To mark the celebrations of Lafayette Day in New England, the Cultural Service of the French Consulate in Boston is pleased to present a lecture by French journalist Laurent Zecchini on his recent biography of Lafayette – ‘Herald of freedom’. This talk will be in English.
Zecchini shines new light on the character involved in the great political upheavals of the 18th and 19th centuries. He explores the ‘Lafayette paradox’, a figure with hero status in America, yet disliked in the history of France. He seeks to move beyond the clichés of Lafayette, idolized by some as the “hero of two worlds” and caricatured by others as vain and naive. In doing so, Zecchini restores the complexity of a man with an epic destiny.
About the author:
Laurent Zecchini spent 35 years of his career at the French daily «Le Monde». As a correspondent in New Delhi, London, Washington, Brussels and Israel, he covered wide-ranging issues from US domestic policy to European defense.
He left Le Monde at the end of 2014 to teach journalism at Sciences Po, and to write his biography of Lafayette, published in May 2019.