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  • Scott Carpenter, Professor of French, recently gave a talk at the annual conference of the Forum on Education Abroad, in Athens, Greece. His topic was: "Grappling with Difficult Topics While Studying Abroad."

  • Chérif Keïta, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, had his documentary film, "Remembering Nokutela" (2013) screened on October 28, during an event organized by AfroBeat Radio, Brooklyn, New York, and participated in a Q&A session with the audience by Skype.

    • Chérif Keïta, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, was invited to give a screening of his film, uKukhumbula uNokutela/Remembering Nokutela, and a talk at the Seth Mokitimi Methodist Seminary and to present a paper at the CIHA Blog Conference on Religion, Governance and Humanitarianism in Africa, October 19 through 21, in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Recently, Remembering Nokutela had its second broadcast this year on national South African television SABC3, at the opening of the 2016 Women's Month in the country. The Witness newspaper featured my research in an article titled, "A Forgotten Heroine Has Been Returned to her Rightful Place."

  • Chérif Keïta, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, wrote "Bringing One Woman's Side of History to South Africa," for the Saturday, August 27 issue of the Northfield News.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    http://africasacountry.com/2016/05/malick-sidibe-directing-light/