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Consul General of France to Present Lecture on French, American Collaboration Feb. 25 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, February 22, 2010
Contact Tearanny Street, 601.266.6823   

The Consul General of France, Pascal Le Deunff, will visit The University of Southern Mississippi to present a lecture titled “Haiti and Beyond, Opportunities for Franco-American Collaboration” Thursday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m. in the Thad Cochran Center room 218. The event is open to the public.

The recent earthquakes in Haiti have sparked an unprecedented humanitarian effort and many Southern Miss students, faculty and staff have coordinated activities to assist with relief efforts. In this lecture, Le Deunff will shed light on ways to help Haiti and build stronger ties between France and the United States.

Le Deunf will also meet with international education leadership at the university and Hattiesburg city officials during his visit.  

“It’s an honor and a great opportunity for our students to have a representative of the French government come to the university to present a lecture on matters important to them,” said Keltoum Rowland, Instructor of French at Southern Miss. Rowland is also the Chef D’Ilot for the Consulate of France in Atlanta and is the official representative of Mississippi for France. “Many of my students are involved in charities and fundraising for Haiti, so they want to ask him questions and discuss possible opportunities for our two countries to collaborate on this and other efforts.”

The purpose of Le Deunff’s visit is three-fold: to find grounds of cooperation with France while meeting with elected officials, academics and economic development authorities; to bring awareness among students to bilateral relations; and to meet with the local French community.

Le Deunff will meet with Southern Miss Provost Dr. Robert Lyman; College of Arts and Letters Dean Denise von Herrmann; College of Arts and Letters Associate Dean Dr. Jeannie Gillespie; and Dr. Leah Fonder-Solano, chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures before the lecture. In addition to meeting Southern Miss representatives, Le Deunff will also meet with Gov. Haley Barbour; Greenville Mayor Heather McTeer Hudson; and a representative of the Mississippi Development Authority.

This is Le Deunff’s first visit to Mississippi since September 2009. Despite the current economic situation, Deunff remains confident that that this region offers grounds for cooperation with France. In particular, both France and Mississippi share a common strong commitment for scientific and economic innovation in dynamic sectors such as biotechnologies, renewable energies, automobile and aerospace.

For more information on Deunff’s lecture, call Keltoum Rowland at 601.266.4964.

Pascal Le Deunff

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