too. «In this way, the familiar becomes unfamiliar, and the old, the new.» - Alexandra Horowitz. 

She will introduce us to these notions and give us a 'teaser' of her workshop.

May Potluck

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

Please bring one or more of your favorite 'salé ou sucré' dishes and some drinks to share!

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

April, Thursday 25th: The life and fight of abolitionist Frederick Douglass

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Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey; c. February 1818– February 20, 1895) was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and stateman. 

After escaping from slavery in Maryland, he became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, gaining note for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. 

In his time, he was described by abolitionists as a living counter-example to slaveholders' arguments that slaves lacked the intellectual capacity to function as independent American citizens.Northerners at the time found it hard to believe that such a great orator had once been a slave.

Nirina Ralantoaritsimba, English teacher and writer of the novel Nous sommes les ancêtres de ceux qui ne sont pas encore nés, will talk about the life and fight of an African-American figurehaed of the abolitionsit movement.

Thursday April 18th: The Bombing of Royan


The Bombing of Royan presented by our member Jean-Claude Déranlot. Although it was determined the targeted massive bombings was not an efficient method of war and therefore had to be abandoned, the question still remained: why did they make an exception for Royan.   


Many suffered from the Nazi control of Royan and the bombing of the town: civilians, young and old, soldiers and resistants, French and allied forces.
Liberating the town on the ground by the French, was a top priority for the city government and fortunately it became reality on April 17, 1945.

 What was the point of flattening an entire town when the Nazis were about to surrender? Who was responsible?
Mr. Déranlot will speak about the military's goals, the personalities of the leaders, the political climate at the time and the series of events that occurred between January and April of 1945 that could give us some clues to help answer these questions.

Easter Brunch - Sunday 14th (Cancelled)

We are very sorry but due to the unsufficient number of reservation, BDX-USA and the restaurant decided to cancel the brunch.
Surely some other times...


Coffee, tea and fresh squeezed orange juice,
Bacon, sausages and scrambled eggs,
Pancake and toasts,
Baked beans, salads and cheese

Easter egg hunt
Coconut Shy
Pin the tail on the bunny

€26 for members 
€28 for non-members 

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Sunday April 14th – 11 am to 3 pm
At “Le Jardin Pêcheur”
1, quai Armand Lalande 33000 Bordeaux
Tram B – “Cité du Vin” stop