Monday, December 01, 2008

French Ambassador makes first visit to Vancouver : Museum launches $100,000 visiting scholar fund

During his first official visit to Vancouver, the new Ambassador of France for Canada, His Excellency M. François Delattre, attended an event on Nov. 28 co-hosted by the Museum of Anthropology. It was held at the residence of M. Alexandre Garcia, Consul General of France for Vancouver. The event marked the 100th birthday of world-renowned anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss and also launched the Museum of Anthropology's $100,000 Claude Lévi-Strauss Visiting Scholar Fund.

Delattre's visit not only honoured the contributions of Levi-Strauss to the field of anthropology, but it also highlighted the close relationship between the MOA, UBC and their colleagues in France and Europe.

The Claude Lévi-Strauss Visiting Scholar Fund is a result of a $50,000 gift from Vancouver philanthropist Dr. Yosef Wosk. It was matched by contributions of $25,000 each from the UBC Faculty of Arts and the Museum of Anthropology. The $100,000 fund will support visiting scholars to the Museum of Anthropology who are conducting research in structural or symbolic anthropology, mythology, visual or performative culture, critical museology or in a similar area of arts practice.

Claude Lévi-Strauss is a world-renowned French anthropologist, universally recognized as one of the preeminent scholars of the 20th century in the areas of anthropology, social sciences, philosophy, language, the arts and literature. He is best known for inventing the concept of structuralism and his contribution to anthropology -- and more specifically his respectful interest in First Nations cultures of the Americas. Levi-Strauss visited UBC in 1973 and again in 1974

François Delattre was appointed Ambassador of France to Canada in June 2008, following four years as French Consul General in New York,two years as Deputy Director of the French Foreign Minister’s Office and four years as Press and Communications Director at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Ambassador of France for Canada, His Excellency M. François Delattre

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