French Cinema and the Two World Wars | Newberry

French Cinema and the Two World Wars

Friday, March 16, 2018

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

The Newberry

Dr. John Ireland, University of Illinois at Chicago
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Please note that this seminar will be conducted in French. Even more than other European countries, modern France was shaped by its experience of the twentieth century’s two world wars. Referencing a number of films (a new and soon dominant medium of cultural expression and communication), participants will look not so much at the violence of war, but at how the two wars a) changed French society and b) affected and changed human relationships, among men, between men and women, among women and children. In particular, participants will look at how film met the challenge of representing the German occupation (1940-44) and the traumatic issues of resistance and collaboration. As these painful issues are far from resolved, they still fuel what Henry Rousso has memorably called the “Vichy Syndrome”, still very evident in France today.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 6, 2017. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.