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Cumberlands Professor Makes Multiple Presentations; Named to Task Force


Williamsburg, Ky. - University of the Cumberlands (UC) Associate Professor of English and Modern Foreign Languages, Laura Dennis-Bay presented her paper “Congorama: Film, Francais et Francophonie” at the 2011 American Association Teachers French Convention in Canada this past summer.

The first time she attended the American Association of Teachers of French, it was by invitation from the organizer, who expressed a huge interest in her work on teaching with film.

Dennis-Bay was able to further her time in Canada having received an immersion grant from UC to fund her stay so she could have the opportunity to learn about the local culture and explore the possibilities for studying abroad.

Prior to her summer journey, Dennis-Bay presented her paper, “India Song: Script, Soundtrack, and more in Michele Rakotoson’s Juillet au pays,” at the Kentucky Philological Association (KPA) meeting at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, KY.

Adding to her accolades, while at the KPA meeting she was appointed to the task force to determine options and secure the future for publications of Kentucky Philological Review.

“I was appointed to this task force primarily because I volunteered, as the future of this association, and because the journal is important to me,” said Dennis-Bay.

Members of the KPA along with Dennis-Bay are very interested in creating an online version of the journal in order to make it more accessible to a larger audience.

Raised in Penn Yan, NY and living in Williamsburg since 2001, Dennis-Bay has been associated with UC for 10 years. She began participating in the KPA meetings a few years ago and presented her paper on Michele Rakotoson, which is part of a larger, ongoing research project she has been doing into memoirs by exiled writers who wrote of their return to their homeland. Many of the works she has done have been presented at the KPA and she hopes to continue writing and compile her ongoing papers into a published book one day.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.

Article Provided by Katie Betourne, University of the Cumberlands Multimedia and Sports Information Student Assistant