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Bilingual Teaching in American Schools: French comes in second

Thursday, August 29, 2019
Le succès des programmes bilingues français aux Etats-Unis Août 28th, 2019 par Clément Thiery Les programmes bilingues sont en plein essor aux Etats-Unis. Avec plus de cent soixante filières bilingues dans trente-quatre Etats, le français est aujourd’hui la deuxième langue étrangère la plus... Read More »
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2019-01-19 BBC backgrounder on Josette Audin

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
LINK: https://www.bbc.com/news/stories-46897151 The widow who asked eight French presidents for the truth By Charlotte McDonaldBBC World Service 17 January 2019 Josette Audin spent more than 60 years asking French leaders to admit responsibility for her husband's... Read More »
In memoriam Pascale Casanova

In memoriam: Pascale Casanova

Sunday, October 7, 2018
It is with profound sadness that we have learned of Pascale Casanova's passing at age 59 on September 29 in Paris. A highly innovative literary critic and a wonderful person, she had been a visiting professor in Romance Studies at Duke a few years ago. For more information, see... Read More »
Macron recognizes Maurice Audin's death under torture

France - Algeria: Macron admits Maurice Audin was tortured to death in 1957

Friday, September 14, 2018
After six decades of official silence, President Macron recognized on September 13 that a youthful antiwar intellectual, the mathematician Maurice Audin, was tortured to death in Algiers in 1957 — and that torture had been part of "a system" in Algeria under French control. In the... Read More »
A Novel Duke:  Agnès Desarthe

A Novel Duke: Agnès Desarthe

Wednesday, September 5, 2018
The campus novel invented by English-speaking writers made a splash some years ago, with Duke providing more than the décor.  In Changing Places (1975), David Lodge creates Morris Zapp, a globe-trotting professor of literature resembling Stanley Fish who transformed the English Department... Read More »
Portrait of Anne-Marie Bryan

A First Endowed Chair: Vive Anne-Marie Bryan!

Saturday, July 14, 2018
Bastille Day — July 14 — is a day to join the Department of Romance Studies in celebrating the good news of a Chair in French and Francophone Studies. The donor of this generous gift has named the Chair after one of her professors from the late eighties. Studying with Anne-Marie Bryan in French,... Read More »
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Louvre Abu Dhabi: Part of a Partnership or a Business Transaction?

Monday, April 30, 2018
In November 2017, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened on the island of Saadiyat in the United Arab Emirates. The museum is the product of an intergovernmental agreement between France and the UAE and as a result members of the Agence France-Muséums, representing not only the Louvre in Paris but many other... Read More »
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The Francophone World, a Potemkin Village

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
By the end of this year, the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) is due to release a new four-year assessment of the status of French – it should rather be a Plural: of French languages – in the world. Its last report, published in November 2014, was excessively self-congratulatory... Read More »
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27.000 Francophones en Caroline du Nord

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
“Combien de langues parle-t-on en Caroline du Nord ? Deux : l’anglais et le mauvais anglais ! “ Cette blague remonte aux années 1970, époque à laquelle seulement 2% des Nord-caroliniens de plus de 5 ans utilisaient, chez eux, une autre langue que l’anglais. Ce pourcentage est aujourd’hui de 11%,... Read More »