Marshall Olds to be honored by French government

Released on 09/26/2005, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Thursday, Sep. 29, 2005

WHERE: Great Plains Art Gallery, 1155 Q St., Hewit Place

Lincoln, Neb., September 26th, 2005 —
Marshall Olds
Marshall Olds
Chevalier des Palmes Academiques medal, (c) Monnaie de Paris
Chevalier des Palmes Academiques medal, (c) Monnaie de Paris

Marshall Olds, Willa Cather professor and professor of French at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will be honored Sept. 29 when he is decorated as a Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the Republic of France.

The Palmes Academiques were created by Napoleon I in 1808 to honor outstanding members of the faculty of the University of Paris. Membership was later expanded to include individuals beyond the French university system, including foreigners and French men and women living outside the country who have contributed actively to the expansion of French culture in the world.

Olds will be recognized for his scholarship in French studies, his editorship of the journal Nineteenth-Century French Studies and for the successful study-abroad program he developed for UNL students at the University of Franche-Compte in Besancon, France. He has been on the UNL faculty in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in the College of Arts and Sciences since 1984.

Yannick Mercoyrol, cultural attache of the French Consulate in Chicago, will present the decoration on behalf of the French government and the Ministry of Education in a 5 p.m. ceremony at the Great Plains Art Gallery, 1155 Q St.

The links below are to color JPEG images of Olds and the Chevalier des Palmes Academiques medal, (c) Monnaie de Paris.

CONTACT: Marshall Olds, Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures, (402) 472-3770