As some of you may know, I am Professor of French and Chevalier dans l’ordre des Palmes Académiques, a distinction bestowed by the French government. This Fall semester, I’ll offer a course on Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, thought by many to be challenging but also the read of a lifetime.
In research, I am preparing my third volume in a French series re-editing French abolitionist literature from the 19th century.
This coming year will be my last before retirement. I am, however, looking forward very much to working with our new department head, Dr. Anthony Grubbs. He will be excellent in that capacity, I know. That said, I will miss our out-going head, Dr. Douglas Noverr who did a superior job for three years.