The fourth event in Meredith’s International Lecture Series will be held Wednesday, March 13, at 5 p.m. in Carswell Auditorium. The lecture counts for Meredith students as an Academic/Cultural Event in General Education.
Davidson College Assistant Professor of French Caroline Beschea-Fache will present “How I Became African American: Reflection of a French Metis Girl Living in the United States.”
The International Lecture Series explores world cultures through history, literature, politics and religion. In this presentation, Caroline Beschea-Fache will discuss the challenges of mixed-race identity in France today and the limitations of a “color-blind” system. Children of the colonies have always struggled to find a place in the French society and still grapple with the identities imposed or denied to them. While looking at practical issues such as nationality and citizenship, she will reflect on the more sociological and philosophical implications of a mixed race identity. Finally, Beschea-Fache will compare and contrast her experience as a mixed-race agent in France and the United States, two countries that offer different race and national identity paradigms.
Beschea-Fache has been on the faculty at Davidson College since 2007, teaching French and Francophone literature and film courses. Originally from Lille, France, she first studied movie translation before working for a subtitling company in Paris. Then in 2000, Beschea-Fache resumed her studies in Francophone literature and culture, and completed her Ph.D. in 2007 at Indiana University Bloomington. Beschea-Fache’s research interests include Métissage (Mixed Race Studies), West African film, immigration and transnationalism.
This lecture series is sponsored by the Meredith College Diversity Council, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature and the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Alliance Française.
For more information about this lecture, contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at (919) 760-8603 or (919) 760-8420.