Thomas Baldwin will talk on Friday April 3rd on the topic, "Proust in Theory (Barthes, Deleuze, Guattari)". The lecture will take place in 121 Folwell at 2:30 PM.

Thomas Baldwin is Reader in French at the University of Kent (UK), where he directs the MA in Modern French Studies and is co-director of the Centre for Modern European Literature. He is also the general editor of the Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature.

Thomas Baldwin's research interests are in nineteenth and twentieth century French literature, post-war literary and critical theory, and the relation between the literary and the visual (in painting and photography). He has published extensively on Marcel Proust, Roland Barthes, Gilles Deleuze, and Felix Guattari.

During his visit to Minnesota, Thomas Baldwin will also lead a workshop for faculty and graduate students on Anne F. Garréta’s La Décomposition. Garréta’s novel is a complex critical palimpsest of Marcel Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu in the mode of detective fiction. The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 2nd from 11-12:30pm.

Thomas Baldwin Lecture

The Department of French & Italian along with the Center for Jewish Studies & the Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch invite you to Sven-Erik Rose's talk entitled "Heideggerian Ontology and the Holocaust: Piotr Rawicz's Le Sang du ciel."

Sven-Erik Rose is an associate professor of German and affiliate in French, in Comparative Literature, and in Jewish Studies at the University of California, Davis. His book Jewish Philosophical Politics in Germany, 1789–1848 was published by Brandeis University Press in 2014. He has published articles on German, French, Swedish, and Yiddish literature and culture in journals including The Goethe Yearbook, French Studies, Eighteenth Century Studies, New German Critique, and Postmodern Culture. He was also the guest editor of a special issue of New German Critique:Ambivalent Sites of Memory in Postwar Germany, 2011. His current book project, The Holocaust and the Archive from the Cold War to Postmemory, examines the role of real and virtual Holocaust archives in shaping how the Holocaust has been understood and remembered.

Heideggerian Ontology and the Holocaust

Please join us in welcoming critically acclaimed Italian-Ghanaian filmmaker and activist, Fred Kuwornu, to campus February 26th and 27th. He will be presenting clips from his film in progress, BlaxpoItalian: Blackness in Italian Cinema, on Thursday, February 26 (5-6:15) in 10 Blegen Hall and screening his film,18 IUS SOLI, a documentary that traces the twisted path to citizenship for the children born of immigrants in modern Italy, on Friday, February 27 (3:00-5:00PM) in 275 Nicholson Hall. Friday's screening will be followed by a Q&A session.


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Citizenship in Contemporary Italy

Following the Charlie Hebdo incident in Paris, France, the University of Minnesota held the symposium: “Can One Laugh at Everything? Satire and Free Speech after Charlie.” A panel of speakers talked about how to respect pluralism and diversity while also upholding the principles of freedom of speech and expression. Please open the following link for remarks from William Mitchell constitutional law professor Anthony Winer, 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning Star Tribune editorial cartoonist Steve Sack, University of Minnesota media ethics and law professor Jane Kirtley, and U of M French professor Bruno Chaouat.

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