Upcoming Events

French Movie Night
Thursday, December 19th
8:00 P.M.
French House

Come celebrate the end of the semester with your French Language Assistants, Réjane and Jiji, in the French House Common Room (second floor, King Hall) for the screening of Le père Noël est une ordure. This 1982 French comedy, directed by Jean Marie Poiré, tells the story of two neurotics working for a suicide hotline on the night of Christmas Eve. They get caught up in a catastrophe when a pregnant woman, her abusive boyfriend, and a transvestite visit their office.

Film screened in French with English subtitles.  Refreshments will be served!  All are welcome!

Recent Lectures:

"Muslim Women Reclaim Their Identities:
Being a Muslim Woman in France & the U.S."
Saturday, April 27, 2019
1:20 - 4:45 P.M.
Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Frost Library

This conference brought together inspiring Muslim women activists, artists, and scholars to speak with one another and with our Amherst students, staff and faculty members, on a wide range of subjects, in order to foster learning and meaningful exchanges. This was an opportunity for interdisciplinary dialogue with the intent of sparking stimulating exchanges about the many ways Muslim women are inspiring and empowering others across categories of religion, gender, race, sexuality, and gender expression.
This conferece was sponsored by the Dean of Faculty, the Turgeon Fund, the Department of French, and the Department of Anthropology & Sociology

"My Way: Crossing the U.S., from Venice to Babylon"
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
4:30 P.M.
Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Frost Library

The French Department and the Center for Humanistic Inquiry co-sponsored the second lecture in a series in honor of Professor Emerita Leah Hewitt, who taught for 30 years in the French Department at Amherst College. Laure Murat was the invited speaker, and gave a CHI Salon talk titled “My Way: Crossing the U.S., from Venice to Babylon.” Professor Murat is the Director of the Center for European and Russian Studies at the University of California, where she also teaches French.

“My Way” is the title of a work in progress, both a road trip and a book. The purpose of this project is to cross the U.S. from the West Coast to the East Coast and back again, stopping only in places named after foreign cities. From Venice, California to Babylon, New York, Professor Murat will analyze how America paid homage to the rest of the world, revealing the "elsewhere" hidden within the "here." Paris, Texas, and Memphis, Tennessee will serve as highlights of a trip which is also a wandering of the mind, inspired by the magic of names.

This lecture was made possible by generous funding from the Georges Lurcy Lecture Fund at Amherst College, the Turgeon Fund, the Center for Humanistic Inquiry and the French Department.