Cheíf Keïta, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, was recently the guest of the Panafrican and African Studies programs of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh, presenting his new film project, "Greetings From Djoliba, An American Village in Mali." He also screened his film, Remembering Nokutela.
Chérif Keïta, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, had a spring break residency at Pomona College with musicians Papa Susso and Balla Kouyaté which is featured in this article.
W.I. and Hulda F. Daniell Professor of French Literature, Language, and Culture, recently presented a paper, "Anatomy of a Political Pamphlet: Ronsard's Discours à la Royne," at the Renaissance Society of America in Boston. She also gave a lecture at Washington University in Saint Louis titled "Stories, 'Silly, Lascivious Songs,' and Religious Conflict in Sixteenth-Century France" on the phenomenon of contrafacta, or popular songs that were rewritten to become religious or polemical during the French Wars of Religion.
Chérif Keïta's tribute to the Malian photographer Malick Sidibé can be seen by clicking this link.
- March 28, 2016
Scott Carpenter, Professor of French, in collaboration with Andrea Lanoux of Connecticut College published an article in IIE Networker (the publication of the Institute of International Education) called "On the Power and Limits of Faculty-Led Internationalization."
- March 21, 2016
Scott Carpenter, Professor of French & Francophone Studies, recently gave a talk at Hamilton College entitled "Global Liberal Arts."
- March 21, 2016
William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, had two of his documentary films, "Cemetery Stories" (2009) and "Remembering Nokutela" (2013), shown at a public screening at Pomona College. They were shown in advance of his upcoming residency on History, Musical Performance, and Identity in the Mande World, in collaboration with master kora player, Papa Susso (the Gambia) and master balafon player, Balla Kouyaté (Mali), from March 22 to 25.
- March 7, 2016
Cathy Yandell, W.I. and Hulda F. Daniell Professor of French, recently gave a lecture at Macalester titled "Reading Nudity and Cannibalism in the New World: Jean de Léry's Histoire d'un voyage faict en la terre du Bresil."
- February 29, 2016
Cheríf Keïta, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, had the French version of his film, "Mémorial pour Nokutela," screened on February 22, at the French Cultural Center of Bamako (Mali) as the opening act of Mali's International Literary Festival, La Rentrée littéraire 2016.
- February 15, 2016
Cheríf Keïta, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, performs "The Sunjata Story: Glimpse of a Mande Epic" with two Malian griots, singer Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté accompanied on the balafon by Fodé Lassana Diabaté.
- February 2, 2016Chérif 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."
- January 11, 2016
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."