Scott Carpenter teaches French literature, literary theory, and cross-cultural studies at Carleton College in Northfield.

So when it came time for him to take a sabbatical, he thought, why not pack up my wife and teenage daughter and go live in Paris for a while?

"My guiding principle," says Carpenter, "was just to throw myself into situations that required meto do difficult things; things I didn't understand or predict how they'd end up."

If you read about Nancy Luxon's Archives of Infamy: Foucault on State Power in the Lives of Ordinary Citizens, you might be tempted to take a pass.

After all, it's a companion volume to the English translation of Disorderly Families, by philosopher Michel Foucault and Arlette Farge, blah blah blah ...

Photo courtesy Eric Le Roux

Fresh off their triumph with Spoon River this fall, UMD students and four staff members, including director Tom Isbell, journied to Paris as part of an exchange program between UMD's School of Fine Arts and the Conservatoire de Lyon.