Study Abroad in Paris through Syracuse University’s Paris Noir program

Being an alum from both Syracuse University and the Paris Noir program, I realized (and remembered) any person at any school can apply to the program as long as they’re in an undergrad or graduate program. The program is created and directed by D. Janis Mayes from Syracuse University.

Janis A. Mayesis a professor in the Department of African American Studies, with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics [French], and affiliate faculty of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. She earned her B.A. degree in French literature from Fisk University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in French Studies from Brown University, Certificate from the Institut des Professeurs de Français à l’Etranger, at the Université de Paris, La Sorbonne. A literary critic, literary translator, and Fulbright scholar, she has extensive research and travel experience abroad, especially in France, Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal. She is former President of the African Literature Association.

Her areas of specialization are francophone African/Diaspora literatures, international Black women’s writing, and literary translation studies. This emphasis is reflected in her scholarship, notably: The City Where No One Dies; The Blind Kingdom; A Rain of Words: A Bi-lingual Anthology of Women’s Poetry in Francophone Africa (ed. Irene d’Almeida); Mapping Intersections: African Literature and Africa’s Development (edited with Anne Adams), and Transatlantic Translation (SALT) into Black Literary Passage: Toni Morrison, Véronique Tadjo, and Bernard Dadié in translation, her current work-in-progress.

Students are encouraged to contact Professor Mayes at her e-mail

Paris Noir is James Baldwin, Josephine Baker, Aime Cesaire, Chester Himes, Richard Wright, Jessie Fauset, and Jake Lamar. Paris Noir is an amazing five-week program that involves its participants and exposes them to an unforgettable international experience. This program is intended for students of all disciplines, cultures and nationalities who wish to examine the strong influence Black cultures have had on Paris and the world. The seminar encourages you to explore the theme from a variety of disciplinary stances. You’ll exchange ideas with some of the most influential Black artists, writers, scholars, journalists and community activists, as well as people from the world of politics, fashion, and music. Like a jazz composition, the seminar is arranged to convey variations and diverse interpretations of the Paris Noir theme. The Paris Noir seminar meets at the famous Café de Flore.

Sorry I dont have any photos from our year handy (the photo shown was found in a google search) but I HIGHLY recommend this program to anyone who is interested in traveling to abroad while experiencing Paris from an African/African American inspired outlook of the city and its history.

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