Alliance Française Toronto is happy to share with you this event Curious Minds: Learning from Paris: What 1,000 years of Parisian art, food and revolution have given us.

Parisians have been figuring out urban living for a very long time. From the muddy beginnings of Paris to today’s sparkling cosmopolitan centre, the City of Light has helped define Western ideas about city life. We’ll discuss historical turning points—including how Parisians invented the restaurant, with the famous “Belly of Paris” market—and talk about literary Paris with celebrities like George Sand, Gertrude Stein and Hemingway. We'll look at the revolutions, both physical and artistic, that have torn up the city's streets, and how the unstoppable Baron Haussmann destroyed and rebuilt Paris for modern living. And we'll wrap up with shimmering contemporary Paris and what the city has to offer the future.
This course is led by Lisa Pasold, a Governor General’s Award–nominated writer, journalist and television host. A Montreal native now based in Paris, Lisa’s work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Chicago Tribune, National Post and Billboard, among others, and in Michelin, Time Out and Fodor's guides. She has lectured and led workshops from Dawson City, Yukon, to the American University in Paris and her third book of poetry, Any Bright Horse, was nominated for the 2012 Governor General’s Award. She is the host and co-writer of Discovery World’s TV travel show, Paris Next Stop.
Doors will open one hour before the first class. Registrants will receive supplementary materials in advance of their first class.

Co-presented by Alliance Francaise de Toronto and Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema