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FV-50147-07Education Programs: Seminars for K-12 EducatorsDickinson CollegeCitizenship and Culture: French Identity in Crisis10/1/2007 - 9/30/2008$112,317.00NancyC.Mellerski   Dickinson CollegeCarlislePA17013-2896USA2007French LanguageSeminars for K-12 EducatorsEducation Programs11231701123170

A four-week summer seminar for fifteen French teachers on the construction of, and challenges to, French republican identity over the last two centuries.

This seminar will explore the construction of Republican identity in France and study challenges to the ideal, foundational French Republic since the Revolution of 1789 through its representations in art, theatre, essay and film. With this historical perspective, we will examine regional identities and languages from the viewpoint of language policy and the formation of the state, through autobiographical writings and essays and in debates on the European Charter on Regional and Minority Languages. We will then study how decolonization has brought new pressures on Republican universalism as the Muslim community asserts its cultural identity. The "Headscarf Affair," the most important drama in contemporary France, in which the wearing of religious clothing and symbols in school confronts the Republican sacrament of secularism, will constitute our second case study. Finally, we will devote time to studying the "fracture sociale" recently apparent in the upheavels in the French suburbs.