Friday, June 25, 2010

Ethnicity: the Jewish quarter and museum, lecture on the burka law and North African dinner

It's been another very full day. We had a free morning, so students slept in or went with Dr. King to visit the Arc de Triomphe. At noon, some of the students met me at the hotel and we went to the Marais district for "the best falafel in the world"--where we ran into Dr. King. After lunch, we went to the Musée d'art et d'histoire du judaïsme (Museum of Jewish Art and History) where we learned about Jewish life and traditions in Europe.

Before dinner, we met for a lecture in the park by Dr. Amy Wells of the University of Limoges.
Dr. Wells talked about the current controversy in France concerning wearing the burka. Currently the French government is considering outlawing the burka.

After the lecture, we headed to "Toucan Café" where we had a delicous North African dinner--couscous!

We ended our dinner with mint tea. Tomorrow is the "free day"--what will our students decide to do???


  1. The debate continues! Here is a link to a BBC article about how one young woman is dealing with the law...

  2. I pondered to myself recently what were the most important things in my life. The answer seems to be clear that art was up there in importance. Why? Frankly, I don't really know. May be someone here can enlighten me?
    As was my wont w
    hen I have some free time, I browsed the marvelous site,, where they keep thousands of digital images for customers to select to have printed into handsome canvas prints for their homes.
    This image jumped out to jolt my reveries: Still life with bread, by the Cubist Georges Braque. Is art like this picture, as essential as bread and water, or should I say bread and wine?