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National French Week 2017

October 23 – November 9


Pause Café. Mon., Oct. 23, 4-5 p.m., Jake’s Java. Join Chloé Grosse, visiting instructor of French, and students from our French classes for an informal hour of conversation.

Le Bonheur d’Elza/Elza (2011, 80 min.) Mon., Oct. 23, 7-9 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall – Experience Event. As part of Albright College's World Languages Film Festival and National French Week, the French Division of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures will screen this critically acclaimed film by Mariette Monpierre. The film follows recent first-generation college graduate Elza as she defies her mother by leaving Paris to return to her native Guadeloupe, an island in the French Caribbean, in search of her long lost father. The film examines some of the complexities and complications of identity in postcolonial France and gives an insider's view to Caribbean culture and landscapes. After the screening, professor Arcana Albright, Ph.D. of the French Division will lead a discussion. In French with English subtitles

Perle Fine/Marguerite Louppe: New York/Paris. Thur., Oct. 26–Fri., Dec. 15, Freedman Gallery (Main Gallery). The exhibition contrasts the lives of two women painters, one working in New York and the other across the Atlantic in Paris, who lived and were active for the same period of time, existing in the parallel art worlds of abstract painters and modernist Paris. Louppe lived from 1902-1988 and Fine from 1905-1988. The exhibition will place emphasis on the artists' work; their style, use of material and aesthetic inspirations, accompanied by a consideration of the art scenes they emerged from and contributed to so vibrantly. Both artists will be represented by a wide variety of paintings and works on paper that will allow viewers to familiarize themselves with one of the stalwarts of the abstract expressionist movement—Fine, and introduce a painter hitherto unknown in the United States, who experimented in the cubist and purist styles—Louppe. Both Louppe and Fine had partners who were active artists as well, and the lively artistic social lives of each couple will be illustrated with letters, photographs and ephemera. Louppe and her husband, the painter Maurice Brianchon, were at the center of a French circle of creatives that included the composer Francis Poulenc, sculptor Ossip Zadkine and the writer Paul Morand, while Fine and her husband, the photographer Maurice Berezov, were part of the abstract expressionist and downtown New York art world. Also highlighted will be both women's struggles to have their work given the same credence as their fellow male artists and the obstacles they faced and transcended, due to sexism.

· Art-in-a-Minute: Text Home Without a Phone (fill-in-the blank postcard), Wed., Oct. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., CCML

· Curatorial Lecture with Will Corwin, Thur., Oct. 26, 4-5 p.m., Klein Lecture Hall – an Experience Event

· Reception, Thur., Oct. 26, 5-7 p.m.

WXAC 91.3 FM Radio Show. Mon., October 30, 4-5 p.m. Chloé Grosse, visiting instructor of French, will curate a playlist representing contemporary French music and will join DJ Dash as a guest host for this week’s edition of “Culture Buzz.” Listen live at http://wxac.net.

Soirée Crêpes. Mon., Oct. 30, 5:30-7 p.m., Campus Center South Lounge-West. Treat your taste buds to some sweet crêpes prepared by French faculty and students.

Pause Café. Thur., Nov. 2, 4-5 p.m., Jake’s Java. Join Chloé Grosse, visiting instructor of French, and students from our French classes for an informal hour of conversation.

Candide, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Richard Wilbur. Thur.–Sat., Nov. 2-4, 8 p.m., Sun., Nov. 5, 2 p.m., Wachovia Theatre. Directed by Jeffrey Lentz, additional lyrics by Leonard Bernstein, Lillian Hellman, John Latouche and Stephen Sondheim, book by Hugh Wheeler (based on the satire by Voltaire). Monty Python meets Grand Opera in Leonard Bernstein’s brilliant musical adaptation of Voltaire’s satire in which a young Candide and his friends, Cunegonde, Paquette, Maximillian, Dr. Pangloss, and an old lady (with one buttock), endure one hilarious catastrophe after another as they journey around the world in search of the meaning of life in this “best of all possible worlds.” Experience event.

· Talkback & Reception, Thur., Nov. 2, follows show

· Albright Improv Show, Fri., Nov. 3, follows show, Roop Hall

For tickets, visit the box office Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or one hour before a show; or call 610-921-7619; or order securely online.

French Cuisine Dinner in the Cafeteria. Fri., Nov. 3, 5-7 p.m., Campus Center Dining Hall. Sample dishes from the many French-speaking countries from around the world: Morocco, Haiti, Canada, Sénégal and more.

Game Night. Fri., Nov. 3, 7:15 - 9:30 p.m., Gingrich Library. Enjoy games such as Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble and Twister, and try your hand with some games in French and Spanish! Sponsored by the Gingrich Library and the Modern Foreign Languages Department.

Pause Café. Mon., Nov. 6, 4-5 p.m., Jake’s Java. Join Chloé Grosse, visiting instructor of French, and students from our French classes for an informal hour of conversation.

French Breakfast. Tues., Nov. 7, 7:45-9:45 a.m., Freedman Gallery. For the SEVENTEENTH consecutive year, we invite you to join us for a tasty French breakfast featuring butter and chocolate croissants, warm French bread, juice, Haitian coffee and Moroccan mint tea.

The French Education System: Cultural Specificities and National Challenges. Thur., Nov. 9, 7-8 pm, Klein Lecture Hall. Chloé Grosse, visiting instructor of French, will discuss various aspects of the French education system, including how education in France is turned towards Europe and the world (students start learning a foreign language in elementary school, for instance). Additionally, students have to specialize as soon as they graduate from high school and, therefore, select their university according to their career plans. Other points of interest will be the relationship between professors and students and student life at the university. Experience event.


Have questions or concerns about National French Week?
Contact Adam M. John, Ph.D., at 610.921.7699
A bientôt!