French Connections at UTK

Hosted by Pi Delta Phi

La France is closer than you think!

Join fellow French culture enthusiasts for a week-long celebration of French science, business, and culture in our Knoxville community. Hear from French and francophone local business owners, inspiring researchers, fellow students, faculty, and more!

Monday, April 6 -- "Parlez-vous science?"

  • 4:00 - 5:00 in the UC Shiloh Room: Panel of French scientists, professors, and researchers (Dr. Jessy Labbé, Dr. Gladys Alexandre, Dr. Hippolyte Grappe)
  • 5:00 - 6:00 in the UC Shiloh Room: Research abroad: how to combine language and science

Tuesday, April 7 -- "Parlez-vous business?"

  • 3:30 - 5:00 in the UC Shiloh Room: Panel of business professionals & entrepreneurs
  • 5:15 - 6:15 in HBB 602: Presentation by Kathy Wood from Language and World Business on "Doing Business European Style"

Kathy Wood

Ms. Wood received her MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. from Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN. Prior to joining UT in 2006, she had extensive corporate experience with East Tennessee companies, serving as Vice President of Human Resources. Born in Germany, Ms. Wood is an avid traveler with considerable experience in France, Italy and the UK. She has entrepreneurial experience as the co-founder and CEO of a company offering small group tours in Europe.

Wednesday, April 8 -- "Parlez-vous culture?"

  • 4:00 - 5:00 in the Hodges Mary Greer Room: Study abroad panel (France)
  • 5:00 - 6:00 in the UC Shiloh Room: Presentation by Alexandre Durand, Attaché Culturel from the French Consulate in Atlanta and Knoxville's own Alliance Française
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Alexandre Durand

Alexandre Durand holds a master degree in cultural management from University Paris-Dauphine. From 1999 to 2009, he worked at the publishing houses Flohic, Seuil, then Gallimard in communications, marketing, and partnerships. From 2009-20011, he managed a production and consulting firm before joining Château de Versailles Spectacles, company in charge of cultural programming at Versailles. On October 1st, he took over as cultural attaché at the Atlanta Consulate.

Thursday, April 9 -- "Parlez-vous Francophonie?"

  • 3:30 - 4:30 in the Hodges Lindsay Auditorium: Mosaïque Française: Panel on Francophonie
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Friday, April 10 -- "Parlez-vous cinéma?"

  • 1:15 - 3:15 in the Hodges Lindsay Auditorium: Watch critically acclaimed Paris, je t'aime (2006)

Paris, je t'aime

"Through the neighborhoods of Paris, love is veiled, revealed, imitated, sucked dry, reinvented and awakened."