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French House Hosts Francophone Scholar Mudimbe-Boyi, Feb. 17 & 18

  • Published: February 15, 2011

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Contact Dr. Mireille Le Breton at 585-389-2685 or, or Emily Alexander at

French House Hosts Francophone Scholar Mudimbe-Boyi, Feb. 17 & 18

Nazareth College’s 2010-2011 French House Lecture Series continues this semester with renowned scholar and Stanford University Professor of Francophone Literatures, Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi. Professor Mudimbe-Boyi will present her lecture, Women (re)writing History: the Works of North African Writer Assia Djebar, at Nazareth College’s French House, February 17th at 8 p.m.  The lecture and post-lecture Q&A will focus on the life and works of Algerian historian, novelist and filmmaker Assia Djebar, who is the first North African woman to become an "Immortal" by being elected member of the Académie Française.

The following day, Friday, February 18, from 11:30 to 12:20, the guest lecturer will host a literary workshop at the French House.  During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to perform in-depth critical analyses of several of Djebar’s texts.  Both events are free, Anglophone-friendly and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dr. Mireille Le Breton at 585-389-2685 or, or Emily Alexander at  Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, N.Y. 14618.

Born in Congo-Kinshasa (former Zaïre) and schooled in France, Belgium, Portugal and Italy, Elisabeth Mudimbe-Boyi is fluent in five languages and is an internationally recognized specialist in Francophone Literatures.  Since 1995, she has been a full-time professor, active in the French, Italian and Comparative Literature Departments at Stanford University.  She served as the President of the African Literature Association, a non-profit society of scholars dedicated to the Advancement of African Literary Studies from 2002 to 2003.  In 2010 she was the Chair of the Modern Language Association Committee for the Aldo Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies.  She has previously taught at Duke University, Haverford College and universities in Congo and Burundi. 
The French House Lecture series was sponsored by the Nazareth College Women and Gender Studies Program, the Center for International Education, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Dean of the CAS, the Faculty Lecture Committee, the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department, the French Club and French House, and the French students of Nazareth College.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is a coeducational college with undergraduate and graduate studies in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. The College is located on 150 scenic acres near Rochester, New York, and currently enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. Nazareth has a strong commitment to experience-based learning and civic engagement. In the past decade, Nazareth has produced 18 Fulbright recipients and two Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowships.

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