International Language & Cultures’ Center Francophone: Off to an Auspicious Start

| February 11, 2013

One of the directives of the Jane and Bruce Robert Endowed Professorship in French and Francophone Studies is that the holder of the professorship should promote French and Francophone culture at Webster University and in St. Louis.


It’s a mission that Lionel Cuillé, the inaugural Robert Professor, embraced wholeheartedly on his arrival at Webster University and the Department of International Languages & Cultures in fall 2012. In cooperation with French Professor Emily Thompson, Cuillé started making plans for the Centre Francophone. He engaged graphic design students to create a logo; he used professorship funds to schedule speakers and to co-sponsor French films; he arranged to take his knowledge — and that of Webster’s French students — into the community.

The Centre Francophone logo is the work of Webster students Kelly Goode and Katelin Hull. Members of associate professor of Art Noriko Yuasa’s fall 2012 Advanced Graphic Design class, the pair took part in a competition to design a logo for the new center.

French teaching assistant Leila Mana models the Centre Francophone t-shirt.

Highlights from the center’s first semester include French anthropologist Michel Agier’s Oct. 29 talk, “Humanitarian Government as the Postcolonial and Compassionate Side of Globalization,” and a Nov. 1 presentation by memory expert Pascale Michelon on increasing brain health and boosting memory. The center also co-sponsored two French films during November’s St. Louis International Film Festival: The Other Josephine and Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os).

Read more about the center’s creation and activities at Global Thinking, the blog of the College of Arts & Sciences.


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