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The Boivin Center proudly announces its two programs for the fall semester. On October 15th at 7 PM in the Grand Reading Room of the Claire T. Carney Library, the award-winning magazine editor and author, Kate Betts will discuss her highly-acclaimed memoir, My Paris Dreams, an Education in Style, Slang, and Seduction in the Great City on the Seine. Her memoir describes her coming of age as a fashion editor in the world's fashion hub.  A Q&A, book signing and light reception follows the lecture which is open to the public.  Parking is available in lot 13.

The second event features two outstanding performers of French Canadian music, Lucie Therrien and Josée Vachon who will be appearing at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts Auditorium on December 13th at 2 PM.  Both these artists performed together at UMass Dartmouth ten years ago.  Lucie Therrien is a nationally and internationally acclaimed recording and film artist who has published 14 recordings, four video/DVD's, two researches and a songbook.  Her life and media activity is archived at the State Library in Concord, New Hampshire.  Josée Vachon, who has been called the new Franco-American voice, has shared her Franco-American upbringing with audiences through traditional and contemporary folksongs from Quebec, Acadia and with her own compositions for over 25 years.  The performance is free and open to the public with parking available in lot 7.

For further information on both these events, please contact Maria Sanguinetti at msanguinetti@umassd.edu or by calling 508-991-5096.

We look forward to seeing you at both these events!

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, Lucie Therrien, Josée Vachon
  • 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, Mo Willems