"Exploring Diversity in France" at The New School

Please join Humanity in Action and the New School for "Exploring Diversity in France," a special discussion series sponsored by the Embassy of France to the United States.

"Exploring Diversity in France" brings together American and French scholars, students and audiences to examine the role and concept of diversity in contemporary France. The program is sponsored by the Embassy of France to the United States and developed in partnership with Humanity in Action, The New School, Yale University, Georgetown University and the University of Missouri.

Lunch and refreshments will be served.



October 18, 2011
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


The New School
Arnhold Hall - Theresa Lang Community & Student Center
55 West 13 Street, Second Floor
New York, NY 10011



Miriam Ticktin

Miriam Ticktin is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. Her research interests include anthropology of the human and humanitarianism; migration, camps and borders; sexual violence/violence against women; PTSD/trauma, psychiatric humanitarianism; anthropology of science, medicine, ethics; and her areas of focus are France, Europe and North Africa. Her articles appear in American Ethnologist, SIGNS, Interventions, Ethnicities, The Political and Legal Anthropology Review, The Scholar and Feminist Online, and Women: A Cultural Review. She has recently completed a book manuscript, "A Moral Emergency Complex: Humanitarianism, Sexual Violence and the Politics of Immigration in France" and is co-editor of a volume called “In the Name of Humanity: The Government of Threat and Care,” which was published by Duke University Press.

Patrick Weil

Patrick Weil is a Senior Research Fellow at the French National Research Center in the University of Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne. Professor Weil's work focuses on comparative immigration, citizenship, and Church States law and policy. Dr. Weil has worked with the French government including participation in a 2003 French Presidential Commission on secularism, established by Jacques Chirac, and writing a report on immigration and nationality policy reform for Prime Minister Lionel Jospin in 1997 which led to the implementation of new immigration laws adopted the following year. Dr. Weil also holds an appointment as Professor at the Paris School of Economics.

Presentations by HIA Senior Fellows

Tara Dickman

Tara Dickman is the National Director of Humanity in Action France. She received her Master's Degree in Comparative Politics from New York University, where she examined how cultural approaches to minority rights in international law impact the understanding of the 2005 riots in the French suburbs. Tara was raised in Paris and in the Parisian suburbs, where she remains active in social, artistic and civil rights issues. In addition to her work with Humanity in Action, Tara consults on racial profiling for the Open Society Justice Initiative and leads community organizing trainings. Tara received her BA from the Institute for European Studies of Paris 8 University, where she also followed a graduate program. She also conducted comparative research on race and urban politics at Brown University. Tara was a participant in the HIA Fellowship program in Paris in 2007.

Soraya Khadir

Soraya Khadir is a Project Assistant and Consultant at IMS-Entreprendre pour la Cité, a network of companies working on Corporate Social Responsibility in France. Her work focuses on preventing discrimination and promoting diversity in the workplace. Soraya holds MA degrees from Université de Cergy-Pontoise and Institut Français de Géopolitique of Paris 8, where she researched the political referendum process and the geopolitical impact of California's "Three Stikes and You're Out" policy. Her interest in diversity issues, which comes from a combination of both personal experience – having grown up in Parisian suburbs – and academic studies, has always pushed her to try to study misperception and bias. She is particularly interested in how misunderstanding of "the other" can lead to unfair and even dangerous decisions and behaviors. Soraya was a participant in the HIA Fellowship in New York City in 2007.

Cédric Maréchal

Cedric J. Marechal is a graduate student at La Sorbonne, where he studies International Relations. His graduate dissertation will examine the effects of U.S. “soft power” diplomacy on race relations in France. For two years, Cedric served as an elected member of La Sorbonne-Student Union, where he focused on organizing student awareness campaigns on university policies. Cedric was born in a suburb of Paris, but grew up in Martinique. He intends to pursue a PhD in International Relations next year. Cedric was a participant in the HIA Fellowship in Lyon in 2010.