August 9 – October 30

Toulouse-Lautrec: Artist of Montmartre

This exhibit showcases the substantial holdings of lithographs, posters and drawings by the great French modernist at the University of Illinois’s Krannert Art Museum. Featured in the Harn exhibit are some of Toulouse-Lautrec’s best-known prints, including Moulin Rouge – La Goulue (1891), his first lithograph and poster. The exhibition is organized along five themes representing key facets of the artist’s printmaking career: Early Work, Nightlife, Theatre and Music, The Fine Art Print and Advertising.

Toulouse-Lautrec: Artist of Montmartre is sponsored locally by the France-Florida Research Institute and the C. Frederick Thompson Foundation. The curator is Dulce Roman.

Gladys Gracy Harn Exhibition Hall, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art.

October 3 – 4Ambassador Levitte

His Excellency Jean-David Levitte, Ambassador of France to the United States

Lecture: “The United States and France in a World Transformed”
Monday, October 3, Constans Theatre, Reitz Union Colonnade, 4:30pm

October 10

Didier Rebois – Architect and General Secretary of Europan, Paris. FFRI Visiting Professor in collaboration with the School of Architecture.

Lecture: “the streets are ours…..all?“, Harn Museum of Art Auditorium, 6:00pm

October 14 – 15

Translation Routes – a symposium on literary translation involving invited national and international writers and translators to discuss key translation issues, problematics and experiences. The symposium will be held in the Keene Faculty Center.

Organizers: Sidney Wade, Department of English, Creative Writing, and Sylvie Blum-Reid, France-Florida Research Institute and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

The symposium is sponsored by the France-Florida Research Institute, the Departmentof English, the Center for European Studies, the Asian Studies Program, the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, the Translation Studies Certificate Program, the Department of African and Asian Languages and Literatures and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

October 11 – November 3

Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival – features the films of Jean Rouch including his film about Margaret Mead followed by Jaguar. Financial Support provided by University of Florida Department of Anthropology, Department of English, France-Florida Research Institute, Center for Latin American Studies

All shows are free and open to the general public.

Tuesday October 11, 7:30 pm

Location: University of Florida Campus, New Engineering Building 202, located on Center Drive, halfway between Reitz Union and Shands

Afghanistan Unveiled
Brigitte Brault & Aina Women Filming Group. 2003. 52 min. Video. (Afghanistan)
Filmed by the first team of women video journalists trained in Afghanistan, this rare film explores the effects of the Taliban’s repressive rule and recent U.S. military campaign on Afghani women. Shot in rural regions of the country, the filmmakers present footage of Hazara women whose lives have been decimated by recent events, and yet manage to also find moving examples of hope for the future.

Madanm Ti Zo (Mrs. Littlebones) 
David Belle. 2004. 60 min. (Haiti)
U.S. Premiere at 2004 Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival
Madanm Ti Zo, a midwife and herbal doctor, runs her own clinic in Jacmal, Haiti. This vérité-style film—shot primarily in the courtyard and the thatched-roof hut where “Mrs. Littlebones” examines pregnant women, helps to birth babies, and aids the steady stream of men, women, and children seeking her expertise—provides an intimate look into traditional health practices.

Thursday October 13, 7:30 pm

Location: University of Florida Campus, New Engineering Building 202, located on Center Drive, halfway between Reitz Union and Shands

Margaret Mead: A Portrait by a Friend 
Jean Rouch. 1978. 30 min. (U.S.)
Jean Rouch filmed this loving and humorous portrait of anthropologist and filmmaker Margaret Mead in September 1977 while he was a guest of the first Margaret Mead Film Festival. As both a friend and colleague, Rouch reveals a glimpse of the legendary Mead in her later years.

Jean Rouch. 1957. 92 mins. (Niger/Ghana)
Part documentary, part fiction, and part reflective commentary, Jaguar tells the story of three young men from the Savannah of Niger who leave their homeland to seek wealth and adventure on the coast and in the cities of Ghana. This seminal film, which was the result of improvised on-screen action and then later, improvised narrative voice-over, is the story of their travels, their encounters along the way, their experiences in Accra and Kumasi, and, after three months, their return to their families and friends at home.

Tuesday October 18, 7:30 pm

Location: University of Florida Campus, New Engineering Building 202, located on Center Drive, halfway between Reitz Union and Shands

Marry Me 
Uli Gaulke & Jeannette Eggert. 2003. 105 min. (Germany/Cuba)
U.S. Premiere at 2004 Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival
While on holiday in Cuba, Erik, from Hamburg, meets a beautiful woman from Havana, Gladis. One year later, Gladis and her 8-year-old son, Omarito, board a plane to leave their island home for Germany. This intense and intimate portrait of their transcultural marriage takes us through the couple’s first two years as they struggle with unexpected obstacles. The film presents a highly original observation of cross-cultural identity and alienation.

Tuesday October 25, 7:30 pm

Location: University of Florida Campus, New Engineering Building 202, located on Center Drive, halfway between Reitz Union and Shands

The Future of Food 
Deborah Koons Garcia. 2003. 88 min. Video. (U.S./Canada/Mexico)
N.Y. Premiere at 2004 Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival
What will food look like for future generations? Will all plant species become private property? The Future of Food raises important questions about genetically modified food. It highlights the role of corporations and government in agriculture, and the role consumers have yet to play in determining what we will eat in the decades to come. Viewing this film, you’ll never look at food the same way again!

Thursday November 3, 7:30 pm

Location: University of Florida Campus, New Engineering Building 202, located on Center Drive, halfway between Reitz Union and Shands

A Panther in Africa 
Aaron Matthews. 2004. 71 min. (Tanzania)
N.Y. Premiere at 2004 Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival
In 1969, Black Panther Pete O’Neal was arrested on a gun charge in Kansas City, Missouri. To avoid conviction, he fled to Africa, where he has spent the last 34 years living in exile in Tanzania. During the past three decades, he and his wife have devoted themselves to community work dealing with health, literacy, and anti-racism. Now, faced with the possibility of returning to America, O’Neal reflects on his life and radical past.

a/k/a Mrs. George Gilbert
Coco Fusco. 2004. 31 min. (U.S.)
World (film festival) Premiere at 2004 Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival
This hybrid video blends fictional and documentary source material in an imaginative re-creation of a crucial political moment in U.S. history. Co-scripted by Rick Moody (The Ice Storm), it tells the story of an FBI agent who confesses to his involvement in the nationwide search for Angela Davis, the famous radical philosopher and black activist who was on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list in 1970 and an underground fugitive for two months.

Sergio Morkin. 2004. 61 min. Video. (Argentina)
U.S. Premiere at 2004 Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival
Oscar is a taxi driver, family man, and intrepid guerilla artist who rebels against the bombardment of advertisements in Buenos Aires. In doing so, he attracts attention from both the media and academia as an artist/activist whose story resonates strongly. But can he pay his bills without selling out?

Sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the France-Florida Research Institute. For more information, please contact Dr. Roger Beebe (rogerbb@english.ufl.edu) or Dr. Rick Stepp (stepp@ufl.edu).

October 28C Djavann

Chahdortt Djavann is of Iranian origin and has been living in Paris since 1993 where she studied anthropology. She wrote her first novel in French (Je viens d’ailleurs, Autrement, 2002), but acquired instant fame with Bas les voiles (Gallimard, 2003), a pamphlet against the Islamic veil. In 2004 Ms. Djavann was awarded the International Prize for Secularism by the International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism.

Lecture: “Secularism and Political Islam: Reflections on the Islamic Veil, 5:30pm, October 28, 1002 New Physics Building.

Ms. Djavann’s trip to the United States is organized by the General Delegation of the Alliances Françaises USA and the French Embassy in Washington D.C. Her stay in Gainesville is under the auspices of the Alliance Française and her lecture is sponsored by the France-Florida Research Institute.

December 2

Dr. George Greenia, editor of the distinguished journal of Medieval Studies La Coronica and the new journal “American Pilgrim”, will be discussing the medieval pilgrimage route called the Rue Saint Jacques, Xacobeo or Camino de Santiago. He will give an illustrated, interdisciplinary lecture about the Rue Saint Jacques to the general public in English. 4:00pm, Florida Gym, Room 210.

January 7

M. Philippe Entremont, Classical pianist, President, Ecole Normale de Musique, Alfred Cortot, Paris
Lecture in English, Keene Faculty Center, 7:30pm.

January 14

Dr. Lori Walters, Professor of French, Florida State University

Lecture in English: “Christine de Pisan’s ‘Concept of the Natural Woman”
3:00-5:00pm, 219 Dauer Hall

January 28 – February 2

M. Didier Repellin
Inspecteur Général, Bureau des Monuments Historiques, Paris

Conference on Historical Preservation
Lecture at 1:00pm, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

February 12 – 15

Dr. Roger Guilard, Professor of Chemistry, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon

Lecture: “From the Synthesis of Macrocycles to the Elaboration of Nano-materials
2:00pm, 309 Leigh Hall

Lecture: “New Development in Corrole Chemistry
5:00pm, 309 Leigh Hall

February 18

Marie Vannouque-Digne, Cultural Attachée of the French Embassy to the United States in charge of French schools in the US and a former collaborator of George Charpak for “La Main à la Pate

To learn more about the Children and Science Colloquium, visit here or here.

February 21

Michel WaldschmidtInstitut de Mathématiques de Jussieu, Paris
Lecture: Elliptic Functions and Transcendence, 4:00pm, Little Hall 109

March 11 – 12

Conference on Medieval Studies and Film

Invited Speakers:

  • Roger Maxwell, on his film in production, Joan of Arc: The Virgin Warrior.
  • Nickolas Haydock, “Killing the Messenger: The Semiotics of Perspective and Aporia in Luc Besson’s The Messenger”
  • Martin Foys, ” Virtually Anglo-Saxon: the Digital and Typographic Reality of Early Medieval England”

March 14 – 15

Oyez, Oyez, Oyez – Missives and Messages: Media in the Middle Ages Colloquium
Thomas Center, Gainesville
Monday, March 14, 4pm – 9pm

Official Opening of Colloquium and Art Exhibit

Introductory Remarks:
Bill Hutchinson, “From the Collector’s Eye.”

Key Note Speaker:
Amilcare Iannucci, Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Humanities Center at the University of Toronto

Professor Iannucci is the author of numerous books on Dante adn medieval culture. His most recent publication, Dante, Cinema, and Television is available through the University of Toronto Press.

March 28

Bernard Reichen, Internationally recognized architect
6:00pm, Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

March 31 – April 2

20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium:
“Verbal, visual, virtual: New Canons for the Twenty-first Century”
Hilton Hotel and Conference Center

April 4

Rudy Ricciotti, Internationally recognized architect
6:00pm., Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

April 4 – 8

Dr. Christine Maillard, Professor of German Studies, Marc Bloch University, Strasbourg

April 6th, 4:00pm, Lecture(in German): “Der Grenzgânger Alfred Döblin: Interkulturalität und Interdisziplinaritât in seinem Werk.

April 7, 4:00pm, 2328 Turlington Hall, Lecture (in English with a discussion in French): “About Some Historical Forms of the Relationship of Science and Literature in French and German Cultural Areas.”