Norman R. Beaupré
Biddeford, Maine


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EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Department of French; Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. Dissertation Topic: La Notion de Bassesse dans les Pièces de Pierre Corneille 1633 à 1651. NDEA Fellowship. 1974.

Master of Arts (A.M.) Department of French; Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.Thesis Topic: Le Thème de l'Ennui dans les Romans de Lamartine. 1969.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Saint Francis College, Maine. Department of the Humanities. Majored in French and English. 1967.

EXPERIENCE

Coordinator, Pastoral Care Services at Southern Maine Medical Center, Biddeford, Me. [under the purview of the York Deanery of the Maine Catholic Diocese], July 2003 to present.

CIEF [Conseil International d'Études Francophones] participant author at a plenary session dedicated to Franco-American authors, June 2001.

Professor Emeritus at UNE since January 2000.

Professor in the Department of the Humanities.
University of New England, Biddeford, Maine. Responsible for teaching in the following areas: French, Great Books, Western Tradition/Roots of the Contemporary World Core Programs, Francophone Literature and Culture, Transcultural Health Care and Directed Studies in French and the Humanities. 1990 to 2000.

Andrézieux-Bouthéon [France], participant author at a Francophone gathering, "Le 3ème Salon de l'Été Indien," October 1999.

Chairman, Department of Humanities. Report to Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, 1994--1997.

Chair, Feasibility Study for the Global Studies Major in the Dept. of Humanities,1996. Two-week visit with the Paris American Academy in Paris, June 1996, to discuss mini-terms for the Global Studies Program.

Paper entitled, "Le français: langue maternelle et identité ethnique," given at a colloquium on Cultural Identity in French America: Legacy, Evolution and the Challenges of Renewal sponsored by the Franco-American Center, Orono, Maine in association with L'Université d'Angers, Angers, France at Bar Harbor, June 1996.

MEXICO, Oaxaca, Winter Term 1995. Co-facilitated a course on Mexican culture and language with a dimension of curanderismo and hispanic cuentos. Did research with Pedro Torres M.D. on curandero/as in the mountain villages of Oaxaca. March 1997, Oaxaca to follow up on a pilot program for the proposed Global Studies major; Chiapas: San Cristobal and San Juan Chamula in order to get acquainted with the elol or shaman healing practices of the area. January and February 2000 in Cuernavaca, Mexico to establish professional contacts for our medical school, COM, College of Osteopathic Medicine. These are for fourth year clerkships, which will offer students cultural, latino/Mexican perspectives with holistic healing. Established a significant contact with the Instituto Nacional de Salud Publico and a School of Public Health Professor and researcher in alternative medicine.

Sabbatical leave in Europe: London, Berlin, Paris. Fall Semester 1993 / Winter Term 1994. Project: The Green Man in Gothic Architecture.

Director, College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Advising. Report to the Academic Dean. 1990-1993. Part-time in conjunction with faculty position.

Danforth Gallery, Portland, Maine. Migrant Within: Franco-American Artists of New England. A traveling exhibit. Juried, co-curated and participated as humanist moderator and panelist for three panel discussions. 1992-93.

Director, Winter Term '93. Coordinator for courses and cultural activities.

NEW MEXICO, Abiquiu (Ghost Ranch), Taos, Santa Fe, July 1991. As part of UNE's celebration of the Quincentennial of 1992, the CAS Dean invited me to do some preliminary preparation for the guest lectures and santos exhibit dealing with the hispanic and mestizo culture of New Mexico. Returned to Santa Fe, March 1992 and to Albuquerque in March 1993 to do research and collect materials on chicano literature and santos/santeros folk art. Return visits to Albuquerque, Abiquiu and Chaco Canyon in June 1995 and March 1996 to gather materials on transcultural health care.

BRAZIL, Recife, Natal and surrounding areas. One month visit, June-July 1991, for cultural exploration. Stayed at Institudo Bom Pastor and explored folk art in Rio Grande Do Norte as well as the social work and projects of the Good Shepherd Institute.[See also under Grants].

From1985 to1988 taught a course,"Immersion in French Conversation/Culture." From 1987 to 1998, special cultural presentations on French Impressionism and Monet's Garden at Giverny as well as Gothic Architecture in the Ile de France.

Sabbatical leave in Paris, France. Fall Semester 1986/Winter Term 1987. Project:A Francophone Rapport:France/Québec/New England.

Director, Division of Liberal Learning, University of New England, Biddeford, Maine. Report directly to the Academic Dean. Major responsibilities include administering the Division which includes the disciplines of English, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Political Science, and History; develop curriculum; coordinate integrated team approach to courses and provide leadership for new programs, such as Community-based Education and the Humanities; develop and promote a humanities core; develop and establish an international dimension to our present programs. 1983 to 1986.

Associate Professor of Liberal Learning with tenure.
University of New England,Biddeford, Maine.1985.

Elderhostel Summer Program at UNE.Developed and taught a course entitled, "The French Experience in the Northeast" in which the history, culture and literature of the Francophones of the Northeast are explored.1981-85.

Administrator/Registrar, University of New England, Biddeford, Maine. Report directly to University Provost. Major responsibilities include administering and supervising all University Registrar activities. Coordinate all University colleges' registration and record keeping(St. Francis College, College of Health Sciences and the College of Osteopathic Medicine). Fiscal manager of departmental budget. Directly supervise two staff members. Voting member of the Academic Council. Voting member of the Faculty Assembly. Member of the Student Evaluation and Promotion Committee of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Member of the University Administrative Council. 1975 to 1983.

Director, Francophone Center, St. Francis College, Biddeford, Maine. Reported directly to the Board of Directors. Responsible for the creation and organization of the Center activities as well as for the ongoing administration of Center services to regional Franco-American communities.1973 to 1975.

Assistant Professor of French.
University of New England, Biddeford, Maine. Division of Liberal Learning. 1969.

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PUBLICATIONS

L'Enclume et le couteau/The Life and Work of Adelard Coté Artist, a bilingual (French and English) folk study of a wood sculptor. Photos by Stephen O. Muskie, M.F.A. National Materials Development Center, Manchester, New Hampshire, Publisher, 1982.

"Forward" in La Foi--La Langue - La Culture/The Franco-Americans of Biddeford, Maine by Michael Guignard. Printed in Italy by the author, 1984.

Un roman de filiation:la formation d'un écrivain franco-américain, dans Études de Linguistique Appliquée, Foyers Francophones aux États-Unis, 70, avril-juin 1988, pp. 89-95. Paris.

Laura's Hair, a short story submitted for publication.

Le Petit Mangeur de Fleurs, roman vérité, in French; Les Éditions JCL, Chicoutimi, Québec,.September, 1999.

Lumineau, a collection of tales and legends in French. Les Éditions JCL, Chicoutimi, Québec. March 2002.

Deux Femmes, Deux Rêves [originally, Au Fil de l'Eau], story based on the living experiences of my maternal grandmother who emigrated from Quebec to New England at the turn of the 20th Century and my mother who was born in the U.S. They were part of a cultural sub-group called Franco-Americans. Written in French. Published by Llumina Press, Coral Springs, FL in 2005.

Marginal Enemies, novel about the issue of "enemies" based on the story of two boys growing up during WWII, a Berliner and a New Englander. Llumina Press, Coral Springs, FL. Published by Llumina Press in 2005.

Before All Dignity Is Lost, letters from a young man who died of AIDS; submitted ms. to the Barbara Bauer Literary Agency, September 2002.

Dieu à l'image de l'homme, novel in French begun June 1995; in abeyance.

Trails Within, Meditations on the trails at the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, N.M. Photos with text. MS completed in December, 1995. . Submitted to literary agency in April 2003.

La Souillonne, a short story in French submitted to Radio France International, Paris for the 16th World Competition for unpublished short stories in French.

Croyances et pratiques religieuses franco-américaines: héritage et mythe in Religion Catholique et Appartenance Franco-Américaine/Franco-Americans and Religion: Impact and Influence, ed. Claire Quintal, Dir. French Institute, Assumption College, Worcester, Mass., 1993, pp.176-184.

Lectures approuvées, lectures défendues - réaction des personnages dans mon roman inédit, Au fil de l'eau in Les Femmes Franco-Américaines, ed. Claire Quintal, Dir. French Institute, Assumption College, Worcester, Mass., 1994, pp.124-134.

La Généalogie: Où nous mène-t-telle? article to be published in June 1996 by the French Institute, Assumption College, Worcester, Mass.

Wrote the Forward/Dedication to and collaborated with Loretta M. Turner, Collector/author of Biddeford A Franco-American Experience in Old Photographs, Alan Sutton Pub., Dover, N.H., 1993.

Travel Journal to Québec, 1908, by Télesphore Demers of Sanford, Maine. Editing and Translation; in abeyance.

Biography of Jean-Vincent d'Abbadie, Baron de Saint-Castin: history and legend. An 18th Century adventurer and Maine pioneer. Early stages of research to be further developed.

La Souillonne - Monologue sur scene. A one-woman play written in the Franco dialect. Finished January 2004 and releases on Llumina Press in 2006.

Boy With A Blue Cap, novel based on Van Gogh's art in Arles from the point of view of an eleven-year-old boy, Camille Roulin. Work in progress 2004-2006

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PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • La Société Historique Franco-Américaine, V-P 1996-98.
  • American Council for Québec Studies.
  • Founding member of La Fédération Franco-Américaine de Biddeford (President 1977 to 1983)
  • Maine Humanities Council, 1972 to 1974(Vice-Chairman, 1973)
  • Humanist/Consultant for the Lewiston Tomorrow Project (UDAG)
  • Member of FLAME (Foreign Language Assoc. of Maine)
  • Action for Franco-American of the Northeast (ActFANE) Vice-President 1983 to 1984
  • Resident Humanist for the Franco-American Project sponsored by the York County Community College
  • Created and taught a Francophone Certificate Program at St.André's Health Care York County Health Services Hospice Council, Chairman 1984 to 1986
  • Maine-Canadian Legislative Advisory Board, Augusta, Maine 1984
  • La Kermesse Franco-Américaine de Biddeford, annual festival; President 1983 to 1986
  • Humanist Consultant for the Dyer Library/York Institute Project on Factory Island, Saco, Maine called "Bricks, Mortar and Hope: The Industrial Heritage of Biddeford and Saco"
  • Partners For America---the Brazil Connection [Maine--Rio Grande do Norte]
  • Catholic Diocese of Portland, Public Policy Committee. 1991 to 1998.
  • Member, Advisory Council, People's Heritage Bank of Maine, 1993.
    France-Louisiane/Franco-Américanie, Paris.
  • Association des Écrivains de Langue Française (ADELF), Paris.
  • Maine Arts Commission [appointed by the Governor], 1994--1999.
  • Biddeford Historical Society, 1996; President, 1999 to present.
  • University of New England Alumni Council, 2001
  • Southern Maine Medical Center, Pastoral Care Advisory Committee, 2002
  • Board of Directors, St. Andre's Health Care, Covenant Health Systems, 2002
  • Department of Health and Human Services---Office of Hearing & Appeals,Portland, Maine.Judge Tyminski.March, 1987.Maine State Superior Court, Alfred, Maine.Judge Silby. February, 1983.York County District Court, Biddeford, Maine. Judge Janelle. 1988-1989.
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GRANTS

Fulbright-Hayes Grant---Travel to Brazil: Natal, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro for five weeks, June/July 1993. Faculty group travel with individual projects. Project: Santos/Santeiros, sacred/folk wood carvings/sculptors of the Northeast[Rio Grande do Norte] and the baroque/roccoco art of Salvador including African folk art.

National Endowment for the Humanities 1989 Summer Seminars---Eight weeks under the guidance of Professor Stephen Murray, Department of Art History and Archeology at Columbia University---Seminar location: Reid Hall,Paris, France. Seminar topic: Gothic in the Ile-de-France. Project: "The Green Man."

French Foreign Ministry---Participated in a three-week study program on the methodology and localities of folklore. Program based at the Musée d'Arts et Traditions Populaires in Paris and the localities visited were Normandy and Brittany. January 1981.

Services Culturels et Scientifiques de France---Attended the 10th Annual Summer Institute(Xe Institut International d'Été) at L'Institut National d'Éducation Populaire, Marly-le-Roi, France, 1979.

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INVITATIONS

French Ministry, Francophone section, M. Alain Decaux, Minister, invitation to attend an international conference, "États-Généraux de la Création Francophone" in Paris in December, 1989. A conference for authors, poets and film-makers that are part of the Francophone world and create in French.

Conference in Paris, December 1990, sponsored by France Louisiane---Franco Américanie on American Francophone Issues. Delivered a paper entitled, "The French Creative Work, Publication and Diffusion."

Participated in the Salon du Livre de Bourgogne[book fair] December 1-2-3, 2005 and gave a talk on "La francophonie américaine".

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AWARDS

La Pléiade, Ordre de la Francophonie et du Dialogue des Cultures, Rang de Chevalier, presented by the International Assembly of French-Speaking Parliamentarians (L'Assemblée Internationale des Parlementaires de Langue Française),1990.

Kenneally Cup for Outstanding Service to the Academic Community,
University of New England, 1990.

Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club's Meritorious Award for service to the elderly, 1996.

University of New England and St. Francis College Alumni Council, 2000
Alumni Achievement Award, September 2000.

Inducted into the Franco-American Hall of Fame by the Maine State Legislature, March 2007

Decorated with the Medal of the Order of Arts and Literature, Grade Officier by the French Ministry of Culture and Communications, June 2008.

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