The French Studies Program at Cornell, with the support of the College of Arts & Sciences, was established thanks to a grant from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy designating Cornell University as a "Centre Interdisciplinaire." The program promotes teaching and research on the French and Francophone worlds and serves as a resource center for teachers of French in upstate New York. Throughout the academic year, the program organizes lectures, colloquia, and other events dealing with various aspects of France and the Francophone countries (art, culture, thought and society). The French Studies Program actively contributes to creative and collective research from all the disciplines at Cornell. In inviting innovative and distinguished speakers from different countries, the program favors an atmosphere of intellectual exchange between undergrads, graduate students and scholars on campus.