CANCELLED - A Conversation with Azouz Begag and Alec G. Hargreaves

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Azouz Begag
**This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the coming months.**
Azouz Begag discusses his works, Mémoires au soleil, Le gone du Chaâba, and Ethnicity and Equality: France in the Balance, with Alec G. Hargreaves. A Q&A and signing will follow their conversation.
This event is presented in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US and the University of Chicago Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
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About the 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 Alec G. Hargreaves: 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). 
Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637