French program to host lecture on ‘The Jewish Question’ in France, 1789-present

“The Jewish Question in Post-Revolutionary France: Reflections on Jews, Jewishness and Anti-Semitism (1789-present)” is the title of a free and interdisciplinary public program at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29) in the University Union’s Christie Theatre.

Author and researcher Gayle Zachmann, a University of Florida professor, is the guest speaker. Zachmann will discuss the apparent dichotomy of France standing alone, post-revolution, as an egalitarian force and the first European country to emancipate the Jews of its territory, yet being plagued by rampant anti-Semitism at various times throughout its history. She says anti-Jewish fervor threatened the French republic’s national narrative as a global leader in human rights as early as the 19th century, and the 20th century brought new challenges to the citizenship and survival of the country’s Jews.

More recently, Zachmann lived, wrote and researched for years in Paris and Nice as a wave of highly publicized incidents brought 21st century attention to what is known in France as “the Jewish question.” Her interdisciplinary presentation at UW-Green Bay — of possible interest to those interested in history, sociology, anthropology, diversity, French studies and more — is co-sponsored by le Cercle Francais student organization, the French program, and the Office of the Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

‘Hedgehog’ opens 2013 Green Bay Film Society series

The Green Bay Film Society’s Spring International Film Series begins 7 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 16) at the Neville Public Museum. The first screening is the 2009 French film The Hedgehog, based on the best-selling novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog. The plot follows Paloma, a serious and highly articulate but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday. Fascinated by art and philosophy, she questions and documents her life, drawing trenchant and often hilarious observations about the world around her. Ultimately, she meets some kindred spirits who inspire her to question her outlook on life. Admission is free for Brown County residents. Sponsored by Humanistic Studies, Brown County Library, the Neville and the Green Bay Film Society. More information.

Reminders: Azerbaijani student, Moliere

A presentation and reception will be held in Wood Hall 216 on Tuesday, October 23rd at 3:30 p.m. for Muskie Graduate Fellow, Vafa Huseyinli, of Azerbaijan. See details.

Le Cercle Francais, the student French club at UW-Green Bay, is bringing back the always-popular stage show “Moliere than Thou.” The program is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22; More details.

French Club brings back Moliere, the 17th century French satirist

Le Cercle Francais, the student French club at UW-Green Bay, is bringing back the always-popular stage show “Moliere than Thou.” The program is set for 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in the Christie Theatre on the lower level of the University Union. Admission is $2 for students and $5 for community members. The famous French satirist and playwright (1622-1673) will be played in the comedic one-man show by veteran actor Tim Mooney, who has drawn great reviews for a show that is “insightful, ribald, irreverent and enthusiastic.” His performance is in English. We’ll have more, closer to the show date, but all are welcome to attend.