Pallister French Lecture Series


Frédérick Pelletier

The event will be April 25, 2019 at 7 pm, reception immediately following film.


During the course of her career and after, Dr. Janis L. Pallister, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Romance Languages, earned an outstanding reputation in scholarly activities. She published six books, co-authored others and delivered 90 scholarly papers in the USA and abroad. Her interests were focused on French Renaissance and Baroque literature, black literature in romance languages, Canadian Francophone literature, Vietnamese literature in French, Francophone women film directors and Acadian film.

"The Pallister Francophone-Canadian Lecture Series showcases talent from French Canada, and explores French cultural experiences in the North American setting."

Pallister French-Canadian Lecture Series Speaker Spring 2018:

Bachir Bensaddek


 On Thursday, March 29th, M. Bensaddek visited BGSU's campus to talk about his film. A reception followed the screening of the film.  

Bachir Bensaddek  has been a director of documentaries for fifteen years. His first feature fiction film, Montréal la Blanche/Montreal White City, which will be screened March 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm in the BGSU Gish Theatre in Hanna Hall, was playing in theatres in the province of Québec in Spring 2016. M. Bensaddek is currently directing a documentary series for Télé Québec while developing new feature film projects.


Montréal la Blanche/Montreal White City (2016), starring Karina Aktouf  and Rabah Aït Ouyahia

Summary - One Christmas Eve in Montreal, during Ramadan (the Muslim month of fasting), the destinies of two immigrants of Algerian origin cross for a brief few hours. Amokrane, a taxi driver attempting to avoid any holidays that might dredge up difficult memories, picks up Kahina, a young, somewhat distracted professional tryng to catch up to her ex-husband and her young daughter. The night and the taxi serve as the backdrop of Amokrane and Kahina's interactions, and in the rear-view mirror of Amokrane's taxi, memories of Algeria and the civil war of the 1990s resurface despite the attempts of both protagonists to blanket those experiences under the white snow of Montreal.

Past Pallister Series Guests 

Below are photos from the 2018 Pallister Lecture Series event with Bachir Bensaddek.