October 21, 2010

Hough Hall Room 340, 4:05-6:00PM

“Zola’s Paris and the Spaces of Proto-Modernism” by Dr. Susan Harrow, Professor of French and Deputy Head of the School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Professor Harrow’s research interests lie in the later nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially poetry and the novel with a particular focus on the interrelation of literary modernism and visual culture. Her most recent publication includes Zola, the Body Modern: Pressures and Prospects of Representation (Legenda, 2009). She is currently editing Sublimely Visual: The Art of the Text, a collection of essays developed from the conference she organized at Bristol in September 2008.

This program is free and open to public.

UPDATE: Click here to download conference poster.

October 28, 2010

Smathers Library, Room 1A, 7:30PM

The Benedictine & the Labyrinth: The Enlightenment Library and the Problem of Universal Knowledge” by Dr. Jacob Soll, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, Camden.

Professor Soll is currently the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his research in Enlightenment libraries. He has authored two books on intelligence in the court of Louis XIV: “The Enlightenment Library and the Quest for Universal Knowledge” and early modern political criticism: “Publishing The Prince: History, Reading, and the Birth of Political Criticism 1513-1789.”

The FFRI is pleased to collaborate with the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere in sponsoring Dr. Soll’s lecture which is a part of the “Imagining the Library: Books in Public Life from late Antiquity to the Digital Age Speakers Series,” organized by Dr. Bonnie Effros, Rothman Chair and Director.

This program is free and open to the public.

UPDATE: Download conference poster and Jacob Soll’s CV

November 1, 2010

Pugh Hall, Room 170, 6:10PM

“Living in a Glass House” by Mr. Robert Rubin, architectural historian completing his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is also the owner of the Maison de Verre in Paris, an important historical modernist house, designed by Pierre Chareau.

The FFRI is pleased to collaborate with the School of Architecture in the College of Design, Construction and Planning in co-sponsorinig Mr. Rubin’s lecture. Professor Nancy Clark is the organizer of the event.

December 2-5, 2010

Pugh Hall, Room 302

“Workshop on Africa’s Response to Language Endangerment” Prof. Gerard Kedrebeogo (CNRST/INSS, Ouagadougou): Safeguarding the endangered languages in Burkina Faso: the case of Sillanka.

For more information click here. Organized in collaboration with the Center of African Studies and the Linguistics Department at University of Florida.

February 10-11, 2011

Ustler Hall Atrium

“Simone de Beauvoir: Legacies Conference”
Professor Toril Moi will be the keynote speaker at the Simone de Beauvoir Conference sponsored by the FFRI and the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, Ustler Hall.

The title of her talk is “The Taste of Another Life: Beauvoir Between Literature and Philosophy“. Toril Moi is James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies, Professor of English, Philosophy, and Theater Studies, and Director of the Center for Philosophy, Arts, and Literature at Duke University. Her first book Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory (1985) has been translated into fifteen languages. Her 1994 biography, Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman (2nd edition, 2008) has been translated into five languages. Her most recent book on feminist theory is Sex, Gender and the Body:  The Student Edition of What is a Woman (2005).

This program is free and open to the public.

UPDATE: Click here to download conference poster.

February 25-26, 2011

Reitz Union – Room 282

2011 Carter Conference:  “African Independence: Cultures of Memory, Celebrations, and Contestations.”

This year conference focuses on the commemorations and celebrations of the fiftieth anniversary of African political independences. This is an opportunity to examine the cultures of memory, the commemorations, and celebrations on the continent by looking at specific practices, acts, and discourses located in domains as varied as literature, anthropology, architecture, history and politics. As part of the annual Carter Conference Series, the FFRI will sponsor the visit of Dr. Cécile Canut, University of Paris Descartes. Professor Canut will be the FFRI Visiting Professor.

UPDATE: Click here to download conference poster.
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