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Coffee Hour: Chasse Aux Sorcieres (The Great Witch Hunt)

Author: Author Unknown, Issue: June 2000, Topic: Coffee hour

As part of its activities, the Tsukuba Information Center sponsors a bilingual discussion group the fourth Wednesday of every month from 2 to 4 pm, with invited guests giving a presentation from their area of expertise or experience. This month, we are pleased to have Mr. Thomas Deliens, from France, who is a coordinator for International Relations at the Ibaraki Prefectural Government. He will be speaking about Chasse Aux Sorcieres - The Great Witch Hunt that plagued the people of France for centuries. He says: "I will explain what the historical and psychological origins of the Great Witch Hunt were and why it spread so quickly. I'll also describe the situation for people living at that time."

In his presentation, he'll share his knowledge about witches and what they believe in. He'll even entertain us with a few witch tricks. So, if your impression of France includes only the good things, like the Eiffel Tower and Paris, the city of love, you'll be surprised by the facts he presents. Like all countries, France has gone through both good and bad times. One of those bad times is known as Chasse aux sorcieres- The Great Witch Hunt.

The Coffee Hour is meant to be an informal exchange of information and opinions. English and Japanese are both used with efforts made to make sure those who can't understand one or the other are able to at least get the gist of the conversation. Likewise, you don't need to commit yourself to the entire two hours and can come and go freely. So drop by, whether for a short time or for the entire two hours, and enjoy some free refreshments along with a stimulating discussion. Please let us hear your opinions as well.

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