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Behind the EventThe attacks of January 7, 8, and 9, 2015 against Charlie Hebdo, a weekly French satirical magazine and a kosher supermarket in Paris sparked a vigorous debate about fundamental political and ethical issues such as freedom of expression, the relation between state, religion and society, respect for other beliefs and perspectives, inequality, and the disenfranchisement of individuals and communities. Although the events and subsequent protests were concentrated in France, extensive media coverage drew global attention. “Je suis Charlie” or “Je ne suis pas Charlie” became international expressions of adhesion to or distance from the stance attributed to Charlie Hebdo with regard to religion in general and to Islam in particular.
The Western Languages Division at Widener is currently building the "Charlie Archive at the Harvard Library, 2015-" that includes materials such as manuscript, printed, digital, and ephemeral content produced in the aftermath of these events.
About the Charlie Archive Project at the Harvard Library
The Western Languages Division at Widener is currently building the "Charlie Archive at the Harvard Library, 2015-" that includes materials produced in the aftermath of the attacks against Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris on January 7, 8, and 9, 2015. The archive contains a wide array of materials including manuscript, printed, digital, and ephemeral content that represent diverse perspectives responding to the terrorist attacks in France in 2015 or contributing to the debates surrounding the events. The objective of the archive is to document a peculiar moment in the early 21st century when the word “Charlie” all of a sudden took on tragic significance and became charged with conflicting emotions, opinions, and agendas.
About the Founders of the Charlie Archive at the Harvard Library
Virginie GreeneVirginie Greene is professor of French medieval literature, and currently chair of the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. She has published on medieval literature and philosophy, and Marcel Proust. She holds a Ph.D. in French literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Lidia UzielLidia Uziel is head of the Western Languages Division and bibliographer for Western Europe at Widener Library. She serves as the division’s leader and catalyst in building and then implementing its vision and strategy for collection development activities for materials in humanities and social science originating in Western European and English speaking countries. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from both the University of Montreal in Canada and Jean Moulin Lyon 3 University in France.
Nicole MillsNicole Mills is coordinator of the Beginning French Language Program at Harvard University. She has publications in various academic journals and edited volumes on various topics associated with self-efficacy in foreign language learning and teaching, curriculum design, motivation, and language program evaluation. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Studies and French from Emory University.
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