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Vive La France

Fall 2019

Our Vive La France Cultural Series will continue this fall beginning on Tuesday, October 8th. These classes are sponsored by L’Union Française, hosted at The Academy of the Sacred Heart and are conducted in English.  For the Fall 2019 semester we will focus on Burgundy and the lovely surrounding wine regions.


This course will meet on Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 PM at: 

Academy of Sacred Heart

4521 St Charles Avenue

New Orleans, LA 70115


October 8th, 15th & 22nd & November 5th, 12th & 19th 




(Registration instructions follow the class schedule) 

October 8th           A Culinary Tour of Burgundy

We will learn about the region’s iconic dishes and partake in chef-prepared three course buffets of Burgundian specialties after each lecture of the series.

Presentation & Cuisine by Nora Wetzel 


October 15th      Romans, Burgundians and Franks:

    Late Antique Burgundy and the Formation of Medieval France.

This presentation will focus on Burgundy in the Roman and late antique period. Starting with the battle of Alesia, the Roman settlement and colonization, and moving to the emergence of Christianity and the eventual entrance of the Germanic tribes in the fifth and sixth centuries, he lecture will attempt to paint a picture of the role of Burgundy in the formation of medieval France.

 Presentation by Maribel Dietz 


October 22nd     The Duchy of Burgundy & the Princes of the Fleurs de lis

 The ambitions of the Valois Dukes of Burgundy were supported by family connections, extraordinary wealth, and occasionally astute thinking. As well as any leaders have managed to do, the dukes arranged for displays of their power in both large and small ways, joining the ranks of the most important European patrons of the arts in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. In this presentation we will look at some of the considerable remains of the artistic production during the reigns of the four dukes within their larger political and artistic contexts.

Presentation by Michele Metz



October 29th          NO CLASS THIS TUESDAY


November 5th      Colette: Grande Dame or Damned Woman of Letters?

Born in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye in Burgundy, Colette (1873-1954) was a most celebrated novelist whose work focused on sexuality and the vagaries of married life. Among her many achievements as a Belle Epoque sensation author, she was elected to the Académie Goncourt and later was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature. She is best known for her 1944 novella Gigi which was both adapted to the stage and the screen, most notably in a film by Vincente Minelli starring Audrey Hepburn. Yet, little is known about the struggle Colette fought against her husband publisher for the copyright of her series Claudine, or how her relationships with women and numerous divorces caused her a reputation of libertine. This video conference, live from Marseille will explore the sumptuous and controversial career and legacy of France’s greatest female writer.

Presentation by Jean Xavier Brager  


November 12th    Banking on Faith in Burgundy: 

      The Rise of the Cluniac Order after the Year 1000         

         The end of the first Christian millennium brought apocalyptic fear and a surge of pilgrimage activity in Europe.   As the faithful flocked to venerate their favorite saints, monastic authorities rushed to meet this growing demand with ever larger and more sumptuous shrines, churches, and abbeys to accommodate the throngs of pilgrims. The Burgundian monastic house of Cluny emerged from obscurity to quickly dominate the business of Pilgrimage.

Presentation by Véronique Day 


November 19th.   Burgundy: A Region of Excellence

Burgundy (Bourgogne in French) is an historic and highly respected wine region in eastern France. Burgundy wines have long had devout followers throughout the world and continue to do so today. Burgundy’s estimated 74,000 acres (30,000 ha) of vineyards are considered to be producing some of the most exclusive wines on Earth. The region has 100 appellations and 33% of Grand Cru. Burgundy is the most terroir-conscious of the French wine regions. The various Burgundy AOCs are classified and carefully delineated Grand Cru vineyards down to more non-specific regional appellations. The practice of delineating vineyards by their terroir in Burgundy (Clos) goes back to medieval times, when various onasteries played a key role in developing the Burgundy wine industry.

Presentation by Philippe Goudail





  • Make a check, for $150.00 (for members of L’Union Française)

OR for $175.00 (for non-members) for the six-class series.

Make the check payable to L’Union Française & mail it along with the completed Registration Form below to:

 Karen Walk Geisert

1750 St. Charles Ave. Unit 601

New Orleans, LA 70130

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To read more about our presenters Click here–Fall 2019 Bios



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updated 9/26/2019