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Ian Kanterman

Students, professor march with French citizens following attacks

University of Rhode Island French Professor Lars Erickson received a communiqué from the U.S. Department of State cautioning American citizens about participating in mass demonstrations after the massacre at the Paris satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.

Erickson, who arrived in Paris by train the day after the Jan. 7 attacks, considered the notice until he spoke with the four URI students traveling with him as part of URI’s J Term program, which allows students to take classes during winter break and to travel with professors for unique international experiences and academic credit.

“But my students said, ‘We are here at a historic moment, and we want to take part in the…

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