Dijon Program Turns 50

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The UNH-managed study abroad program in Dijon, France is celebrating 50 years. An anniversary party will be held on Friday, October 23, 2015, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the 1925 Room of the Elliott Alumni Center, located on 9 Edgewood Drive in Durham. All alumni, current students, teaching assistants, staff, and faculty members who have been or are involved in the program in various capacities are invited. A twin event will be held at the program’s site, the Université de Bourgogne campus in Dijon, on March 18, 2016.

Hundreds of UNH students have participated in the Dijon Program since its inception in 1965. Dijon is a lively provincial capital known for its historic monuments, museums, ecological awareness—and, of course, its world-famous mustard. The UNH program in Dijon remains the principal avenue for UNH students of French to immerse themselves in French language and culture. Initially a full academic year experience, the program has grown to offer a single semester and summer options. French teaching assistants from the Université de Bourgogne have been an integral part of the program’s cultural exchange, with an assistant providing instruction at UNH every year since 1968.

Professor of French Claire Malarte-Feldman, who assumed directorship of the program in 2000, is organizing the celebration.

“The longevity and vitality of the Dijon Program are not only evidences of its high academic quality, but also of the passion and energy of all the people at UNH and UB-Dijon who managed it over the past 50 years. And that calls for a double celebration!” said Malarte-Feldman.

Participating in the Dijon Program “…was one of the best things I have done in my life,” said alumna and French major Martha Foley Jackson ’76 ’96G in a 2013 interview with UNH. Foley Jackson’s enthusiasm for the program, study abroad, and UNH led her and her husband William S. Jackson ’75 to establish a UNH scholarship for study abroad.

The 50th anniversary celebration is a free event. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash bar available. An RSVP is requested at https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=18251 or https://www.facebook.com/events/478343265670922/.

For more information, contact Claire Malarte-Feldman at clmf@unh.edu.

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