Our Community

The Alliance Française de Santa Rosa is proud to be part of a community – here in Sonoma and surrounding counties, as well as the global community.  The following are links to relevant events and activities that are of interest to our francophone and francophile members and visitors.

Community Events


Image of book cover of "The Haitian Diasporic Imaginary" by author Edwidge Danticat

LECTURE: Dr. Nadège Clitandre of UC-Santa Barbara on “Edwidge Danticat: The Haitian Diasporic Imaginary”

Date: Monday, Feb. 17, 2pm
Location: Sonoma State University student center ballroom, 1801 E Cotati Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
Contact: Suzanne Toczyski

With sponsorship by the French Club and the help of many campus departments, the SSU Arts & Humanities Deans’ Series will present a lecture by Dr. Clitandre.

Nadège Clitandre works on theoretical frameworks of the African Diaspora, migration and displacement, and transnationalism with a particular focus on Haiti and Haitian diasporic literature. Her teaching interests include diaspora studies, anticolonial literature, postcolonial Caribbean Women’s literature, and NGO and Humanitarian intervention in Haiti post-earthquake. Clitandre is also the founder of Haiti Soleil, a nonprofit organization that focuses on engaging youth and building community through the development of libraries in Haiti. Clitandre’s first monograph, Edwidge Danticat: The Haitian Diasporic Imaginary, published by the University of Virginia Press, is now available on Amazon:

Special thanks to Dean Robbins, the French Club, Modern Languages & Literatures, Women and Gender Studies, Global Studies/GEP, and AMCS!

MARCH 2020

Image of Greg Luecke's home in Touraine, France

PRESENTATION: American Experience in Touraine

Date: Thursday, March 19, 7pm
Location: Napa Valley Art Association, 1520 Behrens St, Napa, CA 94559
Contact: Greg Luecke

The Alliance Française de Napa will present “American Experience in Touraine,” featuring photos and anecdotes about the experience of an American family who owned a property in the region around Tours, France, from 2001 to 2009.

Alliance Française Board member Greg Luecke will present images and information about some of the many interesting chateaux, towns, troglodyte buildings, and other fascinating features of Touraine. He will show photos of Moulin de Malicorne, the gorgeous former flour mill his family owned in Sainte Maure de Touraine, including its beautiful lake and island.

You will hear stories about buying a French property, renovating a home, dealing with maintenance issues from nine time zones away, renting out the property to vacation renters, dealing with insurance and the legal system in France, plus the joys of making friends and exploring this delightful region.

Wines from the Touraine region will be served, along with cheese and hors d’oeuvres. The presentation will be in English, but there will be conversations in French and English afterwards.

FREE, with donation box.

APRIL 2020

Advertising for 1600's concerts of Renaissance French songs at Sonoma State University Schroeder Hall April 24-25, 2020

CONCERT: Renaissance French Songs!

Date: Friday, April 24, 2020, 7:25pm and Saturday, April 25, 2020, 2:25pm
Location: Sonoma State University – Schroeder Hall
Tickets: Tickets: $28 at Sonoma State University – Schroeder Hall
Contact: Steve Osborne

For over 30 years (1525-1557), the publishing house of Pierre Attaingnant in Paris issued a dizzying array of music books, created with the aid of an original printing technique which became dominant for the next few centuries: the use of movable type consisting of narrow segments of staff, each with a single note. Attaingnant’s publications included older composers such as Josquin, Brumel, Fevin and Gombert, and also increasingly modern masters including the Parisians Janequin, Certon and Pierre Passereaux. Circa 1600 presents a rare selection from Attaingnant’s output, including brilliant sacred music—motets and mass movements—and chansons both serious and absurd.