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UMFK AND ACADIAN ARCHIVES DESIGNATE NOVEMBER AS "FRENCH MONTH"

October 27, 2008

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In recognition of National French Week, the University of Maine in Fort Kent, French Heritage Council President and UMFK Associate Professor of French, Katharine Harrington, and Director of the UMFK Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes Lise Pelletier have planned a series of events throughout the month of November.

National French Week will be celebrated in schools, universities, and towns throughout the United States from November 5 to November 11, 2008.

"In the past, here at UMFK, we have celebrated National French Week with a week of events, said Harrington. This year, however, there has been so much excitement and energy with regards to French in the Valley and on campus that we decided to expand the celebration to the whole month. We hope that students, faculty, staff and community members alike will all come out to join us for the various events we are planning."

"French is the mother tongue of most of the residents of the St John Valley. In spite of efforts to eliminate it, French is still understood and spoken by a great number of people in this area.  The events at the University of Maine at Fort Kent are meant to honor the Acadian/Franco-American heritage of the St. John Valley and those who support French, and to provide fun activities for people of all ages, said Lise Pelletier.  French is not only a heritage language; it is the official language of more than fifty countries or state entities in the world. In the global community, French is a vital tool of the future."

"Je suis très heureuse que la professeure Harrington et la directrice Lise Pelletier vont rassembler la communauté pour une célébration de la langue française au cours du mois de novembre. Les activités prévues vont encourager les gens de la vallée à participer et à parler en français," said Dr. Rachel Albert, vice president of Academic Affairs."Je suis très heureuse que la professeure Harrington et la directrice Lise Pelletier vont rassembler la communauté pour une célébration de la langue française au cours du mois de novembre. Les activités prévues vont encourager les gens de la vallée à participer et à parler en français," said Dr. Rachel Albert, vice president of Academic Affairs.

On Monday, November 3, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Pelletier will host a "brown bag lunch" at the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes. She will discuss various French words and expressions used in the Valley and in other parts of the francophone world. This event is open to the public.

On Wednesday, November 5 a "Pause-café" which will be held in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room from 4 to 5 p.m. A great place for the campus community and community members to socialize in French.

The French Heritage Council has planned an outing as part of its "Les trésors de la vallée" (Discovering the treasures of the Valley) on Saturday, November 8.  To sign up or for more information, call Katharine Harrington at 834-7629 or e-mail katharine.harrington@maine.edu.

Josée Vachon will perform on Sunday, November 9 in Fox Auditorium at 2 pm. Tickets still are available at the Development Office of UMFK at 834-7800.

A French Book Club will be launched at the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes by discussion leader Lise Pelletier on Monday, November 10.  The book "L’homme qui était sans couleurs" written by Acadian author David Lonergan, will be on sale at the UMFK bookstore. To register or for more information, call Lise Pelletier at 834-7536 or e-mail  lise.m.pelletier@maine.edu.

Thursday, November 13 through Sunday, November 16 Rhéa Côté Robbins will conduct a series of memoir-writing workshops. Session 1 is scheduled for Thursday, November 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. is titled "Setting the Stage: YOU". Later that evening, Côté Robbins will address the faculty, students, and public in Nadeau Hall teleconference room. Her topic will be: "Writing as a Way of Addressing the Local in the Global – Resistance or Participation?" Friday’s Session 2 will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and is titled: "Valuing Voices". Session 3, "Permission: What does it look like to you?" will take place later that afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. Session 4, there will be a viewing of the film "Angel at My Table (1990) at Nadeau Hall teleconference room at 6 p.m. A discussion will follow. There will be two sessions planned for Saturday, November 15: Session 5 "Taboo" from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and Session 6 "Why we write at all/Being Voiced" from 1 to 4 p.m. The series will wrap up with Session 7 "Your Maine – Our Town: The Shared Story" from 1 to 4 p.m. To register for a session(s) or for more information, contact Don Eno at 834-7835 or Lise Pelletier at 834-7536.

Friday, November 21, at 7 p.m. in Nadeau Hall teleconference room, the Québécois film "L’âge des ténèbres" by Denys Arcand will be shown. A discussion about the film will follow.