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Quebec diplomat to address North American nation building

March 13, 2008

KALAMAZOO--The head of the Quebec delegation in Chicago will visit the Western Michigan University campus Monday, March 17, to discuss the way globalization is affecting Quebec.

"Quebec in North America: Nation-Building in Canada," is the title of a free public lecture by Marc T. Boucher, director of the Quebec Government Office in Chicago. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Fetzer Center.

Boucher is expected to talk about the issues of language, culture and globalization and Quebec's efforts to maintain itself as a French-speaking region within North America. He also is expected to discuss the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City. The city has a yearlong celebration under way this year to mark the historic event.

Boucher was on campus last fall to meet and speak with WMU's Canadian studies group, notes Dr. Susan Hoffmann, director of WMU's Institute of Government and Politics.

"He was very engaging and interesting," Hoffmann says, "so we decided to invite him back and get the word out more broadly."

Boucher was appointed to his current role in July 2007. He has wide-ranging experience with the government of Quebec in the field of international relations. He has led the government offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Louisiana, and he has served as an adviser in New York City and London. He has also held management positions at the Ministry of International Relations.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Susan Hoffman at susan.hoffmann@wmich.edu.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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