Tel Aviv University Launches French-Speaking Friends in Israel
A new Association of French-speaking Friends of Tel Aviv University in Israel was launched in November at an event held in the Raya and Josef Jaglom Auditorium on the TAU campus. Chaired by Agnes Goldman, an international public relations expert, the Association will hold regular activities for its members, including a monthly lecture with a TAU professor from a range of departments.
The inaugural lecture was given by Prof. Jérôme Bourdon of TAU's Department of Communication at the Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences and research fellow at the Center for Sociology of Innovation in Paris. Prof. Bourdon spoke on "The evolution of Israel's image in the media: from Zionism to 'compassionism'," and presented the evolution of coverage of Israel in the French media, with international comparisons, from 1948-2008. The event was chaired by Prof. (emer.) Ruth Amossy of the Department of French Studies at TAU's Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities and Coordinator of the Analysis of Discourse, Argumentation and Rhetoric research group. Prof. Amossy is the honorary patron of the new Association.
Prof. Jérôme Bourdon addressing the audience
The lecture was attended by a large audience and followed by a lively discussion.
The next meeting will take place on December 28, when TAU's archaeology expert Prof. Israel Finkelstein will speak on archaeology and the history of Jerusalem in biblical times.
Upcoming events will include lectures exploring the Startup nation and Tel Aviv's Bauhaus architecture, and French filmmaker Claude Lelouch will also be hosted by the Association.