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Symposium: "Caribbean Interorality in the New Millennium"

Symposium: Interorality is the systematic transposition of previously composed storytales into new tales with new symbolic meanings. It is one of the primary and distinctive markers of the Caribbean identity. The current world being fast changing and structured around new modes of communication that redefine interorality and writing at the same time, it is critical to assess and reflect on the current state of the oral culture today in the Caribbean. How has interorality contributed to the construction of Caribbean societies and helped distinguish them in the world? What are its specificities? What are the new forms and new ways according to which Caribbean interorality maintains itself today at the core of Caribbean culture and identity. What is its significance in these societies today?

For more information and the complete schedule of events, go to:
bowdoin.edu/romance-languages/symposia/caribbean-interorality-in-the-new-millennium-2012

Québec Trip

September 21-23. Join French faculty and teaching fellows for a fun-filled immersion weekend in Québec City. Activities will include a walking tour of the old city, museum visits, a French dinner and movie, late-night entertainment, and French pastries for breakfast in a café. The group will stay in the youth hostel at the heart of Vieux Québec.

Welcome Back Dinner for Senior French and Romance Majors

Thursday, September 6, 6:30pm at the home of Katherine Dauge-Roth

Please come to a dinner in your honor to share your abroad experiences and reconnect with fellow majors and professors. Meet our new French Teaching Fellows and begin to plan French club activities for the year.

French Department Open House for First-Year Students

Sunday, August 26, 2pm, Peucinian Room (basement), Sills Hall
Come meet members of the French faculty, hear more about the French program at Bowdoin, and discuss your placement into courses for the fall semester. We look forward to meeting you!


Senior Majors Celebration Reception

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 5pm-6:30pm, Massachusetts Hall Faculty Room (top floor)

Senior French and Romance Languages majors are cordially invited by the French faculty to come celebrate their successes at Bowdoin and in French. Please come so that we may congratulate you on your accomplishments and wish you well as you head off to new adventures.


Gelato Send-Off Extravaganza for Students Studying Abroad in France and Francophone Countries in 2012-2013

Friday, May 11, 3:30-4:30pm, Peucinian Room, basement of Sills Hall

Students who are heading abroad next year—whether in the fall or not until the spring—are invited to come enjoy gelato while hearing students who have studied abroad tell you about the nitty-gritty of everyday life in a French-speaking environment. Professors will also be on hand to answer any questions and to explain important department requirements. What should you do to make the very most of your time abroad? What can you expect in everyday interactions in a French-speaking country? Classic newbie pitfalls? Survival skills / coping strategies (to deal with stress, frustration, homesickness, being foreign, etc. etc.)? What are the “must sees” “must dos” and “must packs”? Insider tips to ease your first social, academic, or personal interactions with teachers, friends, or host family before you head off. We do this once a year so please don’t miss it.


French Honors Presentations by Danny Chin and Doug Leonard

Thursday, May 11, 2012, 4pm-5pm

Danny and Doug will present the research they have done this year for their honors projects in English. Please come learn about their work and celebrate their accomplishment. Reception to follow.


Fête du Second Tour des Élections Présidentielles 2012

Sunday, May 6, 1pm, Multicultural House

Hollande ou Sarkozy? Come enjoy crèpes while watching the election returns live!


Fête du Premier Tour des Élections Présidentielles 2012

Sunday, April 22, 12:30-2:30 pm, Multicultural House

A déjeuner à la française to celebrate the first round of the French presidential elections. Come share good food and conversation while watching the election returns and news coverage live. Try to predict the scores of the top candidates and vote for your favorite one!


Fête du Premier Tour des Élections Présidentielles 2012

Sunday, April 22, 12:30-2:30 pm, Multicultural House

A déjeuner à la française to celebrate the first round of the French presidential elections. Come share good food and conversation while watching the election returns and news coverage live. Try to predict the scores of the top candidates and vote for your favorite one!


Dany LaferrièreAn Evening with Francophone Novelist Dany Laferrière

Wednesday, April 4, 7pm

Award-winning author Dany Laferrière, born and raised in Haiti, fled the Duvalier dictatorship in 1976 for Montréal. Winner of the prestigious Prix Médicis, he has published extensively and directed films. Come watch La Dérive douce d’un enfant de Petit-Goâve (The Gentle Drifting of a Little Boy from Petit-Goâve, with English subtitles) on Dany Laferrière’s life and career. Discussion of the film and a reception with the author to follow.

Read more: http://bowdoin.edu/news/events/archives/009332.shtml

M. Laferrière will also be a guest in Professor Isabelle Choquet’s seminar and Professor Jay Ketner’s Introduction to Francophone Literatures course.


Photo of Dany Laferrière by Pierre Crépô

French Table dinner with Dany Laferrière
Wednesday, April 4, 5:30-6:45




La Famille Francophone presents “Vers le Sud” by Laurent Cantet, based on a short story by Dany Laferrière
Tuesday, March 27, 7pm, Searles 315


 

La Famille Francophone presents “Comment conquérir l’Amérique en une nuit” by Dany Laferrière
Thursday, March 29, 7pm, Druck 20
 




French and Francophone Film Festival
Tuesday, February 7 through Saturday, February 11, Kresge Auditorium. Screenings Tuesday-Saturday at 7pm, Friday also at 4pm.

The Tournées Festival brings recent films from French-speaking countries to the screen at Bowdoin. All films have English subtitles and are free and open to the public. The festival is made possible through the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Ministry of Culture (CNC). Also sponsored at Bowdoin by: Romance languages, Africana Studies, Bowdoin Film Society and Film Studies. For a complete list of films and their showtimes, visit:
http://bowdoinfrancophonefilmfestival.blogspot.com/

A reception will preceed the final screening.
 




La Famille Francophone presents “Asterix et Obélix: Mission Cléopâtre”

Thursday, February 2, 4pm, Sills 205
Comedy, popcorn and soda!



Public Reading by Québécois author Carole David

Monday, December 5, 5-6pm, Main Lounge, Moulton Union

A unique literary voice in contemporary Québec, Carole David is the author of numerous novels, short stories, and collections of poetry. Her work has been translated into Italian and English, and has won numerous awards, including a shortlisting for the prestigious Governor General's Award. A retired teacher of literature, Carole David is of Italian-Québécois origin (daughter of Italian immigrants) and has written several novels, collections of short stories and poetry, and children's books.

The reading will be conducted in French, audience members may ask questions in English or French.

Carole David will also be a guest in Professor Jay Ketner’s seminar, Urban Fictions in Québécois Literature

Carole David is a Québécoise poet, novelist, and writer of short stories.  In addition, she has contributed as a cultural columnist for the Montreal daily Le Devoir. Her works have been translated in multiple languages, and have won numerous literary prizes; her novel La Maison d'Ophélie was a finalist for the Governor General Award, the highest literary award in Canada. In addition to her contributions as a writer of fiction and poetry, Carole David also assumes leadership responsibility in the domain of Québec letters, most recently as Présidente de la Maison de poésie de Montréal. Ms. David believes that communities should know and have the opportunity to connect with local writers, so she helped in creating a Writer-in-Residence program at Montreal city libraries, and held a position as Writer-in-Residence at the municipal library of the Cartierville-Ahuntsic neighborhood.

An upper-division course on Québec literature will read Carole David's novel Impala in class, and Ms. David will speak to students about her text following their reading of it. In addition, Carole David will conduct a public reading for students of French, where she has chosen to read from various collections of her poetry.



Four plays in French with summaries provided in English.
Each play is under an hour.

A great study break ; come join us !

Marivaux’s I’le des esclaves (Slaves’ Island)
Friday, Dec. 9, 8PM, Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall

Yasmina Reza’s Art
Saturday, Dec. 10, 7PM, Kresge, VAC

Ionesco’s La Leçon (The Lesson)
Monday, Dec. 12, 7PM Kresge

Yasmina Reza’s Le Dieu du carnage (The God of Carnage)
Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7PM Kresg

Scenes from Molière’s Tartuffe

Thursday, November 17, 7:30pm, Massachusetts Hall Faculty Room (top floor)

Come enjoy scenes from one of Molière’s Tartuffe, a hilarious 17th-century comedy about religious hypocrisy, performed by the students of French 209 (Introduction to the Study and Criticism of Medieval and Early Modern French Literature). Scene summaries will be provided in English. 


Tim Mooney presents Molière Than Thou and Lot o' Shakespeare

Friday, November 11, 7:30pm, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center

Free and open to the public, with an intermission with refreshments between the two performances.

In a dazzling team-up worthy of the great comic book superstars, Tim Mooney partners two of the greatest playwrights of all time in a tag-team display of stamina, talent and memory, combining his two one-man shows, MOLIÈRE THAN THOU and LOT O’ SHAKESPEARE into an astonishing single evening of Seventeenth Century passion, drama and hilarity!

Read more: http://www.bowdoin.edu/news/events/archives/008996.shtml


Timothy Mooney Workshop: Acting in the Classical Theatre

Friday, September 11, 4-6pm, Memorial Hall room 108

What are the two most fundamental responsibilities of the actor? Tim Mooney shares material from his new book, Acting at the Speed of Life: Conquering Theatrical Style, which connects Thespis to Shakespeare to Moliere to the Jerry Springer show, in more-or-less, a straight line, using scenes from Hamlet, King Lear, The Misanthrope and Tartuffe. Your asides will never be the same.

The workshop will be followed by a reception, a time to talk with Mooney and ask questions.


Lunch with Timothy Mooney

Friday, September 11, 12:30-1:30, Pinette Room, Thorne

Anyone interested in sharing informal discussion over lunch with Tim on Friday, please pick up your tray in Thorne and join us!


Study Abroad in France and Francophone Africa Informational Meeting

Monday, October 3, 7-9pm, Sills 117

A meeting for all students contemplating study abroad in a French-speaking country. We warmly invite you to come listen to the tales of students who have recently returned from study abroad in France, Switzerland, and Francophone African countries. They are the experts! They’ll tell you about various programs, show some photos, and lend you advice about how to make the most of your study away experience. You’ll have a chance to ask all your questions. Several members of the French faculty will also be there. We’ll offer our thoughts on programs not represented by this year’s cohort.  We’ll also review major requirements and discuss how courses taken abroad complement your studies here at Bowdoin.


Dessert Informational Session for Sophomores Interested in French

Wednesday, October 17, 7-8pm, Pinette Room, Thorne

Come join the French faculty for homemade desserts following the French table! We look forward for the opportunity to meet those of you we do not yet know. We will provide a brief overview of the French program and answer your questions about courses for next semester, study abroad, the majors in French and Romance Languages and the minor in French. Hope to see you there!


Québec Trip

September 30-October 2. Join French faculty and teaching fellows for a fun-filled immersion weekend in Québec City. Activities will include a walking tour of the old city, museum visits, a French dinner and movie, late-night entertainment, and French pastries for breakfast in a café. The group will stay in the youth hostel at the heart of Vieux Québec.


Welcome Back Dinner for Senior French and Romance Majors

September 8, 6pm at the home of Katherine Dauge-Roth

Please come to a dinner in your honor to share your abroad experiences and reconnect with fellow majors and professors. Meet our new French Teaching Fellows and begin to plan French club activities for the year.


French Department Open House for First-Year Students

Sunday, August 28, 2pm, Peucinian Room (basement), Sills Hall

Come meet members of the French faculty, hear more about the French program at Bowdoin, and discuss your placement into courses for the fall semester. We look forward to meeting you!