Programs by Country: France + Dialogue of Civilizations


Annecy – French Language and Culture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Annecy, France





Faculty leader:
Catherine Dunand (c.dunand@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator:  Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Session: TBA

Term: Summer I

Courses:

  • CLTR4944: From Middle-Ages to WWII German Occupation: A walk through ancient and Contemporary Culture and History of Savoie
  • FRNH 1302, 2301, 2302, 3301 (depends on student French level)

Description:

The program of this Dialogue consists of two courses: one being a French language immersion, and the other a study of the Regional French culture and history of Savoie. Both courses are held in Annecy, located in eastern France, between Geneva and Chambéry.  Annecy is one of the most beautiful resort towns of the French Alps and is often referred to as the "Venice of Savoie." The town is nested at the foot of the Prealps and on the shore of Lake Annecy, which is one of the cleanest lakes in the eastern Europe.  But Annecy is more than just a beautiful place to explore. It holds a rich history that made this region quite different from many others.  Thus, the objective of this program is to discover and examine the culture and history of the entire region of Savoie.  A trip to Paris will launch this special experience and introduce students to a city of considerable beauty and impressive history.

 

Canal in Annecy

 


England & France: Exploring Fashion in London and Paris

Dialogue of Civilizations | Paris, France

Faculty Leader: Frances McSherry (f.mcsherry@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle  (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Session: Wed. November 5 6:30p-7:30PM (in Theater Dept Offices) and Thurs, November 13, 6:30-7:30PM (Theatre Dept Offices)

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • THTR 1233 19th and 20th Century Fashion & Costume
  •  THTR 1240 Fashion Trend Forecasting

Description:

This Dialogue of Civilization will focus on the history of 19th, 20th and 21st century fashion design and the complex field of 21st century fashion forecasting.


FRANCE and MOROCCO: Colonial Past, Cultural Change, and Economic Development

Dialogue of Civilizations | marrakesh, Morocco

Faculty Leader: Prof. Peter Fraunholtz (p.fraunholtz@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Sessions: Tuesday, October 28th 6:30pm-8PM 424 Hayden Hall

Thursday, November 6, 2014 5:45PM-7:15PM  in 010 WVF

Term: Summer I

Courses: 

  • INTL 3565: Morocco: History, Culture, and Economic Development
  • INTL 4944: Ethnicity, Religious Diversity, and Gender in Morocco (Regional Middle East)

Description:

As part of Africa and the Arab Middle East, with ties to an ancient and adaptive Amazigh culture, firmly integrated into the Islamic world, and linked to the French colonial past as well as the EU, Morocco offers a unique set of opportunities and experiences for history and international affairs students in general, and those interested in Islam, Multicultural Societies, Imperialism, and Post-Colonial Development in Africa and the Middle East in particular. The Morocco Dialogue Program engages students with the culture, civilization, and people of Morocco, and Moroccan immigrants living and working in France. The main themes of this year's program will focus on issues of economic development as shaped by the colonial past as well as post-colonial/Cold War and post-Cold War (globalization) dynamics.

Morocco was under French rule from 1912 to 1956, but French economic and cultural influence in the region goes well back to the mid-19<sup>th</sup> century and is still very much a factor today.  We will begin in Paris where we will examine issue of North African/Moroccan immigration as well as the challenges facing the French Republic concerning the prospects for and limits on integration of the growing Muslim population.  Site visits include the Grand Mosque of Paris, the Institute du Monde Arab, and the National Museum of the History of Immigration as well as various immigrant/North African neighborhoods.

We will spend most of our time in Marrakesh, the “Red City.”  The old Southern capital of Morocco, Marrakesh was and still is the cross roads for Arab, Berber, and Sub-Saharan African, and Jewish peoples and cultures that continue to shape Moroccan society today.  It was a key outpost in the French effort to rule the southern regions and that influence is still seen and felt in Marrakesh today.

The Marrakshi are a warm and very hospitable people and our students will get to see this first hand by living (in pairs) with Moroccan families during our stay in the city.   Among other things, our host institution, The Center for Language and Culture, teaches English to Moroccans and our homestay families are from among those in the CLC community who want to open their homes to native English-speakers.   Marrakshi families are known for their warmth and their amazing home cooking.

While in Marrakesh, students will become well acquainted through site visits and tours with the New (French) city and as well as the ancient medina and famous main square, Jma al-Fnaa.  They will participate in 8 hours of survival Arabic, lectures by the Faculty leader as well as guest lectures on Moroccan economic development in the context of French imperialism, post-colonial challenges in the shadow of the EU, and in the struggles to manage the pressures of globalization.  Lectures and others activities also focus intently on issues of gender and women’s evolving roles in Moroccan society.

While in Morocco we will also engage in a two day Intercultural Dialogue with a group of English-speaking Moroccan students, a four day visit to a Berber (Amazigh) village in the High Atlas Mountains, and a four day stay in Fez, the religious and cultural capital of Morocco and itself shaped markedly by waves of immigration from Spain from the 12<sup>th</sup> to 16<sup>th</sup> centuries.


Lyon – French Language and Culture

Dialogue of Civilizations | Lyon, France

Faculty-Leader: Prof. Sali Ziane (s.ziane@neu.edu)

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (d.biddle@neu.edu)

Information Session: TBA

Term: Summer II

Courses: CLTR 4944 French Culture

FRNH (Multiple Levels offered) 2201, 2202, 3201, 3202

Description: 

The summer language course will include 80 hours of classes in addition to the cultural and historical immersion. Those classes will cover different levels of French in order to satisfy the students’ level. The students will be exposed to intensive oral and written skills.

The program includes:
- Language practice through various activities inside and outside the classroom.
- Introduction to life in the city Lyon.
- Visits of historical sites, museums, parks, etc…
- Cultural activities.

The cultural part will be aboutFrance through history, culture and art”.

France is one of the countries that contributed in the creation of the European Union which reached today a size of 28 member countries. France historically witnessed events in Arts, Cinema and Fashion; as well as developments in Laws and Immigration, Science and Technology.

 

This Dialogue of Civilization Program is an immersion into the “New France”, both from its heart ‘Lyon’ to the metropolis ‘Paris’, and it would mean a political, social, economic and cultural overview from which students would benefit linguistically and socially.