Félicitations à Dr. Rodney K. Rogers - BGSU President! Fun fact: il a enseigné à l'École de Management at EuroMed-Marseille in France!
BREAKING: Board of Trustees appoints Dr. Rodney Rogers as BGSU's 12th President.
CONFERENCE -- here's another article about our conference and our keynote speaker!
FILM Friday at 3:30 pm in BTSU Theater (206): BUUD YAM: "Grand prize winner at the Pan-African Film Festival, "Buud Yam" is a beautifully lensed fairy tale able to entrance both children and adults open to African storytelling. Written and directed by Burkina Faso veteran Gaston Kabore, it is a sequel to the director's well-known 1982 feature, "Wend Kuuni." In "Buud Yam," the child Wend Kuuni has grown into a young man in his adopted village. Flashbacks clipped from the previous film remind the audience how Wend Kuuni's mother was stoned to death as a sorceress, and how her baby was found and raised by foster parents. When his foster sister Pughneere falls sick of a mysterious illness, superstitious fingers point at Wend Kuuni as the culprit." (Variety.com) BGSU Africana Studies
FILM Thursday at 4:00 pm in the Gish Theater: RABI (1992) "is a universal story about children, parents, and pets. Rabi (Yacouba Kabore) adopts a tortoise that his father brings home. He spends so much time with that tortoise, that his annoyed dad throws it back into the bush. Rabi cries and cries, until an old man takes him to find his own tortoise. Rabi returns triumphant with a humongous one. Of course, there's a lesson to be grasped: Rabi must gain the wisdom that tortoises should be set free." (Gerald Peary, Boston Phoenix) BGSU Africana Studies
Please join French students and faculty Wed. 10-11 am for a "meet & greet" with filmmaker Gaston Kaboré in 024 Kohl Hall (conference room). BGSU Africana Studies
FILM Wed. at 6:00 pm in the Gish Theater: ZAN BOKO: "Zan boko means 'place where the placenta is buried' in Moré, one of the principal languages of the filmmaker’s native Burkina Faso, and symbolizes an individual’s connection to the land and to future generations. Kaboré creates a gripping narrative out of the stor...y of two men from very different worlds. They share a common integrity: a peasant farmer who loses his land to a wealthy businessman and a journalist whose uncompromising TV expose of the farmer’s victimization, is censored by a corrupt government. This film is the first to examine the role of mass media in contemporary Africa, Zan Boko is a tribute to the ancestral heritage of agrarian village societies." (africanfilmny.org)
FILM Tuesday at 4:00 pm in the Gish Theater: WEND KUUNI (God's Gift), winner of France's César award for Meilleur film francophone (Best French Language Film): "Wend Kuuni, written and directed by Gaston J.M. Kaboré, is a gentle fable set in a precolonial Africa, about a mute little boy who, found starving in the bush, is raised with love and kindness by the Mossi tribe. How Wend Kuuni, as the boy is named, comes to regain his speech provides the narrative shape of the film, which also recalls the manners, mores and rituals of a time of peace and plenty." (New York Times) BGSU Africana Studies
We are hosting a meet & greet with Gaston Kaboré this Wed. Feb. 21 from 10-11 am in the Kohl Hall conference room. Please stop by for coffee & donuts and the chance to meet this amazing filmmaker from Burkina Faso. Check out the conference schedule and film screenings below!
You will LOVE our Valentine's Day Edition of Café Conversation, Wed. 5-6 pm in the Kohl Hall conference room! Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and Valentine's candy pour tous les amoureux! 😍❤️🇨🇵️❤️😍
What are your terms of endearment with your love one? Fancy calling them in French?
MARDI GRAS IS TODAY!!! Laissez les bons temps rouler!!!
Reminder: the Education Abroad fair is happening tomorrow (Thurs 2/8) in the BTSU, Room 207 from 11am-1pm! Come to learn all about our programs, including Montpellier, France!