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Spies Spying on Spies Spying: Historian Dr. Craig Lanier Allen on Zoom

  • 10 Jun 2021
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom Videoconference


  • One couple member. Please add other spouse as a guest (at member rate).

is delighted to invite you to a private Zoom event with

Craig Lanier Allen, Ph.D.


Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)

New York University

Join us as Dr. Allen speaks to us about American and French intelligence operations that targeted communities of American writers living and working in postwar Paris. His talk, Spies Spying on Spies Spying: The Specter of Surveillance in Postwar American Literary Expatriate Paris draws from the groundbreaking research at the center of his dissertation.

His current book project The Café Tournon: Exile, Resistance, and Surveillance on the Left Bank (under review by Oxford University Press) is the story of a small, seemingly unremarkable Parisian café told through the lens of its historical significance as a place of interwar exile in Paris, wartime resistance under German occupation, and site of Cold War surveillance by American intelligence agencies. The Café Tournon was home to two of the most important communities of exiled writers of the twentieth century. They included Joseph Roth and his cohort of Jewish interwar Austrian and German exiles, and the colony of American writers in postwar Paris - namely the circles of exiled black American writers known as Paris’s Rive Noire (Richard Wright, James Baldwin, and Chester Himes) and the founders of the Paris Review literary magazine (Harold L. “Doc” Humes, Peter Matthiessen, and George Plimpton).

Dr. Craig Lanier Allen is a historian of US foreign relations with a primary focus on American diplomatic history and the history of American exile and expatriation. He is a former U.S. foreign affairs officer with military and diplomatic postings in Paris, the Maghreb, Sarajevo, Panama, and Seoul. In 2006 he founded and directed the Museum of the American in Paris Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of a museum to commemorate the history of Americans in Paris.

An award-winning lecturer, Dr. Allen has taught at numerous prestigious universities across the US and internationally, on topics ranging from U.S. national security policy to the urban history of Paris and the history of espionage in film.

As a recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies Emerging Voices fellowship, Dr. Allen currently serves as Assistant Professor of History and French Studies and Assistant Director, Public Humanities Initiative, at New York University.

Register now for the opportunity to listen to a well-renowned fellow on a subject that marks a decisive moment in history.

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Members and their guestsFree

Non-members: €10

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Time permitting the event will end with a Q&A. We invite participants to send in their questions prior to the event. Please email them to no later than Monday, June 7th, 2021.

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