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Start date: Tuesday, July 2 2024.


 On Tuesday, July 2, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Resource person: Audra Bullard - office@clehighlands.com


Most Americans know about the French Foreign Legion through films like Beau Geste, or the antics of Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion. This famed fighting organization, however, has a grittier and less romantic history tied to France’s brutal colonial conquests in Africa, Asia, and elsewhere. This presentation will review the history of the FFL from its origins as a dumping ground for foreign “undesirables,” to its continued role today as an element of France’s influence throughout the world. Participants will learn about some of its noted engagements and its complicity in some of the ugliest episodes of France’s imperial history.

Presenter: Max Owre is the Executive Director of Carolina Public Humanities. A graduate of the University of Vermont, he obtained his PhD in modern European history from UNCCH in 2008. Max is a lecturer in the History Department, teaching courses in European, world and colonial history since 2007. Max is a principal organizer, and frequent host and moderator of CPH Events. He also lectures frequently for CPH on various topics in French and European history.

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