La langue mondiale: French as the Language of Art and Thought is a multi-faceted exhibition exploring French contributions to and influence on art, culture, and science over the centuries from Europe to Louisiana. Art history students curated materials in the first floor gallery, examining artistic life in nineteenth-century Paris from a literary perspective. The second floor gallery features major scientific works, such as volumes of Diderot’s Encyclopedie, Buffon’s Natural History, and Description de L’Egypte, a record of the scientific expedition that accompanied Napoleon in Egypt. Early French dictionaries and works by Lafcadio Hearn and nineteenth-century Louisiana Creole authors will also be on display. At LSU's Hill Memorial Library in the Main Gallery.
The opening of the exhibition coincides with a talk by Marc Fumaroli, member of the French Academy and author of the book, When the World Spoke French. The lecture is sponsored by the LSU College of Art and Design and the LSU Department of French Studies. 5 pm in LSU's Union Theatre. lib.lsu.edu/special.