December 9, 2021
The French-American Foundation is coming to the end of an intense and productive year. In October, our 2019 and 2020 Young Leaders joined their French counterparts in Paris and Normandy for an intensive five-day program to learn, network, and generate dialogue on leadership and advancing towards common goals on both sides of the Atlantic. The 2019 class will go on to join an exceptional group of nearly 600 alumni, and we’re excited to welcome the newest classes to Austin, Texas for next year’s seminar.
Last week, in collaboration with FAF-France, we organized our annual cyber security conference, “Building Confidence in Digital Transformation.” This conference assembles senior leaders in government, the private sector, and academia to discuss the most pertinent cyber security challenges on both sides of the Atlantic.
In June, we celebrated the winners of the 34th annual Translation Prize, honoring Chris Andrews for his translation of Our Riches and Hoyt Rogers for his translation of Rome, 1630: The Horizon of the Early Baroque, Followed by Five Essays on Seventeenth-Century Art during an online ceremony. For 35 years, the Translation Prize has served to promote French literature in the United States and provide translators and their craft with greater visibility and recognition. The 35th cycle of the Prize is underway and we look forward to selecting and celebrating the winners and their work in 2022.
We also organized a number of Transatlantic Forums this year, including two in-person forums this fall. We were happy to gather again with our current members and to welcome new members to the network. We had in-depth discussions on critical issues such as climate policy, the diplomatic crisis, transatlantic cooperation with China, human rights and public policy-making, and health equity. In November, we also held an in-person policy breakfast on climate and urbanism.
Finally, we had approximately 30 events online, including public policy webinars, women’s events, and Young Leaders Cafés, in collaboration with longstanding partners and new allies. We welcomed more than 60 speakers and moderators.
As we look forward to a full roster of programs for 2022, we encourage you to explore our website for more information about the Foundation, its programs, constituents, activities, and impact.
Like so many organizations, we’ve had to adapt to unexpected challenges due to Covid-19. So, to continue this tradition of excellence in transatlantic relations, we count on your renewed support. Your contribution imparts a heightened sense of purpose to all of us and a singular obligation to produce exciting and meaningful programs. We thank you in advance for your generous investment in our work!