Franco-American Collection

Le Grand Jack (Jack Kerouac’s Road) Documentary Screening and Q & A

June 6, 2022
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
LAC Campus
Herménégilde Chiasson

The Franco-American Collection at the University of Southern Maine invites you to join us in-person on Monday, June 6, 2022, 6 pm-8 pm, for a screening of the documentary Le Grand Jack (Jack Kerouac’s Road) A Franco-American Odyssey. Following the screening there will be a Q & A period with the filmmaker, Herménégilde Chiasson.

Herménégilde Chiasson was born in New Brunswick, Canada in 1946, and is an Acadian poet, playwright and filmmaker. He also served as the lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick between 2003-2009. Monsieur Chiasson holds many titles and memberships, including: Officier de l'Ordre du Canada, chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la France, member of the Société royale du Canada, de l'Ordre du Nouveau-Brunswick and de l’Ordre des francophones d'Amérique, and is considered the “father of Acadian modernity.”

The event, presented by the Québec Delegation in Boston, will include a presentation of the Franco-Route, an initiative championed by the Delegation, a presentation (on video) from the mayors of  St-Pacome and St-Hubert the villages Jack Kerouac's parents came from, a showing of the movie (subtitled in English) and a Q & A with Monsieur Chiasson, moderated by Marie-Josée Duquette of the Delegation.

There is no fee for our programs which are made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Consulate General of Canada in Boston, Québec Delegation in Boston, Centre de la Francophonie des Ameriques, Severin Beliveau and Paul Dube on behalf of the Forum Francophone des Affaires, Androscoggin Home Health & Hospice, Country Kitchen, Pinette Dillingham & Lynch, The Albert Lepage Foundation, Regis & Carolyn Lepage, Doris & John Bonneau, Dirigo Credit Union, The Law Offices of Dionne & Courturier, Central Maine Credit Union, and an anonymous donor. We are also supported by our membership! Ask how you can become a member today!

For more information or to RSVP, contact the FAC archivist, Anna Faherty at or by phone (207) 753-6545.