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St. Norbert College's Tom Conner to be Knighted by France

From St. Norbert College, December 6, 2017
by Matthew Matuszak, matthew.matuszak@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College's Tom Conner, professor of modern languages and literatures, has been recognized by the government of France as a chevalier (knight) in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of Academic Palms). He will be only the 20th person in the United States to be bestowed this grade in the Order of Academic Palms, and only the 31st of all people in the United States to be a member of the order. "I am thrilled to receive this award, which never would have been possible without the support of St. Norbert College. I made my life here and the college helped me to grow as a teacher and scholar. The award reflects on the excellence of our program in modern languages and the dedication of the faculty," says Conner.

Conner is being recognized for his more than three-decades-long service to "promote French language and culture in the United States" as well as for his pioneering work in Cambodia, a former French colony. His citation also includes mention of his extensive service to the profession and of his two most recent books on André Gide and the Dreyfus Affair. The ceremony will take place in Paris, or in New York City at the French Consulate, at a time to be announced.

Conner joined the St. Norbert College faculty in 1987 and teaches introductory and advanced-level French language courses. He was born and raised in Sweden but educated in France and the United States, receiving his M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. all from Yale University. He has also served as a visiting professor at the University of the Philippines-Diliman and at Nihon University in Japan. Conner has authored and edited books extensively, and is a frequent contributor to academic journals.

The Order of Academic Palms, originally established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte, is the highest national order of France for distinguished academics and figures in the world of culture.

For more information, contact Tom Conner at 920-403-3102.