I grew up in North Dakota, studied in Montana, in Michigan, and in France. After graduate study at Michigan State University, I taught at the College of Charleston for seven years. I left to become president for about two years of ECB-USA, the American subsidiary of a French cabinet manufacturing firm, working both here and in France, and came to Furman in 1985.

I've traveled in Canada, of course, but most of my foreign travel has been in western Europe, first for a year in Paris as an undergraduate in 1968-9, then later to visit my wife's family and friends in France and in Belgium, a few months in the Vosges mountains in 1983 when I began working for a French cabinet firm. I've also directed or co-directed ten or twelve Versailles programs since my first one in 1987, as well as visiting French and Belgian friends.

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Elementary French I

Introduction to the sound system and grammatical structure necessary to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in French. An appreciation of French-speaking culture underlies the orientation of the course.


Intensive Elementary French

Designed to prepare students with some background in French for the first intermediate level course. One semester equivalent of the elementary sequence.


Elementary French II

Continuation of the skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) developed in French 111, with increased emphasis on vocabulary expansion, idiomatic expression, and cultural differences. 4 credits.


Intermediate French I

Continuation of the development of proficiency in listening and speaking, while expanding the reading and writing skills using materials of a literary or cultural nature.


Intro to French Readings

Builds upon and further enhances the basics developed through the first intermediate course. Reading numerous short works of fiction and nonfiction and through discussions and short written assignments in French, expanding the critical listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary and cultural skills necessary for further study.


French Composition

Development of advanced writing skills in French with emphasis on advanced grammar structures, organization, idiomatic expressions, vocabulary building, and rhetorical strategies. A variety of sources are used to refine the ability to write in different genres for different occasions.


French Language House

Media such as newspapers, magazines, film, and television helps focus regular discussions on current topics of concern to French society. Student journals are presented in both oral and written form. French is used for all discussions and written work.


French Language House

Media such as newspapers, magazines, film, and television help focus regular discussions on current topics of concern to French society. Student journals are presented in both oral and written form. French is used for all discussions and written work.


French Lit & Civilization I

An interdisciplinary introduction to French civilization, literature and fine arts from their beginnings to 1600.


French Naturalism

Study of selected works of the principal literary figures of the second half of the nineteenth century in France. Poetry, prose fiction, and drama included.

Language is the most universal of human endeavors, the one on which all others are dependent. Learning a second or third language requires some time and dedication, but it's a social and interactive process which shouldn't be either tiresome or overly stressful. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for a language and a culture which has meant a great deal to me, professionally and personally.

  • Translator, Claude Calame’s Poetic and Performative Memory in Ancient Greece Heroic Reference and Ritual Gestures in Time and Space, Harvard University Press 2009
  • Translator, Claude Calame’s Prométhée généticien, for the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University Press. Shipped December 2011, not yet in print
  • Translator, Vassilis Alexakis’ The Mother Tongue, completed May 2013, not yet in print


  • "Tropismes and the Satire of Scientism in Les Caves du Vatican," South Atlantic Review 48, 1(January, l983), pp.35-42
  • "Problems of literary expression in Les Nourritures terrestres," Analecta Husserliana, XXXII (1989), pp. 157-163
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