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January 2017

Vanderbilt in France Study Abroad Fair

When: Wednesday, January 25th, 1:00 – 4:00 P.M. 
Where: Commons Multi-Purpose Room 235
What: Maite Monchal, Director of the Vanderbilt in France Program will be present to discuss the program and answer questions about how to plan to spend a semester or year in France.

November 2016


Fight for Power: Guelphs and Ghibellines in the Age of Dante

When: Tuesday, November 15th, 1:10 P.M. 
Where: 302 Buttrick Hall
What: Talk presented by Professor Federico Canaccini, Visiting Scholar at Princeton University

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The Baudelairean Aesthetics of Vincent van Gogh’s Patch of Grass

When: Wednesday, November 9th  ,1:10 P.M. 
Where: W.T. Bandy Center, Central Library, 8th floor
What: Talk presented by Professor Christa DiMarco from Liberal Arts Division,The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA.



September 2016


Art as Craft: Poe, Baudelaire, and Jakobson

When: Fri  2 September, 11:10am – 12:00p
Where: W.T. Bandy Center, Central Library, 8th floor
What: Talk presented by Professor Edoardo Esposito from the Dipartimento di Studi letterari filologici e linguistici, Università degli Studi di Milano

August 2016

GEO Study Abroad Fair

When: Wed 31 August, 1 – 4 pm
Where: Sarratt Promenade
What:  Learn about opportunities to spend a semester in Italy or France


Appointments with Maite Monchal, Director of Vanderbilt in France

When: Mon 29 August through Fri Sept 2
Where: Furman 215
What: Meet with Maite to discuss study abroad in France.  Make an appointment by emailing Maite:

Summer 2016

Sensuality and Textuality:
Experiencing the 18thCentury Book

When: May 2016 through March 2017
Where: Lobby of Central Library, Vanderbilt University
What: Exhibition curated and researched by Abby R. Broughton, Kathryn Devine, Bonnie Griffin and Cara Wilson, graduate students in French 8040, taught by Professor Hanna Roman. 

The French Enlightenment is often labeled in literary studies as the period where the novel developed and flourished as a distinct genre. This exhibition was part of a graduate seminar that sought to problematize this interpretation, by broadening and rethinking the definition of terms such as “novel,” “fiction,” and “literature.” The wide and heterogeneous array of texts and images housed in the W.T. Bandy Center’s Morris Wachs Collection, Vanderbilt University’s
Special Collections, and the Vanderbilt University Art Gallery, invites an exploration of the question of the myriad ways in which these eighteenth-century works might be understood as literature, and the unexpected forms of literacy or being literary that come from the experience of reading them.

April 2016

Human Rights and Literature Remix: A Systemic and Institutional Perspective on the Global Culture Market

When: Tue 13 April @2:00 pm
Where: Furman 109
What: Talk by Marie Pierre Bouchard,

Universities, Inc.

When: Tue 12 April @4:00 pm
Where: Furman 209
What: Talk by Martin McQuillan, Professor of Literary Theory and Cultural Analysis and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research at Kingston University, London

The idea of the university is undergoing a perhaps unstoppable transformation as its monopoly on higher learning is broken by the disaggregation of its functions through for-profit, private providers and new technologies of communication.  At the same time, we are experiencing a transition of authority from an institutional genealogy legitimated by historic privilege to new emerging global powers.  What then are the prospects for universities under such circumstances?  What does it mean for the students and academics of tomorrow?  And how might higher education organise itself either to understand or to act as a point of resistance in these global convulsions?

Books, Bread, and Bubbles: or How to Read Dante Backwards and Forwards in Time on the Way to China 

When:Wed 6 April @ 4:00 pm
Where :Furman Hall, Room 209
What: William Franke will place his recent books in the context of an integrated philosophy  of the humanities. Following will be a Critical Response to The Revelation of Imagination by Lenn Goodman,  a brief reply and open discussion. Books will be on display.

William Franke is Professor of Comparative Literature, Vanderbilt University, Professor Catedrático of Philosophy, University of Macao. Lenn Goodman is the Andrew W. Mellon Prof. of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University.

March 2016

The Genealogy of the Star Chef

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When: Thurs 31 March @ 4:00 12:15pm
Where: Buttrick Hall 102 Wilson Hall 103
What: Talk on “The Genealogy of the Star Chef” 

Michael Garval Professor of French and Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at North Carolina State University. He is the author of  Cléo de Mérode and the Rise of Modern Celebrity Culture and A Feast for the Eyes: Gastronomy and Vision in Modern France (in progress).

Literature Across Margins and Borders: Baudelaire’s Recasting of Poe and Coleridge’s Marginalia

When: Tuesday, March 29, 12:10pm
Where: W.T. Bandy Center, 8th floor, Central Library
What: Talk on “Literature Across Margins and Borders: Baudelaire’s Recasting of Poe and Coleridge’s Marginalia”

Sonya Isaak is a Visiting W.T. Bandy Fellow at Vanderbilt.  She is a Doctoral Student  and Instructor at University of Heidelberg.

Charlie Hebdo and Radicalization of Freedom of Expression in Europe Today

When: Mon 28 March @ 4:10 pm
Where: 123 Buttrick
What: Talk on “Charlie Hebdo and Radicalization of Freedom of Expression in Europe Today”

Gerrit Dielissen is Professor of Sociology at the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science at University of Utrecht, and a former Visiting Professor at the Max Kade Center.

The Criminal Humanities: Conceptualizing Crime & its Investigation Through Literature & the Arts

When: Fri March 4 @ 4:00 pm
Where: Warren Center
What: Talk on “The Criminal Humanities: Conceptualizing Crime & its Investigation Through Literature & the Arts”

Michael Arntfield is Fulbright Fellow in the Department of French and Italianat Vanderbilt. He is Professor at Western University (CA) where he specializes in digital and emerging media, investigative journalism, true crime writing, and forensic linguistics, lexicology, and stylometry.

February 2016

A principled response to the European Migration Crisis

When: Monday 29 February @ 2:00pm
Where: Furman 109
What: Talk on “A principled response to the European Migration Crisis” 

Professor François Crépeau, McGill University, and United Nations special rapporteur, is coming to Vanderbilt to discuss current issues relating to migration. He is coming under the auspices of theLiterature and Law group at the Robert Penn Warren Center, the Department of French and Italian, the Program in European Studies, and as a guest of the Vanderbilt Law School.

December 2015

Hack the Comédie Française

The HyperStudio at MIT is sponsoring a Hack the Comédie Française event on December 16 in Paris to celebrate the completion of the The Comédie­ Française Registers Project. Vanderbilt University Library is sponsoring a satellite event (in collaboration with the Department of French and Italian) during the morning of Wednesday, December 16th. Participants will learn how to access the data from the Comédie­ Française Registers (including plays, actors, locations of performances, etc.) and to develop different kinds of digital humanities applications with that data, including historic maps, network graphs, and Wikipedia articles.

The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in 418a of the Central Library. All are welcome. No registration is necessary. Just bring your interest in French culture and history. Coffee and French pastries will be provided.

Questions? Please contact Clifford Anderson ( or Yvonne Boyer ( for additional details.

November 2015

When:Thursday November 5, 9am-4pm,Friday November 6 10am-12pm

Where: Bandy Center, 8th Floor, Central Library

What: Cultural Modernism IV: Baudelaire in Japan; a bilingual conference held in French and English

Who: Nine distinguished Japanese scholars with Professor Robert Barsky, Daniel Ridge, and special guest respondent Marc Angenot (McGill University, Montreal)

October 2015

When: Tuesday, October 27th, 4 pm

Where: W.T. Bandy Center, Central Library, 8th Floor

What: “The Flowers of Nastiness: Henry James reads Baudelaire”

Who: Paolo Tortonese, Visiting Fellow at the Bandy Center; Professor, Université  Paris – Sorbonne Nouvelle; Director, Centre de Recherche sur les Poétiques du XIXe siècle.


When: Wednesday, October 8th

Where: Renaissance Room of the Vanderbilt Law School

What:Undocumented Immigrants in an Era of Arbitrary Law: The Flight and Plight of People Deemed ‘Illegal’”

Who: Professors Ed Rubin (Law), Daniel Gervais (Law) and Robert Barsky (French & Italian; English)

April 2015



When: Thursday, April 23rd, 3pm

Where: Robert Penn Warren Center

What:“The Case Against Freedom: Michel Houellebecq and the Charlie Hebdo Attacks”

Who: Louis Betty, Assistant Professor of French, University of Wisconsin at Whitewater

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When: Monday, April 13th, 4 pm

Where: Buttrick 102

What: “Discoveries of the Americas: Playing the Past with the Unity3D Game Engine”

Who: Dr. Lynn Ramey, Department of French and Italian, Vanderbilt University






March 2015



When: March 12th, 5 -7pm

Where: Cohen Memorial Hall

What: opening reception for “Memento Mori: Looking at Death in Art and Illustration”

Who: organized by Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and co-curated by: Joseph Mella, director, Holly Tucker, professor of French Studies and professor of Biomedical Ethics & Society, Christopher Ryland, assistant director at the Eskind Biomedical Library, and James J. Thweatt, coordinator for historical collections at the Eskind Biomedical Library.

“Memento Mori: Looking at Death In Art and Illustration” will run from March 12th – May 23rd at the Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery. For additional information select the following link:  Press Release MM H.Tucker




When: March 18th, at 12:10pm

Where: Buttrick Hall, Rm 302

What: “Masculinity, Mafia, and (Male) Melodrama”

Who: Dana Renga, Associate Professor of Italian, Ohio State University

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When: March 31st, at 4:10 PM

Where: Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities

What: “Lexical Innovation in the Banlieues: Social Group, Ethnicity, Language, and Identity”

Who: Daniel McAuley, visiting Grad Fellow, School of Modern                                              Languages (French), Queen’s University, Belfast



February 2015


When: February 16th, at 4 PM

Where: Furman Hall 209

What: “Before Science Fiction: The Scientist as Propagonist in the Ancien Régime”

Who: Dr. Ellen Welch, Department of Romance Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill







When: February 25th, at 11:10 AM

Where: W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies on the 8th Floor of Central Library

What: “Remy de Gourmont et les petites revues littéraires et artistiques”

Who: Vincent Gogibu, Center d’Histoire Culturelle des Sociétés Contemporaines (CHCSC), Versailles University.

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September 2014


When: September 26th, at 3:10P

Where: Furman Hall 001

What: Lecture on “Dante’s Theology of the Future”

Who: Professor Giuseppe Mazzotta, Sterling Professor of Humanities for Italian at Yale University





October 2014

Image from Les Dieux s’en vont, D’Annunzio reste, F.T. Marinetti, Caricature by Ugo Valeri, titled “Le Poète est en train d’essayer son monument équestre.” Paris: Sansot & Cie, 1908.


When: October 23rd – 24th

Where: W.T. Bandy Center, 8th Floor, Central Library

What: “Cultural Modernism in the Americas III: The French and Italian Avant-Garde.”

Conference Program: PROGRAM Avant-Garde Symposium