Past Events

Spring 2010



Jean-Godefroy Bidima

"Merleau-Ponty, Levinas and Simone Well: Details on African(s)"

TUE, Feb 9, 2010

4:00 pm

Clark Hall 206

Arnoult Chair in Ftancophone Studies at Tulane University, former Program Director at the College International de Philosophie (Paris). Co-sponsored by CWRU Department of Philosophy.

Fulbright Scholar in Cameroon


Marie Lathers, Treuhaft Professor of French, will be

spending the upcomingacademic year (2008-2009) as a Fulbright scholar teaching women’s studies at the University of Dschang in Cameroon.  She and her daughter will live in Batoula (a sub-section of Bafounda, in the Francophone Grassfields region, and Prof. Gilbert Doho’s home in Cameroon) and write an English-language book on Daily Life in a Cameroonian Village, part memoir and part description of local life and customs, with a focus on such areas as women and children, education, food and clothing, and myths and legends.  This work will make Fu’nda life known outside of the Bafounda area and allow villagers to express their culture.

For updates, see


September 23, 2009

"Small Small Catch Monkey: Adventures in Cameroon"

Marie Lathers

Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures


Clark Hall 206 (Baker-Nord Center)

Oct, 7, 2009

"Infidels at the Oar: A Mediterranean Exception to France's Free Soil Principle"

Dr. Gilian Weiss

Dept. of History

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Mather Memorial 201

Substantial Snacks provided

"There are no slaves in France." So went the law that any serf, bondservant or chattel entering French territory be immediately freed. On this basis, foreign masters lost their property and colonial slaves won their manumission from sixteenth-century Toulouse to eighteenth-century Paris. Yet  in France's Mediterranean port cities of the same period, thousands of Ottomans and Morocans remained in chains, spending spring and summer as oarsmen on the royal galleys, fall and winter as day laborers and petty traders. This talk evaluates naval, spatial, strategic, theoretical and jurdicial explanations for a curious violation of the kingdom's free spoil principle.




Students from all majors and divisions of the university, graduate and undergraduate, are invited to participate in a three-week study abroad course in Cameroon involving an independent research project, taught by faculty from Case and the University of Buea, Cameroon.

Crosslisted as FRCH 338/ETHS 338/WLIT 338/438, with coursework in French OR ENGLISH depending on student's language background.

Course runs from May 12-30, 2009

Cost sheet

Interested students please contact or by December 8, 2008.


The Subaltern and the Poetics of War in Africa

Complete Research Working Group Series:

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities

led by Gilbert Doho

2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

Clark Hall Room 206

11130 Bellflower Road

September 25

War and Children: Adolescents in Postcolonial Badjoko, Dongola, Kourouma, and Monenembo Novels

Koffi Aniyefa

Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Haverford College

October 7

The Production of Meaning in the Narratives of Child Soldiers

Cilas Kemedjio

Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, University of Rochester 


Museum Film Double Feature

Tuesday, October 7, at 7:00 p.m

Cinematheque, Cleveland Institute of Art

11141 East Boulevard

Two French classics set partly or wholly in museums.

LOUVRE CITY/LA VILLE LOUVRE (France, 1990, Nicolas Philibert)

  •  LA JETÉE (France, 1962, Chris Marker)


The first is a documentary that takes an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at Paris’ Louvre, one of the world’s major art museums, a city within a city. Subtitles. 35mm. 84 min.  La Jetée (The Jetty or The Pier) is a haunting, post-apocalyptic fantasy about memory, time travel, and destiny. The inspiration for Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys, it is comprised almost entirely of still photographs. Legendary film critic Pauline Kael called it “the greatest science-fiction movie I’ve ever seen.” Subtitles. 35mm. 28 min.

Both films will be introduced by Ray Watkins, CWRU and are sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities as part of Humanities Week 2008-09.


Fall Lunchtime Lectures

Paris Fashion in Modern Culture

Oct 15

11:30 -12:30

Mather Memorial Rm 210

Mary Davis, CWRU Department of Music, Associate Director Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities 


The 18 month project highlighting women’s activism and art across generations in the Arab world continues this fall.

Créer Pour Résister:

Two Generations of Arab Women presents:

All events are free and open to the public

  • Art Exhibit of Photographs
  • and Scuplture
  • by

Zoha Abdulsater

Shezza Edris

Nama Khalil



Exhibit opens with a reception on Friday, September 12

5:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Case's Art Studio

(on Adelbert near Murray)

Artists will be present

Exhibit continues through September 26th, and is accessible weekdays between 12:30 and 5:00 p.m.

Supported by a generous grant from the Worldwide Learning Environment (The McGregor Foundation and the College of Arts and Sciences, CWRU)


  • World Musicians
  • Marylène Ingremeau and Khalid Kouhen
  • Friday, Sept. 19
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Amasa Stone Chapel
  • 10940 Euclid Avenue 
  • Khalid and Marylène are international known musicians of French and Moroccan descent.  Khalid plays many percussion instruments and has featured on cds by jazz, Brazilian, and world music artists; Marylène is an extremely versatile vocalist in French, Arabic, Indian, and Turkish rhythms. 

All Créer Pour Résister events are coordinated by Cheryl Toman, Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Literature, and sponsored by a McGregor Fund Worldwide Learning Environment grant.


Aux Barricades!  French Protest Posters from May '68:  A 40th-Anniversary Exhibition at Oberlin

Nov. 12


Mather Memorial Rm 201

Andria Derstine, Oberlin Allen Art Museum curator for Western Art.

More info about Oberlin events around Aux Barricades!, including visit by Kristin Ross on October 30, see:



2007-2008 Events

Creer Pour Resister:
Two Generations of Arab Women

Thursday, March 20, 2008 (first in a series of events)
4:30 p.m., Mather Dance Studio, 11201 Bellflower Road, Cleveland

Creer pour Resister: Two Generations of Arab Women is an 18-month on-going project featuring the arts, activism, and research of two generations of women from the Middle East and North Africa. The first in a series of events are scheduled for Thursday, Marth 20, 2008 at the Mather Dance Studio: Meriem Dahmani will begin with a modern dance performance followed by Dr. Naima Kitouni who will give a lecture on women and early feminist movements in Algeria.  The program begins at 4:30 p.m.

Visitor Parking:
Severance Hall underground lot-- entrance on East Boulevard (once inside garage, use the pedestrian "Exit to Bellflower Road" door; Clark Hall is third building to the right)
Metered lot (corner of Euclid and Ford)

For more information, contact:

Sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program and a MacGregor Foundation WLE grant.

Also of interest. . .

Marjane Satrapi
April 4, 2008, 4:30 p.m.
Amasa Stone Chapel, 10940 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland
Free Public Lecture-- on-line registration recommended at

Dr. Nalova Lyonga

Walking a Tight Rope:
Gender Interrelations in African Societies

Tuesday, April 8, 2008; 4:30 p.m.
Clark Hall, Room 309, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland
Free and open to the public.
Visitor parking: Metered lot (corner of Ford and Euclid), and
Severance hall underground lot (entrance on East Boulevard)

Print Flyer

Duality characterizes gender relations in African societies. Dualism fosters competition and the latter, contrary to general presumptions, sustains complementary parts. The loss of competitiveness destroys the system. Dualism, competititon and complementarity in indigenous African systems--what lessons for the present world? From a multidisciplinary standpoint, this talk explores a fundamentally philosophical, but very practical, question.

Dr. Lyonga is Professor of English at the University of Buea, Cameroon.  She is co-editor of Anglophone Cameroon Writing (Bayreuth, 1993), editor of Socrates in Cameroon: The Life and Works of Bernard Fonlon (Yaounde, 1989), and author of numerous articles on feminist theory and literature in African countries. She is an expert on the relation of language to ethnic and gender identity. Sponsored by French and Francophone Studies, Philosophy, Women’s & Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies and the MacGregor Worldwide Learning Environment Fund. 


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Selousa Luste Boulbina
College International de Philosophie, Paris

Tuesday, March 4, 2008, 4:30 p.m.
Clark Hall, Room 206
11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland
Free public lecture

Professor Boulbina has published on Tocqueville, Mill, Machiavelli, and Diderot, and taught at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris as well as the College International de Philosophie, where she has led a seminar on the concepts of the "colony" and "postcolony" for several years.

Her most recent book, Le singe de Kafka et autres propos sur la colonie argues that "Kafka's monkey is not a humanized monkey; he is a man that others have dehumanized by animalizing him." Here is another side of the bureaucratic modernity so chillingly portrayed by Kafka, one of interest to students of French as well as German culture, in Philosophy, Political Science, and History -- indeed, to anyone concerned with debates over the historical sources of ethnic and religious conflict in contemporary Europe.

Visitor Parking:
Severance Hall underground lot-- entrance on East Boulevard (once inside garage, use the pedestrian "Exit to Bellflower Road" door; Clark Hall is third building to the right)
Metered lot (corner of Euclid and Ford)

For more information, contact: laura.hengehold@case
or call 216/368-8961

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Sponsored by the German Studies Program, French and Francophone Studies, Department of Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, the Ethnic Studies Program, the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, and the Office of Undergraduate Studies.


2006-2007 EVENTS

On Est Ensemble/Building Bridges:
A Symposium on Study Abroad in Francophone Africa

October 20, 2006
9am-5 pm, Meeting Room A
Thwing Center, 11111 Euclid Avenue
Call (216) 368-2633 for more information

This one-day symposium brought together faculty from study-abroad programs from Case and other institutitions to discuss how increased undergraduate study abroad in Africa is changing the face of French studies and French teaching in the United States.

As economic globalization influences the way we teach about language and culture, as experiential learning becomes a more important part of college pedagogy, and as more students recognize the importance of learning about non-western countries, demand for on-site education in Africa and Asia has increased.

Some of the questions that have been raised include:

  • · What are the cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary challenges that arise when teachers add Francophone Africa and the Caribbean to the French studies curriculum?
  • · What practical and ethical issues are raised by study abroad programs between countries with such different financial resources and educational or political structures as the United States, Mali, Haiti, Senegal, or Cameroon?
  • · What impact does study abroad in Francophone Africa have on students' awareness and interest in multi-cultural issues in the U.S., and how does it change their understanding of multi-cultural politics including "laicite" and the situation of "sans papiers," in metropolitan France?

Featured speakers were:

  • · Dr. Cherie Maiden, Professor of French and Francophone Literature at Furman University,
  • · Dr. Ambroise Kom, Howard O’Leary Chair
    of Francophone Studies at Holy Cross College,
  • · Dr. Stephen Esquith, Professor of Philosophy, Michigan State University,
  • · Dr. Kathy Curnow, Professor of Art at Cleveland State University,
  • · and additional faculty.

Sponsored by the French and Francophone Studies Program, Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, the Ethnic Studies Program, and the Cultural Services Division of the French Consulate.

2005-2006 EVENTS

Tuesday, April 25, 2006
4:30 p.m., Clark Hall, Room 206
11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland
Free and open to the public
Light refreshments will be provided

Educated in France and England
(D.Phil., Sussex University), Professor Conteh-Morgan's research and teaching interests are in Francophone African and Caribbean Post-Colonial literatures and 20th-century French drama. His publications include Theatre and Drama in Francophone Africa (CUP, 1994), (co-edited) Drama and Performance in Africa (Indiana UP, 2004), and a translation of Paulin Hountondji's The Struggle for Meaning: Reflections on Philosophy, Culture and Democracy in Africa (Ohio UP, 2002). His most recent work includes the first English translation of Louis Sala-Molins’ Dark Side of the Light: Slavery and the French Enlightenment (University of Minnesota Press, 2006).  He is currently the Editor of Research in African Literature, the premier journal of African literary studies worldwide.

John Conteh-Morgan is an Associate Professor in the Department of African American and African Studies and the Department of French and Italian at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.


Wednesday, February 15, 2006
7:15 p.m., Clark Hall, Room 206
11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland
Multi-ethnic dinner from around the Francophone world will be provided.

"Du chahut à l'émeute:  Did Paris Burn?"
A public lecture by Paul Vieille, Ph.D.

Join Paul vieille and other faculty of the French and Francophone Studies Program for a discussion of ethnic, religious, administrative and generational tensions behind the 2005 riots acorss France and their long-term significance for French politics.

Dr. Vieille is a sociologist, anthropologist, and professor emeritus at the Centre National de la Recherce Scientifique, Paris.  He edits the journal Peuples et Mondes.


Tuesday, November 8, 2005
4:30 p.m., Clark Hall, Room 309
11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland

The Challenge of Women and Gender Studies
in Higher Education — The Case of Cameroon

A Public Lecture by J.B. Endeley Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Gender Studies
and Agricultural Extension Education
The University of Buea, Cameroon
Free and Open to the Public

Dr. Endeley will present a brief history that focuses on the establishment of the Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGS) of the University of Buea, Cameroon. She will describe the forces behind the creation of the Department, its academic activities, and its challenges. How does the Ministry of Higher Education in Cameroon perceive WGS, the only program of its kind among six public and four private universities? How are its products utilized for nation building? What are its potential and challenges for growth?

Joyce Bayande Endeley, Ph.D., is Associate Professor (Agricultural Extension Education and Gender Studies) and Chair of the Department of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Buea, Cameroon. She is also Vice-Dean of Student Affairs and Records at the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences.

Her research has focused on gender and agriculture, women's empowerment, women's credit schemes, and the impact assessment of development programs in Cameroon. She has several publications to her credit, and is joint editor of a new book series entitled Issues in Gender and Development, Volume One: New Gender Studies from Cameroon and the Caribbean printed and distributed by ABC. She has served as a consultant with various development bodies such as IDRC, Commonwealth Secretariat, United Nations, SASSAKAWA-Global 2000, PLAN International, and is a board member of development foundations such as HEIFER Project International Cameroon and the Cameroon GATSBY Foundation. She is currently the Coordinator of the U.S government’s Ambassador Girls Scholarship Program (AGSP) in the Southwest Province in Cameroon.

Sponsored by the French and Francophone Studies Program, the Women’s Studies Program and the Ethnic Studies Program

Thursday, October 6, 2005
4:30 p.m., Clark Hall, Room 309
11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland

Women in Algeria:
Between Military Dictators and Islamic Fundamentalists
A Public Lecture by Alek Baylee Toumi
Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Free and open to the public

The challenges women face in the struggle for social justice are nowhere more evident than in the third world, where gender roles are often defined by deep-rooted social traditions, and oppressive military-backed governments enact laws designed to deprive women of their basic human rights.  In Algeria, this grim dynamic is exacerbated by the ravages of civil war.  Caught between nebulous Islamist groups similar to the Taliban, and the militaristic Front de Libération Nationale (FLN) with their “code de la famille” relegating women to the status of second class citizens, too many Algerian women are locked in a battle for their very survival.  What strategies and alliances can they form and trust in this context?  Join Alek Baylee Toumi for an examination of these dilemmas with special reference to the case of Khalida Messaoudi, an Algerian feminist condemned to death and subject of Une Algérienne Debout (Unbowed:  An Algerian Woman Confronts Islamic Fundamentalism) by Elisabeth Schemla. 

Alek Baylee Toumi is an Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  A political refugee from the Kabylie region of Algeria, he lived in Paris before going into exile in the U.S.  A scholar, playwright and poet, he is the author of Maghreb Divers, and several plays.

Sponsored by the French and Francophone Studies Program, the Department of Philosophy, the Ethnic Studies Program, and the Presidential Initiative Fund for the Enhancement of Interdisciplinary Programs.

Information:  216.368.8961

Friday, October 7, 2005
7:30 p.m., Clark Hall, Room 309
11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland

Madah-Sartre: The Kidnapping, Trial, and Conver(sat/s)ion
of Jean-Paul Sartre
and Simone de Beauvoir
as Staged by Terrorists of the GIA
A dramatic reading of a play by Alek Toumi
Followed by a panel discussion
Free and open to the public

Toumi addresses issues of violence and intellectual freedom using political satire and absurdism. In the play, the ghosts of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir debate fundamentalism and other contemporary issues with terrorists of the Groupe Islamique Armé (GIA), demanding that they be convinced “with reason…not violence…!”


Sponsored by the French and Francophone Studies Program, the Department of Philosophy, the Ethnic Studies Program, and the Presidential Initiative Fund for the Enhancement of Interdisciplinary Programs.

Information:  216.368.8961


2004-05 EVENTS

"Women, War, Identity, and Music"

Event Brochure

February 4-10, 2005
A week-long women's music festival and lecture series which features individual and group concerts with internationally known female musicians (Evelyne Accad, Faytinga Gonin, Kristen Lems) who will present music of the Arab, African, and Asian world. Each concert will be enhanced by a debate and teleconference with remote sites in Eritrea and Lebanon on the subject of women, war, identity, and music. There will also be master classes involving graduate students of music and children from the Cleveland public schools. Co-sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and many other campus groups. This is guaranteed to be the event of the season!

March 19, 2004

400 people from Case and the Cleveland community saw an awesome concert by the Ivory Coast Ki-Yi Village Theater Troupe, directed by WereWere Liking. The event was called "Les Reines-Meres--Les Immortelles" (The Queen Mothers--The Immortal Ones) and was actually a concert-play that addressed the issues of spirituality and destiny, especially of women, in contemporary society. WereWere's sister, Nserel, was the other main player, and the five-member band "Les Cinq Etoiles" (The Five Stars) provided the very dance-able music. A great time was had by all. We thank all the sponsors for this event, and especially Professors Cheryl Toman and Gilbert Doho, and Department Assistant Desiree Knauer, who invested so much time in planning. And to Professor Marie Lathers, for making sure the group of nine people and sixteen bags made it on their plane, despite seemingly endless red tape! And thanks especially to the many students who made this so much fun and so informative.

April 1, 2004
4 p.m., 206 Clark Hall
Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University
Paper Presentation: "Proust (and Others) on the Plate: Food and Nation in France."