Past Events

Fiscal Year 2015:

Click here for the Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Annual Activity Report (July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015): ACSCC Annual Report FY15

May 2015:

The Hero of Two Worlds: The Marquis de Lafayette, the Revolutionary War, and the French Revolution

lafayette-book-picA Lecture presented by Marc Leepson – Author of Lafayette: Lessons in Leadership from the Idealist General

Book Signing with Wine and Dessert Reception to Follow

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 7:00pm

George Washington Masonic National Memorial- 101 Callahan Drive Alexandria, VA

Click to view flyer- Leepson Lecture Flyer


March 2015:

The Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee Wine and Dessert Tasting

​Please join the Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee for a special discussion of French wine and food at La Bergerie​, 218 N Lee St, Alexandria, Virginia on March 21st from 4:30pm to 6pm. The event will include a wine pairing with an appetizer and a wine pairing with a dessert. All proceeds will benefit the ACSCC’s events, including educational lectures, an annual D-Day Commemoration, and our student and intern exchange programs.
​Tickets are $35 per person and may be purchased online at: Tickets may also be purchased at the door.


January 2015:

Lecture & Book Signing: When The United States Spoke French

18693935Furstenberg lecture

A lecture presented by

François Furstenberg

Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University

Thursday, January 22, 2015


The Lyceum – 201 S. Washington Ave, Alexandria, VA

Book Signing with Wine and Dessert Reception to Follow

To view our flyer: Furstenberg Lecture Flyer

To read a review of the book in the Washington Post:

November 2014:

The Great War: France and the War to End All War in Memory and Remembrance











Watch a video of the lecture here: 

The Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee hosted an historical lecture presented by:

LTC (R) Thomas Christianson

Senior Historian, Office of the Secretary of Defense

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 7:00pm

The Lyceum201 S. Washington Ave, Alexandria, VA

$5 suggested donation

February 2014:


The Alexandria‐Caen Sister City Committee hosted a lecture exploring French and American culture with prominent French Historian


Thursday, February 6th at 7-8:30pm

Alexandria’s Lyceum Museum, 201 S Washington St, Alexandria, VA

This event is free to the public! Wine, cheese and desserts will be served. Donations are welcome to support Sister Cities activities.

Richard F. Kuisel is a professor of History and European Studies at Georgetown University. His books include Seducing the French: The Dilemma of Americanization, and his most recent book The French Way: How France Embraced and Rejected American Values and Power. Books will be available for signature.

2013 Summary of Events

All of us on the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee send you fond greetings and best wishes this holiday season!
We thought you might be interested in a little recap of our 2013 events and a sneak peek at what 2014 holds in store.
  • We started 2013 with a successful champagne fundraiser, at which we were delighted to meet Councilman John Chapman who oversees Sister Cities on City Council.  We look forward to his support, in addition to our other Alexandria representatives in 2014.
  • In June, we hosted our 3rd annual D-day event for the first time on Market Square.  With such a visible outdoor location, we enjoyed participation from not only our sister city supporters, but also many people passing by.  Of particular interest were the authentic military vehicles on display and reinactors interacting with and educating the public.
  • In June/July we also welcomed nine French teenagers and gave them a taste of American culture during their whirlwind visit. Their agenda included both traditional and unique tourist activities including baseball, hip-hop dancing, shopping, museums, 4th of July fireworks, and eating corn-on-the-cob (not a typical French food!) and just hanging out with their host families.  Following their visit, three Alexandria teenagers went to Caen to reciprocate the visit and stay with host families, immersing themselves in the language and culture.  Speaking of student exchange, we were delighted when one of last year’s Alexandria exchange students decided to return to Caen and enroll in a French school for his “gap” year.
  • Later in the summer the committee housed and entertained a young professional from Caen who participated in the long-running sister city program of an intern exchange.  Our visiting intern from Caen worked at the Alexandria Convention and Visitors Association.  The intern from Alexandria worked in the beautiful City Hall and Abby in Caen giving tours.
  • We also have created a Facebook page!  Be sure to “like” us:  And we are always improving our website:  Check us out!
  • In December, Caen’s deputy mayor, Philippe Duron, was in town for the Scottish walk and even though his schedule didn’t allow for us to meet him this year, the link below (in French and English) will tell you more about his visit in Alexandria.
  • Finally–and most recently–we want to thank everyone (very much!) who supported our “1944 Holiday Music” fundraiser.  We were amazed at how many donations we received and are excited that these funds can help expand and improve our activities.

2013 was a busy year!  In 2014, we will send out notices about our activities, but first we hope you will SAVE THE DATE for these interesting and free public events:  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6th at 7:00 at the Lyceum we will host a lecture by a Georgetown professor on French-American culture (details coming soon!) and SATURDAY, JUNE 7th on Market Square we will host our 4th annual D-day event.  We hope you will join us!

To conclude, 2013 has been quite a year of transition for our committee. Some members are pursuing exciting new ventures and others have family obligations or relocations that have required them become “friends” of the committee instead of formal members. We were sad to see them leave and thankful for their service and enthusiasm on the committee.  As a result, we have enjoyed meeting and welcoming many new members including a former french teacher, a university international education staff member, a senior pentagon historian, and other French enthusiasts.  In fact, three more openings will be posted in the new year and we would welcome your help in finding interested francophiles, especially someone knowledgeable in fundraising, communications, or small business exchange. If you were looking to come back to the committee, now is your time.  We will welcome you!
I have attached a recent group picture in front of the Christmas tree in City Hall.  We hope to see you at one of our events in the new year, but in the meantime at least you can now see the faces behind all of activities that your Alexandria-Caen Sister City committee makes happen.
Thank you for your continued support and happy holidays!
Jennifer Reading
Chair, Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee
Articles about Philippe Duron’s visit to Alexandria:

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