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November 5-8, 2014. French Week Events: Film, Lecture, Dinner and Concert on the theme “French Travelers, Explorations & Discoveries”

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Dîner Français and Lecture by Nicolas Medevielle, “16th & 17th Century French Explorers in the Americas”:

Concert of French music featuring Louise Toppin, Soprano and John O’Brien, piano. Saturday, November 8, 2014, at The Music House in Greenville. French Club officers with Ms. Toppin:

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Louise Toppin, Professor and Chair of the Music Department, was a finalist in the Munich International Competition and winner of the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions. She has received critical acclaim for her operatic, orchestral, and oratorio performances in the United States, Czech Republic, Scotland, Japan, China, Uruguay, Sweden, the Caribbean, Bermuda, New Zealand, England, and Spain. She has appeared in recital on concert series including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, Beijing Concert Hall, Shanghai Opera House, Licieu Theatre in Barcelona, Spain and the International Albeniz Festival in Camprodon, Spain.
Orchestral appearances include: the Norrköping Symphony (Sweden), the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Czech National Symphony, Mälmo Symphony Orchestra, (Sweden), Tokyo City Orchestra (Japan), The Montevideo Philharmonic (Uruguay), the Scotland Festival Orchestra (Aberdeen, Scotland), the Honolulu, Bermuda, Petersburg, Fayetteville, Fairfield, Toledo, Canton, North Carolina, Charlotte, Lafayette, Erie Chamber and Raleigh Chamber Symphony Orchestras, The Bach Aria Group, Phoenix Bach Consort, and the Washington DC Bach Consort with conductors such as: Paul Freeman, Richard Aulden Clark, Justin Brown, James Meena, and Gearhart Zimmerman.
Opera roles include: title role in the world premiere of the opera Luyala by composer William Banfield, Treemonisha in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, Mary in William Grant Still’s Highway One, Lucy in Menotti’s The Telephone, both Clara and Bess in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Ms. Toppin performed Mozart’s Impresario (Goldentrill) at The Kennedy Center, to rave reviews from The Washington Post. Most recently she was contracted to sing Clara in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess for Opera Carolina, Baltimore Opera, and Piedmont Opera companies.
She toured for seven seasons in “A Gershwin party” with pianist Leon Bates and tenor William Brown. The trio appeared on such series as the Minnesota Pops Cabaret Concert, Spivey Hall Concert Series in Atlanta and NPR’s Performance Today. She is currently a member of “Gershwin on Broadway” with baritone Robert Sims and pianist Leon Bates for Joanne Rile Artist Management. She has created and tours in many other recitals such as: Music of African American composers; Music of Women composers; Pictures from an Exhibition (a visual show interacting art with music); and Music of Spanish composers on college campuses around the US such as Universities of Mississippi, Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, Miami, California, Oregon, North Carolina, Denver, New York University, Morehouse, Spelman, Duke, Michigan State, Tufts, Emory, etc.
Her compact discs of American Music are: Songs of Illumination, (Centaur Records), Ah love, but a day (Albany Records), Extensions of the Tradition (Albany Records), More Still (Cambria Records), Sence you went away (Albany Records) and Paul Freeman Introduces… Vol. II and IV (Albany Records) with the Czech National Symphony, A Hall Johnson collection published by Carl Fisher (2003), Highway One (opera by William Grant Still) released on Albany Records, The Major’s Letter (Albany Records), Poetry Preludes (Albany Records), Good News (Visionary Records), He’ll Bring it to Pass (Albany Records), Somewhere Far Away with the Dvorak Symphony conducted by Julius Williams (Albany Records), and Heart on the Wall, art songs with symphony by African American composers with the Dvorak Symphony on Albany Records. Two more CDs will be released in 2015, Frühlingsglaube (music for soprano and fortepiano) and George Shirley: A Spiritual Collection.
In demand as a presenter and guest clinician for masterclasses, in the summer she teaches for programs in Bogota, Colombia (The National Conservatory of Music), Amalfi, Italy (The Amalfi Coast Music Festival) and Baltimore, Maryland, (The Baltimore Summer Opera Workshop). She is the Director of the non-profit organization Videmus which promotes the music of African American concert composers through recordings, performances, and educational programming. Through Videmus, she administers annually the George Shirley African American Art Song and Opera Aria Competition in Michigan.
She is a graduate of The University of Michigan (DMA voice), Peabody Conservatory (MM voice, MM piano) and The University of North Carolina (BM piano). Her teachers and coaches include: George Shirley, Reri Grist, Charlotte Holloman, Sylvia Olden Lee, and Mattiwilda Dobbs. In the summers of 1995 & 1996 she worked with Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge and Elly Ameling respectively at the Britten Pears School in England. She was formerly on the faculties of East Carolina University, Bowling Green State University and Eastern Michigan University. Formerly she was the Area Head of Voice at UNC and the Associate Chair for Performance, Composition and Music Education.

Frédéric Fladenmuller awarded Palmes Académiques

PalmesAcademiquesIn recognition of his extraordinary contributions to French national education and culture, the French Ministry of Education has named Dr. Frédéric Fladenmuller a Knight (Chevalier) in the Ordre des Palmes académiques. The French Academic Palms recognize those who have rendered eminent service to French education and have contributed actively to the prestige of French culture. French citizens living abroad and foreign (non-French) nationals may receive this award for contributing significantly to furthering French intellectual, scientific, and artistic achievements in the world. Originally a decoration founded by Emperor Napoléon to honour eminent members of the University of Paris, it is an Order of Chivalry of France for distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture and education. In the United States, dossiers for nominations and promotions are typically prepared by the French Consulates and forwarded to and reviewed by the French Embassy before being transmitted to the Ministry of the French National Education in Paris, which prepares the final recommendation for decree of the Prime Minister.

Frédéric Fladenmuller
Dr. Fladenmuller was an invited contributor to a special edition of Bulletin Marcel Proust celebrating the centennial of the publication of Swann’s Way, alongside the foremost international scholars in his field. In addition, he is at work on his 5th monograph, La textualité du genre. Étude sur la sexualité non-normative. His published works include:

· Proust ou l’écriture inversive. Du temps perdu au temps retrouvé. (Forthcoming from Peter Lang Publishers).

· La voix neutre du chaos: étude sur la complexité de textes modernes. Series: Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures, v. 179. Peter Lang Publishing. NY. 2010

· Télescopie. La science du genre d’ À la recherche du temps perdu, in Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures. Peter Lang Publishing, Inc. Vol. 106, 2002.

· A novel entitled Les Oiseaux de Pékin, Éditions les 5 Continents, Québec, 2001.

· Caractérisation et les modes de la narration dans le roman moderne. Théorie de caractérologie narratologique. In Reading Plus. Peter Lang Publishers, New York. 1994

Student Research and Achievements

 

 

Student Research and Achievements

Rachel Mehaffey

 
Robert H. Wright Alumni Leadership Award
and Phi Beta Kappa Honoree:

M. Rachel Mehaffey, EC Scholar
BS Chemistry, BS Applied Physics, Hispanic Studies minor
Future Plans: Pursuing a PhD in Chemistry and Physics at UT Austin
 

Rachel Mehaffey

 
Phi Beta Kappa Honoree:

Mariah Richards, BS Hispanic Studies Education
Future Plans: Graduate School, MA in Spanish and Latin American
Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies, NYU in Madrid
 
 

AnnaLawrence2014 Research and Creative Activities Week Presenters:
· Anna Lawrence (right – BA-Hispanic Studies) Paper: The Personified Cultural Contrast in “Blancanieves”
· Joshua Mangum (2nd major BA-Hispanic Studies) Poster: An Information-Theoretic Approach to Cellular Decision-Making Strategies
· Jennifer Moser (BS-Hispanic Studies Education) Poster: The Effects of Implementing Authentic Materials in a Foreign Language Classroom
· Laura Pons (2nd major BA-Hispanic Studies) Paper: Blancanieves: The True Hero
· Jessica Chirico (Classical Studies Minor) Poster: New Technologies in the Public Library
· Megan Mehaffey (Hispanic Studies Minor) Poster: Insight into the Location of DNA Xenobiotic Damage by Mass Spectrometry
· Sandra Ross (Hispanic Studies Minor) Paper: Comparison and Contrast of Sethe and Scarlett as Independent Women

Graduate School Fellowship Recipient: Samantha Belmont, MA in French Studies, LSU

2014 Conference Presentations
Mario Becerra and Briceida Rodriguez presented A sociolinguistic analysis of morphosyntactic phenomena in the Spanish of Pitt County: A pilot study’ at the SLINKI (Spanish Linguistics in North Carolina) Conference at Appalachian State University in February and again at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) in North Myrtle Beach in March.

November 5-11, 2013. French Week

AbdalMalikDernierFrFrench Week:
Tues Nov 5. 3:30 pm in BATE 1032. TALK: “Peaceful Rap: an Oxymoron? Abd al Malik’s Relationship to French Rap, American Rap and Islam,” David Spieser-Landes, University of Pittsburgh

Wed Nov 6. 4pm Bate 3007. Guest speaker Diane B. Dean president and CEO of the Dean Agency International LTD which matches foreign firms to US clients. 4PM. Bate 3007. “The Languages of Business”. Diana Dean graduated in French from ECU, and has also worked as a liaison between the Mexican Consul in Charlotte and the Mexican Consulate in Washington DC. Among other recognitions she was selected as nominee for 1st annual award from the Charlotte Observer for Business Woman of the Year.

Wed Nov 6. 6pm. DÎNER FRANÇAIS: Dinner and Study Abroad Presentations, The Scullery, Uptown Greenville. Reservations required by Friday, Nov. 1. PHOTOS.

Thu Nov 7. 3:30-5:30 Bate 1028. French Film: La Haine, by Matthieu Kassovitz

Mon Nov 11. 5:30pm Brewster B102. French Film: Les Intouchables, by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano,

National French Week 2012

Art Exhibit: Romanesque Journey Nanyoung Kim. October 1- December 5 @ The Scullery, 431 Evans St. Greenville NC.

Cultural Attaché Aurélie Surblé, French Consulate Atlanta. Thursday November 8, 7pm @ The Scullery. “French-American Exchange and Cooperation.”

Diner Français. Thursday November 8, 7pm @ The Scullery. Reservations required. Contact Anne-Hélène Miller.

Flim: L’Artiste. Friday November 9, 7pm in Bate 1031.

Pétanque in the Park. Sunday November 11, 3pm @ Elm Street Park Lawn Games Area (beside gym). Contact Thomas Herron.

French Harpsichord Concert: Maude Gratton. Tuesday November 13, 7pm @ The Music House, 1726 W. 5th St., Greenville NC. Reviewed by CVNC (The Classical Voice of North Carolina).

For general questions, please contact Marylaura Papalas.