Notre Dame de Paris : Devastation and Reconstruction

May 20, 2019
Alliance Française de Chicago
54 West Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60610
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To watch the video of the discussion, visit the Alliance Française's Facebook page here (first half) and here (second half). 

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Organized by the Lumen Christi Institute with co-sponsor and host the Alliance Française de Chicago.

Free for Alliance Française members/ $10 for non-members.

Notre Dame de Paris in flames. Smartphone and television screens across the world light up one after the other, sending shockwaves as the heart of Paris burns. What is it about the old stones, the stained glass rosette, and the 800 year old charpente (wood roof frame) called “the forest" that brought people together for a few hours? 

Artifact of a medieval faith; icon immortalized by Victor Hugo and turned into a hit on Broadway; haut-lieu of the most touristic city in the world; pawn in renewed political and architectural high stakes. What does the cathedral in the heart of Paris mean for them, and for each of us?

To sort out the history, the meaning, and most of all, the future of Notre Dame de Paris, the Alliance Francaise de Chicago welcomes Jean-Luc Marion, theologian, member of the Académie Française and an active participant in the founding of the Lumen Christi Institute. Jean-Luc Marion will be in conversation with Thomas Pavel, professor at the Department of Romance Languages of the University of Chicago.