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  • Chérif Keïta, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, performed two shows at the British Library in London on January 22 and 23 with Trio Da Kali from Mali. A review appeared in theguardian. He also presented a paper titled "The Sunjata Fasa (The Epic of Sundiata) as the Matrix of Mande Personhood" at the British Library one-day seminar on West African Literature and Thought in French: Translating Cultures. The Witness of Natal (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) has called my work of resurrecting the forgotten pioneer Nokutela Dube on film as a "Great Historical Feat."
  • Chérif Keïta, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, will be on stage with Trio Da Kali (Malian griot musicians), at the British Library in London, narrating "Sunjata: Glimpse of a Mande Epic," his rendition of the story of Mali's famous medieval ruler, Sunjata Keita. The two live performances are in addition to the film of an earlier performance at Cape Breton University (Nova Scotia) being featured in the four-month long British Library exhibition, titled "West Africa: Word, Symbol and Song" through February 16. Keïta has also been invited by the Literature section of the library to participate in a colloquium, "West African Literature and Thought in French: Translating Cultures, British Library Conference Centre, 22 January 2016."

  • Chérif Keïta, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, will have his film "uKukhumbula uNokutela/Remembering Nokutela" (edited by Dominic Fucci) aired on prime time on South Africa's national broadcaster SABC2 on January 17, 2016.

  • Éva Posfay and her husband Pepe Kryzda were honored with the "Friend of Education Award" by the Northfield Education Association for their work at Sibley Elementary School. As reported in the Northfield News [Mary - you can link to this article:http://www.southernminn.com/northfield_news/news/article_d6dc6d62-c599-5084-a566-7e8ece613d68.html], they bring to the students a sense of cultural awareness and a perspective on learning English as a second language. They help a variety of students improve their math and reading skills, notably Latino students who do not speak English at home.

  • Cathy Yandell,W.I. and Hulda F. Daniell Professor of French Literature, Language, and Culture, gave an invited lecture on November 18 at Binghamton University, New York, "Reading Bodily Images in Jean de Léry's History of a Voyage to the Land of Brazil." The talk figured in a lecture series on cognitive approaches to literature and was sponsored by the interdisciplinary Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

  • Sandra Rousseau, Assistant Professor of French, presented a paper titled "Exchanging signs: Violence and the absurd in Nawel Louerrad’s graphic novels" at the recent Western Society for French Historical Studies in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Chérif Keïta, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, had his filmRemembering Nokutela screened on November 8, at the University of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica) as part of the 2015 Africa World Documentary Film Festival. On November 4, it was also screened at Westminster University (Salt Lake City, Utah), in a History Methods course, followed by a Skype discussion with the audience of students and guests.

  • Cathy Yandell, W.I. and Hulda F. Daniell Professor of French Literature, Language, and Culture, recently presented a paper at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in Vancouver, B.C. Titled "Rhetorics of Peace: Ronsard and Michel de L'Hospital on the Eve of the French Wars of Religion," the study analyzes attempts to assuage the mounting tensions that eventually led to the infamous Saint Barthomew's Day Massacre during the French Civil Wars.

  • William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, was interviewed by Vox Africa TV Paris last June. The 52-minute interview, which was aired in September, is now on YouTube. Also, his film "Remembering Nokutela" had two screenings at the African Christian Biography Conference, at Boston University, October 29 through 31.

  • Chérif Keïta

    William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, screened and discussed his documentary film,Remembering Nokutela, at the East Side Freedom Library of Saint Paul, on October 10. The film of his 2014 live performance of the Sunjata Epic at Cape Breton University in Canada with Malian griots, Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté (song) and Lassana Diabaté (balafon), is one of the main features of the newly opened British Library exhibit, "West Africa: Word, Symbol and Song", from October 16 through February 16, 2016.

  • Stephanie Cox

    Lecturer in French, was invited to give a talk at Macalester College on Quebec comics.  She was a guest speaker for a Quebec Studies Outreach Seminar sponsored by the American Council for Quebec Studies and the American Association for Teachers of French. The seminar which took place on September 26 was attended by many educators of the Twin Cities area.

  • Scott Carpenter, Professor of French, has published a short story entitled "Leviathan" in South Dakota Review. It tells the tale of a young minister entangled in her own crisis of faith.