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/ .
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.
One of our students, Charlie Hull, came into this semester with an awesome a goal for his time abroad: visit every region of France! Here’s what Charlie has to say, accompanied by photos he took, about his project.
“Au début du semestre, j’ai décidé de visiter chacune des régions (pré-2016) de la France continentale. Comme j’ai déjà visité une grande partie de l’Europe, je voulais vraiment découvrir plus de la France. Avec l’aide d’un pass de train illimité, j’ai finalement atteint mon objectif le week-end dernier et j’ai visité toutes les 21 régions de la France.”
“At the beginning of the semester, I decided to visit each region of continental France (as determined pre-2016). As I have already traveled a lot around Europe, I really wanted to discover more of France. With the help of an unlimited train pass, I finally reached my goal last weekend and visited all 21 regions of France.”
Cameron Flynn, an undergraduate from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with Middlebury in Paris this semester, is currently interning with the French start up, TheaterinParis.com. TheatreinParis is unique in its genre, offering easy access to French theatre to Anglophones; their customer service goes from A to Z, from helping customers to choose the plays and or musicals of interest, to purchasing their tickets, meeting them in person to accompany them to their seats the day of the show, and ensuring English translations of the performance in question. Cameron’s enthusiasm and linguistic skills have allowed him to quickly integrate the team and to take on a variety of tasks ranging from supporting the marketing & communication team to assisting the technology team who is currently working on a new and innovating project involving the projection of translations. For more information on TheatreinParis and their activity, please see their website : http://www.theatreinparis.com/ .
Middlebury in Paris would like to thank its partner organization, EUSA France (http://www.eusainternships.org/) for the continuing quality of placements and follow up of our student interns.
Keep up the good work, Cameron!
Middlebury School in France student, Nick Henke, has been awarded a grant from the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs. He was awarded this grant to help him pursue and complete his research, studying “French novels by women in the postwar era and their relationship to Second Wave Feminism.” Congratulations, Nick, and all the best with your research!
To learn more about this grant, click the link below:
First of all, The Middlebury School in France would like to wish you all a happy and healthy new year!
We are starting off 2017 with 41 newcomers in Paris, 11 in Bordeaux, and 1 in Poitiers, as well as welcoming back our 22 annual students! Orientation for our second semester students started on January 3rd, and since their arrivals, they have been busy getting settled in, learning their way around Paris, Bordeaux, and Poitiers, and are preparing to start classes. They have also taken the Language Pledge, been getting to know one another, signing up for classes, and learning about their host universities.
We are very excited for the semester ahead and wish all of our students a wonderful, happy, and enriching stay here in France.
It’ always impressive how quickly a summer goes by, isn’t it?
Nonetheless, we are very excited to welcome our new students and for them to begin their study abroad experiences and adventures. Our students have all arrived safely to each of our three locations–Paris, Bordeaux, and Poitiers–and are settling into their new surroudings, schedules, living arrangements, and daily lives. They have also begun, of course, their linguistic commitments, The Language Pledge, which is a commitment to speak only in French during their stays here in France. Below you will find some photos of our Paris undergraduate students taking The Language Pledge this past week.
Now that the semester is under way and most of our students have started classes, we are looking forward to the trips we have planned–one to Normandy and the other to Dordogne–and for our students to discover (or revisit!) these regions of this beautiful country! Keep and eye out for an upcoming post and photos from these trips!