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Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Olga Anna Duhl

Friday, January 6, 2017   (0 Comments)

RSA member Olga Anna Duhl has been elected for induction into the French Republic’s prestigious Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of French Academic Palms) at the grade of "chevalier".

The Palmes académiques was founded by Napoleon I in 1808 to honor educators and is the oldest non-military French decoration. This distinction was initially awarded to outstanding members of the university community. Today, it recognizes the significant contributions of teachers through their teaching, scholarship, and leadership over the course of their careers. It is also bestowed upon a select group of individuals who, though not members of academia have demonstrated outstanding devotion to the French language and culture. The Palmes académiques is awarded by the Prime Minister of France upon the recommendation of the Ministry of Education.

The investiture will take place on January 31st, 2017 at 5:30 at the headquarters of the French Embassy’s Cultural Services division in New York City. It will be presided over by Bénédicte de Montlaur, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy.

Olga Anna Duhl is Oliver Edwin Williams Professor of Languages, founder and co-chair of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies Program at Lafayette College. Author, editor, and translator, she has published extensively on topics related to French language, literature, and culture. Her books include Folie et rhétorique dans la sottie (Geneva, Droz, 1994), Quêtes spirituelles et actualités contemporaines dans le théâtre de Marguerite de Navarre, Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme XXII, Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies (Toronto, Canada, Special Issue, Fall 2002), Sotise a huit personnaiges [Le Nouveau Monde] (Geneva, Droz, 2005), La Nef des folles (Paris, Classiques Garnier, 2013), and a co-edited volume, Les Cinq sens entre Moyen Age et Renaissance: Enjeux épistémologiques et esthétiques (Dijon, Editions Universitaires de Dijon, 2016). Duhl has won numerous awards and fellowships, including the Renaissance Society of America Research Grant (2003) and the Folger Fellowship in the History of Bibliography from the Bibliographical Society of America (2008). She is a member of the Research Center, Textes et Cultures, University of Bourgogne, France, the Editorial Board of Le Moyen français (Turnhout, Brepols), and a Vice-President of the International Association for Middle French Studies. Duhl has co-curated a public exhibition, "A True Friend of the Cause": Lafayette and the Antislavery Movement on the role of the Marquis de Lafayette as an international antislavery advocate and his contributions to the abolitionist movement on three continents, on view at the Grolier Club, New York City, December 7, 2016–February 4, 2017. She has also co-edited the catalogue accompanying the exhibition.

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