On Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, the Forum for Scholars and Publics held a discussion of the recent attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices, as well as the subsequent hostage taking and killings at the Hyper Cacher market, in Paris. Panelists Omid Safi and Helen Solterer of Duke University, and Céline Flécheux of the Department of Visual Studies at Université de Paris VII-Diderot explored the broader contexts necessary for understanding the attacks and the reaction to them, as well as the potential implications on politics and culture in France and beyond.
An account (in French) of the Charlie Hebdo attack from one its victims, Philippe Lançon (a 2009 Media Fellow at the Duke Center for French and Francophone Studies and the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy)
Duke University Islamic Studies
Omid Safi is a specialist in classical Islam and contemporary Islamic thought, Safi’s research on American Muslims; Prophet Muhammad and the Qur’an; debates in contemporary Islam; and Sufism and Persian literature has been published in academic publications. His forthcoming books ...
Duke University Center for French and Francophone Studies
Helen Solterer's research focuses on pre-modern literature and culture, and its interplay with twentieth-century and contemporary thought. Her last book, Medieval Roles for Modern Times, investigates the politics and aesthetics of reviving the earliest drama during two World Wars. She is currently working on ...