Fabienne Kanor

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Fabienne Kanor

Fabienne Kanor

Marian Trygve Freed Early Career Professor in the Department of French and Francophone Studies and Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies

Find a field where you will give the best of what you have. Find your voice and listen to it. Always remain honest with yourself. All things are difficult before they are easy. “To lose patience is to lose the battle.” (Gandhi)

Fabienne intentionally includes diverse perspectives, practices, and epistemologies that illustrate the complex and dynamic interrelationships among the different identities that shape our lives and societies. When designing her syllabus or delivering a lecture, she asks herself whose voice is missing. Since joining Penn State, she is fully committed to creating and maintaining a supportive learning environment for these values to flourish and take shape.

In all of her audiovisual projects, she surrounds herself with professional artists and technicians who combine the power of art with civic action to confront race and systemic oppression and promote social change to build a more egalitarian community. For example, in the first episode of her documentary film series Les contes de la cale (Tales from the Hold of a Slave Ship), she has worked closely with the cinematographer Andrew Sutton who has devoted a large part of his life to documenting the Rwandan genocide and its consequences. She also worked with a young Senegalese migrant survivor who tells his story of drifting for fourteen days in a pirogue in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Student Impact in the Classroom

“As a professional artist, I cannot help myself but to immerse my students in a creative and safe place where they too can create. This semester, my students are making an experimental short film about oppression vs. freedom where they will use both images shot in situ and national and family archives.” –Fabienne Kanor

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