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Annie Cohen-Solal is a French academic, writer, historian, and biographer. From 1989 to 1993, Cohen-Solal served as Cultural Counselor at the French Embassy in the United States. She has taught at New York University, the University of Berlin, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Université de Paris XIII. Her most famous work is a biography of Jean-Paul Sartre, "Sartre: A Life", which has been translated into sixteen languages.

During her Oct. 24, 2008 visit to Cornell, Cohen-Solal invited debate about Sartre's complex relationship with the U.S., his role in the 1965 Cornell Conference and his relevance today in the context of the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign.

The event was co-sponsored by the Cornell French Society and the Cornell International Affairs Review.

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