Wisconsin Events with a Francophone Flavor

March, 2003

[Franco Wisconsin Map image] Throughout the month For a list of French movies available on US television during the month of December see le site web du service culturel de l'ambassade de France

Sunday evenings, Milwaukee. Le "happy hour" franco: la nouvelle façon de socialiser en français à Milwaukee! Le dimanche, 16h-19pm au Trocadero (1758 N. Water street). renseignements: ou par téléphone à Brett (414) 390-0588 ou à Anne-José (414) 526-1135.

Wednesday evenings, Green Bay, Table Française. 7:30 pm. French Conversation at the Attic Coffee shop, 730 Bodart St. Green Bay. Sponsored by the Cercle Français of UW--Green Bay. Everyone welcome.

Wednesday evenings, Milwaukee, French Table: at 8:00-9:30 p.m., Schwartz Bookshop Café 4092 N. Oakland Ave.

Thursday mornings, Milwaukee. Table Française. 11:30 - 1:30 a.m. UWM, Curtin Hall, room 766, For information: 414.229.4382.

Thursday mornings, Green Bay. Table Française. 12:30 pm. French conversation in the International Student Center, IS 1900, University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Sponsored by the Cercle Français of UW--Green Bay.

Monday, March 3, 2003 Green Bay 7:00 pm Kevin Soucie sings French and French Canadian songs. Free concert at the Christie Theatre in the University Union on the UW-Green Bay campus. For further information contact Ken Fleurant at

"National Foreign Language Week" - - March 3-9, 2003 The dates and themes for National Foreign Language Week are determined annually by Alpha Mu Gamma National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society. National Foreign Language Week will be celebrated March 3-9, 2003. The theme for the year 2003 poster is:"Make Friends - Peace Follows" For more information contact the following: Alpha Mu Gamma National 855 N. Vermont Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90029-3500 Tel: (323) 644-9752 Fax: (323) 644-9752 or e-mail at:

Tuesday March 4 Mardi Gras

Wednesday March 5, 2003 Wauwatosa Conversation Française, 9:30 a.m. Barnes & Noble’s Café, Mayfair Mall. 2500 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa. 414.475.6070. (2nd & 4th Wednesday)

Wednesday, March 5, 2003 Madison - 6:00 pm Kevin Soucie - Chansonnier performs songs from France and Québec at The French House (la Maison Française)633 North Frances Street Madison, Wisconsin. Reservation for buffet dinner recommended: (608) 262-3941

March 6 statewide on Public Television

The Wisconsin Educational Communications Board (ECB) provides educational TV programming free to schools. Take advantage of the world language offerings. Most are available to be videotaped all at once (in the wee hours of the morning called ITV Overnight, Block Feed). ECB broadcasts its programming through your local public television station. Then, as long as the series is being provided through ECB, you may keep and use the videotapes. For more information, check the "Parade of Programs" guide available in all schools.

FRANCE FRANCAIS (Gr. 11 12) Filmed in Provence, French teens go about their everyday lives in school, at work, and at play. They talk about likes and dislikes, hobbies and free time activities, families and friends. Captures real life conversations. Ten 16 minute programs. Block Feed: Thursday, March 6, 1:00 AM - 2:52 AM (programs 1-7); March 13, 1:00 AM - 1:48 AM (programs 8-10) - Yes, that's right, VERY early in the morning, so before going to bed on Wednesday night, set your VCR to record on early Thursday morning.

ALSO AVAILABLE: Teacher guides for the above series may be ordered through ECB. Check out the web site listed below to find ordering information and prices.

March 7, 8, 9, 2003. MilwaukeeUW-Milwaukee French Immersion Weekend: Intermediate -- Focus on Québec. 400-210 (U) 1 cr Friday, March 7, 5:00pm-8:00pm; Saturday, March 8, 9:00am-5:00pm & Sunday, March 9; 10:00am-2:00pm Pre-Req: 3 semesters college or 3 years HS French. Please encourage your more advanced students to take this immersion course. It will be taught by Anne-José Villeneuve and another instructor, and should be a lot of fun.

Saturday, March 8. Milwaukee Mardi Gras celebration from 3 to 5 pm at the Alliance Française 1800 E. Capitol Drive Crêpes and refreshments will be offered. Bring the entire family and have a great Saturday afternoon.

Saturday March 8, 2003, Milwaukee Kevin Soucie to perform songs from France and Québec at 7:30 pm. Jacques' French Café 1101 South 2nd Street Milwaukee (414) 672-1040

March 8, 2003. Amery The Eau Claire Regional Concours Oral has been scheduled for at Amery High School. Wanda Rimestad is the hosting teacher and may be contacted at:Amery High School. 555 Minneapolis Avenue Amery, WI 54001

Saturday March 8, 2003. Milwaukee Short courses at the Alliance Française SWITZERLAND. Explore the diversity of Switzerland with a native from Genève.(in English). Saturday, March 8 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the AF centre. Cost is $39.00 for AF members and $45.00 for non-members. Please, call to pre register: 414/964-3855.

Monday, March 10. Milwaukee Alliance Française presents an evening with Marie Laberge, novelist from Québec who will discuss her writing; 7:30 p.m., at l’Alliance Française. Free. Marie Laberge is the literary phenomenon from Québec and author of the trilogy, Le goût du bonheur

Thursday, March 13, 2003. Milwaukee -- 7pm. French film The Mother and the Whore (La maman et la putain)(Jean Eustache, France, 210min, French w/Eng. st., 35mmB/W, 1973) A monumental achievement of the French cinema of the 1970s: a meditation on love, sex, and the malaise of living, as well as a precise rendering of Bohemian life in Paris as it was like for the post 1968 generation. A lacerating, confessional portrait of the emotional complications between the triangle of Alexandre (Jean-Pierre Léaud), Marie (Bernadette Lafont) and Veronika (Françoise Lebrun). Admission is $3 student, $4 general. Union Theatre Website:

March 13, 2003 statewide Public television. See March 6 above.

March 15, 2003, Waukesha The Milwaukee regional Concours Oral will be held on at Waukesha West High School. Send all registrations to: Lisa Rettler Waukesha West High School 3301 Saylesville Road. Waukesha, WI 53189-6600

Saturday March 22, 2003, Milwaukee Alliance Française 85th Anniversary Party!, Theme: The Roaring Twenties Join us for an evening of dancing and celebration at the UWM Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive, Milwaukee. Please contact the AF to make reservations. Information at

Saturday,March 22. Milwaukee. Alliance Française Open House, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Information at

Wednesday, March 26, 2003. Milwaukee The Pabst Theater of Milwaukee presents famous French mime, Marcel Marceau!144 E. Wells Street, 7:30 p.m., $26 - $46, for tickets call: (414) 286-3663

Through the month, Milwaukee. Cafe Bar Tabac Trocadero: kiosque with French and International newspapers and magazines
1758 Water Street (North of Brady, near Holton Bridge)
Tel: (414) 272-0205
Open Mon-Fri, 7 AM- 1 AM
Sat, 7 AM- 2 AM
Seats 100

For events in Chicago and elsewhere in the Midwest see France Midwest Express Cyber-bulletin.

See also the home page of the Consulat Général de France à Chicago

If you have a Wisconsin event with a francophone flavor to anounce, send us the information in advance and we would be pleased to include it in the WFC calendar.

Looking ahead to April

NOTE: Application due April 1

UW African Studies summer institutes have a great reputation among teachers who participate. And I've notice that the teachers who do so get short-listed on later travel exchanges to Africa. A opportunity to deepen your global curriculum. French teachers - Note the French-friendly and dynamic staff.

Envisioning Africa and the African Diaspora: An Integrated Curriculum Development Project for Wisconsin Teachers African Studies Summer Institute for K-16 Teachers

Monday, June 23 ~ Thursday, June 26, 2003
Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street
Madison, Wisconsin

The African Studies Summer Institute for K-16 Teachers is an interdisciplinary four-day institute on the relationship between Africa and the African diaspora in the Americas.

The first objective is to introduce teachers, school administrators, and interested parents to a more complex and integrated view of the African diaspora, encouraging and supporting them to extend this vision to their schools and communities. The second objective is to increase our understanding of Africa, its people, and their descendants. The institute will include sessions on African and African diaspora geography, history, literature, traditional and contemporary art, music, dance, women's studies, film, and health. We will explore library and web resources and apply integrated curriculum development techniques.

Selection of 20 applicants will be made by April 7, 2003.

UW-Madison Presenters: Aliko Songolo, director, African Studies Program; Amadou Fofana, graduate student, African Languages & Literature; David Henige, Africa bibliographer; Gloria Johnson-Powell, professor, Psychiatry and Pediatrics; Claudia Melrose, professor, Dance; Bekisizwe Ndimande, graduate student, Curriculum and Instruction; Rebecca Nyoike, assistant advising dean of Letters and Science, ; Oghenetoja Okoh, graduate student , History; Teju Olaniyan, professor, African Languages & Literature and English; Richard Ralston, professor, Afro-American Studies;Mariama Ross, assistant professor, Art; Harold Scheub, professor, African Languages & Literature; Amy Stambach, associate professor, Educational Policy Studies; Freida Tesfagiorgis, professor, Afro-American Studies; Gelsy Verna, associate professor, Art; and Madaleine Wong, assistant professor, Geography.

Cost: $80 . Check or money order payable to the African Studies Program, Attn. Eileen McNamara, 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706. One meal per day will be included.

Housing: Twenty double rooms have been reserved at the Friedrick Center, 1950 Willow Drive, Madison, WI 53706. Tel: 608/263-4647 or 231-1341 . Cost to participant: $62 per night (single or double occupancy). Deadline for room reservation:May 23, 2003. Please refer to the African Studies Program block of rooms when reserving a room.

Credits: Three CEU credits will be offered pending approval of UW-Extension.

APPLICATION: must be returned by April 1. For an aplication, contact Eileen McNamara, 205 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI 53706-1397. Notification of selection will be made by April 25, 2003.

Wednesday April 2, Milwaukee. Bartollota’s Lake Park Bistro presents Madame Kitty Morse, prolific cookbook author. Madame Morse will speak about Moroccan cuisine and the restaurant will prepare a Moroccan dinner based on her recipes; 3133 E. Newberry Blvd, 6:30, $50 per person, call for reservations (414) 962-6300

April 5 Independence day in Senegal. Celebrations planned in Milwaukee

The Alliance Française de Milwaukee course catalog Spring 2003 for courses between April 7- June 16, 2003 is available at the AF website at Call 414/964 3855 for more information about Alliance Française programs. Save $10 on adult course registration when you enroll by the Early Registration Deadline, March 22 or $15 when you become a AF member.

International Job Fair sponsored by the French Embassy. April 5 – 11, 2003. Chicago, (202)944-6261,

If you have a Wisconsin event with a francophone flavor to anounce, send us the information in advance and we would be pleased to include it in the WFC calendar.

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