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As part of the College’s celebration of the Marquis de Lafayette’s 250th birthday, the foreign languages and literatures department is hosting a film festival for language students called “The Marquis on the Marquee.”

Throughout the 2007-08 school year, Lafayette is planning numerous activities in recognition of the life and legacy of the man for whom it is named. Major events will include a lecture series, entitled Lives of Liberty, featuring renowned speakers; a historical exhibit at the Williams Center for the Arts, entitled A Son and his Adoptive Father: The Marquis de Lafayette and George Washington, and a birthday party, on Sept. 6.

Just as the Marquis took a global perspective toward his ideals of freedom and liberty, so to will the film festival, as any language student in a college or secondary school program can submit a film for the “The Marquis on the Marquee.”

“Our goal is to celebrate the Marquis de Lafayette and to expand upon the educational experience,” says festival organizer Mary Toulouse, director of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Resource Center. “We want to support the use of French and give students something exciting to do. Hopefully this will generate interest for students to come and see the exhibit and also create connections between secondary schools and colleges.”

Submissions must be bilingual with French to English subtitles, English to French subtitles, or French and English speakers. All productions should include references to historic facts but may address current events and social, religious, literary, or political issues. Videos or narratives should be three to four minutes in length and submitted on a data CD. For a full list of guidelines and suggested topics and research, go to the festival web site.

The deadline for submissions is Nov. 2. The submissions will be viewed at a film festival Nov. 14. School finalists and their student participants will be awarded commemorative prizes. Lafayette’s French Club will judge the entries. The films will also be published on the web site.

Completed projects, including the CD and all permission forms, should be sent to:

Lafayette College Foreign Language Department
Att: M. Toulouse
Pardee Hall 418
Easton, PA 18042

Materials will not be returned.

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