University of West Georgia alumna and Fulbright Scholar Laura Florand is presenting at UWG on March 10 at 7 p.m. and March 11 from 2-3 p.m. Both presentations will be in the TLC Room 1303.
Florand is a lecturer in the department of romance studies at Duke University and is also a published author with her memoir “Blame it on Paris.” Over the years, she has lived, worked and studied in Madrid and Paris.
She also has numerous ties to the university and its community. Florand’s father, David Higgins, was a professor in UWG’s philosophy department, and her mother continues to reside in Carrollton.
During Florand’s March 10 presentation, “Blame it on French: From UWG to Tahiti to Paris,” she will share an excerpt from her memoir, a book comprised of romance, humor and trans-cultural encounters. Afterwards, Florand will offer signed copies of her book to anyone who makes a donation to the Pierette Frickey Study Abroad Scholarship. Ten dollar donations are suggested.
Her March 11 presentation, “Extending Language Communities Beyond the Classroom: Using VoiceThread for Language Proficiency,” will include a brief overview of VoiceThread, a free Web 2.0 tool that helps to facilitate multimedia asynchronous discussions beyond classroom walls. With this tool, students can work with peers and view film clips, images and texts to enhance language learning.