On November 8th 2013, The Lauder Institute’s French program, led by Claire Babanoury, received the visit of Mr. Patrick Hyndman, Quebec’s Acting General Delegate to New York, and of Mrs Annie Le, Attachée for Academic Affairs. Mr. Hyndman presented a wealth of information on Quebec during a 90 minute interactive session with students from both the Lauder and the Huntsman programs. This session fulfilled two academic objectives–it added in a timely and substantial way to the French track semester’s main theme ‘La Francophonie’ and it served as an informative introduction to the 3-day mini-immersion the Lauder French track is planning to hold on March 21-23 2014 in Montreal, Quebec.
Never heard of the Lauder mini-immersion? Every program within Lauder has a spring semester mini-immersion. These extended in-language activities vary from year to year but are usually related to the themes of the academic curriculum. Last year’s mini immersion for the French program also took place in Montreal, where the students explored the business and cultural scene with visits to Bombardier Aéronautique, Cirque du Soleil, Château Ramezay, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Examples of other program’s mini-immersions include the Chinese program’s trip to New York City’s Chinatown to understand its history and culture, followed by dinner and a viewing of the Broadway show Chinglish. Afterwards students met and discussed the idea and content of the play with the cast. The Spanish program attended a concert of Paco de Lucia, who is considered to be the most innovative and influential flamenco artist of the past three decades, and others opted to visit Puerto Rico to learn about the history and current situation of the country.
We look forward to sharing more about this year’s mini-immersions in the spring!