Andrew Wallace ’19: Provence sojourn informs art history studies

I learned so much about the painters from the period surrounding the Avignon School by studying the works at the Petit Palais, and about the greater historical period by visiting the Papal Palace in Avignon. But part of the joy and benefit of getting the opportunity to be there in person was the ability to learn about things I had not known to attempt to research beforehand, and to experience a part of French culture I otherwise would have missed.

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Friedberg Memorial Travel Fellowship 2017-2018 (April 30, 2018)

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Williams College French Film Festival 2018: La Grande Guerre: Remembering the First World War

William College French Film Festival 2018

Over 3 consecutive Mondays at 7PM, on February 12, 19 and 26 (2018), the Williams Department of Romance Languages will screen 3 recent French films at Images Cinema:

Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas) (2005)

by Christian Carion
Monday, February 12, @ 7PM, Images Cinema

Un long dimanche de fiançailles (A Very Long Engagement) (2004)

by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Monday, February 19, @ 7PM, Images Cinema

Frantz (2016)

by François Ozon
Monday, February 26, @ 7PM, Images Cinema

All films in French with English subtitles
Free admission

* This festival is made possible with the generous support of the Williams College Department of Romance Languages and the Center for Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. The festival was co-organized by Jane Canova of the Center for Foreign Languages and French Professor Brian Martin who will introduce the films. All films are in French with English subtitles, and are free and open to the public. Images Cinema is located at 50 Spring Street in Williamstown, MA.

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French Study Away Info Meeting (Tuesday, Oct. 3)

Dreaming of study abroad in France, Morocco, Senegal, or elsewhere in the Francophone world? Come to the FRENCH STUDY ABROAD INFORMATION SESSION, Tuesday, October 3, at 7PM, in Hollander 241, for essential advice on how to plan and apply for study in France and other Francophone countries.

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Sexagon: Muslims, France, and the Sexualization of National Culture

Sexagon book cover

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

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Application for Marguerite W. Friedberg Memorial Travel Fellowship (Deadline October 15)

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French Open House, Tuesday, April 25

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!

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The 2017 French Presidential Elections: What are the National and International Stakes?

Présidentielles Françaises 2017

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

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Elizaveta Lavrova ‘18: La vie française inspires short-story writing

Elizaveta Lavrova

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)

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Jack Schrupp ’18 knows his champignons

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)

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