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Faculty Panel to Discuss Recent Violence in France

Faculty members from several departments will gather on Monday, November 21, to discuss the recent outbreaks of violence in France, particularly in the banlieues, or suburban blocks, of Paris.

The panel, which will take place at 5 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room, will explore the question, “Why Has Violence Erupted in France’s Suburban Ghettos?” Panelists are Giovanna Bellesia, Italian department; Martine Gantrel, Jonathan Gosnell and Janie Vanpée, French department; Gertraud Gutzmann, German; Reyes Lázaro, Spanish; and Greg White, government.

Meanwhile, Catherine Housholder ’07, who is living and studying in Paris for her Junior Year Abroad, gave her perspective on the recent violence in a November 10 article in her Indiana hometown newspaper, the Kendalville News-Sun.

The riots and violence in France, which began late last month, has included wanton exploding and burning of cars and buses, random attacks on people and vandalizing schools, shopping centers and businesses.

French governmental and law-enforcement authorities have struggled to regain control of the neighborhoods ringing the country’s cities as young people -- mostly immigrants and descendants of immigrants -- claim to be rioting in protest of squalid living conditions, poverty, joblessness and discrimination that has continued for far too long without substantive attention.

The November 21 panel is sponsored by the Department of French Studies.

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