Thank you for attending our first program of the fall semester, America's First Ally.  Prof. Norman Desmarais delighted and enlightened the audience by presenting well-researched detail on how France assisted the American colonies in gaining their independence.

Please mark your calendar for our next event on Monday, December 9th featuring Elaine Sciolino.



The Boivin Center for French Language and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth proudly announces its second program of the fall semester, The Seine Comes to America, featuring New York Times contributing writer and best-selling author, Elaine Sciolino.  The event will take place on campus in the Charlton Business College Auditorium (CCB149) at 7 PM on December  9th,  2019.  A Q&A, book signing and light reception will follow the lecture which is free and open to the public.  Parking is available in lot 13.

Elaine Sciolino was born in Buffalo, New York.  She graduated summa cum laude from Canisius College and received a master’s degree in French history from New York University.  Ms. Sciolino is a contributing writer and former Paris bureau chief for the New York Times, based in France since 2002. Her journalism career began as a researcher for Newsweek Magazine in New York later becoming a national correspondent in Chicago, foreign correspondent in Paris, bureau chief in Rome and roving international correspondent.

 She has written several books.  Her first book,The Outlaw State:  Saddam Hussein’s Quest for Power and the Gulf Crisis,published in 1991 was a Book-of-the-Month selection. Her Persian Mirrors:  The Elusive Face of Iran, first published in 2000, was awarded the 2001 New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Overseas Press Club Cornelius Ryan Citation for nonfiction. Sciolino’s book, La Seduction:  How the French Play the Game of Life, published in 2011 was named one of the best books of 2011 by the New York Times T Magazine. In 2015, she published, The Only Street in Paris:  Life on the Rue des Martyrs.  Her most recent book, The Seine:  The River That Made Paris, was published this year.

Elaine Sciolino has been the recipient of numerous distinguished awards.  In 2001, she received The Distinguished Public Service Award for “outstanding contributions to international affairs,” and the Excellence in Journalism Award “ in recognition of outstanding contributions to international afffairs reporting and commentary”  from the U.S. Secretary of State’s Open Forum Program.  In 2010, Sciolino was decorated chevalier of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest honor for her “special contribution” to the friendship between France and the United States.

Ms. Sciolino lives in Paris with her husband, Andrew Plump and their two daughters.

For further information regarding this program, please contact Maria Sanguinetti at or by calling 508-991-5096.


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
  • 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