Articles by: Marc Goetzmann

Hollande Wants to “Put France Into Motion” and Dodges Personal Questions

Tuesday at his first press conference of the year, a closely watched tradition in the French political world, President François Hollande chose to start his speech with a simple though ambitious commitment to “put France into motion”. On New Year’s Eve, giving his wishes to the French people on television, Hollande had vaguely mentioned a “pact of responsibility” between the government and French companies. Subsequently, his words have been talked about and interpreted for the[Read More…]

Abroad on Broadway: The Liberal Arts Between Ends and Means

An article in the Wall Street Journal recently advised American students not to abandon the liberal arts without second thoughts for more practically oriented college study. The article was a reaction to a natural trend, especially in times of recession: focus on the programs that train you for jobs in the sectors that are recruiting right now. As highlighted by the article, the problem with this so-called rational strategy is that one cannot predict which[Read More…]

Abroad on Broadway: How Did the “Dating Culture” Get Lost in Translation?

Clichés do not only die hard; they sometimes express on the surface deep cultural differences of which any student like me, who is “Abroad on Broadway,” should be aware. In this case, what does it mean to say that the French are “romantic”, that our relationships are “passionate”? Being a student here helped me to understand that those stereotypes that I had considered things from the past, even from an idealized past, could be the[Read More…]

by November 13, 2013 0 comments Feature, Up To The Minute

Abroad on Broadway: Protesting the French Way

The French are known for being unhappy. Studies regularly say that we are one of the most dissatisfied nations in the world, more discontent with our current living conditions than countries at war like Afghanistan. On October 17, while I was stuck in the challenging and exciting daily life of an exchange student in New York, the news from France brought back some of my sweetest memories, and one of the French paradoxical moods I[Read More…]

French Court Upholds Verdict of Organized Fraud for Church of Scientology

On October 16, a French court reaffirmed a ruling finding the two main institutions of the Church of Scientology in France, the SEL Bookstore and its Celebrity Center, guilty of organized fraud. Four years after a similar decision, both were charged and will respectively pay €200,000 and €400,000 – more than $270,000 and $540,000. The Church of Scientology has a long history of involvement in the French Justice system and this decision is the result[Read More…]