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‘Paris Noir’ Information Meeting Nov. 30
An informational meeting for “Paris Noir: Literature, Art and Contemporary Life in Diaspora” will be held Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m. in 219 Sims Hall.
The program, which carries six credits, either undergraduate or graduate, will run June 7-July 12, 2018, in Paris. Participants study the influence and dynamics of Black culture, literature and experience in Paris, past and present. Like a jazz composition, the seminar is arranged to convey variations and diverse interpretations of the “Paris Noir” theme and features panel discussions, poetry readings and visits to community theater workshops, working artists’ studios, nightclubs, concerts, African markets and restaurants.
Critical reading of literary and cultural texts, analytical thinking and lively exchange of ideas are important seminar components.
The meeting will include the opportunity to talk with Associate Professor Janis Mayes from the Department of African American Studies and previous participants in the program.