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Aspects of Contemporary French Society through Films

FRENGEN 180Q: Aspects of Contemporary French Society through Film, a sophomore seminar taught by Professor Marc Bertrand, is being offered this spring quarter. The 4 unit class will be taught in English. According to the course description provided by Professor Bertrand, the course will study films depicting important events or trends in French society during the period from World War 2 to the present. Post-war issues raised by decolonization and relocation; changing familial, sexual and political relations; economic disparities; societal integration of immigrant minorities and cultural mixing, will be explored. Particular attention will be given to "things remembered" films, i.e. semi-autobiographical films in which historical events and a personal experience within them are recreated by the metteur en scène or the author of the script (Ex.: Louis Malle's Au revoir les enfants; or Bertrand Tavernier’s Ça commence aujourd’hui ). Films have been chosen for their filmic quality as well as documentary value. The films are in French with English subtitles, and will be kept on reserve in Media Microtext for in-house viewing.

The Economist Historical Archive

Full text online access of The Economist, 1843-2003, is now available. Go to our Databases page, type in Economist and scroll down to the full title, The Economist Historical Archive 1843-2003.

MFA Documentary Winter Film Screening

The MFA documentary program’s first year students are screening their films on Tuesday, March 18th at 7:30pm in Annenberg Auditorium. A Q&A and reception will follow. More information about the films being screened can be found here. Please find more information about the Graduate Program: Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Film and Video here.

Images of Women in French Cinema

FRENGEN 192E: Images of Women in French Cinema, a perennial favorite, is being offered again this spring quarter. Taught by Professor Jean-Marie Apostolides, this course may be taken for 3 or 5 units and potentially fills two GER requirements (3a-Humanities; 4c-Gender Studies). Film screenings will be held on Monday nights in Cubberly Auditorium from 7-9pm, and the films will also be kept on reserve in Media Microtext for in-house viewing. Please email Marie Lasnier ( with any questions.

National Urban League’s Report includes status of black women

The National Urban League has just released the State of Black America 2008 report subtitled "In the Black Woman’s Voice." The report provides black women's perspectives of current challenges that they are facing. Here are some excepts:

many African-American women are concentrated in low paying service jobs or staff positions. African-American women are 6 percent of the workforce, but 14 percent of workers earning between $15,000 and $30,000 per year and are less than 1 percent of workers earning over $100,000 per year. Not only do African-American women earn less, the growth in their earnings has lagged behind that of white women, 19 percent and 29 percent respectively...

...heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. However, the death rate for heart disease is 20 percent higher for African-American women than white women. In addition, cancer is the second leading cause of death among women, yet the five-year survival rate is 10 percent lower for African-American women compared to their white female counterparts. Also, 15 million black women in the United Sates are afflicted with diabetes, roughly double the number of U.S. white women who are diagnosed with the disease

You can find the executive summary here. The library just purchased the report so it should be available soon.

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