Partner Event: An Evening for Notre Dame de Paris

April 25, 2019

An Evening for Notre Dame de Paris, April 26 from 4:30pm to 6:15pm
State Room, 7th Floor
1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20052

On Friday, April 26, The Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University is partnering with the French Embassy in Washington, DC to discuss the ways in which people can support Notre Dame in the DC area. The event will also host a transatlantic panel of experts to speak about similar moments of reconstruction in recent history.

Speakers will include: 

  • Christel Outreman, Higher Education Attache, French Embassy
  • Michel Picaud, Senior Advisor, Friends of Notre Dame
  • James Shepherd, Director of Preservation and Facilities, National Cathedral – on the National Cathedral’s restoration following the 2011 DC earthquake
  • James Smith, Vice-President, Rockefeller Archive Center – on the Rockefeller family’s efforts to rebuild Reims cathedral in Eastern France after its near-destruction in the First World War
  • Thomas Gottschlich, Lead Architect, Frauenkirche Stiftung – on the painstaking process to rebuild Dresden’s Frauenkirche after World War II, including with U.S. support
  • Alex McCallion, Director of Works and Precinct, York Minster – on the restoration of York’s cathedral after it was affected by a serious fire in 1984

Following the event, participants will be invited to attend a benefit concert organized by the French Embassy at the Washington Basilica in support of Notre Dame starting at 7pm, featuring Notre Dame’s organist.