French Roots of North America

Marie-Pierre Le Hir
Thursdays 10 AM - 12 PM
September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, and 8, 2022

French Roots of North America

10 AM - 12 PM
September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, and 8, 2022


Main Campus



Attend In Person OR Online

Why is French still the second most-commonly taught language in the United States after Spanish? Why are Americans so interested in things French? This course suggests that answers may be found in the long and fascinating saga of the French in North America, the topic of this seminar. The names of rivers (Poudre, Platte), cities (Saint-Louis, Baton Rouge, Louisville, Lafayette) and people (Bonneville, Crapo, Ducey, Duval, Québedeaux), several thousands of them, all evoke the French heritage of the United States. Most of the stories behind those names are forgotten but they deserve to be told. Taking a historical approach, the contributions people of French origin have made to the development of North America and the United States are examined here from a historical perspective, from the Renaissance to the present.

Hybrid Course Format

  • All classes will be delivered in-person and online via live video streaming. Students will enroll in their preferred format during registration.
  • In-person classes will be held in the Rubel Room at the University of Arizona's Poetry Center (1508 E Helen St, Tucson, AZ 85721). Enrollment for in-person classes is limited by classroom capacity and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. All students attending on-campus will observe the relevant University of Arizona policies designed to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 (more information here). Students who enroll to participate in person will also have complete online access to the course, including all class recordings.   
  • Online students may attend all classes via live video streaming and will be able to participate in all course Q&A sessions with the professor in real-time. Students may also access class recordings for a limited time to assist those who may not be able to attend the live class times. Online access will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.

Registration Will Open Online:
Monday, August 29, 2022, at 8 AM (AZ Time)

Course Registration

Meet Your Professor

Department of French and Italian

MARIE-PIERRE LE HIR joined the University of Arizona in 2000. Her research and teaching focus on French literature and culture from1789 to the present. She is the author of a book on Romantic theater (Le Romantisme aux enchères: Ducange, Pixerécourt, Hugo); the coeditor of French Cultural Studies: Criticism at the Crossroads; and the author of The National Habitus: Ways of Feeling French, 1789-1871.    


Poetry Center
Dorothy Rubel Room
1508 E Helen
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Located on the SE corner of Helen Street and Vine Avenue, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell Ave.

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