Past Event

A Diverse Nation: The French Model of Integration

February 9, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Pulitzer Hall, Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor: 2950 Broadway

On February 9, panelists discuss how the French model of integration is responding to the growing diversity within French society.  They explore some of the findings of a new large-scale study co-authored by Patrick Simon for the INED, Trajectoires et origines, which traces the social trajectories of 1st and 2nd generation immigrants in France through their experiences with education, employment, family formation, identity formation, and experiences of discrimination.

Sociologist Riva Kastoryano discusses the impact of immigrant organization and mobilization on national and group identity in France.

Andreas Wimmer contributes a French-U.S. comparative perspective to questions of integration and identity within diverse societies and examines some of the tensions diversity can create.Patrick Simon is a Directeur de recherche at the Institut national d’etudes démographiques in Paris and a researcher at the Centre d’études européennes at Sciences Po Paris. 

Riva Kastoryano is a sociologist at Sciences Po and author of Negotiating Identities: States and Immigrants in France and Germany (Princeton UP). Andreas Wimmer is the Lieber Professor of Sociology and Political Philosophy and a member of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia. Alexander Stille is the San Paolo Professor of International Journalism at Columbia Journalism School.

This event is co-sponsored by the Maison Française and Alliance Program.