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Centenary in Paris 2019 Course Descriptions 


Beliefs and Values in Shreveport and Paris

Dr. Chris Ciocchetti

Residence Hall: Sexton Hall (NB: service/support animals live in this hall.)

Develop a strong core of beliefs and values to start your college experience. We engage in personal, in-depth discussions about the most important questions arising from philosophy, religion, ethics, and politics. We visit various religious sites, read about the French and American existentialists, and carefully examine how different people answer questions about work, death, love, and suffering. Students will find the class personally challenging, but they will leave the course with a stronger sense of their own beliefs and values and the skills and community support needed to thrive in a diverse world.


Bohemian Visions: Reframing Paris


Residence Hall: James Hall

In nineteenth-century Paris, groups of young artists banded together to challenge social and artistic conventions. The Romantics, Impressionists, and Post-Impressionists--all seen as radicals in their day--created new artistic approaches by breaking with the official teachings of the French Art Academy. Their artistic influence attracted many followers, young adults throughout Europe spread this cultural rebellion, and the word “bohemian” entered the English language. Ironically, their art is now highly valued and considered mainstream, as we’ll see by examining the museums of Paris. Their independent, creative influence can be felt all the way to 21st-century Shreveport, where we’ll return to examine the work of contemporary “bohemian” artists.

We will also examine the definition of a frame in the context of displaying artwork. How does “framing” something change it? How do you “frame” a 3D object? What does it mean to “frame” a poem? Can you “frame” a concept, place, or experience?

Our experiential study of avant-garde art, from artist’s studio to art museum, and our in-class creation of a Paris-themed Meadows Museum of Art exhibition, based on the reframing of content generated by the other Centenary in Paris courses, will reveal contemporary art theories surrounding the idea of a “frame” and how people experience an art exhibit.



Dr. Jeanne Hamming and Dr. Katherine Brandl

Residence Hall: James Hall

This course explores the connection between what and how we eat and who we are. By looking comparatively at French and American food cultures, and their cultural intersections in America’s southern francophone region, we will examine how food shapes society, culture, and identity. Throughout this experience, we will engage in contemporary debates about such issues as environmental sustainability, globalization, health, social class, and what it means to live “the good life.


Let Us Entertain You: French Music, Music Theatre, and Film

Dr. Cory Wikan

Residence Hall: Cline Hall

Let Us Entertain You was conceived as an immersion into the perception (aesthetics) of French music, music theatre, and film. The course title is a derivative of the well-known tune from the American musical, Gypsy, which is grounded in the vaudeville and burlesque traditions—both distinctly French.

Using popular American media (film, music theatre, live concerts, etc.) as an entry point, students will explore the concept of aesthetics as they are applied to various forms of entertainment. Students will then study the roles and perceptions (aesthetics) of music, music theatre, and film in Paris before, during, and after the French Revolution, circa 1750–present.

Designed to meet Centenary’s expanding circles challenge, students will identify significant social structures at various time periods, simultaneously charting the effects of significant cultural change (e.g. the French Revolution or the advent of film) on Parisian society and its patronage of music, music theatre, and film—what affected what (What came first? The chicken or … ). French opera and film are ideal genres since they arguably reflect Parisian culture and its evolution better than many art forms. Therefore, key operatic works and films, which exemplify salient features of the relationship between 18th–21st-century Parisian society and its entertainment, will be our primary focus. Having been exposed to the basic concepts of aesthetics, students will immerse themselves in modern French music (live concerts & street music), music theatre (Paris Opera), and film while in Paris.


Moulin Rouge: Yes We CanCan!

Dr. Amy Hammond and Professor Don Hooper

Residence Hall: Cline Hall

In this course, we use Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film Moulin Rouge! as the lens through which we explore our classroom, the city of Paris. We will walk the streets the bohemians walked in the Montmartre district, visit many of Paris’s most famous destinations—the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre—and some locations you may not expect, and we will attend a traditional Parisian burlesque show. Through readings, discussions, and short writing assignments, our goal is to understand and to build personal relationships, visualize the world through a designer's eye, and experience Paris as both a traveler and scholar.



Dr. Andia Augustin-Billy and Dr. Dana Kress

Residence Hall: Cline Hall

This course examines the achievements of a few of the countless African-Americans who sought refuge in Paris because their own country did not share or value their experiences and denied them the very human dignity and opportunity they found so abundantly in France. Their experiences can help us learn to appreciate the common ground we share so that we can build mutually beneficial relationships through respectful engagement with a broader world.


Writing Paris / Writing Home

Dr. Emily Leithauser and Dr. Jeff Hendricks

Residence Hall: James Hall

An introductory, immersive course in creative writing. Through the close reading of short poems and literary nonfiction by established authors and through the composition and group critique of work of their own, students will discover and put into practice basic techniques of creative writing that draws its subject from the sensations of home and the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch of Paris. A culminating portfolio will represent each student’s tentative articulation of “the meaningful life.”

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