Antoine Sassine

Antoine Sassine, Ph.D.

(retired in August 2015)

Professor of Francophone and Romance Studies and Mediterranean Cultures

Mount Royal University

Calgary, Alberta

E-mail:asassine@mtroyal.ca

Professor Sassine has a Doctorate Degree in French Language and Literature with a Minor in Spanish from Wayne State University (Detroit, Michigan), a Master’s Degree and a B.A. Degree (Honours) in French Language and Literature from the University of Windsor (Windsor, Ontario).

He moved to Mount Royal University in 1989. He served as Chair of the Department of Languages and Cultures from August 2005 to August 2008. He is presently a Professor of Francophone and Mediterranean Studies.

Presently, he is the Chair of the Faculty of Arts Diversity Committee and the Chair of the Languages Articulation Committee which is an advisory group to Alberta Advanced Education and the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfers.

He has developed and taught courses on French Literature and Culture, French Language and composition, Francophone literatures, Classical and conversational Arabic, Quebec Culture and Literature, and Mediterranean (Arab, French and Spanish) cultures.

He is currently the Chair of the Languages Articulation Committee, which is a part of the Alberta Council of Admissions and Transfers in the Ministry of Alberta Advanced Education

He has been a member of the following MRU committee: Arts Council, Scholarly Pursuits Committee, Special Events Committee, Academic Development Instructional Projects Committee, and Professional Development Committee. He has also been the Coordinator of French Studies, and of Romance Studies course.

In the springs of 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014, he led a group of MRU students (ROST 4401 – Mediterranean Cultural Discovery – 3 credits)on a 21-day interdisciplinary Study Tour of France, Spain and Morocco. The next study tour is scheduled for May 2015.

He has published articles on:

French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau and French poet Pierre Torreilles

Quebec writers Louis Fréchette, Gabrielle Roy, Saint-Denys Garneau

Francophone writers Amin Maalouf, Georges Schehadé, Andrée Chedid, Tahar Ben Jelloun, Nadine Ltaif

And an article on "les Symboles de la dualité identitaire canadienne".

He wrote biographies in French on 9 Egyptian women writers in the International Encyclopedia of Creative Women which was published in Paris in spring 2013.

He interviewed playwright and poet Georges Schehadé and Canadian novelist Nancy Huston.

He published interviews with write