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French professor Dean de la Motte leads public discussion on Paris terror attacks

Dean de la Motte, Salve Regina University professor of French and comparative literature who returned from a stay of six months in France on the eve of the recent terror attacks in Paris, will share his thoughts with the university community and the public when he presents “France Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: The Paris Terror Attacks in Cultural Context” on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in O’Hare Academic Center.

The lecture, free and open to the public, will be presented in Room 260. Space is limited so those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to

Using a brief review of some essential history and selections from contemporary media, de la Motte’s informal presentation will attempt to provide background helpful for understanding not only the attacks of Jan. 7-9, but the unprecedented reaction of the French people, notably in its massive Marche républicaine of Jan. 11.

Speaking from his personal experience as a recent sympathetic visitor to and observer of France, de la Motte hopes the presentation will raise questions for further discussion, and that members of the audience will bring their own observations and areas of expertise to bear on the issues raised by his presentation.