Centennial Event Archive: "Diversity in France" presented November 15, 2006


Centennial Event Information

Arts and Sciences Centennial Event

Liberté, Egalité, Diversité: A Celebration of Diversity in France

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

A day-long exploration and celebration of diversity in France will be held on the Belknap campus of the University of Louisville on Wednesday, November 15. Entitled "Liberté, Egalité, Diversité," three distinct activities are planned, and all activities are free and open to the public.

Adaptation of the “Fables” of La Fontaine

  • 2:00 p.m.
  • Room 205, Bingham Humanities Building
  • A 40-minute performance in French of an adaptation of the "Fables" of La Fontaine by the UofL French theatre class, directed by John Greene. Based on Aesop's fables, La Fontaine's 17th-century masterpiece examines questions of difference and diversity and the production centers on dramatic performances of his most famous poems transposed into a modern context. The adaptation by Sylvaine Hinglais was written to appeal to an audience of non-native speakers and contains a good deal of physical comedy!


  • 3:00 p.m.
  • Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building

"The State and the Question of Muslim Identity in France," a talk by distinguished guest Professor Michael Samers.

  • 4:00 p.m.
  • Room 300, Bingham Humanities Building
  • Distinguished guest speaker Professor Michael Samers of the Department of Geography at the University of Kentucky will give a talk entitled "The State and the Question of Muslim Identity in France." Professor Samers is a specialist in the economic and social dimensions of migration and immigration and will present his paper in English. UofL Professor Matthieu Dalle will act as the respondent to Professor Samers' talk.

"La Promesse"

  • 5:30 p.m.
  • Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
  • A showing of Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne's award-winning film "La Promesse" (1996). The movie, in French with English subtitles, deals with the moral dilemma of a boy whose father traffics illegal African immigrants. The film will be shown in the new Chao Auditorium of the Ekstrom Library at 5:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity.