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Wednesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.


JOHN GERASSI
Professor of Political Science, Queens College, CUNY; author of Talking with Sartre: Conversations and Debates (Yale University Press, 2009)


Talking with Sartre

Activist, journalist, and educator Gerassi has recently published the record of his talks with Sartre (a close friend of Gerassi's parents) about the history of the revolutionary movements of the mid-20th century, what it means to be a writer, and his perspectives on the Spanish Civil War, World War II, and the disintegration of colonialism.









Thursday, March 25, 7:00 p.m.
Institute of French Studies Colloquium


JOHN BOWEN
Professor of Anthropology,Washington University, St. Louis; author of Can Islam Be French? Pluralism and Pragmatism in a Secularist State; Why the French Don’t Like Headscarves

Can Islam be French?

Bowen examines how French Muslims are fashioning new Islamic institutions and developing new ways of reasoning and teaching. He looks at some of the quite distinct ways in which mosques have connected with broader social and political forces, how Islamic educational entrepreneurs have fashioned niches for new forms of schooling, and how major Islamic public actors have set out a specifically French approach to religious norms. He argues that the particular ways in which Muslims have settled in France, and in which France governs religions, have created incentives for Muslims to develop new, pragmatic ways of thinking about religious issues in French society.





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