Celebration "De Gaulle - Eisenhower" at the Embassy of France 6/13

Join us at La Maison Française for an exhibit, a lecture and a documentary screening on the relationship between De Gaulle and Eisenhower. Wharton Club members & guests are invited.


General de Gaulle and General Eisenhower

are monuments of the French and American national heritage. Their achievements are a source of reflection and inspiration in today's world. The Charles de Gaulle Foundation and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, in partnership with the Eisenhower Foundation, strive to promote and honor the legacies of those great leaders. Together these institutions collaborated with the Musée de l’Armée to present an exhibition which, with the generous support of The First Alliance Foundation, will contribute to further strengthen the bonds between France and the United States.

Join us on June 13th at La Maison Française to celebrate this Franco-American friendship with an exhibition, a lecture and a screening dedicated to De Gaulle and Eisenhower.


7PM - Welcome remarks by Ambassador Laurent Bili

7:15PM - Presentation of the exhibition by Mr. Marc Fosseux, for the Charles de Gaulle Foundation

7:25PM - Lecture by Professor William I. Hitchcock, University of Virginia

8PM - Screening of an episode of the mini-series "De Gaulle" (Original title : De Gaulle, L'éclat et le Secret"), focusing on ``Charles de Gaulle and Eisenhower

8:50 - Tour of the exhibition: "Eisenhower - De Gaulle: Alliance and Friendship in War and Peace"

This event was made possible by our partnerships with the Foundation Charles de Gaulle, the National Archives and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum. Moreover, We thank the Department of Memory, Culture and Archives of the French Ministry for Armed Forces for their support and contribution to the exhibition.

William I. Hitchcock is the James Madison Professor of History at the University of Virginia. His work and teaching focus on the global history of the 20th Century, in particular the era of the two world wars and the cold war. He received his B.A. degree from Kenyon College in 1986 and his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1994. He taught at Yale for six years, and served as the Associate Director of International Security Studies there. He published France Restored: Cold War Diplomacy and the Quest for Leadership in Europe (UNC, 1998) and co-edited a volume with Paul Kennedy titled From War to Peace: Altered Strategic Landscapes in the 20th Century (Yale, 2000). His book, The Bitter Road to Freedom: A New History of the Liberation of Europe (Free Press, 2008) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a winner of the George Louis Beer Prize, and a Financial Times bestseller in the UK. In 2010, he moved to the University of Virginia. His most recent book is The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2018), which was a New York Times bestseller.

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7:00PM - 9:30PM Tue 13 Jun 2023, Eastern timezone


La Maison Française Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Rd
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