UTRGV STUDY-ABROAD PROGRAM PARIS 2024: 

PREVIOUS STUDY-ABROAD PROGRAMS:

TTU: In October 2022, TTU Honors students had the honor to participate in the International Student Citizen Assembly at the University of Paris-Est-Créteil. Four students will be addressing at round-tables and group meetings the Convention's main question: "How will the Digital Age Define Our Society and the Environment?" For more information on the conference, consult the bulletin.

UTB's Study Abroad Programs: Intensive French language & culture summer programs to Paris and the Loire River Valley--'07, '08, '09, '10, '11, & '13; I served as lead faculty organizer and professor. 

BOOK EMPLOYED IN THE PROGRAMS:

Paris and Its Revolutionary Ideas   by Suzanne LaLonde (Cognella Academic Press, 2021) (Required book for a French Culture class) 

Taking its cue from the French historian Pierre Nora’s notion that memory attaches itself to sites, whereas history attaches itself to events, this book explores revolutionary ideas encapsulated in cultural sites in Paris, such that places serve as mnemonic devices. Just as societies build concrete memorials to recall the past, the polemical essays of this text explore sites such as the Louvre, the Panthéon, and the Pompidou Museum in order to locate both insurgent notions as well as historical events that expanded the notion of human dignity. These cultural sites, events, and radical ideas are also brought to life by studying evocative art and literature, thus provoking a “sense memory”, a phenomenological way to engage in history, as the French philosopher Paul Ricoeur would say. For example, the polemical essays of the book are embellished by first-hand narratives from intimate literature, such as diaries, essays, and chronicles, which are often replete with emotionally raw transmissions of events and era. This focus on narratives (as opposed to academic summaries of history) finds resonance in the French psychologist Pierre Janet’s notion that the fundamental mnemonic act is narration. Finally, it is within the context of cultural sites, art, and first-hand narratives that readers are encouraged to build their own museum and library of the mind.

PHOTOS OF STUDENTS IN PREVIOUS STUDY-ABROAD PROGRAMS IN FRANCE

 

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