Television and Radio

Interviews on Arte for the celebration of the hundredth anniversary of Simone de Beauvoir’s birth (January 9, 2008), on French tv news, France 2, Tv Globo (Brazil), German, British and Austrian radios ; Arte (History Series, Les Refrains de la Mémoire: multiple interviews on Beauvoir, Sartre, and Chaplin’s influence in the 20th century, May 27, 2002 and 2003); and BBC (April and August 2006); France Culture (2003, 2001, 1999, 1998); Radio Bleue “ le coeur à lire” February 21, 1999; RTL and France Inter (2003); Radio Canada (March 2003, March 2000, October 1995, May 1975); France 2, night-time news (TV, 1999); France 3 (TV) and France Culture ( December 12, 1996); RFI, France 2, Télématin, Les Quatre Vérités (May 1996); Various radio and newspaper interviews in France, Canada, the United States, Argentina, the United Kingdom, and Turkey, (details available on request).

Selected Presentations

2010 (June): Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, 18th international conference of the Simone de Beauvoir Society, chair of a panel, lecturer on the painter Hélène de Beauvoir for the 100th anniversary of her birth, and on “Simone de Beauvoir’s modernity: her influence in the XXIrst century”.

2010 (March): Trinity College, Cambridge, United Kingdom: “Simone de Beauvoir’s modernity in the XXIrst century”.

2009 (October): Stockholm, Sweden. ABF and French Institute;”The publication of She came to stay in Sweden, Simone de Beauvoir’s modernity, a testimony”.

2008 (June) : Newcastle, university of Northumbria, UK. “Conversations with Simone de Beauvoir on her writings, on Marguerite Yourcenar, Maria-Antonietta Macciocchi, Michel Foucault and Henry Miller”.

2008 (March) : Guest speaker at the French cultural institute, Athens (Greece): “Forty years after the May 1968 events, what does it mean to be a woman?”

2008 ( January 8): Guest speaker with the Swedish writer Asa Moberg on Simone de Beauvoir and Florence Nightingale”two women, two centuries”, Swedish Cultural Center, Paris.

2007 (November): Interview, documentary on Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. Arte (Franco-German state television).

2007 (December): Guest Speaker at Lyon (France) in the honor of the hundredth anniversary of Simone de Beauvoir’s birth.

2007 (September): Rutgers University: “the modernity of Simone de Beauvoir in the XXIrst century”.

2007 (June): Women’s Assembly, Paris session. “Women’s issues in the context of globalization: the modernity of Simone de Beauvoir.”

2007 (April): Regensburg, Germany. Interviews, lecture and a reading (Book launch of the German publication of The Beauvoir Sisters.)

2006 (September): Rome, Italy. Conference of the International Simone de Beauvoir Society. Vingt ans après la disparition de Simone de Beauvoir, les enjeux des droits des femmes dans le monde (What’s at Stake? The Global State of Women Rights Twenty Years after the Death of Simone de Beauvoir.) Session Chair: “Simone de Beauvoir aujourd’hui ” (“Simone de Beauvoir Today”). Presentation: “The Modernity of Simone de Beauvoir.”

2006 (April): Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey. Guest Speaker, French Cultural Institutes. “The Modernity of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir.”

2006 (March): Paris, France. Public Lecture and Discussion with the Mayor of Paris, Mairie de Paris (City Hall). “A Tribute to Simone de Beauvoir.” (A talk on the contemporary relevance of Beauvoir’s work given to 600 high school students on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Beauvoir’s death.)

2005 (April): Tréport-Paris-Plage, France. Guest Speaker, Mairie (City Hall). “Charles and Oona Chaplin.”

2005 (March): Stanford, Connecticut, U.S.A. Guest Speaker, University of Connecticut. “Deux créatrices au XXème siècle, les Sœurs Beauvoir” (“Two Creative Spirits: The Beauvoir Sisters and the Twentieth Century”).

2005 (March): Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A. Guest Speaker, Saint Joseph College. “Simone de Beauvoir et Jean-Paul Sartre, deux intellectuels français au XXe siècle” (“Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre: Two French Intellectuals in the Twentieth-Century ”).

2005 (March): Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A. Guest Speaker, University of Oklahoma.“Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre: Two French Intellectuals in the Twentieth-Century ”.

2004 (March): Bryn Mawr and Haverford, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Guest Speaker, Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges. “Simone et Hélène de Beauvoir, deux créatrices françaises au XXème siècle.” ( Two French women artist in the Twentieth–Century”).

2004 (March): Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Guest speaker, Franklin Club and the Cosmopolitan Club. “Simone de Beauvoir and Hélène de Beauvoir: Two Twentieth-Century Women Artists.”

2003 (June): Paris, France. Conference of the International Simone de Beauvoir Society, From Beauvoir to Sartre, from Sartre to Beauvoir. Session Chair: “Testimonies.” Presentation: “Simone et Hélène de Beauvoir, deux créatrices au service des droits des femmes, un témoignage” (“Simone and Hélène de Beauvoir: Two Women Artists in the Struggle for Women’s Rights – An Eyewitness Account”). (Presentation also given at numerous schools, high schools, and literary clubs in Paris and elsewhere in France.)

2002 (June): Turin, Italy. Conference of the International Simone de Beauvoir Society, Simone de Beauvoir Returns to Italy. University of Torino. Presentation: “Simone de Beauvoir and Hélène de Beauvoir: Two French Artists of the Twentieth Century.”

2002 (April): Pentemont, France. Guest Speaker, Eglise réformée de Pentemont (Reformed Church of Pentemont). “Charles Chaplin, un cinéaste au service des droits de l’homme” (“Charles Chaplin: Filmmaker in the Service of Human Rights”).

 2001 (July): Oxford, United Kingdom. St. John’s College, Oxford University. Conference of the International Simone de Beauvoir Society, Engaging with Simone de Beauvoir. Presentation: “La notion de famille chez Simone de Beauvoir et Sartre” (“Simone de Beauvoir, Sartre, and the Idea of Family”).

 2000 (June): Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Conference of the International Simone de Beauvoir Society, Simone de Beauvoir, Commitment in Her Life and Work. Trent University. Presentation: “Jean-Paul Sartre et Simone de Beauvoir, les amants de la liberté” (“Lovers of Liberty: Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir”).

1999 (June): Lisbon, Portugal. University of Lisbon. Conference of the International Simone de Beauvoir Society, The Second Sex Turns Fifty. Presentation: “Writing Is Not Seduction.”

1999 (January): Paris, France. Speaker, Université Panthéon-Sorbonne. Célébration du cinquantenaire de la publication du Deuxième Sexe (Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of The Second Sex). “Simone de Beauvoir, un témoignage” (“Remembering Simone de Beauvoir”).

1999 (January): Paris, Speaker, Swedish Cultural Center : “Simone de Beauvoir, a very Swedish French woman” ( Franco-Swedish colloquium for the celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of The Second Sex).

1998 (May): Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A. Conference of the International Simone de Beauvoir Society, Beauvoir at Ninety: a Reevaluation. Presentation: “La famille Beauvoir: relations entre Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Hélène de Beauvoir et Lionel de Roulet” (“Relationships in the Beauvoir Family: Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Hélène de Beauvoir and Lionel de Roulet”).

1998 (May): Stockholm and Göteborg, Sweden. Guest Speaker, University of Stockholm, French Institute of Stockholm, and University of Göteborg. “Simone de Beauvoir et le mouvement des femmes.” (« Simone de Beauvoir and the Women’s Movement ».

1997 (April): Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A. Northern Kentucky University. Conference of the International Simone de Beauvoir Society, Simone de Beauvoir, Eye Witness to the Century. Presentation : “Simone de Beauvoir et le Mouvement des Femmes, un témoignage.” (« Simone de Beauvoir and the Women’s Movement, a Testimony »).

1997 (March): Paris, France. Université Paris-Jussieu. Conference (Organised by Julia Kristeva and Pascale Fautrier). “L’actualité de Simone de Beauvoir” (“The Relevance of Simone de Beauvoir”).

1984: Norman, Oklahoma, U.S.A. Guest Speaker, University of Oklahoma. “Simone de Beauvoir and the French Feminist Movement”.

1982: Rochester, New York. Guest Speaker, University of Rochester, U.S.A. “Simone de Beauvoir and the French Feminist Movement”.

1975: San Diego. California. Guest Speaker, University of Southern California, U.S.A. “Feminist Commitment in the Life and Work of Simone de Beauvoir”.

1972-1980: Los Angeles, San Diego, Chico, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Tallahassee, U.S.A. Guest Speaker, Women’s Health Centers. “Simone de Beauvoir and Women’s Liberation”.

Please note: some of the above presentations in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, were delivered in English.

Awards and Honors

•Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight, French Legion of Honor), March 2002.

Memberships

• The International Simone de Beauvoir Society

• The French League of Women’s Rights (founded by Simone de Beauvoir)


 CLAUDINE MONTEIL

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