Centenary in Paris
This fall, Centenary joined a very small number of colleges and universities across the nation that offer a shared international study experience to first-year students. Students, faculty, and staff members arrived in Paris on the morning of Wednesday, August 6 and returned to Shreveport on Thursday, August 14.
Below, you can find the daily updates we posted while they were away! They also left an amazing record of their adventures on social media with #CentenaryInParis.
For more information regarding Centenary in Paris, including courses that were covered, visit our CIP information page.
Centenary in Paris official photos:
Videos from Paris!
Dr. Lisa Nicoletti lectures during her Centenary in Paris course, "Bohemian Visions: Avant-Garde Artists in Paris and Shreveport." She is standing in front of the Musee Delacroix, housed in the home and studio of 19th century French master Eugene Delacroix. Students in the course had just viewed many of Delacroix's masterpieces in the Louvre, and also had the opportunity to complete their own original sketches on the museum grounds.
Colton, a student in Lisa Nicoletti and Bruce Allen's "Bohemian Visions: Avant-Garde Artists in Paris and Shreveport" course, is appreciative of the great opportunity he has been given to experience another culture so early in his college career. He's sketching Paris scenes outside the Musee Delacroix and visited the Louvre earlier in the day.
"Learning about our history"- Creole poets in Paris
This video was shot on Friday, August 8th during Dr. Dana Kress' "Paris Noir: Black America in the City of Light" course. The class gathered in the Place de la Republique for a lecture by Dr. Kress about the ways that the French Revolution affected life in Paris, and they also discussed the life and work of several Creole writers who made their homes in Paris in the 19th century. Some of these writers have a direct connection to Louisiana, including Victor Sejour who Dr. Kress discussed in our first video.
Shreveport native Timothy McCoy shares his favorite moments from his course, Listening in Paris with Dr. Gale Odom. McCoy is studying music in hopes of becoming a teacher or professional musician.
He is standing in Pere Lachaise cemetery, the largest cemetery in Paris and home to many notable tombs. Students in Kress’ course, Paris Noir: Black America in the City of Light, came to the cemetery and searched for the grave of Victor Sejour, a 19th century African-American writer and New Orleans native. After they found his gravesite, they read Sejour’s short story, “The Mulatto,” which is the first published short story by an African-American writer. Sejour fled slavery in the United States in 1836 and went on to have a significant career as a writer in France.
Dr. Gale Odom, Dean of the Hurley School of Music and instructor for Listening in Paris, explains how her students have grown as adults and students during their short time in Paris.
"I'm really proud of all of them," said Odom.
Professor Don Hooper, an instructor of the The Psychology and Imagery of Les Misérables course, reflects on the Centenary in Paris immersion experience in the lobby of the FIAP Jean Monnet. The students, faculty, and staff called this international youth hostel home for the duration of their time in France.
Courtesy of KTBS Channel 3