Every year, visiting scholars from all over the world come to campus to share their research, knowledge and international perspectives on a wide range of subjects related to French and Francophone Studies.

Fall 2016

diner en blanc posterThe French & Francophone Studies Program invites you to its first Dîner en blanc, a Parisian “pop up” dinner tradition whereby participants—dressed in white—bring their own tables, chairs, and picnics to a “secret” location (disclosed via social media) at the last minute. Our Bucknell adaptation provides tables, chairs, white tablecloths and “elegant finger foods.” Students of French and “amis francophiles” simply show up dressed in white for an evening of food, drink and conversation.

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016,  5 - 7 p.m.

RSVP by Friday, Aug. 26 to your fall '16 French professor (or to Madame Gosson if you’re taking French next semester) with an email address where we can reach you to disclose the “secret location.”

Spring 2016

Mommy (This screening is presented in conjunction with Professor Nathalie Dupont's Introduction to French Cinema course.)

Still from MommyXavier Dolan (Québec/Canada, 2014). 139 min. DCP. With Anne Dorval, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Suzanne Clément. In French with English subtitles.

Québécois wunderkind Xavier Dolan (at age 25 he's already made five prizewinning features) weaves the story of a passionate widowed single mom (Dorval) who finds herself burdened with the full-time custody of her volatile 15-year-old hellraiser son (Pilon). As they struggle to make ends meet, the peculiar new neighbor across the street offers her help. Daringly shot in a 1:1 ratio that mimics the aesthetics of Instagram, Mommy was the co-winner of the prestigious Jury Prize at Cannes. This screening is presented in conjunction with Professor Nathalie Dupont's Introduction to French Cinema course.

Monday, April 25, 7:10 p.m., Campus Theatre

Panel Discussion of Approaches to Teaching Medieval Literature in a Liberal Arts Context (Sponsored by the University Lectureship Committee, the French & Francophone Studies Program, the Department of Art & Art History, the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Gender, and the Department of English.)

Christine de pisanPlease join us for a panel discussion of approaches to teaching medieval literature in a liberal arts context. Invited speakers Deborah McGrady (University of Virginia) and Christine Reno (Vassar College) will present remarks focused on one of France’s first female authors, Christine de Pizan, and on a number of techniques they have developed in sparking student interest and learning when it comes to subjects from past centuries. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, April 21, 5 - 6:30 p.m in  Willard Smith Library

Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai Du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (An event co-sponsored by Bucknell’s Programs in French & Francophone Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Gender.)

Still from Jeanne Dielman, 23Chantal Akerman (Belgium/France, 1975). 201 min. 35 MM. With Delphine Seyrig, Jan Decorte, Henri Storck. In French with English subtitles.

A singular work in film history, Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman meticulously details, with a sense of impending doom, the daily routine of a middle-aged widow whose chores include making the beds, cooking dinner for her son, and turning the occasional trick. Made when the artist was only twenty-five years old, the movie can be seen as an exacting character study, as one of cinema’s most hypnotic and complete depictions of space and time and–as it was hailed by feminist critics when it came out–as an impressive alternative to well-intentioned but conventional political documentaries and features.

Tuesday, April 19, 7 p.m., Campus Theatre

Angèle Kingué’s Venus Of Khala-Kanti: A Celebration

Venus of Khala-KantiTuesday, April 12, noon and 4 p.m.

12:00-1:00 pm: A Choreo-Novel Presentation of Venus of Khala-Kanti in Tustin Theater

4:00-5:30 pm: Cocktail and remarks in the lobby of the Weis Center in honor of Angèle Kingué’s many contributions and accomplishments

The 400 Blows (This screening is presented in conjunction with Professor Nathalie Dupont's Introduction to French Cinema course.)

Still from The 400 BlowsFrançois Truffaut (France 1959). 99 min. 35 MM. With Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy. French with English subtitles.

François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of the director’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marked Truffaut’s passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave.

Monday, March 7, 7:10 p.m., Campus Theatre

Fall 2015

This semester, our Program is holding The Leanne Freas Trout French & Francophone Lecture Series on "Literary Fiction in Quest of Knowledge" (when creative writing appropriates the branches of knowledge and methods of inquiry that usually pertain to disciplines such as biology, geometry, and sociology), in accordance with the 300-level course currently being taught by Professor Nathalie Dupont (FREN 395).

"Édouard Levé : L'Exhaustion par la liste/Exhaustion Through Lists" (Lecture in French; Q&A in French/English)

Christophe Reig, Associate Researcher "Écriture de la modernité" (UMR 7172 "Thalim" Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3/CNRS/ENS)
Wednesday, December 2, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m, in Willard Smith Library || Event Poster

"How Do Lists Form/Transform Scientific Discourse? Lists As Literary Objects from Rabelais to Chevillard"

Gaspard Turin, Lecturer of French Studies at Université de Lausanne
Wednesday, November 4, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m, in Traditional Reading Room (Bertrand Library) || Event poster

"The Animal By Its/Another Name: Henri Michaux and Éric Chevillard"

Thangham Ravindranathan, Associate Professor of French Studies at Brown University
Monday, Oct. 19, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., in International Commons (COLE 151) || Event poster

“Enumeration and Potential Knowledge: Oulipian Lists”

Alison James, Associate Professor of French at the University of Chicago
Wednesday, Sept. 16, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in Willard Smith Library  || Event poster


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