Columbia’s Maison Française was established in 1913 to extend the University’s global reach. Today this academic and cultural center, which is celebrating its centennial with an array of programs, focuses on the entire French-speaking world, not just France.

“Historically, the Maison Française was largely focused on the French language and literature,” said its director Shanny Peer. “In recent decades, the perspective has broadened to include not just France but the Francophone world and to embrace other disciplines such as art, philosophy, sociology, economics and history.”