Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Edgard Coly

Assistant Professor

Professor Coly joined the Institute after completing his Doctorate at the University of Colorado-Boulder where he also taught. He gave lectures for the Center for Teaching International Relations (CTIR) at the University of Denver. Prior to his postgraduate work, Professor Coly taught French to foreign service officers for their language exam. He also trained Peace Corps volunteers in French, Wolof and Jola. His professional experience also includes teaching French and African History to Youth at Risk at Washington Ethical High School.

His work has appeared in a Senegalese newspaper Le Cafard Libéré and in Contes et Mythes du Sénégal, a compilation of short stories. He is an active member of American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), African Literatures Association (ALA), NAACP Monterey Peninsula Branch (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), and the Modern Language Association (MLA).


African politics and cultures, Africa in the arena of globalization, contemporary France, Francophone literature, twentieth century French literature, postmodernism and postcolonial theory


PhD, University of Colorado-Boulder; MA, American University-Washington, DC; Maîtrise en Lettres Modernes, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal

Recent Accomplishments

Political Analyst for Voice of America

Course List

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FRLA8310 - Social Issues Contemp France I      

This course aims at informing students about contemporary France. It will also aim at improving students’ oral and written competencies in French. This course is linguistically accessible. Readings are mostly from the chapters of the sole required book. The readings are approximately 15 pages a week, divided in segments of two. The course will be looking at the following issues:

1. Social life: family and sexuality, work and leisure, social welfare.

2. Cultural life: religions, immigration and education.

3. Information and technology: media, technology and trade.

Besides the readings from the book: Edmiston & Duménil, La France Contemporaine, 4th edition. (Heinle Cengage Learning, 2009), students will watch the news from TV5 or France24 and search the internet for supplementary information. Furthermore, a student will be chosen each day to summarize a one-page article from the editorial page of Le Monde; an exercise that will allow students to be up-to date with French life. www.lemonde.fr

Students will practice the lexicon and structures that are related to their professional goals through class discussions and readings.

There will be a grammar component on structures that may be problematic to most of the students.

This class will focus mostly on improving speaking, reading and listening skills. The writing component of language acquisition will weigh less than other skills.

The level of French proficiency recommended is Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid on the ACTFL language proficiency scale. http://www.actfl.org/publications/guidelines-and-manuals/actfl-proficiency-guidelines-2012/english

Fall 2016 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS

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FRLA8320 - Soc Issues in Contmp France II      

The objective of this course is to inform students about issues in contemporary France, and also to improve their skills in oral and written communication. The course will deal with the following issues:

1. France and Europe: the geography of France, Paris and the urban life, the regions and provinces, languages spoken in France, the European union.

2. The political life: the French Republic, the State, the political parties and elections.

In addition to the readings from the book La France Contemporaine 4th edition by Edmiston and Dumémil (Heinle Cengage Learning, 2009), students will watch news from the French TV stations France 2 or TV5and will do research using the internet, newspapers, and periodicals available at the MIIS library.

Students will practice using the lexicon and structures relevant to their professional objectives. They will have short oral presentations and writing assignments in which they will review the lexicon and grammatical structures encountered in the readings. The course will also include the review of grammar points that pose difficulties for non-native speakers.

Working in groups of 2, students will prepare an oral presentation on a contemporary topic not covered in class.

The level of French required for this course is about the equivalent of four semesters of college French. Students should be able to communicate their ideas clearly both orally and in writing.

Spring 2016 - MIIS, Spring 2017 - MIIS

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FRLA8329 - Africa in the World      

This course is designed to inform students about Africa and its standing in the world. Information from mainstream media regarding Africa is often simplified, mischaracterized or simplified at best. Africa plays a key role in world affairs, therefore it voice must be heard.

Students will read authentic materials mainly from African sources to gain an African perspective on any given topic. This course is not afro-centric, but rather an attempt to give a voice to the voiceless. Issues that will be discussed will have an inclusive approach. How do Africans see themselves and how do they see the outside world? How would Africans benefit from developing relations among themselves and with the international community? .

This class will focus mostly on improving speaking, reading and listening skills. The writing component of language acquisition will weigh less than other skills. .

The level of French proficiency recommended is Intermediate Low to Intermediate Mid on the ACTFL language proficiency scale. http://www.actfl.org/publications/guidelines-and-manuals/actfl-proficiency-guidelines-2012/english.

Spring 2016 - MIIS

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FRLA8335 - The World Today      

Fall 2016 - MIIS

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FRLA8342 - ChallengesInPeaceBldng-Burundi      

This course aims to highlight the complexity and challenges of peace building in Burundi, a country that has been plagued by rooted conflicts. Students will learn to identify and understand the characteristics of this divided society and the nature of conflict amongst its ethnic groups. Students will learn the theories and framework that underlie the many peace building approaches and strategies and how they may (are?) be applied to Burundi. This will enhance their ability to match or evaluate the peace building strategies to the root causes of conflicts.

This course will also take a close look at the challenges faced by peacemakers engaged in peace building. The course will examine the possible tensions between actors engaged in peace building and the fighters on the ground.

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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FRLA8418 - China and Africa Development      

Spring 2017 - MIIS

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FRLA8434 - AfricaSustainableDevlpmntGoals      

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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FRLA8470 - Intl Migrations(MontereyModel)      

This course is designed as part of the collaboration efforts among the Institute language studies programs namely French, Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish to support students’ learning about the various aspects of the migration process across the international borders. The course will provide an overview of migration, human rights, and the role of regional and international organizations. We will discuss the recent crisis of refugees from Africa into Europe, immigrants’ identity and their integration in the host country and the impact on the people and the economy. The influence of globalization, demographic shifts, regional and international conflicts on the future of migration will also be among the topics to be presented and discussed in this course. Besides the daily class meetings, there will be three plenary sessions where students from the four programs meet to share their experiences and provide their input on the common course themes. To ensure the use of target language, T&I service will be available during the plenary sessions. .

This class will focus mostly on improving speaking, reading and listening skills. The writing component of language acquisition will weigh less than other skills. .

Spring 2016 - MIIS

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FRLA8483 - Security/Democracy in Africa      

This course will be first an analysis of the democratic experience of independent African countries (around 1950s). Then, specific examples will be isolated and studied in detail.

The course will look at a group of countries that share the same colonial heritage. The success or failure to sustain democracy is without a doubt a key factor in the stability (or lack) of some countries.

In the area of security, we will look at themes such as civils conflicts and peace building, poverty and resilience, corruption, migrations (brain drain), remnant of authoritarianism, etc.

Fall 2016 - MIIS

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