Assumption College Professor Awarded Prix du Québec

Assumption College History Professor Leslie Choquette, director of The French Institute at Assumption, was awarded the Prix du Québec in November for her contribution to the field of Québec studies.

She was presented the award at the biennial meeting of the American Council for Quebec Studies in Sarasota, Fla., by Jean-Stephane Bernard, the Québec government’s assistant deputy minister for bilateral relations. The prize consists of an original work by a Québec artist as well as a stipend of $2,500 to support research in Quebec Studies. Professor Choquette plans to use her award to begin digitizing The French Institute’s rare print and archival holdings.

"It's a tremendous honor for me personally and also great recognition for the work of the French Institute at Assumption College,” said Choquette, whose research interests include the French in North America as well as Native American history. “The Institute looks forward to continuing to collaborate fruitfully with the government of Québec, the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques, and our many individual partners in promoting Québec studies in the United States."

Choquette, who is also professor of francophone cultures at Assumption, earned a bachelor’s degree from Radcliffe College, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Harvard University. She began teaching at Assumption in 1989 and became director of The French Institute in 1999.

Established in 1979 as an integral part of Assumption College, The French Institute was founded by Fr. Wilfrid J. Dufault, A.A., late chancellor emeritus of the College, and Dr. Claire Quintal, founding director emerita, to honor the memory of the French heritage of Assumption College and the Greater Worcester region. An active community of scholars engaged in ethnic studies, social history, and linguistic analysis utilizes the French Institute collection. Undergraduate students, doctoral candidates, and professional scholars are among these users. The Institute exists as a specialized collection within Assumption’s d’Alzon Library and as an integral part of the College. It also coexists with other similar centers in New England, around the country, and across Canada.

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