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INFORMATION NIGHT

When Oct 23, 2012
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where 302 Willard
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Summer Study Abroad in France
BESANÇON, May 24th-July 26th, 2013

contact hjm10@psu.edu for more details

Table Ronde

When Oct 08, 2012
from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
Where 206 Burrowes
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Yves Bonnefoy and Farhad Ostovani, A Collaboration between Poet and Artist:
A New Translation and an Exhibition at the Samek Art Gallery (Bucknell University)        

Riveting Bits and Pieces: Literary and Architectural Aesthetics in the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery of Nantes

When Oct 03, 2012
from 01:30 PM to 02:30 PM
Where 402 Burrowes
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Riveting Bits and Pieces: Literary and Architectural Aesthetics in the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery of Nantes
Sophia Khadraoui, Department of French and Francophone Studies, Penn State

April 25, 2012: the Memorial to the abolition of slavery is inaugurated on the Quai de la Fosse in Nantes, France’s largest slave port in the eighteenth century. In the middle of the esplanade encrusted with 2,000 pieces of glass etched with the names and dates of Nantes’s slave ships, a large staircase leads the visitor beneath the dock. In this underground journey, the spectator discovers bits and pieces of eclectic texts –songs, poems, novels, historical testimonies and legislative texts– all engraved in an oversized glass wall. From Olympe de Gouges to Nelson Mandela to Toussaint Louverture, Martin Luther King and Bob Marley, these few lines, verses and articles compose an artistic patchwork that exhorts the spectator-actor to activate the fragmentary stimuli integrated within the memorial. By choreographing fragmentation, both on the literary and architectural levels, this memorial engages different cultures, historical figures, various languages and literary genres from four different continents and five different centuries. Beyond the history of slavery of Nantes, or even of France, it becomes a transnational, more global history of slavery that is presented to the spectator.

Sophia Khadraoui is a doctoral candidate in the French and Francophone Studies currently writing her dissertation entitled “Sculpted Memories: Commemorating the Abolition of Slavery in Metropolitan France through Monuments”. Her research interests include questions of race and identity and their repercussions in history and memory. She earned an M.A. in French and Francophone Studies from The Pennsylvania State University and another from La Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III, in American Civilization and Postcolonial Literatures

This lecture is a part of the Center for Global Studies Brown Bag Graduate Lecture Series which focuses on interdisciplinary graduate research.

Film Series: "L'Apollonide"

When Sep 27, 2012
from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where 113 Carnegie
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"L'Apollonide"

AVIGAIL VICENTE, Ph.D. LINGUISTIQUE ET GRAMMAIRE

When Sep 19, 2012
from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
Where 206 Burrowes
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AVIGAIL VICENTE, Ph.D.
LINGUISTIQUE ET GRAMMAIRE
COMMENT LA LINGUISTIQUE PEUT CONTRIBUER
À L’APPRENTISSAGE
DU FRANÇAIS LANGUE ÉTRANGÈRE
DEUX EXEMPLES

Presentations by Willa Z. Silverman

When Sep 06, 2012
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where Mann Assembly Room, Special Collections Library, Pattee Library
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Presentations by Willa Z. Silverman, Professor of French and Jewish Studies Charlotte Eubanks, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies Christopher Reed, Professor of English and Visual Culture

The inaugural 2012-2013 workshop will discuss methods for studying the print culture of Japan and Japonisme, drawing on materials from Penn State University’s Special Collections Library. The Material Text Workshop aims to provide a forum for thinking about the parameters of book history/print culture studies and the variety of material sources on which these fields rely.

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When Apr 11, 2012
from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
Where 206 Burrowes
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Ariane Audet (UQAM-PSU) and Emily Sharpe (PSU) will be talking about the Montréal cityscape and its literary divides.

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"