The Boivin Center for French Language and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth would like to thank Mark Helprin for his animated discussion on his latest novel, Paris in the Present Tense. His anecdotes entertained and educated the audience.
A special thank you to the honorable Ward 5 Councilor, Scott Lima and the honorable Councilor-at-Large, Ian Abreu, for honoring Prof. Mel Yoken with a resolution from the City of New Bedford in recognition of all that Prof. Yoken has done to cultivate and foster the French language and its culture and for his recent reception of Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor from the French government.
Robert Oliver, a freshman at UMass Dartmouth, entertained the audience with a medley of French songs at the end of the lecture. A scrumptuous reception was served by the dining services under the directorship of Sean Rooney.
Simone Sirois from the Conference and Event Center assisted in making the program run smoothly.
Lastly, merci mille fois to the sponsors of this program, BayCoast Bank and to Steve Turner and Rebecca Velasquez for publicizing our event in the October issue of SoCo magazine.
Please check back with us in the following weeks as we finalize plans for our spring program.
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, Timothy Mooney
- 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, Kate Betts, Lucie Therrien and Josée Vachon
- 2016: Valéry Freland, François Furstenberg, Pierre Thiam, Annie Royer and Les Garçons Musettes
- 2017: Alan Hoffman and The Bourbonnais Regiment, Pauline Frommer, William Alexander
- 2018: Ciril Hitz, Mark Helprin