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28th French Poetry Contest to Celebrate Francophone Language and Verse

Posted by Cassidy Long '17, Joliet, Illinois on Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2014

Event Date/Time: Tuesday, Apr. 1, 2014 7:00 pm
Location: Student Center, Oyate Hall


The 28th Annual Edith R. Farrell French Poetry Contest will be held on Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the Student Center’s Oyate Hall. The event serves as a showcase for students to share a passion for French language and verse from across the francophone world.

The contest includes songs and poems chosen by each contestant. Students work to perfect pronunciation, rhythm, and intonation while learning works from celebrated French and francophone poets like Charles Baudelaire, Victor Hugo, and more. Members of the French faculty will join nearly 50 Morris students and many others. Prizes will be awarded in the categories of best reading at the high school, beginners, intermediate, and advanced levels.

The event also provides an opportunity to celebrate the induction of new members into the French National Honor Society Pi Delta Phi, which honors students committed to mastering the intricacies of the French language and to pursuing excellence in their French studies. This is the capstone of the French Discipline’s academic year.

“The Edith R. Farrell French Poetry Reading Contest is one of Morris's longest-standing traditions.” says Sarah Buchanan, associate professor of French. “It is a night when students and faculty get together to enjoy the beautiful sounds of French poetry.”

This activity is sponsored by the Division of the Humanities French Discipline and the Entre Nous French Club. It honors the memory of Edith Farrell, long-time professor of French at the University of Minnesota, Morris.