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Event: FRIT Graduate Student Symposium (4/18, 1:30-4pm)

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Event: 6th Annual Italian Film Festival, March 6-9 2014

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The Italian Cultural Center is pleased to extend an invitation to attend its 6th annual Italian Film Festival. In collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, the ICC will bring prominent contemporary Italian feature films to the Twin Cities.

The film festival will be held March 6th through 9th, 2014. A variety of recently released Italian films will take moviegoers on a spectacular journey through the landscapes and stories of Italy and its people.

Tutoring Schedules: Spring 2015

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See this post for the French and Italian tutoring calendars.

French graduate student, Sean Killackey was recently awarded the Access Achievement Award for 2013!

The Access Achievement Awards is an annual celebration of individuals who support and contribute to access at the University of Minnesota.
Disability Services alone does not make the University of Minnesota
accessible. We rely on every member of our community. The celebration is
to recognize the people who go above and beyond the expected on making
the University steps closer to a fully accessible University for

Film: The Zigzag Kid, by Vincent Bal (opening 8/25)

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The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents:

The Zigzag Kid
Netherlands • 95 min • Dutch/English/French w/English subtitles • 2012 • Narrative
Directed by: Vincent Bal
The film is opening Friday, October 25 at the St Anthony Main Theater.

Based on the beloved novel by David Grossman, The Zigzag Kid uses wit and humor to explore the most fundamental questions of good and evil and to speak directly to adults and teenagers.

A witty, spirited and action-packed adventure about an almost-thirteen-year-old boy named Nono, his world of confusions, fears and fantasies…

Nono longs to be a good detective like his father, a famous police inspector, but his wild nature constantly gets him into trouble. Gaby, his father's secretary, cherishes Nono and recognizes his anguish, which comes from his lack of knowledge about his mother, who died when he was very little. Two days before his bar mitzvah, he is sent off to his uncle's to be disciplined yet again. Once on the train, the over-imaginative boy discovers one last chance to prove himself. Together with charming international thief Felix Glick, an old acquaintance of his father's, he travels to the French Rivera and enters a world of disguises and crazy pursuits, crossing paths with the famous singer Lola Ciperola (played by Isabella Rossellini) and Zohara, a mysterious woman whose secrets will forever change Nono's life.

From Ghettos to Trulli: Italian Neighborhoods in Transition

Italy is the perfect destination to study neighborhoods in transition. From gentrified Roman neighborhoods to ancient beehive homes now used as villas, Italian neighborhoods will fascinate you. Soak up the local character of each neighborhood, talk with the people who live there, study the history and transformations taking place, and reflect on the implications for residents.

Program Leader

This Global Seminar will be led by Kathleen Rider of the Department of French and Italian. Kathleen teaches Italian language and culture at the University of Minnesota and has lived in several different parts of both central and southern Italy. She has done extensive research on Italian history, culture and urban theory and has the unique experience of witnessing the transition of her own childhood neighborhood from multi-generational and working class to young, urban professionals.

Event: Scott Dominic Carpenter (9/17, 4-5)

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Scott Dominic Carpenter discussion and book signing for Theory of Remainders
U of M Bookstore at Coffman Union

Scott Dominic Carpenter, local author and professor of literature at Carleton College, will discuss his book Theory of Remainders on Tuesday, September 17 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E. Minneapolis.

Theory of Remainders is a psychological thriller that explores the secret ties between love, trauma and language. Carpenter's debut novel follows the journey of a middle aged psychiatrist who finds himself reunited with a trauma he has struggled to forget: the brutal death of his teenage daughter. He embarks on a mission to resolve lingering questions about his past, hoping to heal himself along the way.

Carpenter will sign copies of his book following the discussion. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to order a signed copy visit http://www.bookstores.umn.edu/genref/authors.html#gotoauthor582

Event: "Mirrors and Opposite," Sunday, Sep. 15 (4-6pm)

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An art song recital featuring compositions from Tours, France and Minneapolis. Experience the joy of collaboration with song, art and community!

Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski and pianist Mark Bilyeu will perform in a recital, Mirror & Opposite. They have returned from the Académie Francis Poulenc in Tours, France, and will share their experiences working with musicians from around the world. During this tour they attended workshops and performances devoted to La Mélodie Française or French art song. Sponsored by Minneapolis and Tours Sister Cities, Alliance Française Minneapolis–St. Paul, Fredrikson & Byron, and WAM. Join us in the West Wing of the Weisman Art Museum for a performance after their return from France surrounded by all the wonderful visual art the Weisman has to offer!

The Crossroads Project, directed by Anaïs Nony

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Film: In The House, by François Ozon (7/12-7/18)

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The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents:

In The House
France • 105 min • French w/English subtitles • 2012 • Narrative
Directed by: François Ozon
The film is opening Friday, July 12 at the St Anthony Main Theater.

A dark, tense, and wryly funny French comic thriller by François Ozon, opening July 12 in honor of Bastille Day!

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul is offering a special student price of $5 in celebration of Bastille Day! Just mention this Bastille Day Special at the box office and get a reduced admission to any screening of IN THE HOUSE (DANS LA MAISON), a dark, tense, and wryly funny French comic thriller by director François Ozon and starring Kristin Scott-Thomas, playing July 12-18 at St. Anthony Main Theatre (115 SE Main St, Mpls).

Please inform your students, friends, and colleagues about this great film and offer!

Event: Bastille Day celebration (7/13, 4pm-12am)

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Brought to you by Alliance Française:

Saturday, July 13, 2013

4pm - 12am
Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington

There will be fun events for the entire family.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event ($10 for AF members and children under 10).

Bastille Day is the French Independence Day, July 14, 1789, when French citizens overthrew the monarchy and stormed the infamous prison in Paris, the Bastille.

Film and Event: Becoming Traviata, by Philippe Béziat

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The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents:

Becoming Traviata
France • 111 min • French w/English subtitles • 2013 • Documentary
Directed by: Philippe Béziat

The film is opening Friday, June 28 at the St Anthony Main Theater.


Pre-screening Party and LIVE OPERA Performance
with opera conductor/director Craig Fields
and an outstanding cast of opera singers

Monday, July 1, 2013
6-7:30 pm
Aster Café’s River Room
125 SE Main St, Minneapolis

$25 General / $20 Film Society Members
Ticket Includes:
performance & discussion | hors d’oeuvres & cash bar
Screening of Becoming Traviata

Film: Renoir, by Gilles Bourdos, starts 4/26

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Landmark Theaters presents:
Renoir, writer/director Gilles Bourdos, 111 min, France
In French with English Subtitles
Showing starts April 26th at the Uptown Theater and Edina 4

Starring: Michel Bouquet, Christa Théret, Vincent Rottiers

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Gilles Bourdos’ lushly atmospheric drama RENOIR tells the story of celebrated** Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir**, in declining health at age 74, and his middle son Jean, who returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I.

Over the last twenty years, French philosopher Bernard Stiegler has written more than thirty books, publishing widely on time, memory, individuation, consumerist culture, post-capitalism and pharmacology.

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Congratulations to Mary Franklin-Brown:

The American Comparative Literature Association has awarded the 2103 Harry Levin Prize to Mary Franklin-Brown, Associate Professor in French and Italian, for her book Reading the World: Encyclopedic Writing in the Scholastic Age (University of Chicago).

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Italy • 76 min • Italian w/English subtitles • 2012 • Drama • 35mm • PG-13
Directed by: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani

Winner of the Golden Bear at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival, Caesar Must Die follows the inmates of the high-security Rebibbia prison as they rehearse a performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Critically lauded, this festival highlight is an absolute must-see.

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PhD Candidate Department of French and Italian Corbin Treacy to Present at CHGS (Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies) Workshop

Interdisciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty Holocaust, Genocide and Mass Violence Studies
Friday, March 1

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Room 710 Social Sciences

Aesthetics and Aftermath: Algeria 1962-2012

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The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents:
The Intouchables, by Olivier Nakache & Eric Toledano, 112 min, France, 2011.
In French with English subtitles.
Showing - Fri, Oct 5 through Thurs, Oct 11 at St. Anthony Main Theatre.

David Kertzer -- Professor, Brown University

"Evil Conspiracies and Common Enemies: Mussolini, the Vatican, and the Origins of the Italian Racial Laws"

Monday, September 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Cowles Auditorium, HHH
Reception following in the atrium.

A conference entitled French-American Conversations on Psychoanalysis, will be held at the University of Chicago on October 14 -15, 2011.

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents:
The Woman In The Fifth, Director Pawel Pawlikowski, 85 min, France, 2012.
In French with English subtitles.
Showing - Fri, Jun 29 through Thurs, Jul 5 on Screen 3 at St. Anthony Main Theatre.

American writer Tom Ricks (Ethan Hawke) arrives in Paris to be closer to his young daughter who is living with his estranged ex-wife. Completely broke, he accepts a job as a night guard for a local crime boss. Stationed in a basement office, his only task is to push a button when a bell rings. The tranquility of the night, he hopes, will help him focus on his new novel.

News from 314 Folwell: Welcome to Summer!

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It's a slow month in the Front Office. Stop by anytime with iced tea (for Midori), hot chai (for Nissa), and a triple espresso (for Kerry). If you're looking for information or advice about academic programs, do contact our fearless Chair, Professor Daniel Brewer, acting DUS and DGS for the summer.

Eric Marty -- Professor, Université Paris 7-Diderot

"Why Did the 20th Century Take Sade Seriously?"

Friday April 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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A reception will follow the lecture.

Roundtable: Corbin Treacy

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Human Rights Graduate Minor Colloquium, "Human Rights Research in Action"
Leah Entenmann & Corbin Treacy
Monday April 23, 2012, 3:30 pm
260 Social Sciences

Check it out: Univocal Publishing

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Univocal Publishing is a small, local, and independent publishing house that specializes in philosophy, art, technology, and poetry. Inspired by the philosopher Gilles Deleuze’s deployment of the concept of univocity, the press strives to publish thinkers and writers whose voices are singular and diverse.


Armand Renaud 1918-2012

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It is with great sadness that the Department of French & Italian announces of the death of Armand Renaud, professor emeritus of French. He was 93 year of age.

For those of you who did not know Armand, it is thanks to his generosity that the Madeleine Renaud Graduate Fellowship was established as a tribute to his wife Madeleine. This fellowship also honors the life and work of Armand Renaud, who gave generously of his learning and wisdom to students, colleagues, and friends during his time in Folwell.

A lovely portrait of Armand and Madeleine Renaud

The Conquest -- a film by Xavier Durrigner

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The Conquest, Director Xavier Durrigner, 105 min, France, 2010,
In French with English subtitles.
Showing - Fri, Feb 10 through Thurs, Feb 16

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents a larger-than-life account of Nicholas Sarkozy’s 2007 taking of the French presidency in Xavier Durringer’s The Conquest, showing theatrically on Screen 3 at St. Anthony Main Theatre Fri, Feb 10 - Thurs, Feb 16.

Denis Podalydès delivers a witty yet commanding portrayal of Nicolas Sarkozy and his rise to the French presidency through the lens of his unraveling marriage to then-wife Cecilia (Florence Pernel). Never one to disguise his ambition, the film’s Sarkozy curries favor with predecessor Jacques Chirac (Bernard Le Coq) and spars gamely with glib rival Dominique de Villepin (Samuel Labarthe). This lampoon depicts the future president of France as a bold and unashamed virtuoso of political combat, whose inattention to his disintegrating domestic partnership emerges as his chief vulnerability.

With leads brilliantly etching sharp characterizations of living politicians, director Xavier Durringer need never veer too far from reality, even while deploying fictional embellishments and a larger-than-life sense of humor that—with Nicola Piovani’s buoyant score—giddily evoke a circus-like atmosphere. (Description courtesy Music Box Films)

Official Selection - Cannes Film Festival 2011

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents the very best of national and international independent cinema on Screen 3 at St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 SE Main Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414. www.mspfilmsociety.org | Press Release online: http://bit.ly/yJDRsK

Alumni News: Rob St. Clair interviewed

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On Language Proficiency

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This piece by Stephen Brockmann, professor of German at Carnegie Mellon, from the Chronicle of Higher Education on job candidates' language incompetency. What do you think?


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