French journalist to give Poynter Lecture at Yale

Eric Aeschimann, a senior reporter for the French general interest weekly magazine Nouvel Observateur, will visit the Yale Department of French as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism on Tuesday, April 23.

Aeschimann will give a free and public presentation titled “Le Tournant Théologique de la Philosophie Française” in the Romance Language Lounge at 4 p.m. on the third floor of 82-90 Wall St.

As a reporter for Nouvel Observateur, Aeschimann has covered literature and philosophy book reviews since 2001. Before coming to the magazine, he worked for two decades at Libération, a daily newspaper, where he spent time as the head of the paper’s op-ed and book review sections.

Some of Aeschimann’s more recent works include a novel titled “Dieu n’existe pas encore” (“God Doesn’t Exist Yet”), and a non-fiction book about the history of Libération titled “Libération et Ses Fantômes” (“Liberation and Its Ghosts”). In addition, Aeschimann has published articles including “Mon histoire avec DSK” (“My Affair with Dominique Strauss-Kahn”), an exclusive interview with Marcela Iacub about her controversial autobiographical novel “Belle et Bête,” and “A Warning to Psychoanalysts: Beware of your Derivative Products — Your Own Survival Is at Stake.”

Aeschimann’s talk is sponsored by the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism, which brings to Yale’s campus journalists who have made significant contributions to their field.