The consulate general of France in Atlanta and the Georgia Institute of Technology Oct. 11 announced they will co-present the seventh annual France-Atlanta, a series of French-American events centered on innovation, Oct. 12 through 21 in Atlanta.
The 2016 program will highlight developments and partnerships in some of the most pressing topics of the day such as cybersecurity, mental health during humanitarian crises, and the role of the arts in democracy-building. Industry experts, researchers, and artists from France will come to Atlanta to participate with their American counterparts in the various workshops, symposia, panel discussions, and cultural programming that are presented under the high auspices of the ambassador of France to the United States, the governor of Georgia, and the mayor of Atlanta.
“I greatly look forward to building upon the impetus created by France-Atlanta to showcase the many strengths that France has to offer and, conversely, to help draw the attention of the French to this extremely vibrant and auspicious region,” Louis de Corail, the newly appointed Consul General of France in Atlanta, said in a news release.
Of the event, Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson said, “Georgia Tech enjoys a long and productive partnership with France. In fact, our Georgia Tech-Lorraine campus celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. We are delighted to partner for the seventh France-Atlanta, offering rich opportunities to explore everything from cybersecurity and cardiovascular health care to dance, and cartooning for peace.”
The official program of France-Atlanta was unveiled during a special preview reception Oct. 4 at the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce with de Corail, Mayor Kasim Reed, Georgia Tech Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Rafael L. Bras and chamber President and CEO Hala Moddelmog in attendance, along with France-Atlanta partners, sponsors and stakeholders.
The business community will celebrate international investments in Georgia and France during the 11th annual Crystal Peach Awards ceremony Oct. 19 with the French-American Chamber of Commerce.
Oct. 20 and 21, French and American mathematicians and computer scientists will participate in a two-day scientific workshop focused on mathematical modeling for cardiovascular diseases at Emory University in DeKalb County.
And finally, humanitarian workers and public health experts will come together for a forum on global emergencies and mental health Oct. 21 at Emory, and students of French from metro Atlanta schools and colleges will have the opportunity to learn about current humanitarian issues and the value of speaking French thanks to presentations by representatives from The Carter Center, Peace Corps and CARE.
Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
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