French & Italian

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French & Italian


Hilton-Watson, Matthew, Michigan Academician


Exploring Cultural Topics through Webpages. Gisella Licari, Grand Valley State University

This presentation will introduce a wiki tool as a highly effective alternative to PowerPoint presentations and webpages. The wiki tool is a collaborative web tool used by groups of students to create online presentations on a variety of topics for Italian 102. 1 will demonstrate how the wiki tool encourages students to work cooperatively and collaboratively and can he monitored to track individual student contributions towards the group project. The main benefits to moving towards using a wiki tool include opportunities for students to provide feedback to one another and to provide an online space for students to reflect and publish their thoughts and understanding on a cultural topic. In addition to textual information, the wiki tool also allows students to display images, hyperlinks and sample audio files to enhance their presentation. Finally, the wiki tool allows students add and edit content throughout the semester and permits die-instructor the ability to make constructive suggestions and provide feedback.

French Cinema between the Wars: A Reflection of Society. Melissa Hanson, Alma College, Alma MI

The two World Wars and the period between brought troubling times to France; economic crisis, working class struggles, Hitler's rise to power and the imminent threat of war greatly influenced society's outlook on both the present and future. This paper, through an analysis of numerous films of the era, will examine how French cinema served as a cultural index, reflecting society's mentality in the face of important national and global events. Films, such as La Grande Illusion, Les enfants du paradis, pepele Moko et Le jour se leve, reveal several common themes that act as a cultural mirror and illuminate the thoughts and feelings of the French during this complex time. This paper will explain the recurrent ideas, including questions of identity, class disparity, social commentary regarding war and working conditions, the role of" love and a desire to travel, and it will examine the cinematic techniques that led to their development. The chronology, lighting effects, camera angles and scene progression all help to expand those themes that elucidate the French state of mind. This paper will also discuss the role of political, social and economic events in shaping this mentality and their impact on the cinematic world.

Liberte, Inegalite, Fraternite: etat des lieux de la condition des femmes a l'aube du XXIeme siecle en France. Isabelle Chapuis-Alvarez, Hope College

A l'heure ou la France se prepare pour la premiere fois de son histoire a considerer reellement la candidature d'une femme a la Presidence de la Republique, ou les efforts du Gouvernement sont clairement definis en matiere de parite hommes-femmes dans le domaine politique, il semble necessaire de s'interesser a la situation des femmes dans la France d'aujourd'hui. S'il est vrai que le XXeme siecle a vu la condition des femmes s'ameliorer considerablement grace a la scolarisation, au droit de vote, a 1'acces au monde du travail, au droit a la contraception el a l'avortement et au developpement de nomhreuses associations pout le respect des droits des femmes, 1'egalite entre les sexes est encore bien loin d'etre realisee. Les exacts de remuneration entre hommes et femmes a qualifications egales, le nombre de femmes a la tete de grandes entreprises ou a des postes-cles au sein du gouvernement ou encore les violences subies par les femmes montrent a quel point l'ecart reste sensible entre les idees et les faits. Cet expose se propose de faire un bilan des realisations mais aussi des progres qui restent a accomplir dans les domaines de l'egalite juridique et sociale entre hommes et femmes en France.

Destabilizing Fixed Ideas and Conventions: Genre as Subject in Diderot's "Ceci n'est pas un conte.

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