This week, we welcome back our colleague and fellow Dukie, French writer and journalist, Philippe Lançon.
On Wednesday, April 20, he’ll be speaking on the vital force of reading and writing in the face of terror attacks. His talk “Comment lire et écrire après un attentat” takes place at 5 pm in Rubenstein Library’s Holsti-Anderson Room, 153. Lançon will speak in French; an English synopsis will be provided, and the Q & A will also be conducted in English. A reception to welcome back our colleague will be held thereafter.
Lançon will be speaking on a subject he knows all too well. A contributor to the satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, he was participating in the editorial meeting the morning of the attack in January 2015; he came out, injured, and ready to write again a week later with his characteristic elegant precision, and wit.
Lançon’s writing as a critic of literature and the arts is widely known and respected; for his work in Libération and XXI, he has won the Hennessy award as well as the Lagardère Journalist Award. Lançon has a particular interest in the fiction of Spanish America, especially Cuba.
Lançon is also the author of several novels and short stories, including L’élan (2013) and Les îles (2011), publishing playfully under a pseudonym as well.
In 2010, Lançon taught 2 courses on French literature and politics at Duke in the Dept. of Romance Studies when, he was a dedicated denizen of Bostock Library, spending long hours using its collections. He first came to Duke as a Media Fellow to the Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at the Sanford School for Public Policy, now part of the Franklin Humanities Institute.
His talk is co-sponsored by the Center for French and Francophone Studies, the Dept. of Romance Studies, the FHI, Media and Journalism Initiative, and Duke Libraries.