Professor of French

Expertise: All levels of French and Francophone Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries; Twentieth Century literature from France and Francophone countries

Dr. Hélène N. Sanko teaches all levels of French. Her special interests are in the areas of French and Francophone languages, literatures and cultures which she expressed in several of her most recent articles: “Le Traité du Jardinage de Jacques Boyceau (1560-1635) et l’esthétique du XVIIe siècle.” Papers on French Seventeenth Century Literature (2005) ; “La Martinique, nostalgie et splendeur dans Le Temps des madras de Françoise Ega.” French Review (2003); “Langston Hughes (1902-1967) in Paris d’après son autobiographie The Big Sea (1940).” (see Harlem Renaissance) Association pour la recherche francophone, Commission Amérique.http://www.recherchefrancophone.net (2002) ; “La religion dans l’Evangéline de Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, des Acadiens de Nouvelle-Ecosse aux Cajuns de Louisiane.” Romance Languages Annual (2000).

Language Section:  French
Languages Taught:   French
Other Languages Read or Spoken:  Ukrainian, Croatian, Russian
Country of Birth:  France

Honors & Awards:

  • N.E.H. (National Endowment for the Humanities) Scholar, 1979 & 1983
  • John Carroll University Grauel Faculty Grant, 1993

Memberships:

  • French Colonial Organization
  • Ukrainian National Women’s League of America (contributor to their magazine, Our Life since 1995)
  • AATF: American Association of Teachers of French
  • FCHS : French Colonial Historical Society / Société d’Histoire Coloniale
  • CIEF: Conseil International des Etudes Francophones
  • MLA: Modern Language Association
  • AAASS: American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies

Local Memberships: (and invited guest speaker)

  • (Former) member of the Maison Française de Cleveland
    ( headquarters : Alliance française de Paris, France)
  • (Former) member of the Croatian National Fraternal Union
  • (Former) member of the Cleveland Ukrainian Museum and Archives

Official positions held:

  • Chair of the AATF French National Test Development Committee (2000-2003) – Member (1993-2000) “Le Grand Concours”
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Bulletin de la Société Américaine de Philosophie de Langue Française (1993-present)
  • Contributor to the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History [The French in Cleveland]
  • Contributor to the UNWLA magazine, Our Life (1997- present) UNWLA is a member of the UNA : Ukrainian National Association Inc.

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