A Week In The Life of La Maison Francaise

Occasionally someone will ask what’s going on in the department. Or perhaps they wish to dig deeper: the French program? Or even, the French House? So for the curious we’ve decided to offer you just a snapshot of just one of the many, many programs run on a weekly, even a daily basis here in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies. We’re sure you’ll agree, there’s a lot to be excited about. So enjoy “A Week in the Life of La Maison Francaise”:

1.  Saturday, Nov. 14:  La Maison Française sponsored a table for 10 French students at the International Dinner held by the World Student Association. This is a huge annual event with music, dancing, a fashion show, and other displays from many cultures. Our French House graduate assistant, Suzanne Pergal, sang Edith Piaf’s classic “La vie en rose”, just one day after the attacks on Paris.

2.  Monday, Nov. 16:  “Apéro” at Naslada Bistro in BG. Each week, French speakers from BGSU and the BG community are invited to meet for an “apéritif” (if they wish) and engage in French conversation. This initiative was begun by our graduate assistant Suzanne Pergal.

3.  Wednesday, Nov. 18:  Members of La Maison Française enjoyed a “Dîner dauphinois” in Kohl Hall. Students researched recipes and prepared dishes that are typical of the Rhône-Alpes region of France. We have a special interest in this region since a few students have already been there and a few others will be going there to study abroad in the city of Grenoble next year.   

4.  Thursday, Nov. 19:  Our weekly Café Conversation, which is hosted by La Maison Française in Kohl Hall and is open to any students of French.  This week, we discussed some holiday traditions in France compared to the US.

5.  Friday, Nov. 20:  French House advisor Dr. Jennifer Wolter took a small group of French House students to Way Public Library in Perrysburg for a 2012 French film, Les Hommes Libres (Free Men), by filmmaker Ismaël Ferroukhi. Earlier this semester, we watched another of his films, called Le Grand Voyage. Dr. Wolter had the honor of meeting the director a few years ago and was able to share some personal insight with students.

A few other highlights from Fall 2015:

- SEPTEMBER 25: A group of 16 French students and faculty traveled to Royal Oak, Mich (suburb of Detroit) to attend the sold-out concert of the international superstar Stromae. Since Stromae is from Belgium, we had dinner beforehand in an authentic Belgian-owned café, featuring the traditional sport of feather bowling.

- NOVEMBER 6: A group of 20 French students and faculty went to the Toledo Museum of Art to have a guided tour of the special exhibit “Degas and the Dance”. We met with about 20 members of the Alliance Française of Toledo for dinner there. This trip was a joint venture of the Honors Learning Community, the Arts Village Learning Community, and La Maison Française Learning Community.

- We kicked off National French Week, Nov. 4-10, 2015 with a special French lunch served at Carillon Place. Other events that week included the trip to the Toledo Museum of Art (mentioned above), a French movie night, and our weekly Café Conversation.

As you can see, lots going on with La Maison Française! And did we mention La Comunidad? Or our study abroad programs? How about the Spanish undergraduate journal, La BloGoteca de Babel, or the conferences, the speakers… Stay tuned for more. In the meantime, keep on ROCSing in the free world. Sorry. But if you got this far, you deserved that.