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Severance Hall underground lot-- entrance on East Boulevard (once inside garage, use the pedestrian "Exit to Bellflower Road" door; Clark Hall is third building to the right)
Metered lot (corner of Euclid and Ford)

For more information, contact: laura.hengehold@case
or call 216/368-8961

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Sponsored by the German Studies Program, French and Francophone Studies, Department of Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, the Ethnic Studies Program, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, and the Office of Undergraduate Studies.


2006-2007 EVENTS

On Est Ensemble/Building Bridges:
A Symposium on Study Abroad in Francophone Africa

October 20, 2006
9am-5 pm, Meeting Room A
Thwing Center, 11111 Euclid Avenue
Call (216) 368-2633 for more information

This one-day symposium brought together faculty from study-abroad programs from Case and other institutitions to discuss how increased undergraduate study abroad in Africa is changing the face of French studies and French teaching in the United States.

As economic globalization influences the way we teach about language and culture, as experiential learning becomes a more important part of college pedagogy, and as more students recognize the importance of learning about non-western countries, demand for on-site education in Africa and Asia has increased.

Some of the questions that have been raised include:

Featured speakers were:

Sponsored by the French and Francophone Studies Program, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, the Ethnic Studies Program, and the Cultural Services Division of the French Consulate.

2005-2006 EVENTS

Tuesday, April 25, 2006
4:30 p.m., Clark Hall, Room 206
11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland
Free and open to the public
Light refreshments will be provided

Educated in France and England
(D.Phil., Sussex University), Professor Conteh-Morgan's research and teaching interests are in Francophone African and Caribbean Post-Colonial literatures and 20th-century French drama. His publications include Theatre and Drama in Francophone Africa (CUP, 1994), (co-edited) Drama and Performance in Africa (Indiana UP, 2004), and a translation of Paulin Hountondji's The Struggle for Meaning: Reflections on Philosophy, Culture and Democracy in Africa (Ohio UP, 2002). His most recent work includes the first English translation of Louis Sala-Molins’ Dark Side of the Light: Slavery and the French Enlightenment (University of Minnesota Press, 2006).  He is currently the Editor of Research in African Literature, the premier journal of African literary studies worldwide.

John Conteh-Morgan is an Associate Professor in the Department of African American and African Studies and the Department of French and Italian at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.


Wednesday, February 15, 2006
7:15 p.m., Clark Hall, Room 206
11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland
Multi-ethnic dinner from around the Francophone world will be provided.

"Du chahut à l'émeute:  Did Paris Burn?"
A public lecture by Paul Vieille, Ph.D.

Join Paul vieille and other faculty of the French and Francophone Studies Program for a discussion of ethnic, religious, administrative and generational tensions behind the 2005 riots acorss France and their long-term significance for French politics.

Dr. Vieille is a sociologist, anthropologist, and professor emeritus at the Centre National de la Recherce Scientifique, Paris.  He edits the journal Peuples et Mondes.


Tuesday, November 8, 2005
4:30 p.m., Clark Hall, Room 309
11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland

The Challenge of Women and Gender Studies
in Higher Education — The Case of Cameroon

A Public Lecture by J.B. Endeley Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Gender Studies
and Agricultural Extension Education
The University of Buea, Cameroon
Free and Open to the Public

Dr. Endeley will present a brief history that focuses on the establishment of the Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGS) of the University of Buea, Cameroon. She will describe the forces behind the creation of the Department, its academic activities, and its challenges. How does the Ministry of Higher Education in Cameroon perceive WGS, the only program of its kind among six public and four private universities? How are its products utilized for nation building? What are its potential and challenges for growth?

Joyce Bayande Endeley, Ph.D., is Associate Professor (Agricultural Extension Education and Gender Studies) and Chair of the Department of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Buea, Cameroon. She is also Vice-Dean of Student Affairs and Records at the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences.

Her research has focused on gender and agriculture, women's empowerment, women's credit schemes, and the impact assessment of development programs in Cameroon. She has several publications to her credit, and is joint editor of a new book series entitled Issues in Gender and Development, Volume One: New Gender Studies from Cameroon and the Caribbean printed and distributed by ABC. She has served as a consultant with various development bodies such as IDRC, Commonwealth Secretariat, United Nations, SASSAKAWA-Global 2000, PLAN International, and is a board member of development foundations such as HEIFER Project International Cameroon and the Cameroon GATSBY Foundation. She is currently the Coordinator of the U.S government’s Ambassador Girls Scholarship Program (AGSP) in the Southwest Province in Cameroon.

Sponsored by the French and Francophone Studies Program, the Women’s Studies Program and the Ethnic Studies Program

Thursday, October 6, 2005
4:30 p.m., Clark Hall, Room 309
11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland

Women in Algeria:
Between Military Dictators and Islamic Fundamentalists
A Public Lecture by Alek Baylee Toumi
Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Free and open to the public

The challenges women face in the struggle for social justice are nowhere more evident than in the third world, where gender roles are often defined by deep-rooted social traditions, and oppressive military-backed governments enact laws designed to deprive women of their basic human rights.  In Algeria, this grim dynamic is exacerbated by the ravages of civil war.  Caught between nebulous Islamist groups similar to the Taliban, and the militaristic Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) with their “code de la famille” relegating women to the status of second class citizens, too many Algerian women are locked in a battle for their very survival.  What strategies and alliances can they form and trust in this context?  Join Alek Baylee Toumi for an examination of these dilemmas with special reference to the case of Khalida Messaoudi, an Algerian feminist condemned to death and subject of Une Algérienne Debout (Unbowed:  An Algerian Woman Confronts Islamic Fundamentalism) by Elisabeth Schemla. 

Alek Baylee Toumi is an Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  A political refugee from the Kabylie region of Algeria, he lived in Paris before going into exile in the U.S.  A scholar, playwright and poet, he is the author of Maghreb Divers, and several plays.

Sponsored by the French and Francophone Studies Program, the Department of Philosophy, the Ethnic Studies Program, and the Presidential Initiative Fund for the Enhancement of Interdisciplinary Programs.

Information:  216.368.8961

Friday, October 7, 2005
7:30 p.m., Clark Hall, Room 309
11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland

Madah-Sartre: The Kidnapping, Trial, and Conver(sat/s)ion
of Jean-Paul Sartre
and Simone de Beauvoir
as Staged by Terrorists of the GIA
A dramatic reading of a play by Alek Toumi
Followed by a panel discussion
Free and open to the public

Toumi addresses issues of violence and intellectual freedom using political satire and absurdism. In the play, the ghosts of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir debate fundamentalism and other contemporary issues with terrorists of the Groupe Islamique Armé (GIA), demanding that they be convinced “with reason…not violence…!”


Sponsored by the French and Francophone Studies Program, the Department of Philosophy, the Ethnic Studies Program, and the Presidential Initiative Fund for the Enhancement of Interdisciplinary Programs.

Information:  216.368.8961


2004-05 EVENTS

"Women, War, Identity, and Music"

Event Brochure

February 4-10, 2005
A week-long women's music festival and lecture series which features individual and group concerts with internationally known female musicians (Evelyne Accad, Faytinga Gonin, Kristen Lems) who will present music of the Arab, African, and Asian world. Each concert will be enhanced by a debate and teleconference with remote sites in Eritrea and Lebanon on the subject of women, war, identity, and music. There will also be master classes involving graduate students of music and children from the Cleveland public schools. Co-sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and many other campus groups. This is guaranteed to be the event of the season!

March 19, 2004

400 people from Case and the Cleveland community saw an awesome concert by the Ivory Coast Ki-Yi Village Theater Troupe, directed by WereWere Liking. The event was called "Les Reines-Meres--Les Immortelles" (The Queen Mothers--The Immortal Ones) and was actually a concert-play that addressed the issues of spirituality and destiny, especially of women, in contemporary society. WereWere's sister, Nserel, was the other main player, and the five-member band "Les Cinq Etoiles" (The Five Stars) provided the very dance-able music. A great time was had by all. We thank all the sponsors for this event, and especially Professors Cheryl Toman and Gilbert Doho, and Department Assistant Desiree Knauer, who invested so much time in planning. And to Professor Marie Lathers, for making sure the group of nine people and sixteen bags made it on their plane, despite seemingly endless red tape! And thanks especially to the many students who made this so much fun and so informative.

April 1, 2004
4 p.m., 206 Clark Hall
Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University
Paper Presentation: "Proust (and Others) on the Plate: Food and Nation in France."