Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Modern Languages and Franco-BU present Invited speaker Dr. Jean-Godefroy Bidima

Dr. Jean-Godefroy Bidima, a leading international scholar in
Continental Philosophy, Arts and Literature of the Francophone World, African Philosophies, Juridical Anthropology and Medical Ethics, gave an insightful lecture on the philosophy of art in French –

Situating objects of art at the intersection of multiple relations between religion, economics, materiality, fetishism and spectrality of artistic representations, the philosopher deconstructed art at every level, while revealing complexities in its reception and production. He subsequently links art to utopia to reflect on the following questions: What qualifies as art nowadays?  How does art transform society? What will constitute an object of art in the future?

The event was followed by Q&A in French and English. We all appreciated Dr. Bidima’s erudition, wit and sense of humor!

Modern Languages Award Ceremony 2018: French at Bryant

2018 French Language Awards

Congratulations to Aleah Grady, Kathleen Gonzalez, Victoria Japhet, Eva Ballester and Shruti Kansara!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Québec Trip 2018

Franco BU's biggest event this Spring was our annual trip to Canada. 
We drove eight hours with 11 students and 1 advisor to Québec for the one of a kind Carnaval de Quebec. This festival is unlike any other in the world. The Carnaval de Québec has been celebrated annually since 1955. The most famous attractions of this winter festival are the night-time and daytime parades led by the Bonhomme. This trip was a wonderful opportunity for students to practice their french and learn about French culture.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

An Afternoon Abroad... French Side

                      Une après-midi a l’étranger!

                            An afternoon abroad! 

The following club and organizations, Franco BU, Busco,SEAC,IAA,GCC,IBA,ISO and Hillel programs celebrated an afternoon abroad with the hard work and organization of the Phi Sigma Iota  The International Foreign language Honor Society.
During this 3hour event, students are invited to participate in cultural activities,games, trivia, karaoke, listen to popular songs with singers and group such as Magic System from Ivory Coast with songs like " cherie coco" among others.

 In the French program, students were welcome to try  savory mini french rolls, savory croissants, a variety of French chocolate truffles, and famous French cookies ( from Delacres)
They were asked to write a famous sentence or phrases they knew in french and share it with everyone by writting it up on the white board.
Each student was issued a passport  ( see photo below) and would receive a stamp, sticker or signature from each participating club to acknowledge they fully participated in "an afternoon abroad" events.
Students participation was  high and the Franco BU E-board noticed that the cultural food was going very quickly :)  always a good thing!

       Once again, an afternoon abroad was a great success! 
                    See you next year! a l’année prochaine!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

A Night in France Nov 2nd

A Night In France!

As a way to kick off the celebration of "French week" in the US
On Monday November 2nd, Franco BU the French organization club at Bryant and ISO ( the International Students organization) hosted a wonderful event for French speaking students from all over the world!
After a very informative presentation on french food, regionalism and french cooking habit by Nene and Marianna, the students were able to taste and sample authentic onion soup, Crepes with fresh spinach, goat cheese and tomatoes and for dessert we had some wonderful French chocolate truffles!
the event started at 5pm until 7;30pm and over 25 students attended!
Bravo! et merci a tous pour cette magnifique soirée dans le monde culinaire et francophone
( Thank you for this wonderful evening in the french speaking culinary world)
stay tuned for more French program Bryant FUN!

below a few photos of this wonderful  french program and ISO Bryant event

Monday, October 19, 2015

Film: the eigth day, le hutieme jour with the IFC

What's new on the French event front?

On Wednesday October 18th, we showed "le huitieme  jour" (The Eigth Day). The movie viewing was very well attended by French and non French speaking students at Bryant.
About 25 students participated in the event, I can actually say that all of them were very engaged in the viewing and lots of physical reactions from laughters to questioning the plot altogether.
The end of the moving was obviously very unexpected, as most students were expected an all American happy ending but the chute was not. Overall, the movie was a great success and the students asked for another similar movie for next Spring because they enjoyed the artistic, cultural, humoristic and linguistic value  brought by this movie.
personally, I have watched this movie 5 times already. let me tell you, I cannot hold back the tears at the end, I just can't. if you have not seen it, look it up and watch it, you will not regret it.. I promise. A beautiful  story about what should not be discarded as what is important in life. Love, friendship and happiness..
Dean Brad Martin, also attended the movie event .
A faculty member wrote an email asking  to be invited to all the French showing, That's terrific!
looking forward to our next showing. If you have any specific French film request, do not hesitate to let us know! We want to hear from you1 merci et a bientot pour de nouvelles aventures..