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The Pleasures and Complexities of French Culture

July 14, 2018 @ 9:15 am - 5:30 pm

In collaboration with the Center for European Studies in honor of Bastille Day

What makes French culture unique, fascinating, and maddening for Americans? This is our Bastille Day question, which we’ll explore by discussing France’s distinctive literature, art, food, wine, and films—all of which help the French sustain an enduring national identity.

Join us for a humanistic celebration of France’s national holiday and a journey that will include a special French-style lunch, well-informed analysis of French cultural traditions, and even a glass of French wine.


Writing France: Revolutions in Modern French Literature
Jessica Tanner, Assistant Professor of French

France: The Birthplace of Cinema
Rachel Schaevitz, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Public Humanities, Carolina Public Humanities, and Lecturer in Communication

The Art of Frenchness: Visual Artists and a Changing Nation
Daniel J. Sherman, Lineberger Distinguished Professor of Art and History

Food and Modern French Cultural Identity: A Legacy of Refined Cuisine and Influential Chefs
Michael D. Garval, Professor of French, North Carolina State University

Why is French Culture Important for Americans?
A panel discussion with our speakers

9:15am-5:30pm Saturday, July 14. The tuition is $125 ($115 until May 1st). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($57.50 until May 1st). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch on Saturday is $20.00.

Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register here or call us at 919.962.1544. 

Registrants will receive a packet containing background readings, a map to the seminar location, and more about 3-4 weeks before the program date. 


July 14, 2018
9:15 am - 5:30 pm
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