French Department News & Events

Upcoming Events


The French House invites you to celebrate the end of the semester at "Soirée Cabaret", this Friday, December 9th from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M. in King Hall! Enjoy the open mic and dazzle us with your songs, theatrical performances, poem readings, jokes or stories (in French). Or just listen, that's okay too. It will be the semester's last event, and we're counting on you to make it memorable! 

If you are planning to perform, please inform us at, so that we know how many people want to join in!
Refreshements will be served!



Lecture by Zahia Rahmani: "De l'Algérie à la France: Parcours d'une femme écrivain"

Zahia Rahmani, Global Faculty in Residence at NYU, will deliver a talk on Friday, December 2nd at 4:00 P.M. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). Reception to follow. This event is sponsored by the Amherst College French Department and the Georges Lurcy Lecture Series and Lamont Funds at Amherst College. 

The Algerian-born academic and author Zahia Rahmani is one of France's leading art historians and writers of fiction, memoirs, and cultural criticism. She is the author of a literary trilogy dedicated to contemporary figures of so-called banished men: Moze (Sabine Wespieser Editions, 2003); "Muslim" Novel (Sabine Wespieser Editions, 2005); France, Story of Childhood (Sabine Wespieser Editions, 2006). The U.S. edition of France, Story of Childhood was published by Yale University Press in 2016. The French Ministry of Culture named her Chevalier of Arts and Letters and a member of the College of Diversity. As an art historian, Rahmani is Director of the Research Program on Art and Globalization at the French National Institute of the History of Art (INHA). Her multi-year international research project at the INHA in Paris and Marseille culminated in Made in Algeria: Genealogy of a Territory, a book and exhibition of colonial cartography, high and popular visual culture, and contemporary art at the Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations (MuCEM), located in Marseille.