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French government to honor USF professor

TAMPA, Fla. -- University of South Florida Professor of French Literature Christine McCall Probes will be recognized by the French government with the l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques award at 4 p.m., on Wednesday, April 10 at the CGS Auditorium at the Patel Center for Global Solutions.

Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte, the award recognizes Probes for her for contributions to the dissemination of French culture around the world. She is the first professor from USF to win the award and only the second from Florida.

The Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques is one of the highest awards bestowed on civilians by the French government.

Stephan Schindler, professor and chairman of the Department of World Languages, said he is proud of Probes’ accomplishment.

“I am happy and proud that my colleague Dr. Christine Probes will receive this prestigious award,” Schindler said. “It shows to me that the French government continues to value research in the humanities, especially Dr. Probes’ research in 17th-century French literature and culture, and that the study of language, literature, culture is recognized internationally as an important part of our humanity.”

Probes will join seven other Americans who have won this award.

Consul General of France, in Miami, Gaël de Maisonneuve will be presenting Probes with this award following his lecture, “450 Years of French History in Florida.” The event is free and open to the public.


Filed under:Arts and Sciences World Languages    
Author: Marc Seide