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  • Lecture by Marian Hobson (Cambridge University)
    , 2006/02/21 08:39:09

    Breedlove Room, Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 7:30pm ??

    Diderot: the (w)hole of history. The lecture discusses the limits to what we know about Diderot’s life and activity: what sort of investigations could in the future make the limits less severe? And it asks whether these limits are particular to Diderot or rather inherent to history.


    Marian Hobson is for her part a much-respected eighteenth-century scholar, author notably of The Object of Art : the theory of illusion in eighteenth-century France, but also a book on Derrida: Jacques Derrida : opening lines.


  • Duke University Celebrates 2005: The Year of Languages
    , 2006/01/06 11:37:27

    Under the guidance of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and its affiliated organizations, elementary, middle and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities will observe The Year of Languages with special cultural and literary events, competitions and distribution of informational materials promoting the value of language education. We invite you to review our calendar of events and the language resources to see how you may join in the celebration!  

  • Year of Languages
    , 2005/04/26 14:49:15

    This web site is designed to promote 2005: The Year of Languages at Duke University. 



  • Transatlantic Working Group Meeting
    , 2005/11/30 12:00:28

    Monday, November 21, 2005 at 7:00pm, Languages Building, Room 305. "Drawing the Trans-Atlantic Space: A Comparative Perspective"

    This year, we will focus our attention on the Atlantic Slave Trade. This week, we will explore theories of property prevalent in the XVI-XVIII centuries in order to advance our understanding of the figure of the slave in commercial, legal, and literary texts.

    The readings for the next meeting are:

    1. "Transformations of Value and the Production of Investment in the Early History of the English East India Company" by Valerie Forman.

    2. "John Locke, Natural Law and Colonialism" by Barbara Arneil.

    3. "Natural Law and the Theory of Property: Grotius to Hume" by Stephen Buckle.

    PLEASE email Beatriz ( to get the readings. Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there.


  • Using Languages on the Job
    , 2005/11/09 11:08:47

    Tuesday, November 8, 2005 5:30-7:30pm in the Faculty Commons

    How are languages important in the job market? On November 8, 2005 the Year of Languages Committee will host a panel discussion to answer the question of how languages are used in certain professions. Three panelists will present their work experiences and how language knowledge has played a role in determining their career path.

    Please join us to listen to R. Calvin Dark II (Duke, Trinity 2001) who works with the Moroccan American Trade and Investment Council, in Washington D.C. where he uses French and Arabic; Lee Richardson (Duke, Trinity 1976; UNC-CH MA, International Relations 1982) uses his Japanese skills in the Biotech Industry, Software, High tech Industry, Real Estate Investment and Brokerage, Health Supplements.; and Rick Fleming (NCCU, JD 2001, MA UNC-CH) is a Lawyer in Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, NC Personal Injury Lawyers where he uses his Spanish. He has taught (domestic and international), and has been an Administrator of study abroad programs as well.


  • Quebec Cinema Week at Duke
    , 2005/11/14 10:23:35

    November 7 - 11, 2005


    November 7

    Jésus de Montréal

    Denys Arcand, 1989

    7:00 pm, Teer Engineering Library


    November 8

    Emporte-moi (Set Me Free)

    Léa Pool, 2000

    7:00 pm, Teer Engineering Library


    November 9

    L'ange de gourdon (Tar Angel)

    Denis Chouinard, 2001

    2:00 pm, Griffith Theater, Bryan Center

    Followed by Q & A and reception with the director


    Comment conquérir l'Amérique (How to Conquer American in One Night)

    Dany Laférrière, 2004

    8:00 pm, Griffith Theater, Bryan Center

    Followed by Q & A with the director


    November 10

    Elles etaient cinq (The Five of us)

    Ghyslaine Côté, 2004

    7:00 pm, Teer Engineering Library


    November 11

    La face cachée de la lune (The Far Side of the Moon)

    Robert Lepage, 2004

    7:00 pm, Teer Engineering Library


  • Sherwin K. Bryant Lecture and luncheon
    , 2005/11/04 10:57:25

    November 1, 2005 12:00 noon at the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Conference room.  For more information, please contact

    Summary: "Expanding the Diaspora: Africans, Afro-Creoles, and the Context of Identity Formation in Colonial Quito (Ecuador and southern Colombia), 1600-1730" by Sherwin K. Bryant.

    Sherwin K. Bryant, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and History at Northwestern University, will be giving a lecture on the topics of Colonial Latin America and comparative slavery Details: Sherwin K. Bryant (PhD, Ohio State University, 2005) is a member of the Department of African American Studies with a courtesy joint appointment in the Department of History here at Northwestern University. He specializes in colonial Latin American history, with a particular emphasis upon comparative slavery and the African experience in Latin America. His dissertation, "Slavery and the Context of Ethnogenesis: Africans, Afro-Creoles and the Realities of Bondage in the Kingdom of Quito, 1600-1800," looked comparatively at slave experiences in two of Quito¹s three principal slaveholding regions, Popayán and Quito, while exploring Quito's unique context for African and Afro-Creole identity formation. Mr. Bryant is currently revising his dissertation for publication.

    [Lecture Flyer (PDF)]  

  • Wednesdays at The Center series: Black Macho Disturbed: Luther Vandross and Black Masculinity Re-Imagined
    , 2005/11/10 09:11:23

    Wednesday November 9, 2005 at 12:00 noon (lunch served beginning 11:45 a.m).   

    Speaker: Mark Anthony Neal, Associate Professor, Black Popular Culture, Program in African and African American Studies, Duke University

    This event is presented by the Program in African and African American Studies. Visit the sponsors on the web at: For questions, contact Phone: (919) 668-1902 -- Web:


  • Reading in French by Jean Delabroy
    , 2005/11/04 10:57:06

    November 1, 2005.  7:30 pm in 305 Languages. 

    Please joint us for a special reading of selections in French from Les Dernières annès du monde by the author Jean Delabroy.

    Wine and hors d'oeuvres


  • Moriscos Conference
    , 2005/10/26 14:53:08

    Friday November 4, 2005 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Conference Room.  For more information, please contact

    Summary: Series of Lectures includes:

    *Sacred origins and memory of Islam: Writing history in early modern Granada (Mercedes García Arenal,Madrid)

    *How Does A Morisco Tale about a Visigoth Become a Gothic Tale about the Moriscos? (David Castillo,Buffalo, NY)

    *The Politics of Memory in Calderón's El Tuzaní de la Alpujarra (Margaret Greer, Duke, NC)

    *Granada Moriscos and the Origins of the Sacromonte Affair (Gerard Wiegers, Netherlands)

    Mercedes García Arenal is Professor in the Department of Arab Studies at the Institute of the Superior Council of Scientific (CSIC, Madrid). She is interested in the religious history and culture of the Muslim West in the early Modern Age, religious minorities, the processes of conversion and the religious sincretismo.

    David Castillo is Associate Professor of Romance Studies and Literature at the University of Buffalo (SUNY). His Areas of Specialization include Early Modern and Baroque Studies, Spanish Golden Age, and Cultural criticism.

    Margaret Greer is Chair and Professor of the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University. Her research interests include Spanish Early Modern Literature and Culture, Women Writers, Text Editing.

    Gerard Wiegers is professor of Islamic Studies in the University of Leiden (Netherlands). He is author of numerous articles on the Islam minority religion in Christian Spain.

    [Conference flyer (PDF)]  

  • ROMANCING THE HUMANITIES (2005-2006), Part I
    , 2005/11/14 10:23:43

    Friday, November 11, 2005, 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm in 305 Language Building. Arrivals, Visits, and Departures: What knowledges/understanding? Whose knowledges/understanding? For what?

    The workshop will be organized around three 15 minutes presentations by Jose Antonio Ramos Arteaga, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish Martin Eisner, Assistant Professor of Italian, Duke University Vincent Desroches, Visiting Assistant Professor of French and commentaries by Mariana Past, Graduate Student, Romance Studies, Duke University

    There will be plenty of time for the audience to join in the conversations initiated by the speakers, as well as refreshments to make the conversation more enjoyable.


  • Spring 2005 Awards
    , 2005/10/26 16:34:05

    The Spanish department announces our Spring 2005 recipient of the Richard L. Predmore Award in Spanish:

    The French department announces our Spring 2005 recipient of the Robert J. Niess/Alexander Hull Award in French:

    Congratulations Amy and Justin!


  • Lecture in Spanish by Carlos Jáuregui
    , 2005/11/16 13:07:44

    Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 5:00pm in the Breedlove Room, Perkins Library. Lecture is in Spanish and entitled “Apetitos coloniales, salvajes críticos y razón de imperio”

    Carlos Jáuregui es Assistant Professor, Literatura Latinoamericana y Antropología, Vanderbilt University. Su libro Canibalia obtuvo el premio Casa de las Américas 2005. Autor de Querella de los indios en las “Cortes de la Muerte” (1557) de Michael de Carvajal (México: UNAM, 2002) y co-editor con J. P. Dabove de Heterotropías: narrativas de identidad y alteridad latinoamericana (Pittsburgh: IILI, 2003).

    Esta presentación examina la cooptación imperial de los tratados de Fray Bartolomé de las Casas en la que será la definición de la Razón imperial del dominio ultramarino. Dicha razón imperial—en contradicción con las relecciones de Vitoria—coopta el alegato lascasiano así como sus tropología y geopolítica imperial. De ello es una muestra elocuente el retablo XIX de las Cortes de la Muerte (1557), suma dramático-alegórica de la formación moderna de la razón imperial y de las dudas morales y debates respecto de la conquista del Nuevo Mundo y la dominación de los indios.


  • Romance Studies Students Initiated into Phi Beta Kappa
    Ryn Nasser, 2005/05/12 09:35:41

    Congratulations to our Romance Studies students newly initiated into Phi Beta Kappa!

    Ruth Denali Carlitz--Italian minor-Spring 04
    Julia Connors--French Studies Major-Spring 04
    Scott Jay Frommer-Spanish minor-Spring 04
    Barry Jordan Gewolb-Spanish/Latin American Major-Spring 05
    William K. Hoskyn-French Studies Major-Spring 05
    Jessica Harris Laun-Spanish minor-Spring 05
    John Strudwick Lewis, Jr.-Spanish minor-Spring 06
    Michelle Anne Mangan-French/European Studies Major-Spring 05
    Jessica Marie Parrish-Spanish minor-Spring 04


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