What’s New!

April 2013

Leslie Choquette to give talk at the French-Canadian Genealogical Society of Connecticut.

 Coming to New England, Looking for Work.

 1 p.m., Saturday,  April 27, 2013

 Fellowship Hall, United Congregational Church
 Tolland, Ma.


 Claire Quintal Featured in New Book


Jules Tessier, the founding editor of the journal Francophonies d’Amérique, has just published a new book of essays about francophone North America.  His chapter “Antonine, Annette, Claire: trois vestales de l’Amérique française” profiles Claire Quintal, founding director emerita of the French Institute, as one of three remarkable francophone women.  (The others are world-renowned Acadian writer Antonine Maillet and Annette Saint-Pierre of western Canada.)  Tessier’s chapter “Maria Chapdelaine, Franco-Américaine” also contains multiple references to Claire.  The book, entitled Le ciel peut donc attendre, can be ordered from Canadian booksellers or directly from Les Éditions de la Francophonie.



March 2013

The French Institute and Phi Alpha Theta at Assumption College Present:

 Frédéric Rondeau

“Political Protest in Québec: From the Quiet Revolution to the Maple Spring”

 Dr. Rondeau, a specialist in cultural studies, teaches courses on contemporary Québec at McGill University in Montreal.

Thursday March 21, 2013


La Maison Française Salon

February 2013

Lecture by Leslie Choquette

On January 27th 2012, at The Elms College in Chicopee, Ma., Leslie Choquette, Director of the French Institute,  gave a lecture called “French-Canadian Immigration to  New England”  The lecture was at the invitation of the French Heritage Center in Chicopee and will be aired on local public access television soon.

January 2013

 Claire Quintal’s books now online at Hathi Trust

Recently the French Institute entered into an agreement with the Hathi Trust Digital Library to digitize four  books by Claire Quintal which are currently out of print. “Haithi Trust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. The HathiTrust Digital Library brings together the collections of partner institutions in digital form, preserving them securely to be accessed and used today, and in future generations.”This partnership between the Hathi Trust and the French Institute is ongoing and we hope to submit other titles published by the Institute for digitization.  The following four titles are currently available in full text online.

Religion catholique et appartenance franco-américaine = Franco- Americans and religion : impact and influence

Steeples and smokestacks : a collection of essays on the Franco-American experience in New England

La littérature franco-américaine : écrivains et écritures = Franco-American literature: writers and their writings

Les Franco-Américains et leurs insitutions scolaires

December 2012

Assumption College Professor Awarded Prix du Québec

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
French Institute Director Leslie Choquette recognized for her contribution to field of Québec studies
Assumption College History Professor Leslie Choquette, director of The French Institute at Assumption, was awarded the Prix du Québec in November for her contribution to the field of Québec studies.She was presented the award at the biennial meeting of the American Council for Quebec Studies in Sarasota, Fla., by Jean-Stephane Bernard, the Québec government’s assistant deputy minister for bilateral relations. The prize consists of an original work by a Québec artist as well as a stipend of $2,500 to support research in Quebec Studies. Professor Choquette plans to use her award to begin digitizing The French Institute’s rare print and archival holdings.”It’s a tremendous honor for me personally and also great recognition for the work of the French Institute at Assumption College,” said Choquette, whose research interests include the French in North America as well as Native American history. “The Institute looks forward to continuing to collaborate fruitfully with the government of Québec, the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques, and our many individual partners in promoting Québec studies in the United States.”