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Canadian Professors to Speak at Cavanaugh Lecture Series

Released: 02/25/2009

Two Canadian professors will be the next speakers at the LSU at Alexandria-sponsored Cavanaugh Lecture Series, announced Dr. Richard Collins, chairman of the Department of Arts, English and Humanities. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Dr. Tony Tremblay, an English professor and Canada Research Chair holder at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, will explore the connections between Acadian traditions in Canada and those of the Cajun culture in Louisiana. The presentation, “Antonine Maillett and the Acadian Revival,” will be March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Alexandria Museum of Art.

Tremblay’s wife, Dr. Ellen Rose, will discuss “The Social Construction of the Computer User” on March 5 at 7 p.m. in the museum. Rose, a media studies professor, will make a case why a cutting-edge media ecology perspective is essential to the future of American telecommunications and social networking media. She also will highlight some theories of noted media observers Marshall McLuhan and Neil Postman.

The Canadian connection was developed when two LSUA professors, Drs. Kevin Ells and Ginger Jones, presented a paper, “Almost Indigenous: Cultural Tourism in Acadia and Acadiana,” at a conference in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, last year. It was at the conference that Jones, who had recently returned from a Fulbright Scholar teaching assignment in Montenegro, told Tremblay about the cultural diversity in the LSUA student body and the similarity to the French-heritage people of eastern Canada. Tremblay and Rose accepted an invitation to speak and teach in LSUA communication and English classes during their semester break.

The Canadians also will speak in Plaucheville and at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. The international academic exchange was supported by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

Ells, an assistant professor of communication studies and native of Nova Scotia, said the Canadian professors will stay in the LSUA student apartment complex to maximize contact with students. “Both of these professors are extremely well known in their fields, and they are captivating people with a deep sense of inquiry. This is a wonderful opportunity for LSUA students and members of the Central Louisiana community to exchange ideas with people who hold international reputations,” Ells said.