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Wednesday, December 3, 2003

Orange Coast College professor of philosophy and humanities, Dr. Eleanor Katz, will preview a four-week program she'll lead to Paris and Toulouse next summer during an orientation session on campus Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 10).

The six-unit field study program, titled "Summer in Paris and Toulouse," runs June 1 27, 2004. It will be taught by Katz, a specialist in contemporary philosophy, art history and literature. Katz will be assisted by Michael Crow, a former OCC professor of history for 21 years who is currently director for institutional research and planning at Savannah State University in Georgia. Crow is a generalist in modern history.

The preview session begins at 3:30 p.m. in OCC's Faculty House, next to the new Arts Center. Admission is free, and attendees are not obligated to sign up for the program.

"The summer program provides a survey of major historical and cultural periods in both Paris and Toulouse," Katz says. "It places an emphasis on 19th century Paris, the renovations of the Second Empire and neoclassicism, the impressionists and expressionists, and transforming events that shaped 20th century Paris."

The program will give special attention to the interim period between the world wars; the contemporary history of Paris; and literary Paris, focusing on the city's art, literature and existentialist philosophy.

Crow will focus his lectures on problems faced by France during World War II, and the liberation of Paris by the allies.

For information about the summer program, phone (714) 432-5029.