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GEO Study Abroad Fair
When: Wed 31 August
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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,
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.
The Genealogy of the Star Chef
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When: Thurs 31 March @
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.
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.
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.
Where: Bandy Center, 8th Floor, Central Library
Who: Nine distinguished Japanese scholars with Professor Robert Barsky, Daniel Ridge, and special guest respondent Marc Angenot (McGill University, Montreal)
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)
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
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
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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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
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