Mehammed Mack will give a talk on his recently published book, Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture. “Engaging the nexus of race, gender, nation, and sexuality, Sexagon studies the broad politicization of Franco-Arab identity in the context of French culture and its assumptions about appropriate modes of sexual and gender expression, both gay and straight” [Fordham Univ. Press]. Mack is Assistant Professor of French Studies at Smith College.
✽ Thursday, October 5 at 7:00pm to 8:15pm | Sawyer Library, Mabie Rm.
* Sponsored by Arabic Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, French, Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Hollander 241, 6 PM Come eat some pizza, meet our professors and students, and hear about our exciting new courses for 2017 -2018. All are welcome!
The importance of the French presidential election has rarely been this high. Since the loss of one of Europe’s main pillars – the UK, coupled with the shift in US politics under President Trump, the goals and concerns of the West are being reshaped. Nourishing itself on people’s fear, the far-right party Front National, led by the very controversial figure Marine Le Pen, has never been this close to winning an election.
Join Prof. Paul Darel, Melissa Gustave, and Katarina Vujic, after the first round of France’s presidential election, for a discussion and debate on the main stakes at play for the two final candidates and the larger concerns about the future of France.
✽ In English / everybody’s welcome
April 27th, 7pm | Schapiro 129
Over the course of my semester in France, I made an effort to get to know this country beyond the city of Paris. I traveled to Aix-en-Provence, Montpellier, and Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard. Recording my impressions in a journal and building on them to create several pieces of short fiction, I was able to fully engage with all the sights and experiences. I have assembled a short story collection that will allow me to look back on my thoughts and feelings while abroad in France for the rest of my life. (Elizaveta took the Sweet Briar Junior Year Program in Paris)
Mushrooming is an experience with a peculiar allure, following, and culture. For instance, the French are CRAZY about mushrooms, but you would never know it. This is because everyone has their own secret spot which they share with no one. I once asked a man where he goes to pick his mushrooms, and he told me that he would tell me, but that he would then have to kill me.
(Jack studied at the BU Study Abroad program in Grenoble)
In this display, based on the honors thesis of Hannah Benson, Class of 2017, the map is seen as a text or narrative which tells the story of a space and the people who live and work in it. “The narrative qualities of the map,” Ms. Benson says, “document physical and mental motion, reflect temporality and memory, and allow the map to recount how space is lived rather than how it is conceived.” On a visit to Paris, she asked Parisians to complete a blank map of the city in whatever way reflected their conception of Paris. The exhibition combines a selection of these personal maps with guidebooks and maps of Paris from the Chapin Library’s collections.
✽ Feb 27 through March 31, 2017 | Instruction Gallery (Sawyer 408)
Over 3 consecutive Mondays at 7PM, on February 13, 20 and 27 (2017), the Williams Department of Romance Languages will screen 3 recent French films at Images Cinema:
- ✣ February 13 @7PM: Julie Bertucelli’s La Cour de Babel (The School of Babel) (2013)
- ✣ February 20 @7PM: Catherine Corsini’s La Belle saison (Summertime) (2015)
- ✣ February 27 @7PM: Abd Al Malik’s Qu’Allah bénisse la France! (May Allah Bless France!) (2015)
✽ All films are in French with English subtitles, and are free and open to the public.
The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,100 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French such as Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion.
Join us for the Berkshires’ first screening of Cambodian writer, documentarian, and director Rithy Panh’s critically acclaimed “L’Image manquante / The Missing Picture.” Winner of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival category, “Un certain regard,” the documentary mixes news footage, ephemera, and clay figurines to tell the story of Pol Pot’s rise to power. The film will be followed by a question and answer period with specialist Leslie Barnes, author of Vietnam and the Colonial Condition of French Literature (University of Nebraska Press, 2014).
✽ Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | Paresky Auditorium, 7-9 P.M.
Sponsors: The Department of Romance Languages, Asian Studies, Comparative Literature, the Lecture Committee, and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.