The History, Culture, and Literature of Normandy

Led by: Catherine Danielou, Ph.D., Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Site: Birmingham
Dates: June 20, 2013
One-Day Immersion Program
Co-Sponsored by University of Alabama at Birmingham

This one-day SUPER immersion program will concentrate on Normandy, its history, literature, arts, and its contemporary culture. Normandy’s history makes it a unique region of France, having been the site of Celtic tribes settlement, then seeing successively its integration into the Roman Empire, Germanic tribe and Saxon pirate barbarian raids, and invasion by the Vikings, turning into its own entity and Duchy until Philippe Auguste’s confiscation in 1204. From the Norman conquest of England to its exploration of the New World, its commercial role in slave trafficking and cotton processing,  its industrial presence and great role in agricultural production of dairy, wheat and linen, Normandy forged along the years an identity of independence, commercial success, and considerable prosperity. World War II’s Operation Overlord with D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy that followed brought this beautiful French province to the forefront of history as well. Today, Normandy remains a key economic player for France, stimulated by traditional dairy farming, the horse-breeding industry, and seaside tourism. Its cultural distinctiveness is strongly linked to the arts, if only through the many ways Norman landscapes were immortalized by painters, but also to the literary role it played with Maupassant, Flaubert, de Tocqueville as the most notable Norman writers.

The objectives of this SUPER program are for teachers to further develop their understanding of the history, culture, literature of Normandy, and enhance their speaking skills and fluency in French. This SUPER will give K-12 teachers the opportunity to further develop their appreciation for French culture and its rich diversity.

Lunch will be provided.

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