Gertrude Stein and Picabia. New York Academy of Art, October 24, 2012
Surrealist Masculinity. La Maison Francaise, November 6, 2008.
The Voyeurism of Courbet. The National Arts Club, September 18, 2008.
Memorializing vs. Documenting a Traumatic Event: The French Exodus of 1940. Carleton University School of Journalism and Communication, March 13 and 14, 2008.
Reinventing Allegory. School of Visual Arts, April 12, 2007.
The Cone Sisters and The Art of Their Time. The National Arts Club, May 16, 2006.
The American Enemy by Philippe Roger. The National Arts Club, September 19, 2005.
The Dani Karavan Memorial in PortBou or "Walter Benjamin's Last Passage". Bryn Mawr College, Fall 2003; also College Art Association Annual Conference, February 2001.
The Destruction of 19th Century French Bronze Statuary during World War II. School of Visual Arts panel, March 21, 2002.
Hitler equals de Gaulle in a May '68 poster. Royal Academy, London, symposium on Paris Capital of the World, 1900-1968, March 16, 2002; also NYU, luncheon seminar October 19, 2001; also New School Symposium on May '68, October 1, 1998.
Pierre Restany and friends. Columbia University, Maison Francaise, February 21, 2002.
20 decorators of the 40s. Bard Center for Graduate Studies in The Decorative Arts, April 19, 2001.
The Writing of History and The Physiognomy of Dates. the XXXth International Congress of the History of Art in London, September 2000.
Soutine in Vichy France. The Jewish Museum, May 5, 1998.
Decadence and Renewal of The Decorative Arts during Vichy, Bard Graduate Center for the Study of Decorative Arts, October 28, 1997.
Painting with the Enemy. The Channel Four (London) broadcast with Cone as consultant and participant, presented at Maison Française of Columbia University, April 7, 1997.
Lefebvre, the Situationists, and the New Realists. Yale University Conference on the French Fifties, September 13, 1997; also round table, Maison Française of New York University on the Quotidian in Postwar French Culture, March 27, 1997.
The Freud/Breton Missed Rendez-vous. Henry Peyre Symposium, the Graduate Center of City University, November 12, 1993.
On the Use of Bataille's Theory of Potlach vis-a-vis Art against Excess. College Art Association Annual Conference, Seattle, February 6, 1993.
Bleu-Blanc-Rouge Painting in Vichy France. French Institute Alliance Française, New York, March 1, 1993.
A Modernist Canon against Decadence. Painting in France under The Vichy Regime. College Art Association Annual Conference, New York, February 1990.
Abstraction as a Veil: The Case of Tricolor Painting in Vichy France. SUNY Stony Brook, November 28, 1990.
Artistic Reception during Vichy. World Sociology Congress, Madrid, 1990; also French Studies Colloquium, University of Iowa, 1990.
The Vichy regime, the German Occupation and Art Criticism. XVIIe Congres International d'Histoire de l'Art (Strasbourg), 1989; also Northwestern University, Department of Art History, 1989.
Art and Politics in France from the Revolution of 1789 to Vichy. Institute of French Studies, NYU, summer course, 1989.
Picasso, Desnos et Girodias, trois comparses de fortune. Paris, Sorbonne-Jussieu symposium on Robert Desnos, 1987.