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We at the Boivin Center are grateful for the overwhelming support you have shown with your attendance at the first two programs of our month-long celebration of the 30th anniversary of our Center.  Both the Jacques Pépin lecture, dinner and silent auction and the Sarah Lew Miller and Joyce Lazarus lecture were rousing successes because of your support.

Please plan to attend our final event of our April celebration, the Mo Willems lecture on the year he and his family spent in France.  Mo Willems is a six time Emmy Award winning writer and animator for his work on Sesame Street where he worked from 1993 to 2002.  When he left his career in television to become a stay at home father and to pursue a career in writing, he wrote numerous children's books which received significant critical acclaim including receiving the Caldecott honor for his books, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale and Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity.  Following the lecture, there will be a Q&A, book signing and light reception.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Main Auditorium on Wednesday, April 29that 4 PM. Donations are welcomed. Parking is available in lots five and six.  

For further information on any of these programs, please contact Maria Sanguinetti at msanguinetti@umassd.edu or at 508-991-5096.

Past events

Illustrious individuals who have honored the Boivin Center with their presence

  • 1986: Alice Parizeau, Lucie Therrien
  • 1988: Jean-François Somain
  • 1989: Roch Carrier, Roger Violette, Omer Boivin, Lois Pines
  • 1991: Pierre Capretz, Dr.Gaëtan Brulotte
  • 1992: Brian Thompson, Gérard Le Tendre, Jacques Borel
  • 1993: Naïm Kattan
  • 1994: Alice Dawn, Albert Coté, Maxime LeForestier, Serge Kerval, Richard Wilbur, Peter Sandler
  • 1996: Dr. Madamou Soumaré, Normand Demers, Jacques Parizeau
  • 1997: Frederick Wiseman, Annie Royer, Patrick Noe, Misha DeFonseca
  • 1999: Nicole Brossard, Helene Dorion, Francine du Plessix Gray
  • 2000: Julia Child
  • 2001: Pierre de Boisdeffre, Stephane Chemlewsky, Frédéric Martel, Lisa Gossels
  • 2002: Anne-Christine Rice, Le Grand Dérangement, Marie-Claire Blais, Senator Paul Simon
  • 2003: Prof. William Carter, Marcel Marceau, Polly Platt, Maia Weschler
  • 2004: Prof. John Rassias, Prof. Adam Braver, Véronique Mistycki
  • 2005: Prof. Emmanuel Dongala, David Plante
  • 2006: Prof. Patrick Henry, Richard Hétu
  • 2007: Claudia Hommel, Bob Moreen, Jean-Claude Baker
  • 2008: Sophie Freud, Frédérique Hébrard, Louis Velle
  • 2009: Florence Delay, John De Mado
  • 2010: David Slavitt, Ruth Hartz, Margo Moore
  • 2011: Linda Urbach
  • 2012: Joan Nathan, French Cajun Celebration
  • 2013: Charles Rearick, Sophie Michaux and Artem Belogurov
  • 2014: Kathleen Turner, Guila Clara Kessous, Dr. Jeremiah J. Lowney Jr., Dr. Laura Morelli, Eric Vincent
  • 2015: Jacques Pépin, Sarah Lew Miller, Joyce Lazarus