The American Council for Quebec Studies recently won a prestigious award from the government of Quebec for the group’s work in promoting French language and the francophone cultures of North America.
The award, which is called le Prix du 3-Juillet-1608, is presented annually. Its name commemorates the date Samuel de Champlain arrived in what is now Québec City. The American Council’s award marks the first time the honor has been bestowed to an organization outside of Canada.
University of South Alabama Associate Professor of Political Science Dr. Sam Fisher is treasurer of the group, which held its 2003 conference in Mobile. USA also hosts the Web site for the organization, www.acqs.org.
The American Council for Québec Studies is a multidisciplinary academic organization promoting the study of Québec and French North America. It is made up primarily of university professors from across the United States and throughout the world who have an active interest in Québec's history, literature, politics, economy, language and culture. The group publishes the academic journal Québec Studies.