Le Collège-Lycée Cévenol International - Notable Alumni and Faculty

Notable Alumni and Faculty

The French Wikipedia article on the Collège Cévenol provides French-language links to articles on many of these individuals:

  • Kate Barry (1967- ); photographer
  • Guy Bechtel (1931- ); historian, author of numerous studies in French early-modern history and culture
  • Pierre Bénichou (1938- ); journalist and writer, member of the Légion d'honneur
  • Robert Benoît (1943- ); actor-director known for work in films, television, and theater; appeared alongside fellow Cévenol alum Delphine Seyrig in The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
  • Christophe Berthonneau (1964- ); theater director, award-winning pyro-designer and founder of Group F, creator of major fireworks performances including opening and closing ceremonies of numerous Olympic Games during the 1990s and 2000s
  • Michael Bess, Department of History, Vanderbilt University, author of "Choices under fire. Moral dimensions of World War II" Chapter 6 on Chambon-sur-Lignon.
  • Émile Blessig (1947- ); politician, currently a member of the National Assembly of France representing the Département of Bas-Rhin
  • Jacques Boré (1927- ); attorney and judge, elected a member of the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques in 1991
  • Jean-Jacques Bourdin (1949- ); writer and sports journalist
  • Jean-Louis Cheminée (1937–2003); geologist and volcanologist, director of the Volcanological Observatories of The Institute of Geophysics of Paris (IPGP, l'Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris)
  • Stéphane Courtois (1947- ); historian and senior research scientist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
  • Catherine de Seynes (1930- ); film actress, playwright, and theater director, appeared in films by major directors Alain Resnais and Agnès Varda, and appears along with fellow Cévenol alumna Delphine Seyrig in Muriel, ou le temps d'un retour (1963)
  • Christiane Doré; Inspector-General of the Conseil Géneral des Technologies de l'Information (CGTI, the French national agency charged with oversight and reform of information technologies)
  • Paul Dopff; filmmaker
  • Elizabeth Fox-Genovese (1941–2007); American historian, author of important studies in U.S. antebellum southern history and women's studies
  • Alexander Grothendieck (1928- ); German-born mathematical theorist and activist, renowned for important advances in alebraic geometry, number theory, and functional analysis; attended Cévenol as a hidden refugee during the war; awarded the Fields Medal for mathematics in 1966; declined the Crafoord Prize in 1988.
  • John Woodland Hastings (1927- ); American biologist and Paul C. Manglesdorf Professor of Natural Sciences at Harvard University, elected in 2003 to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
  • Jean Hatzfeld (1949- ); journalist and novelist, winner of the Prix Décembre in 1994, the Prix Femina Essay prize in 2003, and the Prix Médicis literary prize in 2007
  • Guy Lagache (1966- ); television journalist
  • Lanza del Vasto (Giuseppe Giovanni Luigi Enrico Lanza di Trabia; 1901–1981); philosopher, poet, artist, and nonviolence activist
  • François Lavondès (1932- ); political administrator and advisor to President Georges Pompidou
  • Roland Leenhardt (1913–1966); minister, third director of the Collège, and a co-organizer of Chambon-area resistance efforts, recognized as Righteous Among the Nations
  • Jérôme Monod (1930- ); industrialist and politician, one of the architects of the RPR (Rally for the Republic) party in the 1970s and of the UMP (Union for a Popular Movement) party in the 2000s, a close associate and advisor to President Jacques Chirac
  • Paul Nahon (1947- ); television journalist and news director for the France 3 network, current director as of 2009 for France 3 Sud
  • Franck Pavloff (1940- ); educator, editor and novelist, winner of the Prix France-Télévisions in 2005 for his novel Le Pont de Ran-Mositar
  • Pierre Péchin (1947- ); comedian, radio announcer, and winner of several French comedy awards in the 1970s
  • Olivier Philip (1925- ); cabinet minister under President Georges Pompidou, Prefect of several departments and regions from the 1950s to the 1980s, and member of the Légion d'honneur
  • Loïc Philip (1932- ); Writer, jurist, emeritus Professor of Law at the Université Paul Cézanne d' Aix-Marseille, elected to the Academie des Sciences Morales et Politiques in 2000
  • Paul Ricœur (1913–2005); philosopher and a major figure in hermeneutic phenomenology, winner of the 1999 Balzan Prize for Philosophy and the second recipient, in 2003, of the Kluge Prize for lifetime achievement in the human sciences
  • Gilles Roussi (1947- ); sculptor, writer, and director of the École supérieure art & design de Saint-Étienne (School for Advanced Studies in Art & Design of Saint-Etienne)
  • Jérôme Savary (1942- ); theater director, playwright, actor, member of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres and the Legion d'honneur
  • Simon Schakhine (1927- ); novelist, journalist, theatre director; attended Cévenol while hidden as French Jewish child refugee in Chambon during the war, before moving to Tel Aviv in the late 1950s and beginning a career as a francophone writer living in Israel
  • Richard Seaver (1926–2009); American translator, editor, and publisher, influential as editor in chief of Grove Press, president and publisher of Holt, Rinehart and Winston's trade division, and founder of Arcade Publishing
  • Delphine Seyrig (1932–1990); actor-director and women's rights activist, best known for her work in important films such as Last Year in Marienbad, Stolen Kisses, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, and Jeanne Dielman
  • Robert Storr (1949- ); American art critic, curator, and painter, named Dean of the Yale University School of Art in 2006, Director of the 2007 Venice Biennale
  • Élizabeth Teissier (1938- ); model, television host, and astrologer
  • Edouard Theis (1899–1984) and Mildred Theis; Edouard Theis and his wife Mildred, along with the Trocmés, were the earliest teachers at the school. Both were leaders of resistance organization in Chambon and recognized as Righteous Among the Nations. Edouard served as the school's first director until his retirement in 1963.
  • André Trocmé (1901–1971); André Trocmé was a minister, the school's founder and a leader of resistance organization in Chambon, recognized as Righteous Among the Nations
  • Magda Trocmé-Grilli di Cortona (1901–1996); one of the school's first teachers and an area resistance activist in her own right, along with her husband André. Also recognized as Righteous Among the Nations
  • Paul Trân Van Thinh (1929- ); Vietnamese-born economist and attorney, former French ambassador to the European Commission and head of the European Union delegation to General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and World Trade Organization negotiations from 1960 to 1994
  • Georges Vajda (1908–1981); Hungarian-born historian, pioneering figure in Jewish Studies, and director of Arabic and Hebrew Studies at the CNRS; driven into hiding in Chambon during the war, Vajda taught Greek and Latin at Cévenol and wrote his first important history while living in Chambon, before returning to Paris after 1946 to become director at the Haute Ecole des Etudes Pratiques, Section des Sciences Religieuses.
  • Laurent Wauquiez (1975- ); 2008-14 Mayor of Le Puy-en-Velay and as of July 2012 a national député for Haute-Loire's 1st district. Wauquiez held several posts under the Sarkozy administration (2007-12), including Minister of European Affairs, Secretary of State for European Affairs, and Minister of Higher Education and Research.
  • Christian Zuber (1930–2005); filmmaker and animal rights activist, administrator for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Bardot Foundation

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