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Dr. Barry Ancelet to present on the UMFK campus

March 26, 2012



Dr. Barry Jean Ancelet, Professor and Granger & Debaillon Endowed Professor in Francophone Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Cajun folklorist, Dr. Barry Ancelet, will speak on the University of Maine at Fort Kent campus on the evening of Monday, April 2. The presentation, titled “Cajun People of Louisiana,” will take place in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room at 7 p.m.

Dr. Ancelet, a native Louisiana French-speaking Cajun, is an expert in Cajun and Creole cultures and languages, and also in Cajun music.

In addition to the presentation, Dr. Ancelet will sponsor a “Two-Step” dance workshop that will be held on Tuesday, April 3 beginning at 6 p.m. in Fox Auditorium.

The presentation and workshop are free and open to the public.

He has been a faculty member at the University of Louisiana (UL) at Lafayette since 1977, first as director of the Center for Acadian and Creole Folklore, and currently as professor of French (folklore and francophone studies).

Dr. Ancelet has given numerous papers and published numerous articles and several books, such as “Cajun and Creole Music Makers,” “One Generation at a Time: Biography of a Cajun and Creole Music Festival,” and Cajun and Creole Folktales, to name a few He also has written French poetry and lyrics to Cajun French songs.

He graduated from the UL (then named the University of Southwestern Louisiana) with a bachelor's of art in French. He received a Masters of Art in folklore from Indiana University. Ancelet obtained a doctorate in Études Créoles (anthropology and linguistics) from the Université de Provence Aix-Marseille I (France).

Ancelet was named Louisiana "Humanist of the Year" by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Music Education. Dr. Ancelet is a member of the l'Ordre des Francophones d'Amérique, in Quebec, Canada and a fellow of the American Folklore Society and the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism at UL.

For more information on the presentation or the workshop, contact Lise Pelletier at 834-7536 or