Professor of French presents on French film at national conference

Aug 8, 2012 | General News, Liberal Arts

Dr. Dolliann Margaret Hurtig, an associate professor of French at Louisiana Tech, presented research on francophone cinema at the annual national convention for the American Association of Teachers of French in Chicago.
Hurtig’s presentation centered on the award-winning film, “Maurice Richard,” a famous Canadian hockey player. The francophone film focused on discrimination against French-speaking Canadian hockey players in the National Hockey League during the 1940s and 50s. The film captures Richard’s role in inspiring the Quiet Revolution of the 60s, which enabled French-speaking Canadians to ultimately take over the leadership of their province under the government of Jean Lesage.
“What I found fascinating about the film was first that my students were intrigued by the movie,” Hurtig said. “Whenever students enjoy a film, I try to discover why. The interest in the movie is that it is not just about hockey. It is about life in Montreal Canada in the 40s and 50s before the Quiet Revolution, or La Révolution Tranquille.
Hurtig, as co-chair of the National Commission on Promotion of French, will serve as editor of a pedagogical manual on film to be published by the American Association of Teachers of French.
“The response to the pedagogical manual has been most positive so far,” Hurtig said, “and it has been gratifying to serve and to continue to serve the profession in this capacity and to work with such dedicated and selfless professionals as the members of the AATF, which is an enormous membership of over 10,000 teachers and professors.”