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Ms. Cecile Barnhart
Assistant Professor of French
LC Box 606
ABD The University of Louisiana at Lafayette
M.A., University of Louisiana at Lafayette
B.A., Louisiana College
Cecile T. Barnhart specializes in French and francophone literature, particularly medieval French literature and Louisiana literature in French. Her current research focuses on the oral character of the novels of Alfred Mercier, a 19th century New Orleans doctor, French language activist, and writer. Mercier’s novels are the topic of study for Barnhart’s dissertation, tentatively entitled, “Le Caractère oral des romans d’Alfred Mercier: une oeuvre présente, transformatrice, et presciente.” As she was outlining her plan of study for the dissertation, Ms. Barnhart presented an analysis of one of Mercier’s novels, Hénoch Jédésias, as part of a panel at the “Conference on Language and Literature” sponsored by the English Department of ULL.
Fascinated by the French language and francophone culture, Ms. Barnhart has participated in a variety of institutes including an NEA summer institute focusing on the Berber culture of North Africa and another on Acadian culture and identity in Maine and New Brunswick. In addition, Ms. Barnhart is dedicated to increasing her knowledge of language teaching techniques and has attended the ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Language) national conference in Boston, MA and regional language training sessions in Hartford, CT, Alexandria, LA and Baton Rouge, LA. She has also presented teaching ideas and techniques at the Louisiana Foreign Language Teacher Association’s annual conference.
Ms. Barnhart teaches Introductory French, Intermediate French, Advanced Grammar and Composition, French Culture, French Conversation, French Literature to 1800, French literature from 1800, and the francophone literature survey courses. She is a member of the LFLTA (Louisiana Foreign Language Teacher’s Association) of which she served as a regional representative for two years. She is also a member of AATF (American Association of Teachers of French). At Louisiana College, she currently serves as cosponsor of the Zeta Gamma chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma, the foreign language honor society, and has served on various committees including Academic Integrity, Core Curriculum Revision, and International Activities. She has been a judge for the Smith Scholar Competition for the last three years.