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Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture: KKK Attacks on New England’s Franco-Americans
Start Date: 10/2/2014Start Time: 4:00 PM
End Date: 10/2/2014End Time: 5:15 PM

Event Description:

Most people today associate the Ku Klux Klan with violence against blacks in the American South.  Few realize that the terrorist group was pervasive in northern locales from Milo, ME, to Pawtucket, RI, where they often targeted white immigrants.  Dr. Eileen M. Angelini focuses this discussion on the KKK’s threats against Quebecois immigrants to New England in the first half of the twentieth century, using excerpts from Ben Levine’s documentary film Réveil.  During this period, many Protestant New Englanders became fearful of the influx of Quebecers, people who spoke a different language and practiced a different religion.  They blamed priests for encouraging Franco-Americans not to assimilate, not to learn English.  In these stories of the past we hear echoes of today’s debates about immigration, assimilation, and the English language.

Eileen M. Angelini is the recipient of a Canada-U.S. Fulbright award as a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Globalization and Cultural Studies at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario), and has been named Chevalier dans l’Ordres des Palmes Académiques. She received her B.A. in French from Middlebury College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in French Studies from Brown University. Angelini is currently Professor of French at Canisius College.

Location Information:
Boston Campus - Stahl Center (73 Tremont)  (View Map)
73 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
Room: Poetry Center, Sawyer Library, 3rd Floor
Contact Information:
Name: Kelly Pinard
Phone: 617-573-8538
Email: kpinard@suffolk.edu
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  • Faculty
  • Graduate Students
  • Undergraduate Students

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