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Deadline for Paris Noir 2017 Extended

Celebrated study abroad program explores the influence of Black culture, literature, and experience in Paris

Feb 10, 2017 — Article by: News Staff

Students in front of Café de Flore

Students pose in front of the famous Café de Flore as part of Paris Noir 2016

The application period for students interested in Syracuse University’s Paris Noir Program has been extended to February 20. Paris Noir was developed 16 years ago by Janis Mayes, professor of African-American studies, allowing students to intimately learn about the influence and dynamics of Black culture, literature, and experience in Paris, both past and present.

Like a jazz composition, the 5-week summer seminar is arranged to convey variations and diverse interpretations of the “Paris Noir” theme and features panel discussions, poetry readings, and visits to community theater workshops, working artists’ studios, nightclubs, concerts, African markets, and restaurants.

“Paris Noir is so much more than a study abroad program, it’s a life-changing experience for students who otherwise may not have the opportunity to travel and study in Paris,” says Mayes.

Critical reading of literary and cultural texts, analytical thinking, and lively exchange of ideas are important seminar components. Students will enjoy impromptu meetings with legendary figures like the poet Sonia Sanchez, jazz great Archie Shepp, and members of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company.

Paris Noir also provides six credits, for either undergraduate or graduate study, through the required course work and independent study.   


For more information contact Emily Zipprich at or Prof. Janis Mayes at; or visit

London Metro

Additionally, several other SU Abroad programs have also extended their admission deadlines, each of which begins in late May. Students interested in participating in the following classes must apply no later than February 20, 2017. 

Exploring Jewish life in Germany and Poland
HST/JSP 380/EDU 500 (3 credits; undergraduate or graduate)
May 15 - 27, 2017
Berlin, Krakow, Warsaw, and Wroclaw, Poland
Jack the Ripper and his Legacy
ENG 600/ETS 400/HST 400 or 600/WGS 360 (3 or 6 credits)
May 18 - June 16, 2017
London, England
Rhetoric & Information Design: Reading the City of London
WRT 437/637
(3 credits; undergraduate or graduate)
May 18 - June 16, 2017

London, England
Inside the London Theater
DRA/ETS 400 (3 credits; undergraduate)
May 18 - June 9, 2017

London, England
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Amy Manley