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Contact: Christine Payton March 12, 2012
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu

From left: Andy Perrin, Warren Perrin, UL Lafayette College of the Arts Dean Gordon Brooks, Arts Associate Dean Margaret Kennedy-Dygas.

The Acadian Museum in Erath, Louisiana, and the History Channel have partnered to sponsor prominent Francophone scholar Dr. Denis Bourque as keynote speaker at Lafayette’s Vermilionville on March 16.

Antonine Maillet and Her World: Retour en Acadie is the symposium that will be jointly presented on March 16 by Vermilionville and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s College of the Arts and College of Liberal Arts.

Antonine Maillet is the foremost French Canadian author, winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt, Companion of the Order of Canada, and recipient of dozens of international honors.

Born in 1929 in the small Acadian town of Bouctouche, New Brunswick, she was the first who dared to write in colloquial Acadian French. She has been called “Ambassador of Acadie,” and symbolizes the 20th century Acadian revival. Upon receiving the Prix Goncourt in 1979, she said, “I have avenged my ancestors.”

Dr. Denis Bourque is a professor of Acadian literature at the University of Moncton, New Brunswick. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of Montreal with a thesis on the work of Antonine Maillet and has published extensively on her work and on the history of Acadian literature.

Joining Dr. Bourque on March 16 will be renowned UL Lafayette Francophone scholars Mathé Allain, Barry Ancelet, David Barry, and others.

The Acadian Museum and the History Channel partner frequently in promoting the unique Cajun arts, culture and history of South Louisiana.

Warren A. Perrin, local attorney and co-founder of the Acadian Museum in Erath, Louisiana, has been called “defender of the Cajuns” because of his lifelong activism on behalf of Cajun history and culture.

Andy Perrin, president of Perrin Architecture of Lafayette, is chairman of the Acadian Museum Executive Committee and president of the UL Lafayette Architecture Alumni chapter. Perrin works to co-ordinate activities between the Acadian Museum and UL Lafayette.

The History Channel is contributing to the Antonine Maillet Symposium as part of its Emmy-Award winning “Save Our History” initiative, which fosters historic preservation and history education efforts nationwide. The History Channel has been a long-time supporter of the Acadian Museum, through efforts of the Perrins and other board members. The network also supports other historical organizations in Louisiana that work to preserve the heritage and culture of the Acadian people.

The symposium will be held on March 16, 2012, 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the Vermilionville Performance Center, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, Louisiana 70508. Tickets are available at mailletlafayette2012.eventbrite.com

For more information about the symposium, go to mailletlafayette2012.tumblr.com or call the UL Lafayette College of the Arts office at 482-6224.


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with nearly 17,000 students. It’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and is a national leader in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

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