Monday, March 22, 2010

Students Get a Taste of French Culture

Learning a language well is about experiencing its culture, according to Emmanuelle Vanborre, assistant professor of French at Gordon College. Beyond teaching the language, she and other French professors hope to instill in their students a love for Francophone culture and literature. Therefore on Tuesday, March 30, Dr. Mylène Priam, assistant professor at Harvard University and Francophone specialist, will be visiting Gordon to talk about the richness of Francophone culture. This will be a great opportunity for students to learn about other peoples, cultures and ideas. “I am thrilled about this event,” says Dr. Vanborre. “We should all learn a lot from it.”

A reception will be held at 4 p.m. in the Jenks Alumni Reading Room with the presentation to follow at 4:30 p.m. in Jenks 406. Following the talk, Gillies’ staff will serve a special French dinner to include tarte à l’oignon, rôti de porc à la moutarde, pommes de terre au gratin, mousse au chocolat, et tarte aux pommes. Vanborre says, “The idea is to share a different culture, and luckily the knowledge and art of good food is a big part of our culture!”

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