Bainbridge State College’s Fifteenth International Education month will begin on Thursday, Oct. 30 and last throughout November.

The first event will be held next Thursday with Dr. William Cloonan, formerly of Florida State University. This is one event you do not want to miss. Cloonan will be giving a lecture entitled French Wine: A Beginner’s Guide in Room 961 of the Student Wellness Center, beginning at 1:40 p.m.

There will be refreshments and sparkling grape juice for all attendants.

In Cloonan’s most recent book, The Writing of War: French and German Fiction about World War II (University Press of Florida, 1999), he examines the Holocaust and its effects on post-war literature, especially on the works of Junger, Mann, Camus, Sartre, Duras, Wolf, Simon and Grasss. The professor has also worked extensively on Michel Tournier (Michel Tournier, Twayne, 1985) and on Racine (Racine’s Theater: The Politics of Love, U of Mississippi Romance Monograph Series, 1978). Cloonan has recently begun research for a book tentatively titled, Paris in Americans, Americans in Paris: Franco- American Culture Wars. His translation of Olivier Rolin’s novel, Tigre en papier, was published in the spring of 2007 by the University of Nebraska Press.

Cloonan writes an annual essay on trends in contemporary French fiction for The French Review, where he also serves as an assistant editor for twentieth and twenty-first century literature. This former project has brought him into contact with prominent French novelists and journalists, some of who have come to the FSU campus to participate in literary events sponsored by the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies.

With a strong interest in painting, Cloonan incorporates examples form the visual arts in all of his courses. He has also published in the area of visual aesthetics with essays on Braque, Maillol and most recently in Studies of Early Modern France, and an article on Michelangelo and Delacroix entitled “La Barque de Dante: Michelangelo, Delecroix and the Anxiety of Influence” (2005). He has a book contract with Liverpool Press for Americans in Paris, Paris in Americans that will be published in 2016.

Cloonan is the retired Chair of the Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics, and was the Coordinator of the French Division for 1996 until taking on his chairmanship. He has won numerous awards including the University Teaching Award (1992, 1993, 1995), the TIP (1996, 1998) and PEP (1998). He was named the Teacher of the month in Feb. 1996. He will head the 2015 Winthrop-King Conference on Asia and China.


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