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AGBU EUROPE SUPPORTS CELEBRATION OF FRENCH LITERATURE IN YEREVAN

From October 4-7, French literature was celebrated in Yerevan. Entitled Sartre: Citizen of the World, the 4th annual Days of French Literature events were dedicated to French existentialist, philosopher, novelist and critic Jean-Paul Sartre. The official opening ceremony took place on October 4, at the large hall of the Yerevan State Linguistic University (YSLU). Welcoming remarks were made by YSLU Rector Gayane Gasparyan, Advisor on Cultural and Cooperation Issues at the French Embassy in Armenia Jean-Michel Kasbarian, Vice-President of the Paris-Sorbonne University Scientific Council Paskal Akien, Head of the Comparative Literature Chair of the Paris-Sorbonne University Bernard Franco, and Professor Annie Cohen-Solal of the Université de Caen Basse Normandie. The opening ceremony was followed by a lecture dedicated to the earlier works of Sartre. Later, YSLU students staged a performance of Sartre’s play, The Flies. Within the framework of the Days of French Literature, Tintoretto: The Yellow Fracture film, based on Sartre’s The Prisoner of Venice, was shown at the Cafesjian Center for the Arts on October 5. That same day, Yerevan State University hosted several events. Professor Cohen-Solal gave a lecture on Geopolitics of Sartre’s Works; this was followed by a screening of Jean-Paul Sartre’s and Simone de Beauvoir’s Tribulations to Caucasus documentary. On October 7, the film version of Sartre’s play, The Condemned of Altona, starring Sophia Loren and directed by the famous Vittorio De Sica, was shown at the Nairi Theater. The Days of French Literature was organized by Aida Karniguian, and Anoush Sedrakyan, Associate Professor of the YSU Foreign Literature Chair. Conferences, film screenings and meetings were open to the public. “This is not the first time that our University has hosted representatives of the Sorbonne. I am sure that our ties will continue and result in even more productive exchanges between students and lecturers,” said Ms. Sedrakyan. AGBU Europe, as in previous years, supported this event.