Modern Languages and Cultures Hosts Colloquium

  • Corinne Noirot
    Corinne Noirot courtesy photo
  • Michel de Montaigne
    Michel de Montaigne file photo.
  • Henri VI
    Henri VI file photo.
Jan. 23, 2015

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 23, 2015) – What do a French writer and a French king have in common?

Corinne Noirot, Ph.D., associate professor of French in the department of foreign languages and literatures at Virginia Tech, will address this question and more in her presentation “Montaigne and Henri IV, or: Why Would a Catholic Aristocrat Support a Protestant Prince?.” Noirot will speak from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Draper Academic Buidling, Room 139, as a part of Baylor’s Modern Languages & Cultures spring colloquium.

Noirot specializes in the history of France in the 16th century – a time when Michel de Montaigne, a famed French Catholic writer, is known for his controversial support of Henri VI, a Protestant prince who would later become king of France.

In her lecture, Noirot will address the historically peculiar relationship and examine connections and motives that transcended religious affiliation.

This year, Noirot’s presentation is one of two lectures in the annual colloquium hosted by Baylor’s department of Modern Languages & Cultures.

“The Modern Languages and Cultures Colloquia invite a wide variety of people who have various interests and present topics that would interest the public at large. We hope that these topics are interesting for everyone,” said Cristian Bratu, Ph.D., associate professor of French in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.

Draper Academic Building is located at 1420 S. 7th St. in Waco.

by Sarah Czerwinski, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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