Independence Day Picnic 2018



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).


Thursday, June 28th: Zazou Paris

Maÿlis Bonnard will give a presentation on the Artistic Paris in the 50s, through the eyes and life of her father.
Lucien Bonnard grew up in Paris between Eiffel Tower and Invalides garden before WW2.

He discovered the drawing and learn himself how to paint. After the Paris release in 1945, he met Boris Vian and became a "zazou" : dancer and painter. It was the beginning of an amazing life : At the end of the fifties, he knew he had been part of the existentialist period. But for him, it had been simply "la vie de bohème".

Thursday, June 21st: Chester Comes to Arcachon

Hubert Bonin, professeur émérite à Sciences Po, will give us a presentation on the celebrated African-American writer, Chester Himes, who lived in Arcachon. 

His novels reflect his encounters with racism. As an expatriate in Paris during the mid 1950s, he published a series of black detective novel based in NYC's Harlem. One of his more well known titles, Cotton Comes to Harlem (1965), was made into the acclaimed film by the same name in 1970.  

Thursday 14th: sharing my experiences as a Peace Corp Volunteer.

From The Peace Corps' Strategic Plan: "TPCs' mission is to promote world peace and friendship. While much has changed in the world since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, its mission has not. The Peace Corps’ three core goals are as relevant today as they were over four decades ago: 1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women 2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served 3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans." 

We are most fortunate to have 2 American Peace Corp volunteers, Dan Hall, our current U.S. Counsel and our member, Linda Martin, who participated in this program. Come hear about their experiences and learn more about an organization that promotes peace and helps people around the world to build better communities.

June, Thursday 7th: 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!

BDX-USA June Book Selection

Dear all,

Here's the selection of books of the month. They are on display in the foyer of BDX-USA.

BDX-USA June Movie Selection

Dear all,

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

Being c'est fatiguant, oui ou non?

Join us this evening for a discussion led by Concetta and Gad Elmaleh...well kinda'.

We'll use excerpts from Gad's 1st Comedy Special in English American Dream to look at Franco-American humor, culture & language. If nothing else, we'll have some laughs, which is always good for our health!