New anglophone cultural institute in Paris

August 15, 2018

The Paris Institute for Critical Thinking, founded by a select group of international scholars, is opening enrolment and will start offering courses in October 2018 all around the city.

Paris is hard to beat for its cultural and intellectual vibrancy. But the city’s English-speaking inhabitants — whether from France or abroad — do not have many opportunities to employ the language in sophisticated intellectual contexts. This is why, in early 2018, a select group of international scholars gathered to found PICT — the Paris Institute for Critical Thinking. PICT is a non-profit organization that offers university-quality courses in the English language to participants outside the university. Our aim is to enable working-age adults to explore their topics of passion in scholarly depth.

The first round of PICT courses will start in October 2018. Enrolment is easy: visit our website, Here, you will find the latest PICT offerings, ranging from “Existentialism” to “Gender in the Middle East.” After picking a course that appeals to you, simply click the “enroll now” button on the same page. You will be taken through a two-step electronic enrolment process. And that’s it—you’re ready to go! All further course information, such as required readings, will reach you electronically.

We look forward to welcoming you at PICT: a space where English-speaking Parisians of all backgrounds combine the best of the city with the best of critical thinking.

Founding and core faculty members of the PICT are: Evrim Emir-Sayers, teacher and researcher specialized in phenomenology, philosophy of art and existentialism; Macha Matalaev, whose teaching and research concerns comparative literature, translation studies and classical music; David Selim Sayers, scholar of the Middle East, gender, cultural history and narrative arts such as film and literature; and Hector Ulloque, a film director, producer, and documentary editor who is involved in film education and whose teaching is geared towards film professionals, aspiring filmmakers and film aficionados.

About the Organization

As a non-profit organization, PICT passes on the majority of its income directly to course instructors. To keep courses affordable, we work with venue sponsors who supply teaching spaces to PICT free of charge. Please contact us if you would like to become a PICT venue sponsor!

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