Prof. Mel Yoken to be Awared Palmes Academiques

One of France's leading authors to speak October 15 at UMass Dartmouth; Prof. Mel Yoken to be awarded Palmes academiques Pierre de Boisdeffre, one of France's leading authors and a former French ambassador to several countries, will speak on "Mauriac, Malraux and Sartre" on Monday, October 15 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth library.

One of France's leading authors to speak October 15 at UMass Dartmouth; Prof. Mel Yoken to be awarded Palmes académiques 

Pierre de Boisdeffre, one of France's leading authors and a former French ambassador to several countries, will speak on Mauriac, Malraux and Sartre on Monday, October 15 at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth library. 

The 4 p.m. talk, delivered in English, will be followed by book signing, and a special ceremony. 

In conjunction with Pierre de Boisdeffre's talk, Mel B. Yoken, Chancellor Professor of French and director of the Boivin Center, will be awarded Frances highest recognition, the Palmes académiques. Yoken will be promoted to the rank of Officer in the Order of Palmes académiques, and will be decorated by both Boisdeffre and Stephane Chmelewsky, the Consul General of France. 

The Palmes académiques is given to those who have advanced the cause of French culture, education and the arts, and for dedication and accomplishment in the areas of teaching, scholarship and research. Established in 1808 by Napoleon, the Palmes académiques is the most prestigious decoration a scholar can receive from the French Government. 

Both events, open to the public, will be held in the library's browsing area on the first floor. A reception follows. Boisdeffre's appearance is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Boivin Center for French Language and Culture. 

Pierre de Boisdeffre, critic, biographer, anthologist and essayist, has published over 20 works since 1948. He is best known for his delineated, definitive and compelling biographies of such French luminaries as Gide, de Gaulle, Malraux, Barres, Giono and his most recent on George Sand. His work, which has been translated in 10 languages, is often the focal point of seminars, colloquies and conferences throughout the world. 

Boisdeffre has interviewed many of the literary giants of French literature and has served as diplomat, ambassador and cultural counselor from France to several countries. He is an officer of the Legion of Honor and a Commandeur de l'Ordre National du Merite. 

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