Three Faculty Bestowed Prestigious French Award
BATON ROUGE – Three LSU faculty members have been selected for induction into the
French Republic’s prestigious Ordre des Palmes Academiques, or the Order of the French
Academic Palms. The award recognizes both foreigners and French living abroad who
promote French education and culture. The award is given to about 40 individuals in
the U.S. and U.S. territories each year.
College of Art & Design Dean Alkis Tsolakis and Center of Civil Law Director and Assistant
Dean Olivier Moréteau will be bestowed the grade of officier. Center for French and
Francophone Studies Director and the Phyllis M. Taylor Professor in French Studies
Alexandre Leupin will receive the grade of chevalier, or knight.
The Academic Palms was founded by Napoleon 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. It is awarded by the Prime Minister of France, upon the recommendation
of the Minister of Education.
The New Orleans Consul General of France Gregor Trumel and the Friends of French Studies
at LSU will host a private reception to celebrate the achievement and honor the three
faculty members on Feb. 9.
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