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Ben Palmer

French Section Head

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Interests and Expertise

I have been employed at EMU since 1970, having spent three years as a Teaching Assistant at Northwestern University and one year in France writing a dissertation on the 18th-Century novelist, Crébillon fils. In 1980 and 1981 I was a Senior Lecturer in French and English at Song Sim College for Women in Korea under the auspices of the Fulbright Program. I spent the 1987-1988 academic year as a Visiting Professor of French at Mills College in Oakland, CA. From 1996 to 2004, I served as the Grievance Officer for the EMU-AAUP, after having undergone training in employee advocacy through the American Arbitration Association. While primarily interested in the literature of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, I participated in a retraining program beginning in 1978 in order to acquire proficiency in Business French. I teach language, literature and the language of business at all levels. My research interests are history, literature, and civilization of the Enlightenment in France.

My wife and I have five daughters, three who are Korean-born and two who are from China. We travel frequently, having visited France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico and the Czech Republic in the last several years.

The Department of World Languages is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold