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PleKatherine Ibbettase join us for the first ever virtual James Ford Bell Lecture, October 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Central time.

Register to obtain the Zoom link.


Professor Katherine Ibbett, "Staying Afloat:  On the Water in New France.






Katherine Ibbett is Professor of French at the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford. She’s the author of Compassion’s Edge: Fellow-Feeling and its Limits in Early Modern France (Penn, 2018) and The Style of the State in French Theater, 1630-1660 (Ashgate, 2009); she’s co-edited volumes on Walter Benjamin and on compassion. She’s working on a book called Liquid Empire, about writing on water in early modern France and New France.

This lecture is supported by the Associates of the James Ford Bell Library




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