News & Events
Commencement Reception: French Studies and Comparative Literature
Saturday, May 18, 4:00 p.m.
Seniors, their families, and alumnae are invited to join us to celebrate Commencement 2013. Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!
The Department of French Studies will host a pre-exam brunch at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 6 in the Poetry Center. All students in Spring 2013 French Studies classes are welcome to attend. We'll have croissants and orange juice. RSVP to Jen Blackburn (email@example.com) by Wednesday, May 1.
Homophobia, Islamophobia: Same Struggle; A talk (in English) and discussion with Nacira Guénif-Souilamas, Associate Professor, Université Paris 13
Friday, April 19, 7:00 p.m., Seelye 106
Whether in Europe or the USA, it is a rare occurrence to hear islamophobia and homophobia compared, let alone assimilated to one another. Anti-discrimination campaigns in both regions have mainly focused on combatting one ill or the other. Prominent LGBT activists do not always condemn islamophobia, and have in certain cases contributed to it. Those who seek to combat ethnic discrimination and xenophobia have not always been inclusive of the many LGBT individuals in their midst. What about those subjects who belong to both communities? What about those who refuse to choose between supporting gay rights and battling islamophobia? Come hear Nacira Guénif-Souilamas, author of The Feminists and the Arab Boy, discuss this very contemporary issue, using illustrations from France and beyond.
Ciné-Club Français: "Les Adieux a la Reine"
Based on the novel by Chantal Thomas, this film depicts the French Revolution and the last days of Marie Antoinette through the eyes of Sidonie, the queen's personal reader and very close friend. The film will be shown at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, in Seelye 106. French with English subtitles. All are welcome.
Ciné-Club Français: "L'Histoire d'Adèle H."
Who is Adèle H.? The daughter of the famous French author? A talented pianist? A brokenhearted mad woman? Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 in Seelye 306 for this film based on the diary of Adèle Hugo. The film will be shown in French with English subtitles. All are welcome!
Youth Voices in the Arab World: Arts as an Agent of Social Change
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013 5:30-10:00 PM
Wright Hall at Weinstein Auditorium
DINNER: FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED
5:30-6:45 PM PANEL DISCUSSION on the role of arts as an agent of social change in the Arab world. Panelists include:
TEAL-ONE97 ARAB NORTH AFRICA MUSIC PROJECT members
AMAHL BISHARA: Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University; researcher on media,the state, and human rights
JENNIFER PRUITT : Lecturer in Art at Smith College - street art of the Egyptian revolution
7:00 - 8:30 PM THEATER PLAY: PALESTINE written/ performed by NAJLA SAID, daughter of Palestinian-American literary critic and human rights activist EDWARD SAID. Direction and dramaturgy by Sturgis Warner.
Mariage Pour Tous: the Implications of the Marriage Equality Law in France
The Global Studies Center invites you to a WHAW (What's Happening Around the World) open forum in response to the same-sex marriage legislation, recently passed in the French National Assembly, that is awaiting Senate approval. Discussion will be led by Mehammed Mack, Assistant Professor of French Studies. This WHAW will take place on Thursday, March 14th at noon in the GSC. Pizza lunch will be provided.
Ciné-Club Français: "L'Effrontée"
Join us at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 in Seelye 106 for this film centered around the story of Charlotte, a 13 year old girl on her way to self-discovery. The film will be shown in French with English subtitles. All are welcome!
Ciné-Club Français: "Jeux Interdits"
Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 8:00 p.m. in Seelye 106 for a viewing of "Jeux Interdits", a critical smash considered by many to be the first movie to show the horrors of war through the eyes of children. The film will be shown in French with English subtitles. All are welcome.
Congratulations to James Sacré, Professor Emeritus
James Sacré, Doris Silbert Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, French Studies, has recently been awarded a major poetry prize in France: the Prix Max Jacob. James, who has published over sixty volumes of poetry, has already won the prestigious Prix Guillaume-Apollinaire and many other distinctions in his home country, where he now lives.
Dawes House Information Meeting
Saturday, Feb. 23, 1 p.m.
We'll have food and drinks! Ask any questions, in French or English, and find out how to get in next Fall! Contact Jaclyn Walkins for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
RESCHEDULED: Film and Discussion with Mariette Monpierre: Paris la Métisse
On Friday, February 15th at 7:30 p.m. in Seelye 201 at Smith College, the Guadeloupean filmmaker and Smith alumna Mariette Monpierre '85, will present Paris la métisse, a film made in collaboration with 14 other filmmakers (2005, 86 min, French with English subtitles) about Parisians with diverse origins and backgrounds who live, work, and deal with the daily challenges presented by cultural and religious differences in the City of Light. The event, co-sponsored by Afro-American Studies, the Global Studies Center, Film Studies, the Five College French Seminar and UMass, is free and open to the public.
Crêpe Sale: Campus Center, Feb. 11, 13, 14, 15
Help Dawes House residents get to Montréal this spring! On Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11.00 to 1.00 p.m., Dawes house residents will be in the Campus Center selling crêpes, gluten free crêpes and vegan crêpes (!). They will also sell Valentine's day cards and French books on Valentine's day.
RESCHUEDULED: Thé Chandeleur
Come eat crêpes with us at Dawes House at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, February 15 to celebrate la Chandeleur. RSVP to Carole Delaitre at email@example.com.
Ciné-Club Français: "La Science des Reves"
Enter Stéfane's amazing world, where dream and reality fuse with humor and poetry. The film will be shown in French with English subtitles on February 5 at 8:00 PM in Seelye 106. All are welcome!
Study Abroad in Geneva Information Session
Tuesday, December 11th, 5-6 PM
Internship, year-long & semester-long options will be discussed and a pizza dinner will be served.
Global Studies Center, Wright Hall
Ciné-Club Français: "Persepolis"
Discover the poignant story of a young Iranian girl during the Islamic Revolution and the beautiful and vivid illustrations of Marjane Satrapi. The film will be shown in French with English subtitles on December 4 at 8 PM in Seelye 107. All are welcome!
Lectures by Joanna Stalnaker and Kathryn Grossman in honor of Mary Ellen Birkett
Saturday, December 15, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM
Neilson Browsing Room
Please join us to celebrate Mary Ellen Birkett's upcoming retirement. Joanna Stalnaker will speak on "The Enlightenment's Missing Things", followed by Kathryn Grossman with "Les Misérables in the American Cultural Landscape: The Early Years". All are welcome.
Smith Program Abroad in Paris Information Session
November 6th, 5:00 pm (refreshments will be served)
Global Studies Center Conference Room
Ciné-Club Français: "Intouchables"
Join us in Stoddard G2 at 8 PM on Friday Oct. 19 for the second film in the Ciné-Club Français, "Intouchables". The film will be shown in French with French subtitles-- all are welcome!
Presentation of the Major
Thursday, October 25, 5:00 PM-6:00 PM
Please join us and bring a friend along! Light refreshments will be served.
Poetry Center, Wright Hall
Ciné-Club Français: "Un Prophète"
Join us in Stoddard G2 at 8 PM on Thursday Oct. 4 for the first film in the Ciné-Club Français, "Un Prophète". The film will be shown in French with English subtitles-- all are welcome!
Come join us for a tea in honor of returning JYA Paris and Geneva students!
Friday, September 28, 4:00 PM, all are invited.
Study Abroad Fair
September 25, 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Chapin/Wright Hall Lawn
French Department Placement Exams
All students considering a French course should take the French placement exam, to be offered on Monday 3 September 2012 in McConnell B15. There will be two sessions, at 1:00-2:00 PM and at 2:00-3:00 PM. If you studied French in high school, we will pre-place you in one of our courses according to your Achievement and/or Advanced Placement test scores. We strongly encourage you to take our own French placement test administered during orientation, as it will let us place you more accurately than the standardized tests.
Jacobson Center French Tutors
Wiame El Bouhali,
Keturah Williams, Josseline Matute, Clementine Hamelin
By appointment: firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 3056
La Table française: Join us!
Every Monday beginning September 10, 2012, noon-1:00 p.m.
Duckett House Dining Room (Room A or B on alternating weeks)
Non-board guests must sign the log in the room they're using. Smith students who are on the Board plan should swipe their cards at the check-in desk.