Valorized by some for fostering cultural and linguistic crossbreeding, Francophonie is denounced by others as a disruption to the coherence of national identities. Guest speakers from Africa, Canada, France and the United States investigate the particulars of these interpretations during a conference on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Click here for a complete schedule.
The Department of Modern Languages and the French and Francophone Studies program at HWS will host an International Symposium on Francophonie and Globalization from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The event is free and open to the public.
Joining HWS Professors Kanate Dahouda, Kevin Dunn, Marie-France Etienne, Catherine Gallouët, and George Joseph in the discussion are: Henri Lopes, the French ambassador of Congo-Brazzaville; Fabrice Jaumont, education attaché with the French Embassy in New York City; Amadou Kone, professor at Georgetown University; Jean-Louis Roy, former Secretary of l’Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie and president of Rights and Democracy; Sylvia Washington Ba, professor at Universite Cheikh Anta Diop in Senegal; and Jack Yeager, professor at Louisiana State University. HWS students Jonis Belu-John ’04 and Stan Miller ’05 will also lend their voices to this topic.
Following the discussion, there will also be a concert by Ramses de Kimon from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in Albright Auditorium. Presently based in Rochester, N.Y., de Kimon is a native of the Ivory Coast, a former colony of France that a large French community still calls home. The singer has performed all around the world with international reggae stars such as The Wailers, Luciano, Burning Spear, Sister Carol and Third World. The concert also is free and open to the public.