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On Monday, September 22, 2014, the Boivin Center for French Language and Culture presents its first program of the fall semester.  Art historian and author Laura Morelli will present a lecture based on her book Made in France. 

Ms Morelli holds a PhD in art history from Yale University where she was a Bass Writing Fellow.  She has taught art history at several universities including Trinity College in Rome, Northwestern University,and Merrimack College.  She has been featured on CNN, Travel Today, Frommers Travel Show, USA Today and in other media.

Ms Morelli has lived in five countries including her four years living in France.  She is the author of Made in Italy, Made in France, Made in the Southwest and her historical fiction novel The Gondola Maker.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 4 PM in the Grand Reading Room of the Claire T. Carney Library.  Parking is available in parking lot 13.

Eric Vincent, internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and guitarist, will present a concert of French songs on Monday, October 20, 2014 in the Visual and Performing Arts Auditorium at 7 PM. Vincent is considered one of the best contemporary singers of the chanson française.  His performances have thrilled audiences in 140 countries and in 48 states.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Donations are welcomed,  Parking is available in lots eight and nine.  For further information, please contact Maria Sanguinetti at msanguinetti@umassd.edu.

For further information, please contact Maria Sanguinetti at msanguinetti@umassd.edu.

Hope to see at both of our 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
  • 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.