La Francophonie explained

French, a GLOBAL language

Join acclaimed author, journalist, and international speaker Jean-Benoit Nadeau on Wednesday, March 22nd at 6:00 p.m. for an engaging evening that will take you on a fascinating journey into the world of French language!

Jean-Benoît Nadeau takes us on a wide-ranging demographic and historical tour of the 5 Canadian francophonies, which tend to see themselves in isolation despite being part of one of the world's major international languages. With his signature wit and depth of knowledge, Jean-Benoît Nadeau takes us on a wide-ranging demographic and historical tour to explain how the language itself evolves and transforms.

Whether you are a language enthusiast, a student, or simply curious about the French language, this conference is not to be missed!

The conference will be primarily conducted in French, and will be followed by a discussion led by Professor Antoine Eche from MRU. A cocktail reception will conclude the event.

Price: $25 for members or $40 for non-members
Consider becoming a member of Alliance Française Calgary first and discover many benefits throughout the year ($55 annually). More info here. If you become a member first, you will be able to benefit from the member price.


About the author

Meet the charismatic Jean-Benoît Nadeau, a renowned author, journalist, and international speaker who has left his mark on both French and English-speaking cultures. With seven published books, over 1,000 articles, and nearly 50 literary and journalistic awards under his belt, Mr. Nadeau is a true master of his craft.

But it's not just his impressive resume that sets him apart. With a lively and engaging speaking style, Mr. Nadeau has captured the hearts and minds of audiences across the globe, delivering over 80 captivating lectures on the French language and culture in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, South Korea, and Japan. Whether speaking as a keynote at conferences or in university courses, his infectious humor and depth of knowledge never fail to impress.

As a journalist, Mr. Nadeau is a regular contributor to Quebec's L'actualité magazine, the foremost French-language publication in America. He has also written for Geo, L'Express, La Croix, and Libération, and his work has been featured in top international publications such as the International Herald Tribune, the New York Times, the Toronto Star, and Courrier International.

Mr. Nadeau's best-selling books on France, the French people, and the French language, including Pas si fous, ces Français!, Les Français aussi ont un accent, and Le français, quelle histoire!, have been translated into five languages, from Dutch to Thai. With such a unique perspective and wealth of experience, Jean-Benoît Nadeau is a true force to be reckoned with in the world of literature and journalism.