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#5369: Prof. VALDMAN received highest-ranking academic award (fwd)

From: E Vedrine <evedrine@hotmail.com>

Dr. Albert VALDMAN,
Rudy Professor of French, Italian & Linguistics
Indiana University-Blooming

received France's highest-ranking academic award - -

[French Ambassador discusses European Union, French policy, presents award

by Holly Johnson
Indiana Daily Student (IDS), Vol. 133, issue 116
Friday, Oct 27, 2000

"The standing-room only crowd filling the Law School's Moot Court Room last 
night was both insistent and impatient. As students and faculty packed the 
small auditorium, whispers of anticipation hummed through the air. But as 
Kumble R. Subbaswany, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, stepped up 
to the podium, the dull of conversation immediately ceased.

Subbaswany welcomed the crowd and introduced French ambassador François 
Bujon de l'Estang to the crowd to give his address, ?The State of the 
European Union and the Priorities of the French Presidency'...

Following the hour-long lecture was a presentation of France's 
highest-ranking academic award, the Commandeur dans l'Ordre des Palmes 
Academiques, by de l'Estang to Rudy Professor of French and Linguistics. 
Valdman was honored with this distinction following 40 years of research and 
study of French dialects in America, including Pidgin and Creole.

Valdman received the award to a standing ovation, with faculty members 
filling the first few rows. ?Dr. Valdman is one of the most inspirational 
and compassionate people on the faculty', French department head AI Tammy 
Berberri said. ?It is such an honor working with him'. Graduate student 
Margaret Dempster concurred, adding that Valdman is ?very passionate' about 
his work and well-deserving of such distinction.

The Program was well-received by students and faculty.
?I think it is important to notice that the visit of the French Ambassador 
to Blooming comes at a crucial moment when France and the United States are 
committed to strengthen their cultural and scientific ties by concrete 
measures and exchange programs,' Associate Professor of French and Italian 
Jacques Merceron said...."]

Dr. Albert VALDMAN,
Rudy Professor of French, Italian & Linguistics
Indiana University-Bloomington

For information on his complete works, please visit

Courtesy of
E. W. Védrine

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