Due to COVID-19, all in-person events in the Department of French and Francophone Studies are on hiatus. We will keep this page updated with upcoming virtual events, and we hope to be able to host guests again on campus once it is safe to do so.
The Department of French and Francophone Studies of Georgetown College, the Québec Government Office in Washington, and the Alliance Française of Washington, DC are proud to present four different films and one panel discussion during the month of October 2021 in this virtual Québec Film Festival. See below for the festival program as well as links to each registration page. The screenings and the panel are free, but advance registration is required.
October 1-3: Hochelaga, terre des âmes (Québec, 2017)
October 15-17: Kuessipan (Québec, 2019)
October 22-24: La femme de mon frère (Québec, 2019)
October 28: Les affamés (Québec, 2017)
October 29, 5pm: Les affamés (Québec, 2017): Roundtable Discussion
Contact Professor Santoro if you have any questions regarding this event.
Part of what makes the French case so interesting when thinking about the development of the frozen food industry is the country’s delay in embracing frozen food compared to other industrializing nations, and this despite early French innovation in the field of mechanical refrigeration. Of course, cultural meanings associated with food—particularly the idea of freshness—go a long way in explaining this resistance, and this talk will explore these meanings. However, this is only part of the story. Equally important to understanding this resistance are political and logistical considerations, including France’s (post)colonial entanglements. After reviewing the sources of this resistance, this talk will consider early marketing campaigns aimed at winning the French public over to frozen food. Here, I will pay particular attention to how the French housewife was assigned an especially ambiguous role. On the one hand, she was blamed for French resistance to frozen food—and, by extension, for holding back the French state’s modernizing efforts. On the other, she was extolled as the figure most apt to turn this situation around. Ultimately, this talk aims to shine light on the myriad ways food connects to important social, political, cultural, and economic processes.
Register and learn more: bit.ly/GUFrozen
Contact: Sylvie Durmelat
About the speaker: Jack Murphy, a Georgetown French major, holds a joint PhD in French studies and anthropology from New York University and is employed as an Associate Professor of French at Gettysburg College. His book Yearning to Labor: Youth, Unemployment, and Social Destiny in Urban France (U. Nebraska Press, 2017) is based on a year of ethnographic field research in the outer-city housing projects of Limoges, France, and chronicles the everyday struggle of a group of young people as they confront more than triple the national unemployment rate. His next research project focuses on the unexpected success of Picard Surgelés in France, a country more frequently associated with fine dining and artisanal fare than industrially produced frozen food. With this project, Jack aims to illuminate how culinary, and at times moral, value gets assigned to particular kinds of food and manners of food processing.
On February 28, 2020
To commemorate the signing of an interdepartmental exchange agreement with McGill University, Georgetown College and the Department of French and Francophone Studies presented a one day collaborative symposium, Urbis et Orbis, with colleagues from McGill’s Département des littératures de langue française, de traduction et de création. The symposium will showcased six presentations in French and was organized by Professor Miléna Santoro and Professor Anne O’Neil-Henry.
Kim Thúy was born in Vietnam and is now a writer in Québec. Thúy has degrees in translation and linguistics from Université de Montréal.
A lecture by Professor Georgia Cowart of Case Western Reserve University.
Professor Dudley Andrew, R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature at Yale University
Dr. Warren Motte, Professor of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Colorado-Boulder
Dr. Valeria Siniscalchi
Professor, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Centre Norbert Elias – Marseille
Inspired by Jazz and its place in French Culture.
Making Rhymes for Young Ghouls: A Conversation with Mi’gmaq Filmmaker Jeff Barnaby & actress Devery Jacobs
Diana Sorensen is Dean of the Arts and Humanities, and James F. Rothemberg Professor of Romance Languages & Literatures and of Comparative Literatures. She is a specialist in nineteenth and twentieth-century Latin American literature, and in comparative literature.
L’Acteur Sacrifiant (The Sacrificing Actor) and Le Monologue d’Adramélech
When: Monday and Tuesday, April 12 and 13, 2010 at 7 p.m.
Where: Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center, Devine Studio Theatre (3700 O St. NW, Washington, dc 20057)
Written, Conceived, and Directed by Valère Novarina. As part of a festival celebrating acclaimed avant-garde French playwright Valère Novarina, one of the most important visionaries in contemporary French theater, the Atlanta-based francophone theater company Le Théâtre du Rêve and Valery Warnotte give two performances at the Davis Center. They will perform the new work L’Acteur Sacrifiant (The Sacrificing Actor), which adapts the dramatic and theoretical writings of Novarina to create a montage that provokes and puts into question the audience’s very experience of theater. Novarina himself directs Le Monologue d’Adramélech, a monologue performed by Jean-Yves Michaux.
Both performances, subtitled in English, will be followed by Q & A sessions with Novarina.
“On the altar of the stage, first sacrificed is the character; second, the actor; and third, you, the spectator.” — Valère Novarina
Tickets available at http://performingarts.georgetown.edu or by calling (202) 687-ARTS (2787) M-F 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Novarina will also attend the opening for an exhibition of his artwork at Letelier Theater in Georgetown, followed by a free screening of, “What Cannot Be Spoken Is What Must Be Said”, a documentary (in French) based Valère Novarina’s approach to performance, language, and the visual arts.
When: April 14th, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Letelier Theater/ Georgetown Court, Inc. is located at 3251 Prospect St., NW in Washington, D.C.
Presented by The Alliance Française de Washington, The Délégation Générale de l’Alliance Française aux Etats-Unis, Georgetown University Department of French and Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies Program.
Onzième colloque du CIR 17
Centre International de Rencontres sur le XVIIe siècle
Le Rayonnement de la France à l’Âge classique
Georgetown University, Washington, DC (U.S.A.)
25-27 mars 2010
Direction du colloque : Guy Spielmann (Georgetown University) Georgetown College
The E. Joseph McCarthy Endowment Fund
The Department of French, Georgetown University
The Georgetown Jesuit Community
Straight from Paris!
Elsa Solal: Playwright and Social Activist
Women and the Nature of Writing Causerie in French with English Translation Provided
Madame Elsa Solal, a professor at the world-known Institut d’Etudes Théâtrales of the Sorbonne Nouvelle (Université de Paris 111), has written many dramatic works, on a variety of themes, but especially on issues of great social import such as domestic violence across the board within French society and the alienation of women from immigrant populations (especially Muslim). Moreover, in recent years, she has worked collaboratively with these latter in order to facilitate the “insertion sociale” of marginalized groups by giving a “voix aux sans-voix”, a voice to the formerly voiceless. She has also written on Olympe de Gouges, a feminist heroine of the French Revolution.
When: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 7:00pm
Where: McShain Large, Georgetown University Main Campus
For Further Information: Contact Dr. Roger Bensky, French Department, firstname.lastname@example.org
A lecture by award-winning Mauritian author Ananda Devi
Sponsored by the French Department and the E. Joseph McCarthy Endowment
Thursday, March 19, 2009 at 4:00 PM
McShain Lounge, McCarthy Hall
Ananda Devi grew up in a multilingual, translational universe of Creole and Bhojpuri, English and French, Hindi and Mandarin. Does growing up multilingual better prepare one for a multicultural world? Or does it make one a jack-of-all-languages but master of none? How does one find a common cultural identity and understanding? These are the kinds of questions that Ananda Devi will elaborate on in her discussion of her own experience as a writer and citizen of the world.
The lecture will be in French, but the author will be willing to answer questions in English.
This tour is organized by the Délégation générale de l’Alliance Française aux États-Unis with the support of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie
A lecture by Professor Jean-Max Guieu
Pour célébrer le centenaire de Zola au Pantheon
Les agressions criminelles de L’Affaire Dreyfus, ou “Quand des minables se prennent pour des justiciers”
Espace McCarthy, ICC 425
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
Mise en scène : Baka Roklo
Jeu et chant : Nadège Dugravil Billy Midi Baka Roklo
Percussion : Claude Saturné
Direction du projet : Roger-Daniel Bensky
The performance : The´a^tre de mouvement. Du corps. Des rituels. Spectacle de tambours, de chants, de rythmes, de vie. Du mystère. De la magie. De l’irre´el. Du vaudou. Depuis la vie. De l’espoir, enfin, pour ce bout d’île, pour Ayiti.
A theater of bodies in movement. Rituals. A performance with drums, with songs, with the rhythms of what’s alive. Mystery. Magic. Beyond the real. Vodou. Spawned from life. Hope … yes … for this end of the island, this Haiti.
Baka Roklo (Guy Régis Jr.) : Author, videographer and stage artist. For the past ten years, he has been the dominant force inspiring Haitian theater. Through the exploratory work of NOUS, his company, he has launched a movement whose dynamism and influence has become an incontrovertible reference throughout the Caribbean.
Our sponsors : The French Department of Georgetown University wishes to gratefully acknowledge the welcome support of the following campus entities:
- The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Affirmative Action (IDEAA )
- The Center for Latin-American Studies of the School of Foreign Service
- The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs
- The Americas Initiative of Georgetown College
- The African Studies Program of the School of Foreign Service
- The African-American Studies Program
- The Center for Multicultural Equity and Access (CMEA)
- The Minority Mentoring Program
- The McCarthy Fund of the Department of French
- The Department of Theology
- The Anthropology Unit of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology
We also wish to especially recognize, along with Dr. Deborah Lesko Baker, Chairman of French and sterling supporter of cultural enrichment activity in French and Francophone Studies, Ms. Rosemary Kilkenny, VP for Institutional Diversity and Equity, for her generous enlightenment and early support, and Mr. George Corinaldi, a private donor, valued friend and former leader within the US Department of State.
A Lecture in English by Alain Dubos, Former Vice-President of Doctors Without Borders (1999 Nobel Peace Prize)
Tuesday, April 10, 2008 3:15 p.m.
Espace McCarthy, ICC-425
How should we view emergency medical engagement in the early part of our new century?
More than 30 years after it was established, Doctors Without Borders continues its work in over 40 countries on five continents. From the secrecy of former times to the worldwide aura bestowed upon it by the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, the organization has always had to adapt its original philosophy, “to go where others don’t go,” to the constraints of a world in upheaval after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Vice-President of Doctors Without Borders for a half-dozen years, Alain Dubos has completed numerous missions, often clandestine, in many countries at war, from Afghanistan to Lebanon and Kurdistan, to name a few. From these experiences, Dubos has produced a series of novels and non-fiction works and has since continued to work for population groups in danger. Thirty years after his early pioneering travels, his most recent mission was to Cambodia in March 2006.
Pour commémorer le 250ème anniversaire du Marquis de Lafayette, le Département de Français de l’Université de Georgetown présente avec le concours de la Loge maçonnique Liberty N° 3 une conférence sur la Franc-maçonnerie française et francophone.
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The Department of French, with the Alliance Française of Washington, proudly presents a lecture in French Philippe Gumplowicz, Distinguished Lecturer in Musicology at the University of Bourgogne, Seminar Director at the Sorbonne & the Ecole des Hautes Etudes, and Musical Producter with France Culture and France Musique.
Monday, February 5, 2007
4:15 PM, ICC 103
Depuis le débarquement des troupes américaines en 1917, les musiciens de jazz américain n’ont cessé d’animer et de colorer la capitale française. Dans les premières grandes revues au Casino de Paris et les boîtes de nuit de Pigalle animées par la légendaire Bricktop, les Parisiens découvrent la musique américaine. A leurs côtés, les premiers musiciens de jazz français apprennent les rudiments de cette musique destinée à faire le tour du monde…
A World Premiere
S’absenter pour être enfin là (Vanishing, to be there at last), a new Ivorian play by GU Professor of French and African Studies, Amadou Koné, directed in the Gonda Theatre of Georgetown’s new Davis Performing Arts Center by GU Professor of French and Theater Studies, Roger Bensky.
Amadou Koné’s major new work is a cautionary tale about a fictitious West African nation whose long-reigning leader has died and which we now find stuck in the impasse between mourning the past and bringing on the future. Why? Because a secret something called siguila, which we understand to be a sacred representation of the Origins according to several peoples of the region, and which is essential to the ritual bestowing of power on the new leader, has been inexplicably misplaced. Unless siguila, which we never actually see, and which even the official guardians of the traditions seem no longer able to fathom and describe correctly, can be found and restored to its rightful place in the rituals of transition, the society of this fictitious land will forever remain in socio-political limbo.
Performed in French with English Subtitles
November 30, December 1, and December 2 – 8:00pm
December 2 and December 3 – 2:00pm
Gonda Theatre Davis Performing Arts Center
The French Department presents UTOPIAS, APOCALYPSES and INVENTIONS: A Science Fiction Symposium
Georgetown University, Washington DC
Thursday April 6, 20069:00AM-5:00PM