We need only say ‘Giverny’ to lose ourselves in thoughts of fresh scents, rich colors, gorgeous light … No wonder the Impressionist Claude Monet chose this lovely retreat to develop, right up to the end of his life, his chosen arts of painting and gardening. Ten days ago, a number of students from our Paris program stepped into the sensual universe of this grand painter, visiting his house at Giverny along with its garden and famous pond. They were even able to see the special studio Monet made to undertake his Water Lilies, the legendary cycle that currently hangs in the Orangerie museum in Paris. Making the most of the nice weather, they finished the day with a long walk to the neighboring village of Vernon. Many thanks to Lucy and Julie who accompanied the students during the visit.
On May 3, students in the Middlebury Paris program visited the Pantheon, that illustrious Parisian monument where lie the great men (as, as of recently, the great ladies) of France. This visit concluded the course “French Secularism” given by Professor Nicolas Roussellier. Students were able to enjoy a very interesting and informative tour, led by Dr. Roussellier, who was particularly interested in the history of the Pantheon and its evolution throughout the centuries. We took the time to dwell at length inside the monument to observe its frescoes and tombs. A big thank you to Mr. Nicolas Roussellier for this high quality tour.
Attention all students of modern French literature! Anaïs Frantz, associate researcher with the School in France, has just announced the publication of Lire Violette Leduc aujourd’hui. The book, published under the auspices of the Presses universitaires de Lyon, will appear in the collection « des deux sexes et autres ». Most of our students know Anaïs through her role as professor of methodology here at the Centre Madeleine, where she is always ready with solid advice on dissertations and mémoires. It goes without saying that we are quite proud to have Professor Frantz on our team! She edited this new book alongside Mireille Brioude and Alison Péron: all three scholars will be on hand to present their work during a day of conferences and debates focusing on Violette Leduc, set to take place the 23rd of May at NYU Paris.
For the commemorations marking the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Chemin des Dames Ridge, Sunday April 16th in the region of Aisne, historian and School in France faculty member, André Loez, found himself explaining to the Head of State, President François Hollande, the failed French assault on the Germans. For the official press release : http://www.elysee.fr/communiques-de-presse/article/centenaire-de-la-bataille-du-chemin-des-dames/ .
Students, faculty and staff gathered together last week for an evening of wine and cheese tasting. Annie-Claude Motron shared insight on French wine, how it’s classified by the region it comes from rather than the type of grape used to make it, before inviting everyone to explore the impressive selection of Bordeaux, Corsican, Burgandy whites and reds and to pair them with lots of cheese and bread :).
André Loez, historian and professor of a course on World War I history at the Middlebury College School in France, recently co-authored a special issue of the French weekly newspaper, “Le 1” (http://le1hebdo.fr/), on the French Army mutinies of spring 1917. Professor Loez, along with several other French World War 1 historians, present and analyze the different ways in which the widespread mutiny manifested itself. The special edition also includes several illustrations or drawings, one of which consists of a large color poster of the mutinists signed by Tardi, a well-known French cartoonist.
We are pleased to announce that two participants in the Middlebury College School in France’s program this past spring have been selected by the French Heritage Society for participation in their 2015 Student Exchange Program. Faye Levin-O’Leary, an undergraduate from the College of Wooster who spent spring semester in Bordeaux, will be interning at the Château d’Acquigny ; Aaron Varner, a Pomona College undergraduate, will be prolonging his stay in the Paris area in order to intern at the Château de Chantilly. For more information on the French Heritage Society, their mission and programs, please go to their website : http://www.frenchheritagesociety.org/ .
We wish to thank the French Heritage Society for the incredible opportunities that they offer and have been offering to our students over the years and we wish the best of luck and a terrific summer to both Faye and Aaron!