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"My Culture, Your Culture" to Explore Cultural Diversity and Preparing Students for Success in the 21st Century

Free conference to take place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Lycée Français de New York.

NEW YORK, March 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Do students educated in a culturally diverse, international setting have a distinct advantage in the 21st century? How do we best help immigrant and expatriate students adapt to a new country while maintaining their cultural heritage and identity?  Answers to these questions and more will be addressed during the free daylong conference, My Culture, Your Culture: International Education for Success in the 21st Century, at the Lycée Français de New York (LFNY) on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

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The conference is co-organized by the LFNY, Cultural Services of the French Embassy of the United States, and the French Heritage Language Program. The entire conference will be live-streamed from the event website: mycultureyourculture.net.

In a series of three panels, leading experts from around the world, including Ruth E. Van Reken, co-author with David C. Pollock of the pioneering work Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, Professor Patrick Savidan, founder of the French NGO "Observatoire des Inegalités", Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet, President and CEO of Louis Vuitton Americas, and Panetha Ott, Director of Admissions, International Recruitment at Brown University, will explore the richness and complexities of cultural identity and diversity today, as well as the importance of international education for success in the 21st century. A special screening of the documentary, I Learn America, by Gitte Peng and Jean-Michel Dissard will take after the conference, followed by a Q&A with Ms. Peng and students in the film. 

"The ability to move between cultures with ease, understanding and respect is an extraordinary asset for young people in an interconnected, interdependent age," said Sean Lynch, head of the Lycée Français de New York. "We feel privileged to be hosting this conference that goes to the very heart of our mission as a school, how best to prepare our international community of students to flourish and make a difference in the world as a whole." 

In the first panel, "Cultural Identity: Mozaic or Melting Pot," experts will discuss the theme of cultural identity in a globalized society. Panelists, including Ruth Van Reken and Gérard Bouchard, internationally acclaimed historian and sociologist in the field of cultural diversity at the Université du Québec, will examine what it means to be multicultural, and the benefits and challenges which pluriculturalism brings to individuals and communities in the 21st century.

During the second panel, "Education K-12: Making the Most of Diversity", educators and researchers, including Fabrice Jaumont, education attaché of the French Embassy, and Angelica Infante Green, the First Associate Commissioner of the Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies for the New York City Department of Education will discuss the challenges and best practices for teaching and educating students in a culturally and linguistically diverse school.  

The third panel, "Multiculturalism, International Education, and Career Paths in the Professional World", features business professionals and practitioners, including Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet, President and CEO of Louis Vuitton Americas and Panetha Ott, Director of Admissions, International Recruitment, at Brown University. "Universities recognize that their campuses must reflect the diversity of our internationally interconnected society and create an academic environment that can serve as microcosm of the world," said Pascale Richard, conference co-organizer and director of cultural events at the Lycée Français de New York. "Through an exploration of the unique qualities that international students bring to college campuses and how higher education has evolved to better incorporate a culturally diverse student body, they will tackle how to best prepare all students for the competitive international job market."

My Culture, Your Culture: International Education for Success in the 21st Century takes place on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8:45am to 6:30pm at the Lycée Français de New York, 505 East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021.

For more information and to register for the conference, please visit: mycultureyourculture.net. The event will also be live-streamed in English and in English, with live tweeting provided by media sponsor, French Morning, #mycultureyourculture.net.

Press Contacts
Elisabeth King
Director of Communications, Lycée Français de New York
+1 212.439.3859, [email protected]

Cécile Grégoriades
Communications Manager, Lycée Français de New York
+1 212.439.3851, [email protected]

Emile Cabouat-Peyrache
Public Relations Officer at the French Embassy of the United States
+1 212.439.1417, [email protected]

About the Lycée Français de New York
Founded in 1935, the Lycée Français de New York (LFNY) is a non-profit, independent private coeducational institution located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The Lycée offers an international, bilingual education to a diverse community of 1330 students representing nearly 50 nationalities from early childhood through high school. The school's mission rests on three pillars: academic excellence, personal growth and fulfillment, and global citizenship. The Lycée is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York, and accredited by the French Ministry of National Education and by The New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS.) The LFNY awards the New York State High School Diploma and prepares students to pass the traditional French Baccalaureate, the International Option of the French Baccalaureate, and a special French-American Baccalaureate. For more information, visitwww.lfny.org.

About the Cultural Services of the French Embassy
The French Cultural Services provides a platform and resources for cultural exchange between French and American artists, intellectuals, curators and arts professionals. It is dedicated to creating new models for international dialogue in the arts and education from French and American perspectives. Based in New York City, Washington D.C. and eight other U.S. cities, the Cultural Services' principal fields of action are the arts, literature, cinema, French language programs and Higher Education.

About the French Heritage Language Program
The French Heritage Language Program is an education program of FACE (French American Cultural Exchange), which offers free French classes to underserved schools and communities across the United States. The program aims at facilitating the integration of disadvantaged French-speaking new immigrants at school and in the professional world.
For more information, visit www.facecouncil.org/fhlp 

Media Contact: Elisabeth King, Lycée Français de New York, 2124393859, [email protected]

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