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Centenary in Paris Course Descriptions 


Beliefs and Values in Shreveport and Paris 

Faculty: Dr. Chris Ciocchetti

Residence Hall: Sexton Hall

Credit Hours: 2 and 4 hour options available 

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.



Faculty: Dr. Jeanne Hamming and Dr. Katherine Brandl

Residence Hall: James Hall

Credit Hours: 2 and 4 hour options available 

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 political, social, and cultural conversations around food and eating.


GREAT EVENTS IN STEM: Science and Mathematics in Paris

Faculty: Dr. Kathrine Weeks and Dr. Thomas Ticich

Residence Hall: Cline Hall

Credit Hours: 4 hours

A study of landmark achievements in science, mathematics, and engineering  by practitioners who lived and worked in Paris. Various venues (churches, parks, museums, cemeteries, etc.) that recall or demonstrate the development of ideas and achievements of great men and women of science will be used as starting points to talk about their work and its role in the history of scientific thought. We will explore some of the ways in which these “revolutions” in science are reflected in other areas such as art and politics.

  • Explore the connections between what we eat (and in what contexts) and who we are, including cultural, material, social, ethical, and political factors.
  • Understand historical and anthropological perspectives on food and eating.
  • Compare Parisian food culture to Southern American food culture.
  • Consider how we tell stories (in literature, film, art, etc) about the role of food in shaping our cultural identities.


Historical Scenes in Paris

Faculty: Dr. Chad Fulwider

Residence Hall: James Hall

Credit Hours: 4 hours

History has shown us that people do not always share the same values or experiences, but we are increasingly more aware of our interdependent relationship to the world around us. Our challenge, then, is to expand our understanding to promote respectful engagement with a broader world.  Learning how the people of Paris experienced the city around them as it changed and modernized from roughly 1600 to the present can give us great insight into how modern western cities as we know them today came to exist.  Our task is to relate to their experiences and to try to understand them better and to respectfully engage with a broader world today.  


Let Us Entertain You!

Faculty: Dr. Cory Wikan

Residence Hall: James Hall

Credit Hours: 2 hours

Join our short immersion into the perception (aesthetics) of French entertainment (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 art forms (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 French entertainment. Designed to meet Centenary’s expanding circles challenge, students will explore and identify some French cultures and how they exhibit, affect, and/or are influenced by French forms of entertainment. Students will also develop skills (e.g. navigation, research of cultures and customs, planning sight-seeing adventures) that will aid them in immersive study in a culture different than their own. Having been exposed to the basic concepts of aesthetics and cultural exploration, students will immerse themselves in modern French music (live concerts & street music), music theatre (Paris Opera), and film in Paris.


Moulin Rouge: Yes We CanCan! 

Faculty: Dr. Amy Hammond and Professor Don Hooper

Residence Hall: Cline Hall

Credit Hours: 2 and 4 hour options available 

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, Sacré-Coeur—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.


PARIS NOIR: Black America in the City of Light 

Faculty: Dr. Andia Augustin-Billy and Dr. Dana Kress

Residence Hall: James Hall

Credit Hours: 4 hours 

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.


Studying Paris Like a Social Scientist

Faculty: Dr. Loren Demerath

Residence Hall: James Hall

Credit Hours: 4 hours 

How does living in France make people behave and feel differently than they do living in the U.S.? For example, are there differences in how much people socialize, argue, laugh, or smile? And what might be the reasons for the differences?

Some could be material or "structural," like the density of a city's neighborhoods, the width of its sidewalks, the openness of its cafes and restaurants. But other reasons might be "cultural," based on shared attitudes and expectations for how things are done there.

By the end of the course, students should have a taste for how everyday life can be better understood when we analyze social patterns. Each day of this course should provide new evidence of how social data can give us insight into how different structures and cultures shape our experiences.


Writing Paris/Writing Home

Faculty: Dr. Jefferson Hendricks

Residence Hall: Cline Hall

Credit Hours: 4 hours 

Through the close reading of short poems and literary nonfiction and through the creation and group critique of your own work, you will discover and put into practice basic techniques of creative writing drawn from the sensations of home and the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and touch of Paris. You will draw from both your past experiences of home (memory) and the present experience of living in Paris for several days (walking the city, eating the food, absorbing the history, art, and general beauty of the world's most exciting city).  By the end of the course you will have a portfolio of short writings that chronicle your thinking about "home" and "travel" and what both mean to you.

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