Romance Languages and Literatures

A Conversation with Azouz Begag and Alec Hargreaves

WhenApril 13, 2020 06:00 PM - 07:00 PM
WhereSeminary Co-op Bookstore
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Contact InformationSeminary Co-op Bookstore
DescriptionAzouz Begag discusses his works, Mémoires au soleil, Le gone du Chaâba, and Ethnicity and Equality: France in the Balance. He will be joined in conversation by Alec G. Hargreaves and Khalid Lyamlahy. A Q&A and signing will follow their conversation.

About Azouz Begag: Azouz Begag was Minister for Equal Opportunities in the French government of Dominique de Villepin during the period 2005-2007. He is a well-known​ public figure recognized in France and abroad as a writer, sociologist, activist,​ and political commentator. Born in Lyon in 1957, he was raised in a​ shantytown, an experience he later recounted in his best-selling​ autobiographical work Le Gone du Chaâba (1986), translated as Shantytown Kid​ (2007). Besides his acclaimed novels, Begag published a substantial number of​ essays exploring diversity, social justice, multiculturalism, and integration in​ France, including Ethnicity and Equality: France in the Balance, translated in 2007​ by Alec Hargreaves. Trained as an economist and sociologist, he conducted​ research at the prestigious French National Center for Scientific Research​ (CNRS) and taught at Ecole Centrale de Lyon. In 2004, he was​ awarded the Légion d'Honneur by President Jacques Chirac.

About the interlocutor: Alec G. Hargreaves is Emeritus Professor of Transcultural French Studies at Florida State University. A specialist on postcolonial minorities in France, he has authored and edited numerous works including Immigration and Identity in Beur Fiction: Voices from the North African Immigrant Community in France, 2nd edition (Oxford: Berg, 1997), Multi-Ethnic France: Immigration, Politics, Culture and Society (London: Routledge, 2007), and Transnational French Studies: Postcolonialism and Littérature-monde, co-edited with Charles Forsdick and David Murphy (Liverpool University Press, 2010).
CategoriesConferences/Lectures, Discussions, Readings, Arts
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