We are very grateful to the students, faculty and those from the community for attending our presentations and discussion forum, “Making Sense of Charlie Hebdo and the Attacks.”
We felt it was our duty to respond, in our own way, to this tragic event that had sent a shock wave in France and throughout the world. Not since the liberation of Paris in 1944, has France witnessed such massive demonstrations. We were impressed by questions posed by the audience on the situation of Muslims in France and on the magnitude of the reaction to the event. We hope that the forum contributed to stimulating a reflection or an inquiry in each of the audience members, be it on France, the freedom of expression, religion, violence, or on peaceful coexistence in this increasingly interconnected world.
This summer the members of the French faculty will be offering 4 courses: Forlang 101 (Introduction to the World of Languages), French 104 (first and second semester combined), French 110 (French Films) and French 120 (French and Francophone Culture). Sabine Davis will also be working this summer on creating an online version of the already existing course French 420 (French Culture through Wine). The course will be open to all Global Campus and branch campuses students with junior standing. French 420 is also a capstone course, taught in English.
Insook Webber has been working on developing a new upper division French course on Paris that will satisfy the capstone requirement. It will be taught in English and be open to all students with junior standing.
On February 17th, Romain Chareyron participated in a roundtable discussion on the topic of Inclusion, an event of the 2015 Humanities Week. He presented on Quebec director Xavier Dolan. Romain Chareyron will also be presenting at the 2015 NeMLA conference in Toronto, April 30th – May 3rd on the representation of the queer child in Céline Sciamma’s film “Tomboy”.
In July 2015, Sabine Davis will be presenting a paper at the annual convention of the American Association of Teachers of French in Saguenay, Quebec. The paper titled “Les grands absents du développement du français dans le monde” is an analysis of the development of French throughout the world.
A book chapter that Dr. Chareyron wrote for a collection on the representation of immigration in contemporary French cinema has been accepted and is currently in press. Dr. Chareyron also submitted an article on director Abdellatif Kechiche’s “La Vie d’Adèle” that has been accepted and will be published in Fall 2015. Dr. Chareyron’s essay on Agnès Varda’s “Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse” has recently been re-edited in an anthology called “The Cinema of Sensations” and published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.