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Renowned Canadian professor at speak at APSU

On Wednesday, March 31, professor Gérard Bouchard, of the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (Canada), will speak at Austin Peay State Universitys Gentry Auditorium (119 Kimbrough) on Québec and the Democratic Management of Ethno-cultural Diversity.
On Wednesday, March 31, professor Gérard Bouchard, of the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (Canada), will speak at Austin Peay State University's Gentry Auditorium (119 Kimbrough) on Québec and the Democratic Management of Ethno-cultural Diversity.

Bouchard's lecture is co-sponsored by The Québec Government Delegation/Délégation du Québec, the Mid-Continent Consortium for International Education and the APSU Office of International Education, to launch the two-year Québec Research Initiative Program grant. The grant was awarded by the Québec Government Delegation to the Mid-Continent Consortium for International Education (MCCIE), a consortium which has provided language immersion study-abroad opportunities to 10 member institutions in Kentucky and Tennessee since 1999. Austin Peay is one of the founding institutions of the MCCIE, and APSU's Study-Abroad in Quebec program has sent students to the French immersion program at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi since 1994.

Bouchard has been a professor at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (Department of Social Sciences) since 1971 and has served as guest professor in different universities between 1974 and 1999, including the École des Hautes études en Sciences sociales, Paris. During 2008-09, he was visiting professor at Harvard University (Department of Sociology). He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of 36 books and has published 267 articles in scientific journals and presented more than 530 communication and public lectures in Quebec, Canada and abroad.

Since 1971, he has served as director and founder of the BALSAC Project, which has developed a computerized population database covering the whole population of Québec from the 17th century up to present time. He is also director of the SOREP Center (now the IREP Center), an interuniversity institute for population research. In recent years, Bouchard started a new research program in comparative history of new societies (or founding cultures) to study the formation of nations and cultures in the New World, covering all the nations created since the 16th century through transoceanic immigration from Europe.

Since February 2002, Bouchard has occupied a Canada Research Chair in Comparative Study of Collective Imaginaries, of which the chief objective is to analyze the structure of thought (addressed as a mixture of reason and myth) while taking into account the social factors, upstream as well as downstream. Special attention is paid to national myths.

Bouchard is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He is a fellow of the Successful Societies Program of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), and he was elected in 1985 as a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

For more information on the lecture or the grant program, contact Dr. Karen Sorenson, APSU languages and literature professor, at 931-221-6242 or sorensonk@apsu.edu. -- Charles Booth