[UPDATE 16 Nov ’10: Tim Shea of Yale Press has set up a site for the official photos (up now) and audio and video (coming later) from the réunion at http://fiareunion.wordpress.com/. Merci, Tim ! Photos that I and my wife Therese took can still be found here and Lyre_byrd has more great photos here. Particularly with all this documentation, I thought the word « inoubliable » needed to be added to the title of this post.]
Back from the réunion. I’m still pinching myself. Was it all just a dream? Did I really meet Professeur Capretz, Valérie Allain and Charles Mayer?? Wait…I have all these photographs. It must have really happened!
It was a fabulous time, as those of you who were lucky enough to have been able to attend know. It was wonderful to meet a number of you.
My photos of the great event (and those taken by my wife, Therese) are now available on Flickr. Enjoy !
Also, here’s a nice interview of Prof. Capretz that ran in last Friday’s Yale Daily News.
Some who couldn’t attend have asked for a summary of the events. That’s a tall order! What I can do is reproduce the schedule from the two days which will give you some idea of what you’re seeing in the photos. All the events were videotaped and, if I understand correctly, will be eventually be made available to the public. Probably the highlights for us FIA fans were Professeur Pierre Capretz’s description of the history of FIA, the question-and-answer session with Charles and Valérie and of course the skit they put on Sunday morning. A special surprise was that all attendees received an 8×10 glossy of Mireille et Robert, autographed by them. I hope that we won’t have too long to wait for the official videos and photographs!
The French in Action Reunion at Yale
A 25th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 30
Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street
8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.: Registration and continental breakfast
9:15 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: Opening remarks by Pierre Capretz and Barry Lydgate
Introduction of guest speakers Carol Herron, Diego Arciniegas, and John Lytle
10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.: How French in Action was born: a synopsis of the development, filming, and launch of the program: Pierre Capretz
10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Coffee break
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Question and anwer session with Pierre Capretz, Valérie Allain, and Charles Mayer, moderated by Brian Reilly
12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Reinvention de l’histoire: examples of student work shown on video
12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Lunch break
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Teaching and Learning with French in Action in 2010: A panel discussion featuring Barry Lydgate, Carol Herron, Ruth Koizim, Catherine Ostrow, and Sylvaine Egron-Sparrow, moderated by Brian Reilly
3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Coffee break
3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Looking Ahead: French in Interaction and new editions of the textbooks and workbooks
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Cocktail hour, Yale Commons, 168 Grove Street
7:30 p.m.: Banquet, Yale Commons
Sunday, October 31
Whitney Humanities Center
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: Breakfast
10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.: John Sullivan: French in Action dans le monde
10:45 a.m. to 12 noon: On n’a pas tous les jours 25 ans… Les Retrouvailles de Robert et Mireille: A Special Performance by Valérie Allain and Charles Mayer