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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2008 - LECTURE BY LYDIE MOUDILENO (UPENN)
"RETURNING REMAINS: SARA BAARTMAN, OR THE 'HOTTENTOT VENUS' AS TRANSNATIONAL POSTCOLONIAL ICON"
The Center for French Studies is pleased to announce a lecture sponsored by the Department of French and Italian and hosted by Professor Thomas Trezise: by Lydie Moudileno at 4:30pm on Tuesday, February 19 in East Pyne 010. UPenn Associate Professor Lydie Moudileno teaches Francophone studies, with a focus on the literatures of the Caribbean and Sub-saharan Africa. She is the author of L'Ecrivain antillais au miroir de sa littérature (Paris: Karthala, 1997); Littératures africaines: 1980-1990 ( Dakar: Codesria Publications, 2003); and Maryse Condé, une nomade inconvenante , co-edited with Madeleine Cottenet-Hage ( Guadeloupe: Ibis Rouge Editions, 2002). While she keeps a strong interest in the literature from the Caribbean, her most recent publications have focused on contemporary African fiction, with a guest-edited volume of Présence Francophone on representations of the African body entitled “L’Exposition postcoloniale,” (2006) and Parades Postcoloniales (Karthala, 2007), a study of fictions of authenticity in Congolese literature.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 / 4:30 PM - EAST PYNE 010

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2008 - LECTURE BY PIERRE VIMONT, AMBASSADOR OF FRANCE TO THE UNITED STATES "THE ROLE OF DIPLOMACY IN TODAY'S WORLD"
The Center for French Studies is pleased to announce a lecture sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs by His Excellency Pierre Vimont, Ambassador of French to the United States on Wednesday, February 20, at 4:30pm in Bowl 016 Robertson Hall.Ambassador Vimont was appointed Ambassador of France to the United States by President Nicolas Sarkozy on August 1, 2007. Prior to his present appointment, Mr. Vimont was chief of staff to the minister of foreign affairs, a position he had held since 2002. He was previously ambassador and permanent representative of France to the European Union from 1999 to 2002. Pierre Vimont joined the French Foreign Service in 1977. He was posted to London where he was first secretary from 1978 to 1981. He spent the next four years with the Press and Information Office at the Quai d’Orsay. From 1985 to 1986 he was seconded to the Institute for East-West Security in New York. Returning to Europe, he served as second co unselor with the Permanent Representation of France to the European Communities in Brussels (1986-1990), and was subsequently chief of staff to the minister delegate for European affairs from 1990 to 1993. He went on to serve as director for development and scientific, technical and educational cooperation and then for cultural, scientific and technical relations. He was deputy director general of the entire Cultural, Scientific and Technical Relations Department from 1996 to 1997 and then director of European Cooperation from 1997 to 1999. Vimont holds a degree in law and is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies and the National School of Administration (ENA).
Please note that Ambassador Vimont will return to Princeton for a second visit on April 2 as a guest of the Center for French Studies. More information on Ambassador's Vimont second visit will be posted soon.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 / 4:30 PM - BOWL 016 ROBERTSON HALL

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2008 - ROUNDTABLE
INSCRIPTION AND ERASURE - ROUNDTABLE WITH ROGER CHARTIER (COLLEGE DE FRANCE); FRANCOIS RIGOLOT AND ANTHONY GRAFTON
The Center for French Studies is pleased to announce a roundtable discussion with Roger Chartier (College de France - EHESS),  Francois Rigolot, the Meredith Howland Pyne Professor of French Literature, and Anthony Grafton, the Henry Putnam University Professor of History; "Inscription and Erasure" on Thursday, February 28, at 4.30pm in Aaron Burr Hall 216. Professor Roger Chartier is a Fellow of the Council for the Humanities with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28 / 4:30 PM - AARON BURR HALL 216

FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2008 - STAGED-READING OF ALFRED JARRY'S "UBU ROI" / L'ATELIER
The Center for French Studies is pleased to announce a staged-reading by the Department of French and Italian's L'Atelier, the French Theater Workshop, of Alfred Jarry's 1896 "Ubu Roi" at 6:00 pm, March 7, at the University Art Museum. More details coming soon. 'Ubu Roi' will be presented as part of the University Art Museum Exhibition: Invoking the Comic Muse: Toulouse-Lautrec's Parody of "The Sacred Grove" running February 9 - June 15, 2008. This focus exhibition is centered on a painting by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec that simultaneously pokes fun of and pays homage to the winner of the highest prize at the 1884 Salon, Puvis de Chavannes’s Sacred Grove Dear to the Arts and Muses , also on view. Related works on paper highlight the role that caricature, parody, and pastiche play in Toulouse-Lautrec’s painting and his oeuvre. Free admission - Running time 1h00.
FRIDAY, MARCH 7 / 6:00 PM - PRINCETON ART MUSEUM

NOTRE LIVRE: À TOUTE EPREUVE / A COLLABORATION BETWEEN JOAN MIRO & PAUL ÉlUARD / An Exhibition at the Milberg Gallery for the Graphic Arts, Firestone Library, February 22 to June 29, 2008
The Princeton University Library is pleased to announce the acquisition of one of the most beautiful books created in the twentieth-century, À toute épreuve, with text by the French poet Paul Éluard and 79 original woodcuts by the Catalan artist Joan Miró. The entire volume can be seen in an exhibition entitled, Notre Livre: À toute épreuve. A Collaboration between Joan Miró and Paul Éluard, in the Milberg Gallery for the Graphic Arts, Firestone Library, from February 22 to June 29, 2008. To create this book, Miró cut over 233 woodblocks working over the better part of eleven years. He used planks of wood collaged with plastic, wire, old engravings and bark paper to achieve images that practically dance across the page. "I am completely absorbed by the damn book," wrote Miró to his publisher, Gerald Cramer, "I hope to create something sensational. . . ." The final volume has a brilliance of invention and a vitality of form and color, rarely found inside the cover of a book. < SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">The exhibition opening will be celebrated on Sunday, March 9, 2008 with a lecture and a reception:  "The Surrealist Artist's Book: Beyond the Page" by Elza Adamowicz, Professor of French and Visual Culture, School of Modern Languages, Queen Mary, University of London / Betts Auditorium, School of Architecture, Sunday March 9th, 3:00 pm.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2008 - LECTURE BY LEO DAMROSCH / LECTURE
"DIDEROT VERSUS ROUSSEAU, OR PHILOSOPHY VERSUS EXPERIENCE"
The Center for French Studies is pleased to announce a lecture sponsored by the Department of French and Italian and hosted by Professor Marie-Helene Huet: by Leo Damrosch, the Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature at Harvard University, "Diderot versus Rousseau, or Philosophy versus Experience' at 4:30pm on Wednesday, March 26 in 105 Chancellor Green.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2008 / 4:30 PM - 105 CHANCELLOR GREEN

THURSDAY, APRIL 3, FRIDAY, APRIL 4, & SATURDAY APRIL 5, 2008, 8:00 PM / L'ATELIER
L'ATELIER PRESENTS "DOM JUAN" BY MOLIERE

The Center for French Studies is pleased to announce that the Troupe of the Department of French and Italian, L'Atelier, The French Theater Workshop, will perform Moliere's enigmatic masterpiece "Dom Juan" (1665) directed by Florent Masse, at 185 Nassau Street's Matthews Acting Studio on Thursday, April 3, Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5 at 8:00 pm. In addition to producing "Dom Juan" for early April, L'Atelier will also stage Moliere's beloved "Le Misanthrope" - featuring Holger Staude 09 and Grant Bermann 09 - for late April/early May (More details soon), offering this spring a L'Atelier Moliere Festival. The production of "Dom Juan" will feature advanced L'Atelier students Christian Hostetter 09, Zachary Wieder 10, Melissa Bukuru 11, Alexandre Ekierman 10, Roby Sobieski 10, Becca Foresman 10, James Hodson 10, Veda Sunassee 10, Amelia Wells 11, and Alexandra Deprez 11. In French, approximate running time 1h50 mn.
Reservations strongly advised at lecentre@princeton.edu / subject line: DOM JUAN
8:00 PM - THU APR 3, FRI APR 4, SAT APR 5 / MATTHEWS ACTING STUDIO, 185 NASSAU STREET.