Welcome to Digital Transatlantic Dialogue, an online platform sent throughout the month to keep our community in discussion about transatlantic affairs while we suspend in-person events.

You'll find news from France and the US, updates from program participants, upcoming digital events, notes from staff members on what they're doing to manage stress, and more. For breaking news about COVID-19, we've included a set of links to news sources, the CDC, and the French Ministry of Health at the bottom of the page.

This is a work in progress, and we're always looking for ways to improve. Email us at vdemuynck@frenchamerican.org with your feedback - we'd love to hear from you!
News in France & the US
  • "A strict 15-day lockdown requiring most people in France to remain at home came into effect at midday Tuesday, prohibiting all but essential outings in a bid to curb the coronavirus spread..."

  • "Just as Apple (AAPL) is forced to close retail stores around the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been hit by a $1 billion blow to its finances..."

  • "Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) debated each other in a studio with no audience in Washington, D.C., on Sunday night amid a global panic over the spread of the coronavirus..."

  • "US residents will begin receiving census forms in the mail as early as Thursday as the federal government kicks off its once-a-decade count of the population, a gargantuan effort crucial to guiding US political and economic policy but which experts fear will be complicated by the spread of coronavirus..."

  • "The US army is pulling out of al-Qaim and two other key military bases in Iraq in the coming weeks. The decision to leave three of its eight bases in Iraq is a sign the US is looking to dramatically reduce its footprint in the country..."
Digital Events
Our digital events will take place over the video conference platform Zoom and feature guest speakers to discuss their topics of expertise for those who would like to listen. You do not need a Zoom account to join. Next week, we have:

Richard Fontaine
CEO of the Center for a New American Security
Young Leader 2015
  • Topic: Global Affairs (details released shortly)
  • Date & Time: TBC
  • More details (including links to RSVP and join the webinar) to come Friday
Community Updates: Art & Culture Recommendations
Melinda Wang
Curator, Angel Investor, Attorney
Young Leader 2016

Melinda curated a list of online cultural events, performances, museum tours, and more at www.culture-fix.com to enjoy as we practice social distancing. Her top picks for the FAF community:

Metropolitan Opera | Live in HD
  • ”Beginning March 16, the Met will stream a title from its Live in HD series each night through the duration of the Met's closure. The performances, originally captured as live broadcasts in movie theatres worldwide, will begin at 7:30 PM on the company's website.”
Public Art Fund | Online Archives
  • ”As the leader in its field, Public Art Fund brings dynamic contemporary art to a broad audience in New York City and beyond by mounting ambitious free exhibitions of international scope and impact that offer the public powerful experiences with art and the urban environment.”
Hermitage Museum | Online Tour
  • “Experience a five hour cinematic journey through one of the world’s biggest museums in St. Petersburg, Russia. Take in 45 galleries, 588 masterpieces, and live performances, shot in 4K on an iPhone in one continuous take.”

Melinda recently curated a virtual exhibition of blockchain art. A video walkthrough can be found HERE.
Notes From Our Team
Emeline Foster
Executive Director

Today, Emeline shares her French podcast recommendation for kids and adults.
Breaking News Sources on COVID-19
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