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ONLINE EVENT—City/Cité: Translating Cities and Cultures

October 13, 2020 @ 10:00 am11:00 am


In the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis and the Black Lives Matter Movement, social issues are exacerbated. Already engaged in the transformation of their cities, a group of artists, urban planners, entrepreneurs, elected officials and researchers embarked on a journey to examine the process of city-making in France and California. The Oakland/Saint-Denis project was born under a common conviction : our cities must be built collectively and with the arts and humanities at the center. To enlarge the conversation and celebrate the release of the Oakland/Saint-Denis Cooperation Project publication, California Humanities and Villa San Francisco are launching City/Cité: Translating Cities and Cultures, a series of community conversations.

Date: Tuesday, October 13 2020 Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m. 

10.00 – 10.10am Introduction of Oakland/Saint-Denis Cooperation Project 10.10 – 10.15am Film clip 10.15 – 10.45am Moderated panel 10.45 – 11.00am Q&A 11.00 – 11.30am Conclusion/informal discussion Introductions by: Juliette Donadieu, Cultural Attaché, Cultural Services French Embassy Laure Gayet, Founder, Légendes Urbaines Julie Fry, President and CEO, California Humanities Panelists: Sarah Crowell, Artistic Director, Destiny Arts Center Simón Adinia Hanukai, Artistic Director, Kaimera Productions Valentine Roy, Territoire Culture et Création, Plaine Commune Pierre-Emmanuel Becherand, General Manager, Grand Paris Express Moderator: Joaquin Alvarado, StudiotoBe Initiated at the end of 2018, the Oakland/Saint-Denis international cooperation is a project of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and Villa San Francisco with California Humanities, the French American Cultural Society, the Institut Français, and in collaboration with Légendes Urbaines. More information and list of partners here: With questions, write to Kirsten Vega: For more information about Villa San Francisco, visit 


October 13, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am
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CA United States