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Spring Salon: The Life and Music of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-George (1745-1799)

April 12 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This informal evening event will echo Parisian salons of the 18th century, complete with dinner and live musical performances. It will focus on Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-George, who came to Paris as a child and skyrocketed to fame as a virtuosic fencer, violinist, and composer.


Lloyd Kramer (History and CPH Director) and Ellen Welch (Romance Studies)

discussing the history and significance of French salon culture

Christy Pichichero (History and French, George Mason University)

sharing research and insights into the life and work of Joseph Bologne and their relationship to questions of race and celebrity culture

Live Musical Performances 

of select Bologne compositions


COST: $70, including dinner. This is an in-person only event. 

DATE & TIME: Friday, April 12 | 5:30-8:30 pm

LOCATION: Kenan Conference Center Lounge

 Registration for this event closes on April 11 at 3pm**

Register online or by calling 919-962-1544.


This salon is linked with a talk that Dr. Pichichero will give the prior evening, April 11 at 5:15 pm, at the Sonja Hayes Stone Center, Race, Resistance, and Celebrity in the Age of Revolution: Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-George (1745-1799). Participants are encouraged to attend this free public talk as a prelude to the salon.


Dr. Christy Pichichero (B.A. Princeton University; B.M. Eastman School of Music; Ph.D. Stanford University) is Associate Professor of French, History, and African and African-American Studies at George Mason University. She is the author of The Military Enlightenment: War and Culture in the French Empire from Louis XIV to Napoleon (Cornell, 2017; finalist, Oscar Kenshur Book Prize) and her articles on Critical Race Theory, Afro-Feminism, early modern language and drama, pedagogy, and cultures of war have appeared in PMLA, French Historical Studies, Modern Language Notes, Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Renaissance Drama, Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture, and H-France Salon. She is the Vice President of the International Commission on the French Revolution, a past president of the Western Society for French History, the recipient of the 2021 Presidential Medal for Faculty Excellence at GMU, and a public intellectual recently featured on the BBC, National Public Radio, NBC News, Forbes, The Hill, and Médiapart.



April 12
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Kenan Conference Center, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Kenan Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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