Highlights from November 11 at Cité de la Musique

From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Democracy in danger? War at the gates of Europe and the migration crisis, authoritarian regimes and the rise of the far right, fake news and conspiracies, disengagement of people from political life, international interference, climate peril: is democracy going through a structural crisis ? In this anxiety-provoking context which weighs on the vitality of representative regimes, how can Europe, the historic cradle of democracy, remain a land which continues to invent the exercise of power and which does not fear welcoming those who are fighting for their freedoms? With Raphaël Glucksmann, MEP; Lionel Zinsou, former Prime Minister of Benin and economist; Oleksandra Matviïtchouk, director of the NGO Center for Civil Liberties and co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2022. Meeting moderated by Sonia Delesalle-Stolper, deputy editor-in-chief and Jean Quatremer, journalist in the Monde department at Libération. (Amphitheater)

From 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. After #MeToo: the new struggles of feminism. “We never kill for love”, “You are not alone”, “My skirt is not an invitation”: the walls of cities have never stopped, since #MeToo, telling the story of feminist mobilizations. Following in the footsteps of the MLF of the 1970s, from this heritage from which Libération emerged, a new generation of women is forcefully reaffirming that their bodies belong to them. No longer be afraid in the streets, no longer silence sexual and domestic violence, no longer tolerate impunity, put an end to feminicide. It is indeed the questioning of the domination of one sex over the other which is at the heart of feminism, this logic of a vertical power which confines and submits. Combating this inequality is a matter of humanist ethics, a universal fight. With Léonora Miano, writer; Camille Froidevaux-Metterie, philosopher; Wendy Delorme, author. Meeting moderated by Cécile Daumas, deputy editor-in-chief L at Libération. (Amphitheater)

From 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. Le Libé by Serge July: 50 years in retro. Fifty years ago, around Jean-Paul Sartre, Serge July and a handful of activists founded Libération in a conservative France shaken by both the legacy of May 68 and the first oil crisis. This newspaper is first of all a breath of freedom in the landscape of a corseted press. But above all it is a collective (far left in its beginnings) which, every day, stands out for its inventiveness in the way of doing journalism. First daily newspaper to support social struggles, to defend author photography, to fact-check information, to create an environment section or to draw the portrait of a personality in der. Retracing the history of Libération means delving into the turmoil of the era. With Serge July, co-founder of Libération. (Amphitheater)

From 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Climate: how to dream in reality? According to climatologists, 2023 will be the hottest year ever recorded on Earth and +1.5°C of global warming could be reached by the end of the decade. Waiting is no longer an option to meet future challenges. How can we continue to plan ahead when deadly forecasts weigh on future generations? How can we continue to dream collectively? We must of course try to mitigate the consequences of climate change. But its effects are already being felt: so, how can we adapt our behaviors, our habits, to be less vulnerable, live in a sobriety chosen and not imposed, build new desirable imaginations? With Cyril Dion, author, director and activist; Marielle Macé, historian; Laurence Tubiana, from the European Climate Foundation, professor at Sciences-Po Paris and Columbia University. Lively meeting Jonathan Bouchet-Petersen, editorialist, and Coralie Schaub, deputy head of the Environment department at Libération. (Amphitheater)

From 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. LGBTQIA+ struggles: the war of morals? Neither girl nor boy? Gay, trans, non-binary? Gender and sexualities disrupt the intimacy of our lives and the social order. What is a man? What is a woman? The apparent evidence of these questions is called into question by the thousand and one ways of inhabiting one’s body, of playing with gender codes, of living one’s sexuality or non-sexuality, of contesting the heterosexual order. Pride in being LGBTQIA+ is a political issue for our democracies and their future. From post-Stonewall to gay and trans pride, Libération follows, tells and supports those who defend this fundamental right to be themselves. With Paul B. Preciado, philosopher, exhibition curator and author; Jean-Paul Gaultier, stylist; Laura Vazquez, author, Goncourt poetry prize. Meeting hosted by Cécile Daumas, deputy editor-in-chief at the L department, and Gérard Lefort, former journalist at Libération.

This article is originally published on liberation.fr

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