Philippe Bernard, who will be helping to lead our discussion this coming Tuesday, has reported extensively on Africa for Le Monde. Before that, he covered issues surrounding immigration and race in France. In both roles, he produced important and eloquent journalism. Here are two articles by him that I would like those of you who read French to read before next Tuesday so you have a sense of his work. The first is an examination of the lives of the poor in Dakar, the second a fascinating biographical sketch of a Senegalese man who fought for France during the second World War as a “tiralleur Senegalais.” In class, you’ll be able to ask him questions about his work as a journalist and his perspective on the contemporary situation in Africa.
For those of you in the English section, try and find a recent news item related to Senegal before Tuesday that you can bring up in class, and post a link or discussion here in the comments section.