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Skidmore in Paris

Paris Fall Seminar

In fall 2014, study in Paris with Skidmore Professor Regina Janes from the English Department. The fall 2014 Paris Fall Seminar, titled “Parisian Pursuits: Pleasure, Happiness, Justice,” offers students the chance to explore the ways 18th-century France showed the world, especially the English and Americans, how to pursue pleasure, search for happiness, and demand justice. Students will also record their own experiences of Paris in a non-fiction creative writing class based on the style and manner of the authors they are studying.

The Program and Seminar Director

The Paris Fall Seminar program, offered every fall, is a faculty-led program designed to offer students an opportunity to study in Paris, even if they have little or no French language skills. The program is hosted by the Skidmore in Paris program, which has been offered since 1980. The Seminar Director position is filled by a different Skidmore professor each year, and past directors have come from the departments of History, Government, Foreign Languages & Literature, and English.

The Seminar Director for the fall 2014 program is Regina Janes, Professor of English, who teaches Literature and Culture of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century, Satire, and Biblical literature in the Department of English at Skidmore College.


 

Paris Fall Seminar 2014
Parisian pursuits: Pleasure, happiness, justice

Do the French really know how to live better than the rest of us? Have they always? Study in Paris in the fall of 2014 to explore the ways 18th-century France showed the world, especially the English and Americans, how to pursue pleasure, search for happiness, and demand justice. Touring the city with such visitors as Casanova, Rousseau, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Dr. Johnson, exploring its cultural riches guided by Diderot and Montesquieu, students will explore public resorts and private spaces, sites of executions and trysts, prisons, churches, and places of amusement, reconstructing a vanished Paris within the living city. No prior French is required to participate in the Paris Fall Seminar, but you will acquire an excellent foundation in the language on the program.

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Courses & Credits

Participants enroll in a total of four courses: a beginning or low-intermediate French language course, two seminar courses taught by the Seminar director, and one additional course related to the topic of the seminar. There is no French language requirement to apply for the Paris Fall Seminar − all courses, except the French language course, are taught in English.

The 2014 Paris Fall Seminar program, Parisian Pursuits: Pleasure, Happiness, Justice, is made up of the following courses for a total of 15-16 credits:

 

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