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Skidmore in Paris

Paris Fall Seminar

In fall 2015, study in Paris with Skidmore Professor Adrienne Zuerner from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature. The fall 2015 Paris Fall Seminar, titled “Race and Class in France: Remembering Forgotten Pasts,” allows students to explore how contemporary France confronts the history and legacies of slavery, colonization, and other forms of inequality that have shaped the lives and identities of its citizens. The 2015 Paris Fall Seminar offers a lively, multidisciplinary approach to France’s rich and complex history and introducesstudents to the challenges that communities and individuals face when they lay claim to and make public “shameful” pasts.

The Program and Seminar Director

The Seminar Director for the fall 2015 program is Adrienne Zuerner, Associate Professor of French, who teaches early modern literature and culture, including travel narratives and histories of the French Atlantic slave trade. She is a member of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and regularly teaches in the Gender Studies Program.

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.


 

Paris Fall Seminar 2015
Race and Class in France: Remembering Forgotten Pasts

How do countries and individuals remember difficult, traumatic pasts? Study in Paris in fall term 2015 to explore how contemporary France confronts the history and legacies of slavery, colonization, and other forms of inequality that have shaped the lives and identities of its citizens. Guided by Annie Ernaux’s books, students will tour the city and its suburbs to encounter aspects of Paris rarely experienced by Americans. Walking visits in Paris will allow students to explore recently inaugurated public memorials to slavery and its abolition. Students will also travel to Nantes, the Atlantic seaport city and former slave-trading hub, to visit the monumental Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery, built on the very site where slave ships departed. The 2015 Paris fall Fall sSeminar 2015 offers a lively, multidisciplinary approach to France’s rich and complex history and introduces students to the challenges that communities and individuals face when they lay claim to and make public “shameful” pasts.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 French language course, two seminar courses taught by the Seminar director, and one additional course offered at the Skidmore Center or a partner institution in Paris. 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 2015 Paris Fall Seminar program, Race and Class in France: Remembering Forgotten Pasts, is made up of the following courses for a total of 15-16 credits:

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