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David Graham, La Médaille d’Or des Valeurs francophones

David Graham has been a foreign language teacher and supervisor for more than fifty years. Since winning a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to study the French of Haiti, Africa and Canada in 1985, Professor Graham has presented lectures and workshops on Quebec culture, history, cinema, the Acadian diaspora, and Franco- American migration.

He is internationally known, having participated in seminars and symposiums in Belgium, Montreal and Quebec City as well as San Antonio, San Jose, Boston and Seattle in the United States.

Professor Graham has sought to infuse language instruction with real- life, authentic materials centered on Francophone popular music, cinema and sports. While teaching on Long Island he developed a Hockey Night with the New York Islanders program, whose learning module was cited in the volume Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, published in 2006 by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Since 2004 Professor Graham has been at Clinton Community College, where he has been recognized for his leadership in the area of Quebec Studies. He has received five professional development grants from the Clinton Community College Foundation for further study and seminar attendance in Quebec. Professor Graham obtained three grants from the Ministry of International Relations of the Government of Quebec to begin the Quebec Culture and Society course and one in sponsorship of the Quebec Cinema Festival. In 2013 he received a grant from the Adirondack Foundation’s Foreign Language Enhancement Fund in support of the International Experience in Quebec course.

As a member of the Clinton Cultural Affairs Committee, Professor Graham has been instrumental in bringing to the CCC campus three Quebec-themed concerts, a film, a live stage play and a live concert to benefit the city of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. In May of 2016 he will receive the State University of New York’s Chancellors Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.


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