Naturalism Conference in New Orleans

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During Spring Break 2014, the UNO College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Foreign Languages will co-host the International Conference on Emile Zola and Naturalism (March 6-8, 2014, right after Mardi Gras). Dr. Juliana Starr, Associate Professor of French, is the Chief Organizer and other sponsors include Center Austria, the Diversity Committee. Professors Olivier Bourderionnet in Foreign Languages and Hamp Overton in film are members of the organizing committee.

The sessions will be held on the second floor of the University Center, the opening cocktail will be at the UNO main campus art gallery and will feature “Southern Women at Work”, a photography exhibit in conjunction with the conference, a film screening of the Louisiana feature “Low and Behold” will be in the Robert E. Nims Theater in the PAC, the banquet will be a river cruise on the Steamboat Natchez, and there will be an optional tour of Laura Plantation. 110 participants will be coming from 19 different countries including the USA, Norway, Portugal, Brazil, France, Germany, Austria, Canada, Switzerland, India, Lebanon, Tunisia, Finland, China, Senegal, and Japan. Most participants will be lodging at the Hampton Inn in the CBD, but approximately 25 graduate students will be lodging in the TRAC building on the UNO main campus.

13 people associated with UNO will be presenting papers: 3 faculty in Foreign Languages, 3 faculty in Film Studies, 2 faculty in English, 2 faculty in History and Women’s Studies, 2 graduate students in English and 1 former graduate student in Foreign Languages. All UNO faculty and students are invited to attend the sessions for free. More information about the conference can be found here:


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