Paris Lecture Series

Each year, JYF in Paris presents lectures for students, alumni of the program and host families.

The lectures are possible because of the generosity of the Bradt Family Fund. The fund is part of the JYF endowment and supports multi-disciplinary lectures and receptions in France with contemporary French thought leaders. These activities, offered during the academic year, are intended to advance mutual understanding among members of university communities — notably the students of JYF and University of Paris as well as alumni of these institutions.

Phoebe Bradt Lectureship

The Phoebe Bradt Lectureship takes its name from Phoebe W. Bradt — 20th century businesswoman, educator, environmentalist, political activist and naturalist — who immersed herself in French education and business in Paris in the 1920s. Her values were honorable, humane and enduring. Her legacy is that of a role model for engagement in contemporary issues of consequence in the modern world. She will be remembered for nourishing the human spirit by unequivocally savoring and sharing life and all of its wonderful gifts.

Patricia G. Nichols Lectureship

The Patricia G. Nichols Lectureship takes its name from Patricia G. Nichols — 20th century businesswoman, equestrian, and educator — who immersed herself in French arts and literature. She cherished French literary realism and naturalism with a particular joy in the works of Flaubert and Zola.


  • October 2018 — Panel discussion on Immigration in France Today: Solidarity and Rejection with Raphaël Krafft, journalist and writer, author of “Passeur;” Guillaume Le Blanc, philosopher and author of “La fin de l’hospitalité;” and Olivier Adam, writer and author of “A l’abri de rien” and co-screen writer of the film “Welcome” about migrants at Calais
  • March 2018 — Panel discussion on “Women’s free speech: from #metoo to #balancetonporc” with Marcela Iacub, legal historian; Vincent Tolédano, journalist and lawyer; and Azadeh Kian, professor of sociology
  • February 2017 — Marion Gaillard, professor and author; Nora Philippe, author, director and producer; and Martine Ferry-Grand, school principal
  • April 2016 — Jean-Luc Fromental, scriptwriter, director of the collection Denoël Graphic; and Marcelino Truong, illustrator, author and painter
  • March 2014 — Serge Bromberg, president of Lobster Films
  • November 2013 — Elyane Dezon-Jones, professor emeritus at Washington University
  • March 2013 — Martin Hirsch, former president of Emmaüs France and current president of the Civil Service Agency in France and abroad
  • November 2012 — Marion Gaillard and Nicholas Rousselier, professors at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris
  • March 2012 — Véronique Mattiussi, documentalist at the Musée Rodin
  • November 2011 — Robert Pitte, former president of Université Paris-Sorbonne
  • March 2011 — Philippe Labro, journalist and author of several books, including L’étudiant étranger
  • October 2010 — Rony Brauman, former president of Médecins Sans Frontières

Please contact JYF for further information.