Theme: European Identities: Paris and Geneva
How does place shape and mirror cultural identity? How does it express cultural belonging (or alienation)? How does it manifest its distinctiveness? Paris will serve as our hands-on laboratory as we explore (re)definitions of French identity in a continually evolving European Union. A comparison with Geneva will both further our understanding of the French experience and shed light on facets of Swiss Francophone identity.
The Program will make extensive use of local resources, both in Paris and in Geneva. It will provide students with a unique opportunity for language immersion, cultural analysis, and personal growth. In addition to classes and excursions, students may pursue a variety of activities (sports, dance, music lessons, art classes, etc.).
Éva Pósfay, Professor of French and Associate Dean of the College (2007-2011), teaches French and Cross-Cultural Studies at Carleton College. She has published on French and Francophone women writers, and co-authored a video titled "Coming and Going: Intercultural Transitions for College Students." Born of Hungarian parents, she lived in Venezuela, Sweden, Switzerland, and France, and has directed several study abroad programs in Paris and Pau, France.