Amanda LaFleur- born in Ville Platte in 1957. With a career of 3 decades, LaFleur taught different levels: elementary, secondary and academic. Since 1970’s, she is very active in promoting French in Louisiana. She hosts different shows in French in radio, TV or theater. She is the first one to integrate French language and culture of the past into classes. LaFleur will be our host at the Cajundome Convention Center on October 9. She will also present two of her books: Tonnerre mes chiens: A Glossary of Louisiana French Figures of Speech and theDictionary of Louisiana French: As spoken in Cajun, Creole and American Indian Communities.

KIRBY JAMBON-  A native of Lafourche Parish in Louisiana, Kirby Jambon is a French immersion educator with more than 28 years of experience. He has also taught classes in Cajun French language and culture through programs in and out of Louisiana. His passion for the promotion of Louisiana French culture has also been evident in his work as an activist, actor, storyteller, and writer. Jambon’s Louisiana French poetry has been published in numerous journals and reviews in three countries. He is the author of two books, L’École Gombo, which was awarded le prix Mondes Francophones in 2006, and Petites communions: Poèmes, chansons et jonglements, published in 2013. Jambon has presented his poetry at festivals and conferences in Canada, in France, and throughout Louisiana.

Clint Bruce is Assistant Professor of French at the University of Maine at Farmington. A native of Louisiana, he has served on the board of the “Éditions Tintamarre” since its founding in 2003. Clint holds a Ph.D. from Brown University and has published articles on Acadian literature. Clint will present his book: La Louisiane écrite par les Louisianais:pourquoi et comment ?.
Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Gospel Room 1:30pm to 2:15pm 

Nathan Rabalais-A native of Louisiana’s Acadiana region and doctoral candidate in French Studies at Tulane University in New Orleans. Nathan Rabalais reflects on the complexity of Acadian and French Louisianan identities. Drawing from his academic research, personal experiences as well as his artistic background in music and poetry, Nathan examines Acadia’s role and influence in modern Louisiana’s cultural identity. He will host a discussion on language(s), territory(ies), identity (ies) among cajuns and acadians today. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Gospel Room 2:30pm to 3:00pm 

Marc T. Boucher retired in 2012, after serving for four years as director of the Québec Government Office in Chicago. He had been Visiting Professor at the Université du Québec’s École nationale d’administration publique (ÉNAP) from August, 2005, and had served as director of the Québec Government Office in Los Angeles for five years before arriving at l’ÉNAP. Previous to that posting, Boucher held the position of Director General of Public Affairs at the ministère des Relations internationales du Québec, where he had also served as Director General of Policy and Planning.

Since joining the ministère in 1979, Boucher has specialized in the countries of the English speaking world.  He served as Counselor for U.S. National Affairs in Washington and New York from 1996-1998, and was Director of the Québec Government Office in Atlanta before that. In addition to serving as Director of the Western European Division from 1990-1994, he spent four years in London as Political Officer at the Québec Government Office in the U.K. (1985-1989).  He has also held the positions of Director of Consumer Goods in the Division of U.S. Economic Affairs, Assistant Director of U.S. Affairs, as well as Counselor in the U.S. Affairs Division. From 1980-1983, he served as Director of the Québec Government Office in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Before joining the Ministry, Boucher taught at the University of Maine at Orono, where he was Assistant Director of the Canadian-American Center, as well as at Bishop’s University and at Champlain College in Lennoxville, Québec.  He has published a number of articles and chapters on various aspects of Québec/Canada/U.S. relations. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Hall B, 1:30pm to 3:15pm

Glen Pitre-Born in the village of “Cut Off” on the Bayou Lafourche, Louisiana, Pitre paid his education at Harvard by fishing shrimps all summer long. At 25 years old, he is considered as the father of Cajun movies by the American Film newspaper. His movie is composed by 5 movies, dozens of documentaries, 2 novels, 3 books, radio shows, and different photo exhibits for six historical museums. His movies were nominated at the Festivals of Cannes, Toronto and Montreal. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Hall B, 1:30pm to 3:15pm

Dr. Dean Louder was professor of geography at Université Laval from 1971 to 2003. He became an unlikely champion and pioneer of research into North American francophonie. Slowly, consistently, passionately, for over 30 years, this American-born geographer became one of the foremost specialists of French-speaking America by exploring communities others overlooked. He is someone who not only adopted French as the language of his university work and of the city in which he resides, but who truly embraced the language, evident by his choice to publish the greater part of his scholarly work in French. That work has continually made important contributions to the knowledge and understanding that we have of la Franco-Amérique and his publications have led to specialized studies and research chairs in the field. He is fond of being referred to as an academic explorer, un homme de terrain. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Hall B, 1:30pm to 3:15pm

Tamara Lindner is an Associate Professor and French Language Program Coordinator in the Department of Modern Languages at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In addition to the Dictionary of Louisiana French, she is co-editor of a new Anthologie de Littérature Louisianaise (forthcoming). Her research on young people’s attitudes toward Louisiana French has been the basis for presentations at regional, national, and international academic conferences and an article published in The French Review. A grant for producing quality transcriptions of recordings of Louisiana French from the UL Archives of Cajun and Creole Folklore as well as working with contemporary recordings made by students has allowed her to expand her knowledge of Louisiana French and continue to contribute to the preservation of the language. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Gospel Room, 10:30am to 11:15am

Thomas Klingler received his Ph.D. in French Linguistics from Indiana University in 1992. He is currently an Associate Professor of French and linguistics at Tulane University in New Orleans. His research focuses on the French creoles and on French and Creole in Louisiana. He is the author of ‘If I Could Turn My Tongue Like That’: The Creole Language of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, an historical study of Louisiana Creole and a grammatical description of the creole of Pointe Coupee Parish.  He is also co-author of the Dictionary of Louisiana Creole (2008) and of the Dictionary of Louisiana French as Spoken in Cajun, Creole, and American Indian Communities (2009) with Tamara Lindner, Barry Ancelet & Amanda LaFleur.
Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Gospel Room, 10:30am to 11:15am

PHILIPPE J. GUSTIN- born in Belgium, he was a teacher before becoming the manager of the International Trade Center of Lafayette. Studying at Ecole Normale de Malonne in Belgium, Gustin collaborated with James Domengeaux, President and Founding Father of the CODOFIL, before becoming President  of the CODOFIL himself from 1979 à 1989. He was a board member of different associations such as the World Trade Center of New-Orleans, Louisiana District Export Council, Festival international, International Trade Development Group, and Fondation Louisiane. He was also recognized by the Ordre des Francophones d’Amérique and the Ordre National du Mérite by the French government. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Hall B, 1:30pm to 3:15pm

Charles Larroque is a Louisiana native who for the past 25 years has been involved in Louisiana’s French linguistic and cultural revival. As a retired educator, Larroque is a writer and documentary filmmaker who has documented Louisiana’s French-speaking minorities. He has been named by the Republic of France as Chevalier of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques for contributions toward the preservation of the French language in the United States.  Larroque is currently executive director of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL). Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Hall B, 1:30pm to 3:15pm

Christophe Pilut is a French citizen who moved to Lafayette, Louisiana, eight years ago.  After earning a degree in engineering, he worked in France in the field of materials as well as an independent entrepreneur. He and his wife settled in Louisiana following an offer for his wife to teach in the Louisiana school system.

He earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2009, then worked as coordinator of the Alliance Française de Lafayette and at the Lafayette International Center as an information and translation specialist. He is very well connected in the fields of business, culture, tourism and international relations, particularly in francophone countries. He is also the current president of the Alliance Française de Lafayette.
Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Upper level, 1:00pm à 2:15pm

Dr. Ray Brassieur, archaeologist, folklorist, and respected pioneer of the study of cultural landscape, has worked ethnographically with French heritage communities in Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Maine, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, Quebec, and New Brunswick. In 1988, Brassieur was recruited by the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress to direct the Maine Acadian Culture Survey, a project that initiated the establishment of the Maine Acadian National Park, in the St. John Valley of Maine. Currently associate professor of anthropology at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, he continues to pursue his interests in the material and expressive culture of Cajuns and other south Louisiana folks in scholarly publications and public programs, as he has for nearly forty years. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Gospel Room, 11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Alan Joseph Broussard, a ninth generation descendent of brothers Joseph “Beausoleil”. Broussard was born and raised in the Acadiana Region of South Louisiana.  He received his BS degree in Agriculture from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette. He  worked 35 years in the Oil and Gas industry primarily in South Louisiana and internationally in nine other countries around the world. Alan is involved in several community organizations including: Louisiana Folk Roots, la Famille Beausoleil, Lafayette Natural History Museum and Planetarium, the Lafayette Nature Station, and the New Acadia Project. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Gospel Room, 11:30 am to 12:00 pm

Dr. Mark A. Rees is Nalley Board of Regents Support Fund Professor of Social Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Director of the Louisiana Public Archaeology Lab. He holds a PhD in Anthropology with a concentration in archaeology from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Historical Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. His research interests include the late prehistoric and colonial periods in the Lower Mississippi Valley, monument building in complex societies, and geophysical remote sensing. He is currently directing an assessment of the effects of an oil spill on coastal archaeological sites and leading the New Acadia Project, a public archaeology initiative to locate and study the 1765 colony of New Acadia in south Louisiana. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9, Gospel Room, 11:30 am to 12:00 pm