Franco-American Collection

Writing for Our Children - Teaching Memory

May 14, 2019
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Room 285, Lewiston-Auburn College

In collaboration with the Québec Delegation,The Franco-American Collection is proud to present:

In this reading and reflection, Jean-Claude Redonnet will present ways in which heritage and memory can be taught to younger generations by utilizing historical stories. He will read and discuss his story, “Madelin LeBlanc, La Petite Acadienne de Falmouth, Maine”, which details the struggle of Deportation from Acadia in the mid 18th century. The story is told through the perspective of the young protagonist and her family. The presentation will be in French and English, with the reading/story in French.


Jean-Claude Redonnet is an academic and former diplomat. A specialist in francophonie, notably in North America, he has used his talents to teach French through immersion classes as Director of the French school at Middlebury College, VT (1996-2003). He is also a prolific author focusing on the history and memory of the French language. His interest in Acadia was sparked by his assignment as Cultural Advisor in Ottawa (1985-1939) and his collaboration with the Acadian people, communities and organisations of New-Brunswick and of Nova Scotia. He has settled in Falmouth, Maine where he pursues teaching, research and writing, particularly in the domain of children’s and adolescent literature.