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CONTACT: Lydia Szyjka
610-647-4400, Ext. 3143


The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures of Immaculata University will host French poet, author and translator Jacques Darras on Friday evening, November 15, for a lecture on the topic, "Who Speaks European?" focusing on the economic and cultural community of Europe under the constraints of its many national languages. The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. in Loyola Hall on the university´s campus.

The South Eastern Pennsylvania Consortium of Higher Education (SEPCHE) will provide funding for the lecture through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a Global Curriculum Initiative to challenge students to develop their knowledge of foreign languages and cultures in order to become leaders in an increasingly multicultural and globally interdependent world.

The Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in Washington, DC and the French Institute for Culture and Technology in Philadelphia are sponsoring Professor Darras´ fall tour which will include lectures at the Maison Française of New York University, Widener University, the University of Pennsylvania, Immaculata University, and James Madison University.

Founder of the transnational poetical magazine "In´hui" in 1978, Jacques Darras has published a number of American poets in French translation. He has been working with actor Jacques Bonnaffé on a number of poetic and theatrical projects throughout Europe since 1997. He now co-directs "Aujourd´hui Poème" founded in 1999, with André Parinaud. Jacques Darras currently lives in Paris and is a professor at the University of Picardie.

Immaculata University is proud to offer this programming during its inaugural year as a university. Several events, including this one, are an affirmation of Immaculata´s mission of inspiring minds for over 80 years. Immaculata University ….treasure the legacy – building the future. For more information contact the Public Relations Office at 610-647-4400, Ext. 3143. The conference is free and open to the public.

Immaculata University, a Catholic comprehensive liberal arts institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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