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                   Paris During the German Occupation, 1940-1944

The Boivin Center for French Language and Culture of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth proudly presents its first program for the 2021-2022 academic year on Monday, December 6th at 4PM in the Grand Reading Room in the Claire T. Carney Library on the UMass Dartmouth campus.  The program will feature Prof. Ron Rosbottom who will speak about the German occupation of Paris, 1940-1944. The power point presentation is free and open to the public.  Parking is available in lot 13.  A Q&A, book signing, and refreshments will follow the lecture.  For more information, please contact Maria Sanguinetti at

Rosbottom is on the faculty of Amherst College where he holds a Wilfred Arm Professorship in Arts and Humanities. He is a professor of French and European studies and has been an academic administrator and the former dean of the faculty.

Rosbottom has written over 100 articles and book reviews, has edited three essay collections and two monographs on French novelists. He is the author of When Paris Went Dark, which describes the German occupation of Paris, 1940-1944 and Sudden Courage, which describes how the French youth confronted the Germans during the German occupation of Paris.

Rosbottom is married to Betty Rosbottom, a food lover, cooking teacher, writer and former TV host of “On the Menu”. The two reside in Amherst, Massachusetts.


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

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