The Goûter, a very traditional sweet meal between lunch and dinner, was organized by the French TAs and the French Club. It took place on Sunday, 14th of October in the third floor of Hollander. The students have had the chance to taste pastries from France: pain au chocolat, croissants, macarons, and other pâtisseries.
Ryan Buggy ’19 meets Les Sweet Simones and La Big Bertha: a study of the fascinating world of the neo-burlesque
“The time that I spent in Paris going to burlesque shows and meeting artists helped me understand the power of this genre of performance. Burlesque is a tool of empowerment: performers and audiences alike get to experience a space where different bodies and sexualities are applauded, and where artists can engage with subjects as complex as misogyny, racism, and homophobia in comical yet critical ways. At a neo-burlesque show, you will meet mothers, survivors, queer people, and other diverse performers who take to the stage and undress not only their clothing but also the bigotry and challenges they face in their everyday lives. It is an international art; burlesque was born in the Parisian cabaret, but resurrected in New York only to travel back across the ocean to French stages.”
On Thursday, September 27, the French Game Night took place in Hollander 229 from 7 to 8:30 PM. Students sat at five tables with different card games on set up on each one of them: “Jungle Speed”, “Salade de Cafards”, “Taboo”, “La Bataille Corse” and “Le président”.
❖ Remembrance and Forgetting: The Great War in France
Susan McCready, University of Southern Alabama
October 10, Griffin 3, 6 PM
❖ German Society and Politics during the First Total War, 1914 – 1918
Raffael Scheck, Colby College
October 23, Griffin 3, 6:30 PM
I adored Mme. Legrée’s class. She was not as keen on smaller details and spoke a lot about her stylistic preferences. She also made sure that dance was good for our body. During my first class with her, she stopped the class to correct someone’s arabesque because their back was too squared. She asked why they would do that and half the class responded that they thought that was the goal. She was shocked and yelled “mais non! La danse est naturelle. Rien ne devrait être abnormal pour ton corps sauf le premier position.” Mme. Legrée also corrected me on stylistic things, particularly on how I do my pirouettes. With her class and Mr. David’s, I deduced that the purpose of the French style was to be as flowing as possible, particularly with their use of the arm. In plie, one changes the arm more than in other techniques. For pirouettes, Mme. Legrée would ask me to “wind up” in order to continue the movement. I made the same deduction in Mme. Kamionka’s course.
Alexia studied at the Sweet Briar College Junior Year in Paris.
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.
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
* 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.
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.
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