- Leslie Choquette, professor of history and director of the French Institute has been appointed to the newly endowed Cote Chair of French Studies at Assumption College. The chair was created by a generous bequest from the late Vivienne F. Côté of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
In collaboration with Digital Commonwealth, Massachusetts’s online repository for cultural heritage materials, the French institute has digitized unique materials from the Jobin Family Archive. These materials are freely accessible through the Internet Archive and include two versions of La Mode, the Design and Suitability of Dress and a collection of articles Miss Jobin wrote for the Boston Teacher’s News Letter on art and French and Franco-American culture and history.
La Mode, is of particular interest as a reflection of fashion history seen through the eyes of an assimilated Franco-American in the mid-20th century Boston. Supplemented with original drawings and fabric samples, it was intended for use as a course book for students of fashion. To view these materials please click here: https://archive.org/details/frenchinstituteassumptioncollege
Leslie Choquette to give talk at the French-Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut.
Coming to New England, Looking for Work.
1 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2013Fellowship Hall, United Congregational Church Tolland, Ma.
Claire Quintal Featured in New Book
Jules Tessier, the founding editor of the journal Francophonies d’Amérique, has just published a new book of essays about francophone North America. His chapter “Antonine, Annette, Claire: trois vestales de l’Amérique française” profiles Claire Quintal, founding director emerita of the French Institute, as one of three remarkable francophone women. (The others are world-renowned Acadian writer Antonine Maillet and Annette Saint-Pierre of western Canada.) Tessier’s chapter “Maria Chapdelaine, Franco-Américaine” also contains multiple references to Claire. The book, entitled Le ciel peut donc attendre, can be ordered from Canadian booksellers or directly from Les Éditions de la Francophonie.
The French Institute and Phi Alpha Theta at Assumption College Present: Frédéric Rondeau
“Political Protest in Québec: From the Quiet Revolution to the Maple Spring”
Dr. Rondeau, a specialist in cultural studies, teaches courses on contemporary Québec at McGill University in Montreal.
Thursday March 21, 2013
La Maison Française Salon
Lecture by Leslie Choquette
On January 27th 2012, at The Elms College in Chicopee, Ma., Leslie Choquette, Director of the French Institute, gave a lecture called “French-Canadian Immigration to New England” The lecture was at the invitation of the French Heritage Center in Chicopee and will be aired on local public access television soon.
Claire Quintal’s books now online at Hathi Trust
Recently the French Institute entered into an agreement with the Hathi Trust Digital Library to digitize four books by Claire Quintal which are currently out of print. “Haithi Trust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. The HathiTrust Digital Library brings together the collections of partner institutions in digital form, preserving them securely to be accessed and used today, and in future generations.”This partnership between the Hathi Trust and the French Institute is ongoing and we hope to submit other titles published by the Institute for digitization. The following four titles are currently available in full text online.
Religion catholique et appartenance franco-américaine = Franco- Americans and religion : impact and influence
La littérature franco-américaine : écrivains et écritures = Franco-American literature: writers and their writings
Assumption College Professor Awarded Prix du Québec