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April 2016

The Castrato: Reflections on Natures and Kinds

When: Tue 12 April @6:00 pm
Where: room TBD
What: Martha Feldman, University of Chicago, in conversation with  Katherine Crawford: ‘The Castrato” (Cosponsored with the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies)

Feldman is a musicologist, incoming president of the American Musicological Society, and author of The Castrato: Reflections on Natures and Kinds (2015)

March 2016

The Genealogy of the Star Chef 

When: Thurs 31 March @ 4:00pm
Where: Buttrick Hall 102
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).

Charlie Hebdo and Radicalization of Freedom of Expression in Europe Today

When: Mon 28 March @ 4:10 pm
Where: Room TBD
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.


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