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Chenonceau, one of the most romantic chateaux in the Loire Valley

France Through the Ages

Journey from Toulouse to Paris and explore French history and culture
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John Sweets
May 16 - 30, 2014; Sep 8 - 22, 2014
Professor Sweets is Professor Emeritus of History, specializing in the Vichy France era, the French Resistance, and occupied France. He has taught 19th and 20th century European history at the University of Kansas, University College, Dublin (Ireland), The School of International Studies (Fort Bragg, NC), and at the Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon (France). Professor Sweets has received two NEH Fellowships for his research and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He has authored many works on France, including The Politics of Resistance in France (1976) and Choices in Vichy France (1986), and has edited four volumes of The Proceedings of the Western Society for French History (1982-85). His other current research interests include a case study of the Lacemakers of Le Puy in the 19th century and an investigation of France and the Holocaust.

Arthur Kaplan
Oct 6 - 20, 2014
Arthur Kaplan, an ardent Francophile who has traveled extensively throughout France, taught French language, literature, and civilization at Mills College in Oakland, California. He received his B.A. in French Linguistics from Cornell University and his M.A. in French from the University of California, Berkeley. There he continued studies in Romance Languages and Literatures with a specialization in 19th-century French theater. Awarded a Fulbright scholarship, he spent two years in Paris on a university fellowship doing research on Victor Hugo and Romantic opera. A frequent lecturer, writer, and tour director in the field of opera, Arthur has served as Study Leader for many Smithsonian Journey opera tours in France, Italy, and the United States.

Joan Grimbert
Jun 8 - 22, 2015
Joan Grimbert is Professor Emerita of French and Medieval Studies at Catholic University of America, where she began teaching the language, literature, civilization, and culture of France in 1987. Before completing her graduate studies in Romance Philology at the University of Chicago, she had lived and worked in Paris for six years as a student, researcher, and translator. Professor Grimbert’s research is focused on medieval French literature; she is an expert on Chrétien de Troyes and the legend of Tristan and Iseult from the 12th century to the present. She has published 6 books and numerous scholarly articles, primarily on Arthurian literature and film. A dual citizen of France and the United States, Professor Grimbert was recently named Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes académiques in recognition of her work promoting French culture.