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Friday, April 4, 2010

Marco Micone
Marco Micone

Writer, translator, essayist to speak at lecture series

Marco Micone, a controversial figure in the Québec literary world, will be the 11th artist in the Pallister Francophone-Canadian Lecture Series. Micone will present in English “Understanding Québec from an Immigrant Perspective” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in the Jerome Library Reading Room.

Born in Italy, Micone emigrated to Québec with his family in 1958. More than 20 years later, he wrote Gens du silence [Voiceless People], the first French-language play to examine the immigrant experience in that province. All of his plays and many of his magazine articles address the politics in Québec and the place of immigrants in a nationalistic society.

“Micone’s work is subtle,” said Dr. Beatrice Guenther, romance and classical studies. “His refusal to operate in a black and white world—his emphasis, for instance, on interculturality rather than on the official Canadian policy of multiculturalism—has led to some Québécois nationalists as well as, paradoxically, some immigrant groups seriously taking issue
with him.

“In his plays and narrative, however, Micone’s thoughtful approach to the challenges posed by a culture composed of almost 20 percent of the population born outside of Canada avoids simplistic solutions while maintaining the belief in the possibility of an inclusive society.”

The Pallister Francophone-Canadian Lecture Series is named after the late Dr. Janis L. Pallister, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of romance languages, whose influential career spanned four decades. She created the lecture series to highlight the cultural significance of the French-speaking experience in North America. For more information, click here.

Greek councils receive regional recognition

The Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) and the Panhellenic Council all received regional recognition at the recent Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Conference in St. Louis.

The IFC was recognized for operational excellence in several areas including academic achievement and council management. The NPHC was honored in a number of areas, and the Panhellenic Council was a finalist for the Sutherland Award, the regional award recognizing the top Panhellenic Council
for 2009.



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Fulbright scholar talks justice at Guantanamo

Abdelaziz Nouaydi
Fulbright scholar Dr. Abdelaziz Nouaydi discusses his time spent defending a Moroccan detainee falsely accused and held at Guantanamo Bay during a lecture in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union April 1. Nouaydi, who is both a professor and lawyer, is teaching an undergraduate course at BGSU in international law in political science and a graduate class in media and terrorism in the School of Media and Communication.


Celebrating faculty excellence in undergraduate teaching


All full-time, part-time and adjunct faculty plus graduate assistants who teach are invited to a reception of appreciation celebrating BGSU’s 11th place ranking for undergraduate teaching by U.S. News and World Report. The event is from 2-3:30 p.m. May 6 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Grand Ballroom.

The celebration is hosted by the BGSU Board of Trustees, President Carol Cartwright and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Kenneth Borland.

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April 02, 2010