50 Years of French

Cheers to 50 years of French at the University of Regina!

In September 1968, Regina’s first bilingual studies centre opened in the heart of the university campus. 50 years later, La Cité universitaire francophone and the Bac en éducation française program are the Francophonie’s proud representatives at the University of Regina. The two entities continue to work for the advancement of French-language university education on campus. 

“French has been resounding at the University of Regina for fifty years: this is a remarkable fact that we owe it to ourselves to celebrate with the whole university and Fransaskois community. It is because of support from both that French has been firmly rooted and has grown and given rise to seven certificate, bachelor’s and master’s level programs,” says  Emmanuel Aito, director of La Cité universitaire francophone.




A Year of Celebration

La Cité and the Bac have organized a variety of special events to mark the anniversary throughout 2018 : 

January 30, 2018

Open house aimed at university staff members and non-Francophone students.   

*Free and open to all*


February 15, 2018

Rendez-vous for two, a social gathering with a very simple concept: “My French, your culture: the art of seduction.” The goal of the evening is to share our love of French with people of other cultures and languages so that they can be exposed to the Francophone experience in a relaxed and informal setting. The evening also features the opening of a photography exhibition by Estelle Bonetto, entitled “The Hand That Feeds.” 

*Free and open to all*

February 15 to March 9, 2018

A photography exhibit by Estelle Bonetto, entitled “The Hand That Feeds”  in the Rotunda of La Cité.

*Free and open to all*





March 15, 2018

50 Years of French, a social event taking place during the Rendez-vous de la francophonie in March. The evening will be marked by the launch of a book co-written by Michael Poplyansky and Abdoulaye Yoh. "Contre toute attente" (Against All Expectations) relates the history of the creation and development of a French presence on the University of Regina campus. 

*Free and open to all*

March 14 to April 15, 2018

An exhibit of selected photographs from the book "Contre toute attente" (Against All Expectations) co-written by Michael Poplyansky and Abdoulaye Yoh in the Rotunda of La Cité. 

*Free and open to all*

April 14, 2018

**By personal invitation only**

Gala evening that will bring together alumni and key players in the birth and development of French on campus.



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