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- 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."
- October 26, 2015
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.
- October 12, 2015
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.
Chérif Keïta had his film "Remembering Nokutela" screened by the Africana Studies program and the Department of Music at the University of Pennsylvania.
He was featured for 30 minutes on JAZZ ON 2, a New Jersey public radio station, for a special program titled "The Making of Modern African Diaspora Jazz Music" with host Isa Blyden, speaking about traditional West African musical instruments in the context of the Medieval Empire of Mali.
He had his first two documentary films, Oberlin-Inanda: The Life and Times of John L. Dube(2005, 54 min) and Cemetery Stories: A Rebel Missionary in South Africa (2009, 57 min), screened as part of the 2015 Oberlin College Commencement/Reunion Weekend. The films highlighted the role played by two Oberlin graduates and Northfield couple that helped plant the seeds of multiracial democracy in South Africa in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
He was the guest of "L'Epopée des musiques noires" (The Epic of Black Diaspora Music), a weekly program of Radio France Internationale (RFI), Paris. Keïta spoke about the musical legacy of Nokutela Dube (1873-1917), a forgotten heroine of the South Liberation movement.
He had his research on Nokutela Mdima Dube, the forgotten heroine of South Africa's Liberation movement, acknowledged in a recent book, Journey Through Johannesburg's Parks, Cemeteries and Zoo by Lucille Davie. A chapter titled "United In Death" shows the headstone Keïta helped raise for Nokutela in 2013, almost a century after her death, with an overview of her pioneering life and work in the U.S. and South Africa in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Cathy Yandell Contributes to Various Lecture Series, Publishes Chapter on Metaphor, Speaks on Catherine des RochesJune 2, 2015
Cathy Yandell recently gave a talk and led a discussion in the "Talking Terms" series sponsored by the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World at the University of Minnesota. The seminar was titled "Sexuality in the 'New World,'" focusing on Jean de Léry's Histoire d'un voyage, which details the life and customs of the Tupinambá ethnic group in sixteenth-century Brazil.
She also presented a lecture titled "Gesturing toward Peace: Three Catholic Voices on the Eve of the French Wars of Religion," at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The talk figured in a lecture series, "Conceiving Peace, Pacification and Conflict Resolution in the Early Modern Period.”
She has recently published a chapter, "Le corps nu. Métaphore et cognition," in a collective volume edited by Xavier Bonnier and published by Éditions Garnier in Paris. The book is titled Le Parcours du comparant. Pour une histoire littéraire de la métaphore and includes a first chapter by the novelist Pascal Quignard.
Finally, she gave a lecture at the Université de Paris-Est, "Corporalité et et dialogisme dans l'oeuvre de Catherine des Roches." Twenty of the twenty-five Carleton students on the 2015 Paris program also participated in the mini-conference, giving readings of the texts and engaging in discussion with both undergraduate and graduate students from Paris-Est.
Scott Carpenter has published a travel essay, "Danish as She is Spoke," in Lowestoft Chronicle, which has nominated this piece for a Pushcart Prize. The same issue includes an interview with the author.
He also presented a paper titled, "Être soi-même et autrui; l'altérité et Le Spleen de Paris" at a journée d'étude devoted to the work of Charles Baudelaire at the Université de Lille 3, France.
Mary Buswell, Ella Fox, Sarah Goodman, and Henry Southwick Selected for Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF)May 18, 2015
French and Francophone Studies concentrator Ella Fox (Religion major; European Studies concentrator); Mary Buswell (Sociology/Anthropology major); Sarah Goodman (American Studies major) and Henry Southwick (English major) were selected to participate in the 2015-16 Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). Ella will teach in Corsica, Sarah in the Marseille/Aix region, and Henry in the Nantes area.
TAPIF website: http://highereducation.frenchculture.org/teach-in-france
Dana Strand Secures Funding for Tournées Film Festival at Carleton (April 2015)
- November 24, 2014
Chérif Keïta's Film Remembering Nokutela As Keynote Event
- November 24, 2014
Scott Carpenter Awarded Minnesota State Board Grant
- November 24, 2014
Cathy Yandell Delivers Paper on Jean de Léry's Histoire d'un voyage