20 Questions: A sketch of Centre assistant professor of French Allison Connolly

RELEASED: December 13, 2007

DANVILLE, KY—1. Position: Assistant Professor of French

2. Hometown: Des Moines, Iowa

3. Career Highlight: Being hired at Centre!

4. Favorite College Course: International Business French

5. Recent Presentation or Other Professional Project: I'm preparing a conference on food in postcolonial literature, to be presented at the University of Kentucky in April.

6. Family: I'm single, but I come from a big family.

7. Hobbies: Cooking, exercise, embroidery, reading

8. Most memorable experience of your education: Spending my junior year in Paris

9. Prized possession: My scarves

10. Favorite book: There are so many. In English, I'd say "Prodigal Summer" by Barbara Kingsolver. In French, my latest favorite is "Le Bonheur a la queue glissante" by Abla Farhoud.

11. Memorable trip/vacation: Any and all trips to the South of France are memorable—amazing food, great weather, stunning landscapes…and I get to speak French 24/7.

12. Favorite movie: "Le Papillon"

13. Favorite album: Lately I've been listening to "Munia" by Richard Bona.

14. Favorite artist (of any type): Cézanne, Camille Claudel, Grant Wood

15. Attitude toward technology: As a teacher I love it, as long as it advances language acquisition.

16. Person you most admire: my Grandma Mary Ellen

17. Living figure you'd most like to meet: Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist monk from Vietnam)

18. Historical figure you'd most like to meet: Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (French writer)

19. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre? Gallivanting around the Francophone world

20. Describe yourself in three words: Patient, compassionate, pensive

 

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