12 September 2017 to 24 April 2018

Centre des arts, La Grande Boissière

La Grande Boissière’s Lecture Series is an opportunity to meet and listen to experts from fields as diverse as environmentalism, inter-ethnic relations, human and civil rights, conflict and reconciliation, science and even philosophy. 
These lectures are free and open to all members of the Ecolint community (parents, staff and students) as well as to the public. Given the limited space available, we encourage you to register by email to marie.narses@ecolint.ch and we will do our best to accommodate your request based on available space. 


Chappatte & Hani Abbas

Tuesday 12 September, 11:00-11:45, Auditorium

Patrick Chappatte is a Lebanese-Swiss cartoonist who draws for Le Temps, Neue Zürcher Zeitung and the International New York Times, with many of his cartoons reflecting events in Swiss and international news. Over the years, he has collaborated with editorial cartoonists in many conflict-ridden countries, including Serbia, Côte d’Ivoire, Lebanon, Kenya and Guatemala, with the goal of promoting dialogue through cartooning. In 2011 and 2015, Chappatte became the only non-American to win the Overseas Press Club of America’s Thomas Nast Award for best cartoons on international affairs. He co-founded the Swiss foundation Cartooning for Peace alongside Plantu and Marie Heuzé, spokesperson of the United Nations in Geneva.
Hani Abbas is a Syrian-Palestinian cartoonist. Born in 1977 in the refugee camp of Yarmouk, near Damascus in Syria, Hani had to flee Syria after receiving threats for publishing politically sensitive cartoons. Seeking asylum and settling in Switzerland, he continues to denounce the atrocities of war through his cartoons. In May 2014, he was awarded the Editorial Cartoon International Prize by Kofi Annan. He is also part of Cartooning for Peace.


Tuesday 12 September, 15:00-15:45, Auditorium

Jean ‘Plantu’ Plantureux is a French cartoonist specialising in political satire whose work regularly appears in Le Monde since 1972. In 2016, Plantu and UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan organised a symposium in New York which marked the launch of Cartooning for Peace, a network promoting freedom of expression for editorial cartoonists around the world. To date, it brings together 162 cartoonists. Plantu will discuss peace and cartoons.

Loïs Meyhoffer

Tuesday 26 September, 11:00-11:45, Greek Theatre

What a rare privilege, for a school founded over 90 years ago, to have its first pupil at its side! From the first line of the 1924 register to today, Loïs Meyhoffer’s name is well rooted in Ecolint’s extraordinary history. Loïs Meyhoffer will discuss education for peace.

Michael Møller

Tuesday 10 October, 9:45-11:15, Auditorium

Michael Møller is a Danish diplomat and the Director General of the United Nations Office at Geneva. He has served for over 35 years as an international civil servant in the United Nations, operating in many duty stations, including Iran, Mexico, Haiti, New York and Geneva. Between 2008 and 2011, he was the Executive Director of the Kofi Annan Foundation and, before this, UN Special Representative for Cyprus and Director for Political, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs. He began his career in 1979 with the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Møller has a Master’s degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University.

Nathalie Fletcher

Monday 20 November, 11:45-12:15, Auditorium
Tuesday 21 November, 11:45-12:15, Auditorium

Nathalie Fletcher is currently pursuing interdisciplinary doctoral research in philosophy, education and digital arts at Concordia University (Canada) and teaches in the department of humanities at John Abbott College. In 2008, Nathalie founded Brila, a youth-driven charity that promotes critical thinking, shapes social responsibility and enhances self-efficacy through creative philosophy projects and the production of digital magazines. She also works as a writer, researcher and designer on innovative initiatives that cherish child development, environmental conservation and social justice, including projects with the United Nations.

Oscar Brenifier

Tuesday 12 December, 10:55-11:40, Theatre

Doctor in philosophy, Oscar Brenifier is one of the main promoters of philosophy for all and has written many books on this subject. Co-founder of the Institut de pratiques philosophiques, he is one of the authors of the UNESCO report on “Philosophy, A School of Freedom”. He has also written a number of books on philosophy for children, published in French and translated into over thirty languages.

Luc Ferry

Friday 19 January, 8:15-9:40, Auditorium - Registrations

Luc Ferry is a French essayist, former professor of philosophy at the Institut d’études politiques de Lyon, Pantheon-Sorbonne University and Caen University, and former Minister of Youth, National Education and Research. In 2016, he authored La révolution transhumaniste: comment la technomédecine et l’uberisation du monde vont bouleverser nos vies.

Gillian Slovo

Tuesday 6 February, 11:00-11:45, Auditorium - Registrations

Gillian Slovo is a South African-born novelist, playwright and memoirist. She is the daughter of two famous Communist Party leaders and major figures in the anti-apartheid struggle who lived perilous lives of exile and armed resistance, which culminated in her mother's assassination by South African forces in 1982. Slovo was the 25th president of the English Centre of International PEN, the worldwide writers fellowship, from whom she received the Golden PEN Award in 2013. Slovo will discuss her childhood in apartheid-run South Africa and its injustices, the position of the country today as regards AIDS, race and corruption, and her life as a playwright.

Michel Tirabosco

Tuesday 20 February, 9:15-10:00 & 11:00-11:45, Theatre

Michel Tirabosco grew up in a family of artists and began playing the pan flute at the age of 7. At 20, he became the first person to obtain a flute certificate with a pan flute, with congratulations from the jury. He continued his studies at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève and obtained a diploma in Music Culture and the State Council prize. He performed in his first concerto with symphonic orchestra at age 16. At 18, he recorded his first record. His exceptional talent was noticed by the press who considered him a pan flute prodigy. From then on, he undertook a career as an international soloist. Michel Tirabosco has recorded 15 CDs in duet, quartet or with orchestra.

Thibault Trancart

Tuesday 24 April, 10:55-11:45, Auditorium - Registrations

Becoming blind at age 14 due to retinal cancer, Thibault Trancart decided to continue skiing and make his dream come true : to bring home to Switzerland a medal from an international competition. Training tirelessly, Thibault will compete in the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in South Korea.