Students and Faculty in French Visit Montreal in Depth and in French

Students view a piece of the Berlin Wall, given as a gift to Montreal.
Students view a piece of the Berlin Wall, given as a gift to Montreal.
Seventeen students and three faculty members in French spent the weekend of April 17-19 in Montreal, Quebec, exploring many aspects of this bilingual city which is only five hours away from Clinton. Students viewed a piece of the Berlin Wall that was given as a gift to Montréal in 1992, for the 350th anniversary of the city. During a guided tour of the old and modern city, students -- who pledged to speak only French during the trip -- were told about the complex history of the area, and how bilingualism affects public and private life. 

They visited the Canadian wing of the Musée des Beaux-Arts, which displays examples of Western art and art autochtone from the 18th century to the present. The visit emphasized how Canadian art progressively detached itself from European models in the early part of the 20th century. The group attended a play on child soldiers in the Congo at the Théatre d'aujourd'hui, called Le bruit des os qui craquent (The Noise Bones Make when they Break). Their final activity was the visit of the beautiful and informative Musée archéologique de Montréal during which they saw the foundation of many of the city's 18th century buildings, traces of the River St. Pierre which has now disappeared.
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