From Haiti to the French Academy: an American writer

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Mon, 2/13/2017
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  • School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics




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Speaker(s): Haitian-Canadian author Dany Laferrière

Speaker bio: Dany Laferrière is the first Haitian and first Quebecer called to the prestigious Académie française where he sits in chair no. 2, once occupied by Alexandre Dumas, another Caribbean-born author. He won the French literary prize Prix Médicis in 2009 for L'énigme du retour. With Laferrière, "the Academy opens to the whole Francophonie" says Hélène Carrère d'Encausse, perpetual secretary of the French Academy.

The event is bilingual and free and open to the public. Dany Laferrière’s conference in Chicago will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience, including partner locations through video-conferencing. It is part of the Marianne Midwest Series, which are live-streamed conferences on contemporary topics, bringing together American and French points of view, and reaching Midwest audiences.



Cost: Free and open to the public.

Contact(s): Professor François Proulx

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