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About the French Embassy Centers of Excellence

A number of Universities throughout the United States have been selected as French Embassy Centers of Excellence. Centers receive recurring financial support and yearly project-based support to fund a wide variety of activities and research.

The network of French Embassy Centers of Excellence, housed at major research universities, enhances the stature of France within European Union studies; promotes France-US relations through interdisciplinary teaching programs; encourages public-private and research partnerships with France; and innovates in the realm of outreach activities to encourage student interest in France.

The Centers support the Embassy of France’s efforts in University cooperation by identifying and integrating existing research and teaching activities connected with France in their institutions, and establishing a framework through which these and other activities related to France can be facilitated and promoted.

About the France/TAMU Institute (Centre Pluridisciplinaire)

The France/TAMU Institute is co-sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at Texas A&M University and housed at the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research. Richard J. Golsan serves as director and consults with the Advisory Board in planning activities. Activities are frequently co-sponsored by the Department of International Studies at Texas A&M and the Glasscock Center.

KEY PERSONNEL
Director: Richard J. Golsan
Website and Publicity: Donna C. Malak
Administrative Assistant: Amanda Elsner
Advisory Board: Nathan Bracher (Texas A&M); Sarah M. Misemer (Texas A&M); Andrew Natsios (Texas A&M); Marc Dambre (Paris III); Henry Rousso (IHTP); Pascal Bruckner

PROFILE
As noted, the France/TAMU Institute is co-sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at Texas A&M University and housed in the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research. Its director and advisory board members work closely with French institutions including the Universite-Paris III- Sorbonne Nouvelle, the IHTP, and the Memorial at Caen in the areas of research as well as teaching. Golsan has been Visiting Professor (professeur associe) at Paris III (2001) and Bracher lectured at the Universite Michel de Montaigne- Bordeaux III, in 2010. Golsan is a member of the CERACC at Paris III, and has participated in numerous colloquia there. In May-June 2012 the France/TAMU Institute co-hosted with Paris III, the CERACC, Columbia University, and the Universities of Leeds and Durham in the UK an international symposium international symposium entitled “Vichy et apres” at Paris III from 30 May to 1 June 2012. The proceedings of this conference were published by Presses de la Sorbonne Nouvelle.

In summer 2012 Golsan co-directed with Henry Rousso a NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers entitled “France’s Haunting Past.” The host institution was the IHTP. Golsan and Bracher have previously directed nine NEH Summer Seminars for School Teachers beginning in 1994 on the memory of World War II in French culture. These seminars have been housed at the Memorial in Caen.

MAIN RESEARCH THEMES
The France/Texas A&M University Institute focuses primarily on the troubled and often controversial relationship between history and memory in modern French society,  and especially the political and historical debates, and cultural and literary activities and productions associated with their complex interactions. To that end, the Institute has so-far welcomed Olivier Rubinstein, formerly Director of Denoel and currently director of French cultural services in Israel, to speak about the discovery and publication Nemirovsky’s Suite francaise. It has also welcomed the novelist and actor Richard Mergieve, many of whose most important works deal with the legacies of Vichy and World War II. In Spring 2012, the France/TAMU Institute co-hosted with the Glasscock Center an ongoing lecture series entitled “The Trials of History, Genocide, and Human Rights.” Speakers included the documentary film-maker Michel Prazan, Pascal Bruckner, and Annette Levy-Willlard, Liberation’s lead reporter on the prosecution and trials of Rene Bousquet, Paul Touvier, and Maurice Papon.