Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Fall 2010 French Recital

 The Fall 2010 French Recital took place on Thursday, December 2. Students from FRE 315 Introduction to French Studies performed their very first recital pieces, dramatic monologues in which they portrayed historical and fictive characters from their cultural study of the French experience of the Second World War. These characters included children from the movie Jeux interdits, figures of the Resistance such as Lucie Aubrac and Gabriel Péri, for example. Students from FRE 320 French Short Story and Composition performed an original sketch based on Guy de Maupassant's short story, Aux Champs. Their sketch depicted two women whose friendship became strained after one allowed a rich family to adopt her son for a monthly allowance.

Elsa Richardeau, the department's French Assistant, and Dr. Myers would like to highlight this semester two students from FRE 315 whose first recitals are great examples of student achievement.

Rosemary Loehr portrayed Lucie Aubrac, inspired from the movie based on her life and Lucie Aubrac's later years in humanitarian work. Rosemary spoke clearly, knew her material well and immersed herself in her character, a woman who would dare anything and risk her own life to save her beloved husband.

Brianna Swift portrayed Paulette from the movie Jeux interdits. Brianna, whose French was also fluent and whose material was well communicated, captured Paulette's youth, her feelings of abandonment and need of social support, as well as her need to understand the death as she experiences the loss of her parents and her pet dog.

Congratulations to all our students who performed so well. The Recital was well-received by all French students and their faculty.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Arabic Area Studies Minor Approved

At this week's meeting, the Jewell faculty voted to approve the proposed Arabic Area Studies Minor. Students pursuing the minor will have completed the intermediate sequence (both Intermediate Arabic I and II) and then study abroad in Rabat, Morocco. While in Morocco, students will study language and culture during their immersion experience. The Languages Department is proud to add Arabic to our list of minors. Students at Jewell can pursue a minor in every language we offer on campus: Arabic (Arabic Area Studies minor), French (French minor), Greek and Latin (Classical Humanities minor), Japanese (Japanese Area Studies minor), and Spanish (Spanish minor).

Downtown Rabat

Monday, December 6, 2010

French Evening Movie and Chocolate

French Evening
Movie and Chocolate
Thursday December, the 9th in Jewell 225 at 7:30 pm
We will watch the movie “Asterix et Obelix contre Cesar” and eat some chocolate we do in France during Christmas time.

Asterix or The Adventures of Asterix is a series of French comic books written by René Goscinny. The series first appeared in French in the magazine Pilote on 29 October 1959. As of 2009, 34 comic books in the series have been released.
The series follows the exploits of a village of ancient Gauls as they resist Roman occupation. They do so by means of a magic potion, brewed by their druid, which gives the recipient superhuman strength. The protagonist, the titular character, Asterix, along with his friend Obelix have various adventures. The "ix" suffix of both names echoes the name of Vercingetorix, a historical Gaul chieftain. In many cases, the stories have them travel to various countries around the world, though other books are set in and around their village. For much of the history of the series (Volumes 4 through 29), settings in Gaul and abroad alternated, with even-numbered volumes set abroad and odd-numbered volumes set in Gaul, mostly in the village.
The Asterix series is one of the most popular Franco-Belgian comics in the world, with the series being translated into over 100 languages, and it is popular in most European countries.
Plot of the movie with details. So don’t read everything if you don’t want to know everything:
Julius Caesar is celebrating his victory over all of Gaul, but Lucius Detritus has kept from him the setback that one small village is holding out against the invaders. Detritus travels to the garrison near the village where Crismus Bonus, the garrison's commanding Centurion, explains that the Gauls have a magic potion brewed for them by their Druid which makes them invincible. Detritus decides he must capture the potion for himself, and hearing that the clever Asterix and permanently invincible Obelix are the backbone of the Gaulish forces, attempts to eliminate them, though his first attempt fails.
A false soothsayer arrives at the village and predicts the arrival of Romans and treasure; despite Asterix's protestations, the village is taken in and when a Roman tax collector arrives, they drive off his forces and take the gold. The "soothsayer" later drugs and hypnotises Asterix to create a diversion while he makes off with the tax money, but news of the theft reaches Caesar, who comes to the garrison himself, demanding the legion attack. He witnesses the defeat of his army and is taunted by Asterix and Obelix; he demands Detritus subdue the village or be fed to the lions.
Detritus disguises himself and some men as Druids and kidnaps Panoramix (Getafix) as he is attending a Druid conference. Asterix disguises Obelix as a legionnaire, and they enter the garrison to rescue the Druid, but are separated. Asterix joins Getafix in the dungeon, and the pair resist Detritus' demands to make the magic potion until he tortures Idefix (Dogmatix). Detritus uses the potion to throw Caesar into a cell (locked in an iron mask), and takes command with an oblivious Obelix as his bodyguard. Eventually Obelix helps Asterix, Getafix and Dogmatix escape, and they also bring the prisoner in the mask.
Caesar makes a deal with the Gauls to help him defeat Detritus, who mounts an all-out attack on the villagers using his own magic potion.

French restaurant

What a beautiful day to go out and taste french cuisine!

Saturday december the 4th, some students studying french and their french assistant went to "Café des Amis", a french restaurant in Parkville.
In a room decorated with paintings of Paris, they tasted snails, crepes and french cheese while listening to french music and speaking in french to the waiter.
They also appreciated the french bread and good dessert like the "crème brulée" and the "mousse au chocolat". Then, after a very good french coffee, they finally went back to the campus with I hope the feeling they had been in France for a while.
I would like to thank everyone for coming. It was a pleasure to spend time in France with you!