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4/2/2002 France focus of history lecture

McMINNVILLE -- Charles Rearick, a professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will speak on "The Pleasures of Paris – in History and Memory (or Why the Belle Epoque was Important and Has Remained So)" Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Jonasson Hall at Linfield College.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored through the Jonas A. "Steine" Jonasson Endowed Lectureship at Linfield.

Rearick received a doctorate from Harvard University in 1968 after his undergraduate study at the College of Idaho. At UMA, he teaches European history and is a specialist in modern France. Over the past 35 years, he has spent a month or so in France every year but one, pursuing his research in the libraries and archives of Paris and the provinces, catching up with contemporary French life, and enjoying many things French.

He is the author of three books on France. "Beyond the Enlightenment" is

on French historians in the Romantic era and their discovery of folklore. The second is "Pleasures of the Belle Epoque: Entertainment and Festivity in Turn-of-the-Century France" which was published in 1985 and is still in print. His most recent book, "The French in Love and War: Popular Culture in the Era of the World Wars," is illustrated with more than 125

photographs from the period. He is now writing a history of modern Paris and the shining images of the city that have taken hold in imaginations around the world.

The Jonas A. "Steine" Jonasson Endowed Lectureship at Linfield honors Jonasson, professor emeritus of history who was associated with Linfield for more than 60 years before his death in 1997. The endowment is used to bring in distinguished scholars and speakers in the area of history. Jonasson held the unofficial title of Linfield historian and wrote "Bricks Without Straw," a history of the college.

For more information, call 503-883-2281.