Youth Program at the Alliance francaise South Florida

JPEGThe French Alliance proposes an ambitious program for young people, with two monthly meetings that are not to be missed.

Every first Saturday of the month the Alliance hosts a workshop entitled "Jules Verne at the Movies" which discusses films based on the works of Jules Verne.

Visit Captain Nemo’s submarine, read excerpts from the novel and of course, watch a film adaptation , all of which will be led by Professor Frederick Pruvost, taking us on an immediate departure towards extraordinary journeys!

Are your children inquisitive and curious about the world around them?
Every third Saturday of the month, invite them to join philosophical snack time, organized by Jeanne Proust, a professor of literature and philosophy at ISCHS.

She introduces and explains the event in an interview:

- Hello Jeanne, can you briefly introduce yourself?

That’s difficult ... I would say that curiosity is one of my most defining features: it’s the motor for my travels, my studies, my passion for reading, my social life, as well.

I need to interact constantly with the diversity surrounding me, and will continue to surround me as long as I am on the move!

- Each month, for one Saturday, you lead a philosophy-themed snack time at the Alliance. What is the guiding principle behind this event?

I modestly strive to instill a small grain of critical thinking in the minds of the children through discussions, amongst themselves as well as with myself, aimed at illustratating different concepts utilising their own personal experiences. This is about realizing that nothing is clear cut and that everything is open to repeated rediscovery.

- What themes have you discussed thus far and which ones do you plan on discussing during future sessions?

Thus far, we have addressed the issues of appearance and truth, death, relationships with others in society (falsehood, justice, equal opportunity and its ambiguous relation to the concept of merit, etc.) upcoming sessions will deal with the meaning of happiness and the often times fantasy-filled concept of freedom, others will discuss violence, friendship, love, while addressing experiences with trust ...

But there is no rigid program to follow: in terms of a child’s questions or comments, one must be flexible enough to be able to visualize and recognize the bridges that can obviously be made between different concepts.

- Who are these philosophy-themed snack times aimed at?

They are meant for children, 7 to 11 years old during a first session taking place from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, then, during a second session, children from 11 to 14 years old, taking place from 2:30 - 4:00 pm.

- Should we be afraid of using the word "philosophical" with children?

Absolutely not, if children are not mini-adults, as was rightly remarked in Rousseau’s Emile, and cannot understand all adult concepts, they are not unworthy in so far as being able to use the words if they can, as complicated as these words can seem at first sight.

- Do you have anything you would like to share?

Without a doubt, I learn just as much as the children; trying to lead a colloquial discussion without losing any of its richness while at the same time adapting it to my young audience is not at all obvious!

Practical Information:
Jules Verne at the Movies

- Saturday, March 3 / / 3:30 pm - The Mysterious Island
Free for Alliance members, $ 5 for non-members.

Philosophical Snacks

To register your child:
Contact Dawn at 305-859-8760, or Christelle at

Last modified on 08/02/2012

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