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The Charlie Hebdo Attack


Jan 20 2015


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

Charlie Hebdo Attack

The Charlie Hebdo Attack: Contexts and Implications

A Conversation with Omid Safi, Helen Solterer, and Céline Flécheux

Join us for 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 will explore the broader contexts necessary for understanding the attacks and the reactions to them, as well as the potential implications on politics and culture in France and beyond.


«J’allais partir quand les tueurs sont entrés…», an account in French by Philippe Lançon, one of the victims of the attack and a 2009 Media Fellow at the Duke Center for French and Francophone Studies and the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy

The Blame for the Charlie Hebdo Murders by George Packer, The New Yorker

Moral Clarity by Adam Shatz, London Review of Books Blog

Co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, Duke Islamic Studies, and the Center for French and Francophone Studies.


Omid Safi

Duke University

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 include “Makers of Modern Iran” and “Rumi: Sufi Saint, American Icon.” Safi has…...

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Helen Solterer

Duke University

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 two books: “Timely Fictions” on the…...

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Céline Flécheux

Université Paris-VI Diderot

Agrégée et docteur en philosophie, ayant suivi en parallèle un cursus en histoire de l’art à l’université Paris-X-Nanterre, Céline Flécheux est maître de conférences en esthétique à l’Université Paris-Diderot (UFR LAC). Elle s'occupe de l’option « Image » dans le parcours Lettres et Arts, dont elle est la co-responsable. Elle…...

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