Les Cadiens (Cajuns) francophones de Louisiane – January 23

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During this presentation with slides (in French), Dr. Olivier Marteau (Sonoma State University) will invite you to explore an original community from the south of Louisiana. Please join us for this free event. Light refreshments will be provided.

In 1755, during the war between France and England in the new world (Canada), the governor Charles Lawrence ordered the deportation of the Acadians. The Acadian community was destroyed and deported to Europe, West Indies, South Carolina, Maryland, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia,… and Louisiana.

During a few decades, the majority of the survivors tried to find family members around the world and rebuilt their community in Louisiana. With the help of the natives, they learned how to survive in the bayous. As fishermen, hunters and farmers, the Cajuns (“Cadiens” in French) succeeded in saving their heritage despite a difficult negotiation between the preservation of the past and the reality of modernity.

 

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 7:00 PM

Vista del Lago Recreation Center,
3150 Lakeview Drive, Santa Rosa

 

About the Speaker

Olivier Marteau est né en France à Caen (Normandie). Après avoir obtenu une Maîtrise d’Histoire contemporaine et un Master II en Sciences Politiques à l’Université de Paris I – La Sorbonne, il est embauché en tant que Chargé d’études pour le développement de programmes audiovisuels francophones destinés à la jeunesse africaine. 

En 2002, il décide de partir étudier les communautés francophones de Louisiane. Il s’inscrit à l’Université de Louisiane à Lafayette et obtient un doctorat en 2007. Le titre de sa thèse est : « Une littérature minoritaire francophone dans le sud de la Louisiane : Le pari de la création d’un champ littéraire ». 

Après avoir travaillé en Ohio (Denison University, Case Western Reserve University), il a déménagé récemment en Californie et il enseigne maintenant à Sonoma State University.

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