Zeina Hakim is from Geneva, Switzerland and she is Associate Professor of French literature at Tufts. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University. She also holds a doctorate from the Université Paris-Sorbonne. She has published a book on the interactions between literature and painting in Early Modern France (Fictions déjouées, Droz, 2012), and her field of expertise are 17th- and 18th-century French literature and intellectual history, French Revolution, theater, and women writers. During this trip, Prof. Hakim plans to talk about Versailles and the Age of Louis XIV. She will also talk about the French Enlightenment and its contribution to the making of modernity.