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Stéphane Gerson

October 19, Copley Square
Stéphane Gerson is a cultural historian and a professor of French studies at NYU. His first book, The Pride of Place: Local Memories and Political Culture in Nineteenth-Century France, won the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History and the Laurence Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies. He is also the author of Nostradamus: How an Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became the Modern Prophet of Doom, as well as the co-editor of the Penguin Classics edition of Nostradamus’ Prophecies. In 2017, he published the haunting memoir, Disaster Falls: A Family Story, which Kirkus described as “not only a powerful reflection on grief and loss, but also an intimately textured history of fathers and sons” in a starred review. Gerson recently edited the book titled France in the World: A New Global History, which is the English-language edition of the bestselling work Histoire mondiale de la France, a collection of essays written by historians and originally edited by Patrick Boucheron.