Charlie Hebdo, Satire, and Freedom of Expression


Roundtable Discussion

Charlie Hebdo, Satire, and Freedom of Expression

January 30, 5:30-7:30
Pyle Center room 325/326


At this round table, the January 7 attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris will be discussed in its past, present, and future context and implications. How can these events be understood from a geopolitical viewpoint? What are the different cultural perspectives (French, Arab, American) on the events?




Frédéric Neyrat (Comparative Literature): For the benevolence of expression


Sage Goellner (Liberal Arts and Applied Studies): Toward an understanding of the context(s) of Charlie Hebdo


Sandrine Pell (Second Language Acquisition): Is it really about Charlie?


Jean-René Gehan (Ambassador (ret.), cooperation and education development in the Arab world and the Mediterranean region)Radical Islam in France, at the crossroads of a failed integration and the dashed hopes of the Arab springs


Tejumola Olaniyan (English, African Languages and Literatures): Am I Really Charlie?


Nevine El Nossery (French & Italian): Why I am not Charlie


Laird Boswell (History): What is at stake in the debate over Charlie Hebdo and the terrorist attack on the kosher supermarket?



University of Wisconsin – Madison
Department of French & Italian,
Division of Continuing Studies, and 
European Studies Alliance