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Table Ronde

When Apr 02, 2012
from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
Where 206 Burrowes
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The French historian Dr. Rachel Chrastil, Associate Professor at Xavier University and author of Organizing for War: France, 1870-1914, will give a talk on "Inventing Humanitarianism: Emotion, Gender and the Civilian Male." 

Film Series: HADEWIJCH

When Mar 29, 2012
from 06:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where 113 Carnegie
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HADEWIJCH
by Bruno Dumont

Bruno Dumont’s exceptional film about faith and religious fervor begins as devout 20-year-old Céline is expelled from a nunnery, the mother superior—who calls her a “caricature of a nun”—disapproving of her self-starvation and self-mortification. Returned to the secular world, we discover she is the child of a French cabinet minister and lives in a palatial Paris apartment. Our heroine soon meets two brothers, Yassir and Nassir.  The latter recognizes her religious seriousness and invites her to the Koran discussion group he leads. Although she doesn’t convert to Islam, Céline becomes fascinated by Nassir’s intense theological debates and his support of jihad. Dumont’s powerful film, which takes its title from the name of a 13th-century poet, Hadewijch of Antwerp, profoundly explores the relentless pursuit of faith in both Christianity and Islam—and what drives certain believers to acts of extreme violence.

Table Ronde

When Mar 14, 2012
from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
Where 206 Burrowes
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Denis Provencher, UMBC, "Contemporary French Civilization: Notes on Publishing, Grant-Writing and French Studies"

Table Ronde

When Feb 27, 2012
from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
Where 206 Burrowes
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Please join us at the Table Ronde this Monday, Feb. 27, 2:30-3:30, 206 Burrowes, for this semester's "French Outside of French" presentation.

The speaker will be Leonard Lawlor, Edwin Earle Sparks Professor of Philosophy, Penn State, whose topic will be "What Happened? What is going to Happen? An Essay on the Experience of the Event."

Film Series: UN HOMME QUI CRIE (A SCREAMING MAN)

When Feb 23, 2012
from 06:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where 113 Carnegie
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UN HOMME QUI CRIE
(A SCREAMING MAN)
by
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun

Working on a scale both intimate (a father’s wounded ego) and epic (a nation torn apart by civil war), writer-director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun creates a remarkable portrait of present-day Chad. Adam, a 55-year-old former swimming champion, takes great pride in his work as the pool attendant at a luxury hotel in N’Djamena, the nation’s capital. His life is upended when his boss tells him that his son will be replacing him as the sole pool attendant. Reeling from this blow to his self-worth, Adam makes a treacherous decision,. Adam gets his cherished job back, but the joy it provides is no match for the guilt and torment he now must endure.

Film Series: COPIE CONFORME (CERTIFIED COPY)

When Jan 26, 2012
from 06:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where 113 Carnegie
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COPIE CONFORME
(CERTIFIED COPY)

Iranian master Abbas Kiarostami works in the West for the first time in this intriguing story about love and (mis)communication set in Tuscany. Playing with the question of what is fake versus what is authentic, Certified Copy opens with an English writer, James Miller, in Italy to promote the translation of his book, arguing that copies are just as good as “the real thing.” The following day, Miller joins an unnamed woman on a car trip to the small town of Lucignano.  After a misunderstanding, Kiarostami’s film magically shifts, as Miller and the woman begin to take on different roles. Watching the two interact, we constantly wonder what the real nature of their relationship is: Are they really strangers? Are they trying to woo each other? In the process of figuring out the true connection of the couple onscreen, we may be left pondering what’s real and fake in our own relationships.

Film Series: L'Illusioniste (The Illusionist)

When Nov 17, 2011
from 06:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where 113 Carnegie
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Table Ronde

When Oct 28, 2011
from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
Where 206 Burrowes
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Speaker: Professor Ambroise Kom, holder of the Eleanor Howard O'Leary Chair in French College of the Holy Cross, Worchester, Massachusetts.

Pour une réinvention de l'Université en Afrique postcoloniale: l'exemple de l'Université des Montagnes.

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Table Ronde

When Oct 26, 2011
from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
Where 206 Burrowes
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Table Ronde

When Oct 21, 2011
from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
Where 206 Burrowes
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"Bataille Reads Sade. On enjoyment and literature as expressions of nature."

Prof. Lauwaert is a researcher at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, and is currently (this semester) working at Boston College.

This is a fascinating talk on one of the major cathexis points of modern French intellectual history!