LSU’s French Education Project to Help Celebrate Louisiana’s Bicentennial with Immersion Program
BATON ROUGE – The LSU French Education Project of the College of Education designed an immersion program in celebration of the Bicentennial of Louisiana Statehood.
“From Territory to State: Louisiana Statehood 1812” will include intensive workshops over two and a half days to be held on the LSU campus, February 3-5. Participation is limited to 20 teachers each of French, social studies and Spanish. The fee for the two and a half days is $100 and gives participants access to all segments of the program. The generosity of various sponsors enables participants to receive two night’s accommodations at the LSU Cook Hotel, all meals and workshop materials.
“From Territory to State: Louisiana Statehood 1812” is sponsored by the French Education Project at LSU; the Spanish Education Project at LSU; the University of Louisiana at Monroe, Department of Foreign Languages; the Consulat Général de France in New Orleans; the Embassy of Spain, Washington, D.C.; CODOFIL; Friends of French Studies at LSU; Williams Research Center, New Orleans; the Historic New Orleans Collection; and the American Association of Teachers of French, Louisiana Chapter.
The workshops will help teachers explore the history of Louisiana as it shifted from territory to state and build a collection of discipline-specific activities to prepare their students, schools and communities for various celebrations, including Louisiana Statehood Day. Distinguished presenters include:
• April Antonellis, park ranger, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, and a master’s degree candidate in LSU College of Education Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice, or ETPP;
• Paul Binford, assistant professor in LSU College of Education ETPP;
• Joseph Dunn, Executive Director of Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, or CODOFIL;
• Kenneth J. Fasching-Varner, assistant professor in LSU College of Education ETPP;
• Erin Greenwald, associate curator/historian at the Historic New Orleans Collection;
• Petra Munro Hendry, St. Bernard Chapter of the LSU Alumni Association Endowed Professor and co-director of the LSU Curriculum Theory Project, or CTP, in LSU College of Education ETPP;
• Roland Mitchell, associate professor, program leader for higher education administration and co-director of CTP in LSU College of Education ETPP;
• Olivier Moréteau, Russell Long Chair of Excellence, Professor of Law and Director of the Center of Civil Law Studies at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center;
• Donna M. Porche-Frillot, assistant professor in liberal arts, Baton Rouge Community College; and
• Ruth E. Smith, department head, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Louisiana at Monroe.
Robert C. Lafayette, LSU Professor Emeritus, will deliver the Anniversary Address to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Louisiana Statehood and the 25th anniversary of the French Education Project. Founder of the project in 1987 and director until 1996, Lafayette retired in May 2005 after meritorious service as a professor in the Department of French Studies and chair of the College of Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction. A specialist in language learning and teaching as well as applied linguistics and culture, Lafayette was instrumental in the growth of the French Children’s Literature Collection at LSU.
For more information or to register, visit: http://coe.ednet.lsu.edu/coe//LouisianaStatehoodProgram.htm.
For more information about the LSU College of Education, visit: www.lsu.edu/coe.