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  • Diaspora Inter-Crossings Speaker Dr. Jack Lightstone, March 11

    Diaspora Inter-Crossings Speaker Series
    March 11, 2020 12:30–1:30pm
    Rankin Family Pavilion, Room 214
    Strategies of Sustainability of Diaspora Communities:
    Take the Jewish Graeco-Roman Diaspora, for Example
    Dr. Jack Lightstone
    Brock University


    In the field of Diaspora Studies, theoretical paradigms have often been based on the historical experience of Jews living outside of their homeland in the ancient, medieval and modern eras. While almost every description of the “Jewish Diaspora” commences with an account of the Babylonian Exile in the 6th century BCE. The first Jewish Diaspora communities for which we have substantial evidence are those that ringed the Mediterranean in the late Hellenistic and Roman periods. And yet, many scholars of Diaspora Studies all but ignore the evidence for these communities or deal superficially with it. This presentation aims to survey the principal dominant cultural and social patterns of these communities and asks how these patterns may have contributed to these communities’ sustainability in a diaspora setting. It is hoped that such a survey will prove valuable to theorizing diasporas.

    All welcome. Refreshments sponsored by Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures (MLLC).

    Irene M.F. Blayer, Lissa Paul, Cristina Santos and Dawn Zinga
    Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Teaching About/With Comics, March 26

    Hosted by the Centre for Pedagogical Innovation.
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  • February 3: Dr. Breitenstein’s talk “‘I am Named the Truth-Speaking Advocate of Ladies’: Defending Women in Manuscript and Print”

    Dr. Renée-Claude Breitenstein will give a talk titled “I am Named The Truth-Speaking Advocate of Ladies”: Defending Women in Manuscript and Print.

    Hosted by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Speaker Series.

    2:30pm to 3:30pm, Monday February 3rd, 2020, Welch Hall 207

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  • SOFIFRAN / Nafée Faïgou – atelier culturel ‘Textes et textiles’, 6 février

    SOFIFRAN / Nafée Faïgou – atelier culturel ‘Textes et textiles’.  Il aura lieu dans la salle STH 201 de 12h45 à 13h45, le jeudi 6 février 2020 dans le cadre du cours FREN 1P93.

    Nafée Faïgou from SOFIFRAN will be giving a cultural workshop on Texts and Textiles, 12:45 to 1:45pm, Thursday February 6th, 2020, room STH 201.

    Nafée Faïgou est une artiste de la région du Niagara originaire du Tchad. Elle est dramaturge et metteur en scène, directrice artistique du festival Festiv’Ėbène depuis sa création (2008) et auteur de plusieurs recueils de poésie dont Masques; sorti en 2018 aux Éditions Grey Borders. Depuis 2010, elle contribue au magazine littéraire en ligne Voix Plurielles qui dessert le monde francophone; avec des articles de critiques littéraires sur des auteurs francophones canadiens. Nafée est également nouvelliste et son recueil de nouvelle intitulé Portraits d’obsidienne hors cadre sera publié début 2020 par les éditions Édilivre.

  • Dr. Virgulti’s talk, “From Text to Bronze: Rodin’s Visualization of Dante’s Inferno”

    Friday 31 January 2020
    3:30-5:00 pm
    Victoria University Common Room
    89 Charles Street West
    (rear entrance Burwash Hall)
    Victoria College

    Dante’s Inferno has inspired countless illustrations, maps, paintings and sculptures, including Auguste Rodin’s Gates of Hell, originally commissioned in 1880 for the doors of a museum that was never built. But aside from 4-5 figures (Dante, Paolo, Francesca and Ugolino), the other 180+ figures in Rodin’s Portal seem to bear little correspondence to Dante’s Inferno. This presentation will investigate the evolution of Rodin’s Porte de l’Enfer, from the early sketches, architectural designs and maquettes to its final form, in attempt to identify Rodin’s influences and models. While the Portal cannot be considered an adaptation of Dante’s text, some figures bear more correspondence than one would think, even after being freed from Hell and given a life of their own (Dante becomes The Thinker and Paolo and Francesca become The Kiss). Although divided by more than five centuries, both Dante and Rodin share and depict the universal struggles of a suffering humanity.

    Ernesto Virgulti is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Brock University.

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  • FREN 2P44 – Children’s Literature in French: The Picture Book and Beyond presents special guest speaker

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  • Italian-Canadian contributions to Niagara focus of upcoming conference

    Italian-Canadian contributions to Niagara focus of upcoming conference


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  • Students experience French Canada

    Students experience French Canada


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  • Italian-Canadian Experience Revealed



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  • French program welcomes Brock-Niagara French Contest participants

    French program welcomes Brock-Niagara French Contest participants

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