Upcoming Events

Relax and Craft Night
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
8:00 P.M.
French House (King Hall, 2nd floor)

Join your French Language Assistants and French House residents for a relax and craft night. Anti-stress coloring pages and drawing supplies will be provided. Refreshments will be served! All are welcome!

French Film Screening
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
8:00 P.M.
French House (King Hall, 2nd floor)

Lectures:

"The Art of Living by Women:
Charlotte Perriand's Particular Brilliance in France and Japan"
Monday, March 23, 2020
4:30 P.M.
Fayerweather 113

Presented by Miranda Mote, PhD Candidate in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

Charlotte Perriand was one of several women who invented new ways of living and contributed
transformative ideas about modern art, textiles, architecture, furniture design, and photography in
twentieth century France. From 1927 to 1937, Perriand collaborated with Le Corbusier, the pioneer of
modern architecture. She later designed interior domestic ‘machines,’ worked as an architect, and
experimented with photography with the painter Fernand Léger.
In 1940, Perriand was invited by the Japanese Minister of Industrial Commerce to serve in Japan as
a design advisor and diplomat. While in Japan, she photographed people, their interactions with their
environments, and the materials of Japan’s natural and built environments. Through her experience in
Japan and photography, she translated the natural and built worlds into her own art of living,
achieving authority as an artist, designer, and architect.
Funded by the Departments of French and Asian Languages & Civilizations, the Georges Lurcy Lecture Fund
Series at Amherst, and the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World.

Recent Lectures:

"The Histoire mémorable between News and History:
Framing Accounts of Current Events in the French Wars of Religion"
Thursday, March 5, 2020
4:30 P.M.
Alumni House

Andrea Frisch, Professor of French at the University of Maryland, gave the biennial lecture in a lecture series in honor of Professor Jay Caplan, who taught for 30 years in the French Department at Amherst College. Her talk was titled  "The Histoire  mémorable between News & History: Framing Accounts of Current Events in the French Wars of Religion." The lecture was given in English, and took place in the Alumni House on the Amherst College campus.
Professor Frisch is a distinguished scholar of early modern French literature and has published extensively on historiography and memory, especially in the context of the French Wars of Religion (1562-1598) and their aftermath. Her current scholarship, which will also informed her lecture at Amherst College, extends her examination of the notions of testimony, memorability and the memorable to a wider European context. This event was sponsored by the Amherst College French Department, The Georges Lurcy Lecture Series at Amherst, and the Turgeon Fund. The lecture series was made possible by the generous donations of French Department alumni offered in honor of Professor Caplan.

"Of Monsters and Women:
Collecting Japanese Art in Nineteenth-Century Paris"
Monday, February 17, 2020
4:30 P.M.
Fayerweather 117

Professor Elizabeth Emery spoke about the Paris Musée d'Ennery, its collections, and its history before teasing out some of the complicated social factors - among them class, gender, religion, and nationalism - that led to the museum's marginalization as a cultural institution.
Elizabeth Emery, Professor of French at Montclair State University, has a number of publications including her forthcoming Reframing Japonisme: Women and the Asian Art Market in Nineteenth-Century France (1853-1914), due out this spring.
This lecture was co-sponsored by the Departments of French, Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Georges Lurcy Lecture Fund Series at Amherst, and the Corliss Lamont Lectureship for a Peaceful World.