All incoming Bordeaux and Poitiers students, of whom there are 12, met initially in Bordeaux earlier this month to get to know each other and to attend the first round of orientation sessions. The Bordelais then continued their welcome program onsite, while the Poitevins returned to Poitiers for their second round of information sessions.
The School in France is pleased to welcome 38 new students to Paris this semester; they join our 2 annual undergraduates and 12 annual MA candidates. We’ve kept the incoming students busy for the past 10 days talking about their academic program, housing and life in Paris, health and safety, the Language Pledge, etc. We thank them tremendously for their enthusiasm and their cooperation and wish them a fabulous start to the 2nd semester!
Cameron Flynn, University of Michigan Class of 2018 and former participant in Middlebury in Paris’ program (Spring 2016-17) recalls highlights of his experience as a French Heritage Society intern : “This summer I had the opportunity to intern with the French Heritage Society in two castles in the county Périgord, the Château de Commarque, next to Sarlat-la-Canéda, and the Château de Montréal, in Issac. I was the only American and the only Anglophone, which allowed me to immensely improve my ability to spontaneously use the French language. Alongside Francophones, I brought visitors on guided tours (in either English or French). At the Château de Montreal, I lived with a family from Montferrand in their home and I ate with them, all while having the chance to immerse myself in their historic archives as well, an incredible experience!”
A hearty congratulations to Naomi Jabouin, a Bowdoin College undergraduate, and Cameron Flynn, a University of Michigan undergraduate ! These two current students of the Middlebury College School in France program (Naomi in Bordeaux and Cameron in Paris) were recently informed of their acceptance in the French Heritage Society’s summer internship program (http://frenchheritagesociety.org/). Each year, this non-profit organization sends anglophone students into châteaux throughout France to work as bilingual guides. The lucky interns have the opportunity to improve their French, deepen their understanding of the nation’s patrimony and gain some firsthand experience in cultural tourism. Ms. Jabouin will be working this summer at the château de Fontainebleau, while Mr. Flynn has been placed in the château d’Acquigny and the château de Montréal.
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.