Highlighted Past Events

The French and Francophone Studies department hosts a variety of events for Kalamazoo College students. For the 2018 – 2019 academic year alone there were a total of 41 events ranging from our French Film Series to games of pétanque. Listed below are highlighted events from the 2018 – 2019 year. Visit our Events page for this academic year!

Fall 2018

French Day

In the fall of 2018

The French & Francophone Studies Department launched the First French Day with a French picnic followed by a visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts.

French Day allows students of French, French TAs and professors to meet outside of the classroom and of the regular activities of the Department, and to spend a good time together.
We seized the day to share a French meal, meet new people, and spend time in French (French, optional:)

Café & Conversation

Students gathered with French TAs and professors to practice speaking French while enjoying French treats and good coffee!

Three students enjoying the Cafe and Conversation event with French treats and coffee.

French Film Series:

Open to all, in French with English subtitles. French treats included!

Séraphine film poster
Film poster: (Martin Provost, 2008)

"Made in France" Film Poster
Film Poster: (Nicolas Boukhrief, 2015)

Winter 2019

Swearing Night

Learn the Art of Swearing in French!

Pardon my French! Many French channels don’t censor obscene words and phrases. Swear words are an important part of the language: you are exposed to them in many contexts and through diverse media. Need a little help discerning and understanding them? Students joined the French T.A.s for a night of uncensored fun!

French Sweets and Special Prizes.

Young woman holding up a sticky note of a smiley face over her mouth.

Café & Conversation

Students gathered with French TAs and professors to practice speaking French while enjoying French treats and good coffee!

Many full coffee mugs full of hot tea and coffee.

French Table in the caf’

Table full of food and four people clinking their glasses.

French Film Series

Open to all, in French with English subtitles. French treats included!

: La prochaine fois je viserai le cœur / Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart Movie Poster
Film Poster: (Cédric Anger, 2014)

Spring 2019

Tabarnak! Swearing Night in Quebecois !

Description

Second Night of our New Series : Learn the Art of Swearing … in Québec!

Swear words are an important part of the language on this side of the Atlantic too. And Quebec is as creative as France when it comes to obscenities!

Students joined the French T.A.s for a new night of uncensored fun !

Young lady covering her mouth with a scarf while smiling.

Café & Conversation

Students gathered with French TAs and professors to practice speaking French while enjoying French treats and good coffee!

Room full of students joining in the Café & Conversation

French Day: Pétanque et détente

In the spring of 2019, we chilled chill à la française. Students learned the art of a traditional French game from the South of France that is played outside, la pétanque, relaxed and enjoyed the sun with a cool drink in their hand. It is a traditional game, also famously played by actors and singers in the extravagant French Riviera town of St. Tropez during the summer time.

Students got a taste of Mediterranean ambiance, a French lunch and enjoyed a friendly game outdoors.

French & Francophone Studies SIP Symposium

Presenting:

Jane Toll: Franco-American Identity in the State of Maine

Daniel Horwitz: Royalists and Wretches: Political Polarization during the Paris Commune

Tim Walsh: Auditory Discrimination of Non-Native French Vowels by American-English Speakers at Different Levels of French Study

Garrett Sander: Homophiles, Militants, and Relative Liberation: The Political Dynamics of Gay and Lesbian Rights Movements in France, 1954-1982

Daniel Bidwell: This Land is My Land: Local Property Rights Institutions and Liberal Democracy in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana

Garret Sander presenting on Homophiles, Militants, and Relative Liberation