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Parisian students visit Beloit for cross-cultural study of education

March 8, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Through contacts made by Beloit College student Anthony Otey'13, who studied in Paris last spring and volunteered with Club Barbès (a youth development association working with immigrant communities in France), a small group of high school and college students called the Diplomats of Diplomacy will visit Beloit this week.

The purpose of the group’s visit from Paris (part of a two-week tour during which they’re also visiting Fordham University in the Bronx) is to explore the issues of race, class, and immigration as they intersect with the educational systems of France and the U.S.

“We applaud and encourage students, such as Anthony, who take the steps to converting experiences off-campus into meaningful actions in their ongoing lives and study,” says Josh Moore, the associate director of the college’s Office of International Education. “This is a great opportunity to connect “there” and “here,” which is what Beloit College strives toward in international education.”

Two events related to the visit will take place Monday night: a film screening and a discussion of education from a cross-cultural perspective. 

Discussion: Education in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Monday, 4 p.m., WAC South Lounge

Beloit College students and the visitors exchange experiences of race, class, and immigration in public schools in the U.S. and France. Refreshments will be served.  

Film Screening: The Class ("Entre les Murs")
Monday, 7 p.m., Richardson Auditorium

Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood. Winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or, Cannes Film Festival, 2009. Discussion to follow. 

Everyone is invited to these events, which are co-sponsored by the Weissberg Program, the Office of Intercultural Affairs, French Club, SSS, Academic Affairs, and the United States Institute of Peace.