- September 26, 2016
Cathy Yandell, W.I. and Hulda F. Daniell Professor of French Literature, Language, and Culture, has published an article in the online journal Arts and Savoirs, "The Dialogic Body and the Humanist Woman in the Self-Portraiture of Catherine des Roches." This volume of the journal is the English translation of a collection to be published in Paris by Éditions Garnier in 2017, Savoirs, identités et représentations des femmes à l’époque moderne, edited by Caroline Trotot.
- August 30, 2016
Chérif Keïta, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, gave a lecture on the late Nokutela Mdima Dube to the Bishops (Moderators) of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa (Synod of South Africa) in Johannesburg on August 30. He was invited to participate in the preparation of the 50th Anniversary of UCCSA in 2017 by contributing his research on American Board missionaries, Reverend William Cullen Wilcox and Ida Belle Wilcox, two leaders who fostered the spirit of independence and self-affirmation within the Congregationalist movement for 38 years in South Africa and Mozambique.
- August 21, 2016
Chérif KeïTA, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, participated in the induction of the late Nokutela Mdima Dube into the Hall of Heroes and Heroines of the South African Liberation, and struggle for a multiracial democracy, at Freedom Park (Pretoria, South Africa), August 21 through 23. The event was widely covered by official government press releases and independent newspapers and radio stations.
- July 11, 2016
Cheríf Keïta, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, published "Not Your Ordinary Kind of Missionaries"as a guest columnist for the Northfield News in the June 25 issue. The article celebrates Reverend William Cullen Wilcox of Richfield, Ohio (1850-1928) and his Northfield born wife, Ida Belle Clary (1858-1940), as pioneers of the Independence movements in South Africa and Mozambique. A longer guest column about the Wilcox story, titled "A Missionary who planted the seeds of Liberation," was published by The Witness (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) on June 29.
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."