Our Mission

The France Chicago Center is a University of Chicago-based interdisciplinary organization with a two-fold mission of:

  1. facilitating, promoting, and fostering stronger ties between University of Chicago students and researchers and their colleagues in France
  2. increasing awareness within the University of Chicago community of French culture, art, and thought 

To this end, the Center sponsors a range of programs including conferences, workshops, public lectures, visiting professors, fellowships, travel grants and fellowships, exchange programs and various cultural, scientific, and outreach activities.

The France Chicago Center was created in April of 2001 when various individuals, corporations and private foundations came together to match a one million-dollar grant from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Revenue from the resulting endowment fund—along with generous annual support from individual and corporate sponsors, and support from various divisions within the University of Chicago—make it possible for the French Chicago Center to pursue its mission.