On November 15th, SCF members were treated to an exceptional private visit of the recently opened Yves Saint-Laurent Museum. The visit was guided by Dominique Deroche, who was the press agent of Yves Saint-Laurent for thirty years and this up until the closing of the "maison de couture" YSL in 2002. She shared her testimonial of this unique professional and personal experience.
On 14 June 2018, the Stanford Club of France and the Stanford Business Club welcomed over 50 alumni at Coinhouse (formerly La Maison du Bitcoin) in Paris where Brian O'Hagan, Marketing Manager at Coinhouse, held a one hour session on the topics of the history of money, the emergence of ICO's, Cryptocurrencies and the growing role of Blockchain technology in an all more digital society. The event sparked several discussions where experienced alumni shared their stories and their work with blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
Thank you to Brian O'Hagan and Coinhouse for having hosted us.
The Stanford Club of France, Comité France-Chine and MEDEF organized this outstanding event with prestigious speakers at the MEDEF in front of an audience of 200 people. Event speakers included Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former French Prime Minister, Honorary Member of the Parliament and President of the Foundation "Prospective et Innovation"; His Excellency Zhai Jun, China's Ambassador to France; and a large panel of businessmen and investors who shared their experience and advice about the Belt & Road Initiative.
This event will be followed soon by the third installment of our China Triptych: “Healthcare in China: Why is it the no 1 priority for the coming decade?"
Itaka Martignoni, the daughter of the world-known Artist Sheila Hicks, offered SCF members and Stanford student a private visit of her mother’s solo exhibition show at the Pompidou Center. The visit ended with the remarkable surprise of having Sheila Hicks among ourselves and spending the last part of the visit with us.
The world-renowned American artist has lived in Paris since the 1960s. Her artwork represents crossroads in more ways than one: she is American, spent many formative years in Chili and Mexico, and gleans inspiration from Paris; she sees her work as sculpture, but stone is not her medium. Instead you will find fabrics, colors, threads and different textures, flowing in space. Her works are at times monumental (for example those hanging from the ceilings of the Pompidou Center), but at other moments they are conceived as miniature woven compositions. Her work appears to defy all boundaries and definitions.
Oyungerel Tsedevdamba, former Mongolian Minister of Culture & Jeffrey L. Falt read from the manuscript of their novel, The Green Eyed Lama, which has just been published by Grasset in French translation as Le Moine Aux Yeux Verts. This was followed by a discussion touching on themes evoked in the book, such as life under communism, and the Stalinist purge; the transformation of Mongolia into a democracy; and religion and culture in Mongolia.
Oyungerel Tsedevdamba studied planning economy in the USSR and, after the fall of communism, she earned a Master’s Degree in Market Economy in Russia. She subsequently received a Master’s degree in International Policy Studies from Stanford University. She served as Adviser to the Prime Minister of Mongolia and subsequently to the President of Mongolia on human rights and civic participation. In 2015 Oyungerel was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture of France for her efforts to end the death penalty in Mongolia and for her work in preserving and protecting Mongolia’s cultural heritage, including the much publicized Tyrannosaurus bataar case. Oyungerel is the author of 11 books.
Série de 3 conférences animées par Eric Monsinjon, professeur d’histoire de l’art et ancien élève de l’Ecole du Louvre, enseignant en classes préparatoires et aux élèves comédiens de la Comédie-Française.
Dans ces 3 conférences portant sur l'histoire de l’art nous sommes partis à la rencontre des chefs d’œuvre de l’art, de la Renaissance à l’art actuel, et avons abordé les sujets suivants :
- Introduction et panorama rapide de Giotto à l’art contemporain.
- Identifier les codes de la représentation traditionnelle en Europe : de Giotto à Delacroix.
- Repérer les étapes fondamentales qui jalonnent l’histoire de l’art classique.
- Distinguer les œuvres majeures des œuvres mineures afin d’en dégager la portée créatrice. Quand démarre l’art moderne ?
- Identifier les grandes étapes de l’évolution de la peinture, de Manet à Duchamp
- Pourquoi l’art moderne remet-il en cause les codes représentatifs classiques ?
- Qu’est-ce qu’une avant-garde et que signifie la mort de l’art ?
- Quand démarre l’art contemporain ?
- En quoi l’art contemporain bouleverse-t- il l’art moderne ?
- Panorama de l’art actuel et des différentes tendances internationales
On 30 November 2017, the Stanford Club of France and the Stanford Business Club gathered alumni at Station F to hear from Quentin Sannié, CEO of Devialet, as he shared the story of Devialet, his experiences as a entrepreneur and the growth and importance of la FrenchTech. Our discussions focused on the steps of going from a start-up to raising the capital needed to go global, the challenges with a growing business and the globalization within French technology companies and with French tech-products.