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.

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.

Read more on the UWM Report website.

When Words and Images Matter: Challenges to our Time

A Conversation with Christiane Taubira & Raoul Peck

For Former French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira and award-winning film director and writer Raoul Peck, words and images matter for how they frame and cast the storied that determined and promulgated the systematic inequalities and injustices that divide and challenge our societies today. Their conversation continues the discussion about present day legacies of slavery, racial discrimination, and hegemonic power relations raised by Peck’s documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro.”

Transcription and Translation by Paula Loubier
Captions by Marvin Guire

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.