Programs by Country: France + Dialogue of Civilizations

Annecy – French Language and Culture *CLOSED*

Dialogue of Civilizations | Annecy, France

Faculty leader: Catherine Dunand (

Study Abroad Coordinator:  Daisy Biddle (

Information Session: Thursday January 9th 6PM-7:30PM 298 Ryder Hall


Term: Summer I

Courses: CLTR4944: Contemporary French Culture

 FRNH 1302, 2301, 2302, 3301 (depends on student French level)


The program of this Dialogue consists of two courses, one in French language and one in Regional French culture and history.  Both courses are held in Annecy, in eastern France between Geneva and Chambery. 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 situated on the shore of Lake Annecy, which is one of the cleanest lakes in the world. A trip to Paris will launch this special experience of France.

FRANCE and MOROCCO: Colonial Past, Cultural Change, and Economic Development “CLOSED”

Dialogue of Civilizations | marrakesh, Morocco

Faculty Leader: Prof. Peter Fraunholtz (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (

Information Sessions:

  • 11/5, 6-7:15 PM in 267 Ryder
  • 11/6, 1:35 - 3:00 PM in 296 Ryder Hall

Term: Summer I


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


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 (CLOSED)

Dialogue of Civilizations | Lyon, France

Faculty-Leader: Prof. Sali Ziane (

Study Abroad Coordinator: Daisy Biddle (

Information Session: Monday November 4, 2013 6PM-7PM 315 BK

Term: Summer II

Courses: CLTR 4944 French Culture

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


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 Lyon.
- Visits of historical sites, museums, parks, etc...
- Cultural activities.

The cultural part will cover the “Immigration in France”:

The immigrants played a significant role in France’s development as well as its laws throughout generations. Before the first and the Second World War and after the decolonization in Africa, lots of immigrants came to France to seek employment and a new life. Nowadays, the French immigration’s policy has changed. The European workers are more accepted than Africans. Because of xenophobic view and conservatism from the right wing (Le F.N.) the French government modified the laws in regards of immigration and citizenship.

The following topics will be discussed:

  • The history of immigration.
  • Cause and effect of the immigration.
  • The role of immigration in the development of France.
  • The political participation and impact of immigrants in France
  • The immigration policy.
  • Controlled Immigration, Racism and citizenship in Modern France
  • The problem of integration/assimilation of immigrant groups in France.
  • Chosen immigration.
  • The challenge of French diversity.