Unveiling of a Eiffel Tower Model at the French Consulate
Over the past few months, a group of students from University Massachusetts Lowell’s Honor Comparative Arts course, offered within the University’s Department of Cultural Studies, has been working tirelessly on a small model of the Eiffel Tower that measures 8 feet (or about 2 meters). Not only was the design very interesting, but it was furthermore "green." "Green" of course meaning that it was constructed environmentally friendly.
The replica that was displayed at French Embassy’s booth during the 61st Annual NECTFL conference, (Northeastern Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) March 27 to 29th, in Boston. The project was initiated by the French Consulate’s Education and Linguistic Department and sponsored in part by the French Embassy in Washington, the Office of Service-Learning and the Dept. of Cultural Studies at UMass Lowell and the Modern Yankee Blacksmith of Walpole, MA.
The UMass Lowell class is designed as both a Commonwealth Honors course and a Service-Learning class. The students came together from many different departments within the University to participate in this class (Nutritional Science, Biology, Engineering, Nursing, Psychology, Mathematics, English and Graphic Design).
During the evening of Thursday, 15th of May, the Eiffel Tower was unveiled to the Consulate of France in Boston, in the presence of Fabien Fieschi the Consul as well as the officials from the university. After the unveiling of the Tower, there was a small sparkling toast to the success of the students.
The event was intimate and enjoyable between students and professors and those from the Consulate as well.
Participants involved in this project were:
Jennifer Cadero, Chair of the Lecturer in the History of Art, Art History Coordinator
Matthew Charette, Nicholas D’Amico, Jacquelyn Flynn, Ivana Gazic, Abigail Gilmore, Mian Liu, Brian McFeeley, Emily Pacht, Rishi Vangapalli, David Zammuto
Special thanks to:
Carole Salmon, Chair of the Department of Cultural Studies, Associate Professor of French Studies & Culture
Jim Canning, Head of the Commonwealth Honor´s Program.
Luis Falcón, Dean of the College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (FAHSS).
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