SARANAC LAKE -Jean Ouedraogo, chair of the foreign language and literature faculty at SUNY Plattsburgh, will present the "The Nation of Burkina Faso; African growth through Education," at noon on Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Cantwell Community Room at the Saranac Lake Free Library.
Ouedraogo graduated from the Universite de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and in 1997, earned a Ph.D. in Romance Languages at The University of Georgia, Athens.
He teaches courses at all levels of the French curriculum including African and Caribbean Francophone literature and culture. With research interests encompassing African Cinema, literary criticism and translation, he is currently writing on Ahmadou Kourouma and planning a critical anthology of the literature of Burkina Faso. He has published numerous books and articles and been recognized with a number of awards and distinctions for excellence in scholarship, research and literature.
He will talk about conditions in the African country of Burkina Faso, a small, primarily agricultural nation in western Africa which faces both literacy and health challenges. Dr. Oudraogo will discuss the cultural changes that are taking place.
Those attending are encouraged to bring soup or sandwich and enjoy a dessert and beverage provided by the Refreshment Committee.