Pierre Anctil to Speak on April 6 at The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College

Contact: Victoria Harnish

New Hampshire Institute of Politics

(603)222-4117

March 22, 2006

Manchester, N.H. – As part of the Distinguished Scholar Series at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, Pierre Anctil, Professor of History at the University of Quebec, will speak about “Spirituality and Devotion in Franco-American Catholicism” on Thursday, April 6, at 7:00 p.m. in the NHIOP Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

In his lecture, Anctil will examine the historical issue of how Catholicism evolved among French speakers in New England as both a genuine form of religious practice and also as a focus for ethnic affiliation and community building.

Anctil has authored many historical studies on the Montreal Jewish community and multi-ethnic context, including Yiddish-French translations of works written by Jewish immigrants in the first half of the 20thcentury. He holds a doctorate in anthropology from the New School for Social Research in New York and was a post-doctoral fellow at McGill University’s Department of Jewish Studies. In 1998, Anctil received the Ezekiel Hart Award, awarded every three years by the Canadian Jewish Congress to a person not from the Jewish community who has contributed in an outstanding way to inter-cultural relations, with particular emphasis on the Quebec Jewish community.

For more information, please visit www.anselm.edu/nhiop or call603-222-4100.