Professor at Colby College
About Benedicte Mauguiere
An expert in contemporary Francophone cultures and literature with a doctorate from the Universite Paris IV-Sorbonne, Bénédicte Mauguière serves as a professor of French and chair of the French and Italian department at Colby College. She conducts academic research related to the Francophone transnational experience in the Americas (including Quebec) and the Creole regions, in particular in the Indian Ocean islands (Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion, Comoros..). Dr. Mauguière lectures widely on diaspora and postcolonial studies, as well as women and gender studies. Bénédicte Mauguière has won numerous international research awards and grants to support her research.
The publications of Bénédicte Mauguière examine how Francophone literature, theater, and film reflect the experience of cultural minorities. She focuses on issues of displacement and marginalization, and their relationship to identity formation. In 1998, Dr. Mauguière published Cultural Identities in Canadian Literature. Articles on her research findings appear in many international journals and books and the most recent articles deal with JMG Le Clézio, Amal Sewtohul and Ananda Devi.
Student Life at Paris-Sorbonne University
Currently a full professor of francophone studies at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, Dr. Benedicte Mauguiere has more than two decades of experience as an author and academic. Dr. Benedicte Mauguiere received her doctorate in francophone culture and literature with honors from Paris-Sorbonne University.
Located in the Latin Quarter, in the fifth arrondissement, Paris-Sorbonne University began as a theological school in 1253. It is now world-renowned for its focus on languages, literature, arts, humanities, civilizations, and social sciences. Today, some 23,000 students are enrolled in one or more of its 17 departments. Students come from all over the world to experience the Sorbonne's strong cultural traditions and excellent academic reputation.
Students today have access to more than 20 specialized libraries, including electronic databases, periodicals, online resources, and affiliate centers. The university is steeped in the research tradition; it employs 750 research professors allocated into 47 teams. The university’s cultural program is acclaimed, with a quarterly program featuring more than 100 concerts, debates, exhibitions, meetings, and projections. The Sorbonne also participates in such high-profile events as the Ici et Demain Festival and the world-famous Fete-de-la-musique.
Activities and Events at the Franco-American Centre
Dr. Benedicte Mauguiere has served as a full professor of francophone studies at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, since 2009. Additionally, Dr. Benedicte Mauguiere is a faculty associate at the University of Maine’s Franco-American Centre.
Founded in 1972, the Franco-American Centre at the University of Maine maintains the Franco-American Library, an online resource dedicated to the preservation of Franco-American literature and history. Additionally, the Centre manages the Franco-American Oral History Archives, and produces Le Forum, a bilingual periodical that is published twice each year and which addresses Franco-American sociocultural themes.
A wide variety of educational and social events take place at the Franco-American Centre. These include social celebrations such as the annual Mardi Gras festival, film screenings, concerts, storytelling events, book readings, and discussions. In 2014, the Centre plans to host a spring symposium titled "In and Out of Place: Finding Home in Franco America," as well as a weekly lunchtime discussion and craft circle.