Jacques Pépin named Honorary Doctor

Gastronomy Program founder, Jacques Pépin, has been named Honorary Doctor of Human Letters by Boston University. Pépin will be honored on May 21, 2011 at Commencement.

In addition, there will be a series of lectures, discussions and demonstrations entitled “The French-American Connection with Jacques Pépin.”

Wednesday, May 18, and Friday, May 20, 6 p.m.

Wednesday: The French-American Connection
Kyri Claflin, lecturer in the MLA in Gastronomy program at Boston University, will introduce our speakers: William Keylor, BU professor of history, who will discuss political connections between the two countries; and Jonathan Ribner, BU associate professor of art history, who will present “The Unstill Life: A Transatlantic Perspective.” These talks will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Claflin, featuring French chefs discussing their experiences emigrating to the United States. We are proud to have Jacques Pépin, Jean-Claude Szurdak, Jean-Jacques Paimblanc, Raymond Ost, and Jacky Robert as our distinguished panel guests. The event will be followed by a reception.
Meets in the Conference Auditorium of the George Sherman Union (GSU) Building, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd Floor.

Friday: Jacques Pépin: Remembrance of Things Past
Jacques Pépin was born in Bourg-en-Bresse, near Lyon, where his first exposure to cooking was as a child in his parents’ restaurant, Le Pélican. Today, Pépin is one of America’s best-known chefs, cookbook authors, and cooking teachers, with 26 books—including his autobiography, The Apprentice—and numerous articles to his credit. He has also hosted ten acclaimed cooking series on public television. Pépin, along with Julia Child, helped found the Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts and the Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy at Boston University, where he continues to teach each semester. Pépin and his colleague, noted chef Jean-Claude Szurdak, will return to Boston University to recreate a complete bistro meal from Le Pélican, using Pépin’s mother’s recipes and recalling the beginning of his apprenticeship. Regional wines will be paired.
$150, includes copy of The Apprentice
Meets in the Demonstration Room,
808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 117.

For more information, please contact the Office of Lifelong Learning.

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