As Director of NYU's Center for French Civilization and Culture, Thomas Bishop. has organized more than 50 international conferences in New York and Paris on culture and politics. As the Florence Gould Professor of French Literature, he teaches seminars and courses on contemporary theater and literature as well as on French intellectual history and on French-American relations. Bishop chaired NYU's French Department for 33 years. He has written extensively on Beckett, Genet, Ionesco, Sartre, Camus, Robbe-Grilet and the New French Novel, Pirandello, and on the avant-garde and the esthetics of anti-realism. He has received numerous decorations from the French government and was awarded the Grand Prix of the Académie Française. He won an OBIE award for organizing the first of many Beckett festivals. He has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard as well as four times at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. He appeared on numerous French television programs and taught two courses on CBS TV nationally on modern French literature. Among his books are From the Left Bank: Reflections on the Modern French Theater and Novel and Le Passeur d'océan: Carnets d'un ami américain.