Louisiana scholar Barry Jean Ancelet to kick off workshop series at Université Sainte-Anne

Church Point, NS, October 4, 2016 – The Canada Research Chair in Acadian and Transnational studies at Université Sainte-Anne invites you to CRÉAcT’s first workshop series of 2016-2017, delivered by Barry Jean Ancelet.

The format of these workshops aims to encourage interaction between the guest researcher and the public. « It’s a class more than a conference – and everyone is invited », explains Professor Clint Bruce, Canada Research Chair in Acadian and Transnational studies. « Knowing the captivating approach of Barry Ancelet, as well as his long-time connection to Acadie and Nova Scotia, he was a logical choice to launch this event. »

Entitled Digues et dialectes, chansons et contes, légendes et logis, possessions et processions : Traces culturelles du Loudunais à l’Acadie à la Louisiane, Mr. Ancelet’s workshop will explore the paths, the similarities and differences, as well as the influences and their causes, between the far corners of Acadie. The event will take place Wednesday, October 19th at 7pm in room B-34 in the Bernadin J. Comeau building at the Church Point campus. The series is free and open to the public.

Additionally, to mark the recent release of Barry Jean Ancelet’s children’s book Jean-le-Chasseur et ses chiens, coedited by UL Press and Bouton d’Or Acadie, the Acadian Centre has organised, in collaboration with the CRÉAcT, a family night of Louisianan storytelling. The event will take place Thursday, October 20th at 6pm at the Père-Léger-Comeau Gallery (located behind the reception at Université Sainte-Anne).

Barry Jean Ancelet is a Professor Emeritus of Francophone studies and a Research Fellow at the Center for Louisiana Studies at University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has given many lectures and has published numerous articles and books on aspects of Francophone Louisiana, such as Cajun and Creole Folktales (1994), Cajun Country (1991), and Musiciens cadiens et créoles (1984). His alter-ego Jean Arceneaux has composed poems, theatre works, and French songs included in numerous anthologies and collections, such as Cris sur le bayou (1980), Je suis Cadien (1994), and Suite du loup (1998).

Mr. Ancelet is involved in the production of festivals, concerts, discs, museum exhibits, and documentaries, including Against the Tide and its French version Contre vents, contre marées, a film directed by Zachary Richard. He also hosts a weekly radio and television program from Liberty Theatre in Eunice.

Each year, the Research Chair invites two well-known researchers, one Canadian and one international, to conduct the workshop series. Michel Bouchard, anthropologist at the University of Northern British Columbia, will deliver the winter workshop and in fall 2017 it will be Monica Heller, research fellow at the Centre de recherches en éducation franco-ontarienne at the University of Toronto.

About Université Sainte-Anne

Université Sainte-Anne, the only French language post-secondary institution in Nova Scotia, offers university and college-level courses as well as a French immersion program and customized training in French as a second language. Recognized for its excellent programs as well as its unique and exceptional living environment, Sainte-Anne offers experiential learning opportunities that promote student engagement and success, and an atmosphere which encourages a culture of excellence in research and development. Solidly established in its community, Université Sainte-Anne is a partner of choice for all those who wish to strengthen the vitality of the regions surrounding its 5 campuses as well as all of Acadie throughout Nova Scotia.

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