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Laura Call Dissertation Defense

When Dec 08, 2015
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where 302 Pond
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Laura Call Dissertation Defense

"Waste on a Human Scale: Heterotopia and Refuse in 21st-century French Self-writing"

The Paris Attacks: A Discussion

When Nov 19, 2015
from 04:30 PM to 05:45 PM
Where Lewis Katz Building Auditorium
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The Penn State School of International Affairs is hosting an interdisciplinary panel discussion on the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday (Nov. 19) in the Sutliff Auditorium (rm. 118) of the Lewis Katz Building in University Park. “The Paris Attacks: A Discussion” is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Five Penn State experts will join moderator Scott Sigmund Gartner, director of the School of International Affairs and an adviser to a the U.S. agency facilitating the assessment of violent non-state actors, to talk about the Paris attacks, public and state responses to terrorism, and the tactics used by terrorists.

Joining Gartner on the panel are:

  • Jennifer Boittin, associate professor of French, Francophone studies and history, whose research focuses on France in an international context;
  • Joseph DeThomas, professor of international affairs and retired U.S. ambassador, who spent 32 years in the State Department;
  • Pete Hatemi, professor of political science, who teaches The Politics of Terrorism;
  • Carleen Maitland, associate professor of  information sciences and technology and co-director of the Institute for Information Policy, whose expertise includes technology use for and by refugees and international communications; and
  • Catherine Rogers, professor of law and Paul and Marjorie Price Faculty Scholar at Penn State Law, affiliate faculty at the School of International Affairs, and a scholar of international law and dispute resolution.

Film Series Series: La French

Film Series
When Nov 10, 2015
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
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Connectino

Film Series: L'écume des jours

When Oct 20, 2015
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
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Besançon Study-Abroad Info Night

When Oct 20, 2015
from 07:00 PM to 08:30 PM
Where 203 Sackett
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Table ronde: Dr. Mary McAlpin, "Representing Rape in the French Enlightenment"

When Oct 14, 2015
from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
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McAlpin

2015 Education Abroad Fair

When Sep 30, 2015
from 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM
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EA Fair

Come find out about studying abroad for a summer, semester or academic year! Global Programs staff and former participants will be on hand to answer questions about all aspects of study abroad. Penn State French-speaking study abroad destinations include:

-Besançon, France (summer)

-Rabat, Morocco (summer, semester and academic year)

-Dakar, Senegal (semester and academic year)

-Paris, France (summer, semester and academic year)

-Aix-en Provence, France (summer, semester and academic year)

-Montpellier, France (semester and academic year)

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Film Series Series: Girlhood

Film Series: Girlhood
When Sep 15, 2015
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where 108 Chambers & 113 Carnegie
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Girlhood

Table ronde: Dr. Iulian Toma, "Barthes et le surréalisme: Penser la révolution, révolutionner la pensée"

Table ronde
When Sep 02, 2015
from 02:30 PM to 03:30 PM
Where W023 Pattee
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Un titre comme celui-ci a de quoi surprendre vu le peu d’intérêt que Roland Barthes a manifesté envers le discours et les pratiques surréalistes. Et ce, non pas en raison d’une impassibilité à l’égard des avant-gardes littéraires et artistiques en général, mais plutôt par manque d’affinité avec l’« esprit » surréaliste, pour ainsi dire. Barthes ne se sent pas « consonner », pour reprendre son mot, avec la vision surréaliste de l’amour, reproche au mouvement la mécompréhension de « la tâche révolutionnaire de l’écriture », son « idée normative du corps et […] de la sexualité », sa « vue idéaliste de l’homme » et, pour tout dire, d’avoir produit « trop de littérature ». Mais le regard intransigeant de l’essayiste ne retient pas que du négatif. Il accorde en même temps au surréalisme d’avoir conçu que « l’écriture ne s’arrêtait pas à l’écrit », d’avoir contribué à « désacraliser l’image de l’Auteur », d’avoir « produit la première expérience de littérature structurale ». Il lui reconnaît aussi le mérite d’avoir problématisé le rapport à l’objet et au signe.
Ces considérations, et quelques autres encore, malgré leur caractère fragmentaire et leur statut marginal dans les écrits de Barthes, promettent d’offrir, en vertu justement du rôle mineur qu’elles y jouent, une nouvelle perspective sur certains aspects de sa pensée. Par ailleurs, du point de vue historique, elles reflètent, partiellement, la résonnance du surréalisme dans les années structuralistes et post-structuralistes.

The event is sponsored by the Department of French and Francophone Studies and the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures.

About the speaker:

         Iulian Toma (Brock Univ., Ontario) is a specialist of French and Comparative literature. He is the author of Gherasim Luca ou l’intransigeante passion d’être(Paris: Champion, 2012) and one of three co-editors of Migrations-Translations : frontières, obstacles, contraintes et passages (Paris, Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest, forthcoming 2015). His articles focus on other avant-garde figures, theorists, and the art and craft of translation.

Denise Rodriguez Dissertation Defense

Dissertation Defense
When Aug 18, 2015
from 02:30 PM to 04:30 PM
Where 101 Old Botany
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Denise Rodriguez Dissertation Defense

"Deviant Approaches: The Experience of Relegation in the French Penal Colonies"