A video of the awards ceremony honoring Christiane Taubira with a Doctorate in Laws and Human Rights.  Play it below, or click on the “Youtube” symbol in the lower right to see a larger version.

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Madame Christiane Taubira flanked by UWM French faculty members Sarah Davies Cordova (L) and Anita Alkhas (R).

The French program is proud to have organized this event, along with the dedicated and professional staff at the American Geographical Society Library. The ceremony featured welcoming comments by Chancellor Mark Mone (who also presented the diploma), an eloquent introduction by Provost Johannes Britz, the hooding by Dean of the College of Letters and Science Rodney Swain, Music by the Chevalier de St. Georges, performed by Professor Bernard Zinck (Peck School of the Arts) and 3 outstanding students, and, finally, a moving oratory from Madame Taubira.

For a detailed account of the event by UWM’s own Michelle Johnson, go here

Studying French

French is spoken today by more than 200 million people on all 5 continents the world. It’s an official language of many African and European countries, as well as France, and of several Caribbean islands. Canada is officially bilingual. Numerous Latin American and Asian countries also have historical and cultural ties with France.

When you study French, you open lines of communication with many cultures and millions of people for whom French is a first or second language; you get direct access to a variety of creative and scientific works, and you develop the interpersonal skills you need to pursue a rewarding international career.