Mn-AATF Réunion Annuelle
1er mai, 2009

Minnesota Humanities Center
St. Paul, Minnesota


               






Au dîner




2009 AATF-MN Dinner

La Rae Ellingson's photo-portraits
























À la réunion après

Minnesota Chapter AATF Annual Meeting

Presiding: Lydia Belatèche, Chapter President


TWELFTH French Teacher of the Year - 2008/2009
Mary Ellen Kasak-Saxler




(l->r) LaRae Ellingson, Award Chair, Lydia Belatèche, Chapter President, Mary Ellen Kasak-Saxler, Michèle Cassavante, Nominator

Mary Ellen Kasak-Saxler, French teacher at Stillwater Area High School, was honored on Friday, May 1, 2009 by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French and named French Teacher of the Year 2008-2009 at the session after the dinner.

For further details see: Mn AATF French Teacher of the Year webpage.





À Vous la Parole - Longtime Coordinator Honored
CLARE HAGEN



In appreciation of her dedication and service to the chapter's annual oral French contest the chapter recognized her with a letter of thanks and a gift certificate at a national book chain . Clare has announced that she is stepping down and will be training in the new coordinator in 2009-2010.





Chapter webservant recognized for her internet service over the past years
MARY LOU WOLSEY



The chapter gave her a "foulard à la française aux dessins équestres" in recognition of the many hours she spends maintaining the chapter website "mnaatf.org" and sending out messages to our members via our e-mail message service, "MnAATFNet".






Honored Guest - French author, René Frégni

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" Je savais qu'un jour Rimbaud avait dit: 'En avant, Route!'
Il ne me restait plus qu'à faire le plein de mon stylo."

VISITING AUTHOR René Frégni
- sponsored by the Minnesota Chapter - American Association of Teachers of French with help from the National AATF, Gustavus Adolphus College and Macalester College.

Special thanks to Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota French professors, Anne-Marie Gronhovd and Laurent Déchery for all their help in organizing the visit.

During his week-long visit, in addition to speaking at the annual dinner meeting, the author presented a writing workshop for advanced students at Macalester College on Wednesay, April 29 and was guest of the chapter's Cercle de Lecture on Saturday, May 2 for a discussion of his book, Où se perdent les hommes. After a potluck lunch provided by chapter board and members, he conducted a writing workshop for French profs. He was guest speaker at Gustavus Adolphus College on Monday, May 4 before his return to France.


" Le Sud de la France joue un grand rôle dans les romans de René Frégni, auteur marseillais. Ayant tout d'abord écrit des pièces de théâtre, Frégni décrit sur son site web comment il est arrivé à l'écriture romanesque: 'Là, tout me servit: ce que j'avais vu dans les prisons militaires, sur les routes, à l'asile. J'entamai alors le grand voyage immobile.' "

       [Commentaire de Lydia Belatèche dans sa lettre de la Présidente, REFLETS de l'étoile du nord, Hiver 2008-2009]

Site Ouaibe de M. Frégni: http://site.voila.fr/renefregni



Oeuvres
1988 - Les Chemins noirs      (DeNoël Folio 2361) Prix Populiste 1989
1990 - Tendresses des loups       (DeNoël Folio 3109)
1992 - Marilou et l'assassin       [littérature pour les enfants]
1992 - Les Nuits d'Alice      (DeNoël Folio 2624) Prix spécial du jury du Levant 1992
1994 - Une enfance volée       [roman autobiographique]
1994 - Le Voleur d'innocence       (DeNoël Folio 2828)
1996 - Où se perdent les hommes?      (DeNoël Folio 3354)
1998 - Elle danse dans le noir      (DeNoël Folio 3576) Prix Paul Léautaud 1998
2000 - On ne s'endort jamais seul      (DeNoël Folio 3652) Prix Antigone 2001
2002 - L'Été      (DeNoël Folio 4419)
2004 - Lettre à mes tueurs      (DeNoël Folio Policier 428)
2006 - Maudit le jour      (DeNoël)
2008 - Tu tomberas avec la nuit      (DeNoël)











Littera 05 - Rencontre avec René Frégni:
http://www.littera05.com/rencontres/rene_fregni.html

* Click here to see the script of an Interview with Frégni






               MN Humanities Center Website



Arrangements skillfully coordinated by Mary Kuettner, Chapter Recording Secretary - Table gifts selected by LaRae Ellingson - Wine selected by Immediate Past President, Laurent Dechéry - Clichés fournis par notre Trésorière, LaRae Ellingson



MnAATF website URL - http:/mnaatf.org/A30.htm
created: May 5, 2009                                 last updated: 24 mai, 2009