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Second Annual Giving Day a Great Success

The Beloit College community is generous and showed its heart and soul during its second annual Giving Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. In just 24 hours, the college raised over $65,000 from more than 450 supporters.

Not only did the gifts far surpass the original goal of $25,000, the event also raised $25,000 more than last year. Beloit is touched by the fantastic response received from supporters and is grateful to be backed by such a strong foundation of alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends. These gifts help make ‪#‎BeloitPossible for the next generation of Turtles, Bucs, and Beloiters.

The unconditional support, enthusiastically offered by our alumni, parents, and friends is a tribute to the character of our community, and the value that we all collectively recognize in the mission we seek to advance. We at Beloit are privileged to have a community so willing to invest in the future of our great institution, and our students. For this, we are grateful,” said Mark Wold’95, Senior Director of Alumni & Parent Relations and Annual Support.

Thank you to all who supported Beloit College’s second annual Giving Day. As College President Scott Bierman often says, it’s “turtles all the way down.”

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French professor explores the importance, relevance of Haitian writer

December 6, 2013 at 7:45 am

The acclaimed Haitian writer Marie-Célie Agnant is the topic of a recently published essay by Scott Lyngaas, associate professor of modern languages and literatures and associate dean of the college.

Scott Lyngaas 

His essay titled “Les lieux de mémoire de Marie-Célie Agnant” (or “The Places of Memory of Marie-Célie Agnant”) is one of 12 included in the book, Paroles et silences chez Marie-Célie Agnant (or Voices and Silences in the Works of Marie-Célie Agnant). Published in October by the major Paris publishing house Karthala, the book is the first set of essays devoted to Agnant.

Agnant is the author of three novels, children’s books, poetry, and short stories. Though she has lived in Québec since her teenage years, she is known for her work confronting the brutality of Haitian history, which included slavery and the father-son dictatorships of François and Jean-Claude Duvalier.

Slavery is rarely a theme in Haitian literature, according to Lyngaas, a specialist in Caribbean literature, because Haitian writers often look at the Haitian Revolution and the independence of the country in 1804 as providing a clean break from the past.

“Yet, it’s a country of 10 million people that was, in a sense, founded on slavery, and (Agnant’s) argument is that we can’t just forget about that whole period of time,” says Lyngaas, who also published an essay on Agnant in 2011 in The French Review.

In his most recent essay, Lyngaas writes about how Agnant confronts and explores the meaning of traumatic events in Haiti’s history in a time and place far removed from them. In other words, her characters may live outside of Haiti and may not have experienced any of the events first-hand, but they nevertheless feel the effects of them very deeply.

“She’s able to articulate the past and change our way of thinking about it,” Lyngaas says. “She changes our way of thinking about the importance of slavery to history and changes the way we think about how individuals can achieve justice in the face of dictatorship. It’s really powerful.”

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