Tuesday, April 4
11:45 AM Humanities 401
Francine Conley
From the Page to the Stage: Eugene Ionesco on Lesson, Learning and Nonsense

Francine Conley, founding member of Le Théâtre de la Chandelle Verte, will discuss the troupe's creative process in the creation of their current production, Une soirée Ionesco, an evening dedicated to 3 of Eugène Ionesco's short sketches and his absurd comedy, La Leçon, a darkly comic power-play, which promises to delight academic audiences as it upsets the balance between teaching, learning, sense, and nonsense.

Monday, December 5
7:00 PM Olin Rice 100
Patricia Lorcin
European Women in French Settler Colonies

Were the colonies privileged sites for French women? Did they manipulate the boundaries of gender and race to further their personal and professional agendas? What was their role in the colonial enterprise? By looking briefly at a number of women in colonial Algeria from 1830 onwards, Patricia Lorcin will consider these questions in the hope of stimulating a post-lecture discussion

Tuesday, November 15
7:00 PM Olin Rice 250
Kristin Butler
Deciphering the Codes of "Les Vampires" by Feuillade

Irma Vep: seductive, independent modern woman or female symbol of the moral lassitude of her age? French director Louis Feuillade’s popular crime serial “Les Vampires” would be nothing without its most famous character. How does this film “code” Irma as both a titillating example of female agency and a harbinger of the dangers of women’s sexual freedom in the Bell Epoque? What is detective Philippe Guérande really deciphering as he labors to solve the mystery of the Vampire gang?

Dr. Kristine Butler Karlson has published on the films of René Clair, Chantal Ackerman, and Pedro Almodovar and on early French serial films such as the series of “Les Vampires” by Louis Feuillade. She is currently developing research in the problems of ethnic and cultural identity in early French cinema. She is also preparing a book-length manuscript on how urbanization and the development of technologies such as the phonograph changed the way French narrative developed in the late nineteenth century.

Friday, November 4
7:00 PM H226
Arnaud Blin
The Impact of Terrorism on History

Arnaud Blin is the Executive Director at the Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind, a former researcher at the Diplomacy and defense Institute in Paris, the former Director of the Beaumarchais Center for International Research in Washington, DC. He is the author and co-author of eight books on terrorism and the United States foreign policy.

In his lecture, he will examine major historical moments when terrorist movements appear and the reactions these movements generated. He contextualizes new definitions and consequences of terrorism today.

Arnaud Blin’s lecture is sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Washington, DC, the Bureau du Livre in New York City, the Twin Cities Alliance Francaise and the Department of French and Francophone Studies at Macalester,

Wednesday, October 26
12:00 PM Old Main 4th Floor
Alice Kaplan
The Interpreter: Writing and Historical Sources

The American Army executed 70 of its own soldiers during WWII. Almost all of them were black, in an army that was overwhelmingly white. One Frenchman witnessed the injustice, and never forgot.

Alice Kaplan, Professor of Romance Studies, Literature, and History at Duke University will speak with students about the research she conducted for her recent book The Interpreter (August 2005). Her book examines the differing fates of African-American and White US soldiers charged with committing crimes against civilians in France during World War II. Professor Kaplan's other books include Reproductions of Banality: Fascism, Literature, and French Intellectual Life (1986); French Lessons (1993) and The Collaborator: The Trial and Execution of Robert Brasillach (2000), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History.

Thursday, October 20
11:45 AM H401
Paul Solon
Les Années Noires: France on Trial, 1940-44

The years 1940-1944 encompass the most dramatic and traumatic episode in modern French history. Their story is classically told in sequential terms of defeat, occupation, collaboration, resistance, and liberation. The narrative is credible but I would like us to consider whether it is entirely convincing. How else might this story be told and what to be gained by reinventing it?