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The Boivin Center for French Language and Culture is proud to announce its first program of the spring semester on February13th at 2PM in the UMass Dartmouth Marketplace featuring Prof. Victoria Richter and her musical group, Gained in Translation. The program is free and open to the public with parking available in parking lot 5. For further information, please contact Maria Sanguinetti at or by calling 508-991-5096.

Victoria Richter is an adjunct professor of Slavic studies at Brown University. She also holds English classes online to accommodate recent Ukrainian refugees to the area. Besides her educational pursuits, she and her band have performed to audiences in Rhode Island to wide acclaim.

Prof. Richter and her group, Gained in Translation, offer a unique program of jazz and pop songs written and performed in many languages by such well-known artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dionne Warwick, Jobim, Los Panchos, Brel, Aznavour, Tenet, Piaf and others. She has donated proceeds from her concerts to Sloika Bakery in the Ukraine which has remained open to serve the Ukrainians during the current conflict.

Come enjoy an afternoon of camaraderie, refreshments and good music guaranteed to bring you warmth on a cold winter’s afternoon.

We hope to see you there!



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, 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, Prof. Victor Brombert
  • 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
  • 2019:  David Vermette, Norman Desmarais, Elaine Sciolino
  • 2020:  Gaston Déry
  • 2021:  Gaston Déry, Jacques Prescott, Martin Prescott, Ann Conway, M. Brent Tolmie, Prof. Ron C. Rosbottom
  • 2022:Mathilde Mauguière