NMU was one of three institutions selected to give a panel presentation titled "Good Practices: Curricular Models for Bridging the Gap" at the American Council on Education (ACE) "Bridging the Gap" symposium June 25-26 in Washington, D.C. The event was designed to spark a national dialogue on strategies to maximize the common ground between internationalization and multicultural education to benefit institutions and students. Judith Puncochar (Education) developed and delivered Northern's presentation, which addressed the "evaluation of the curriculum" and three related questions: To what extent does Northern's general education curriculum include multicultural and global/international perspectives and different ways of knowing? To what extent do the academic programs offered by Northern reflect multicultural and global/international content in their majors? To what extent are NMU students encouraged to take courses with multicultural and global/international content? Also attending the conference were Ann Sherman (Human Resources), Dave Bonsall (Center for Student Enrichment), Kenn Pitawanakwat (Center for Native American Studies), Marcelo Siles (International Programs) and Susan Koch (Academic Affairs).

Two poems translated into French by Beverly Matherne (English) were read at a National Poetry Month event sponsored by the Grolier Poetry Bookshop at the Adams House in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. The poems, “The Long Way Home” (La route vers chez moi) and “In Memory of Stanley Kunitz” (A la mémoire de Stanley Kunitz), were written originally in English by Welsh poets Aeronwy Thomas, daughter of Dylan Thomas, and Peter Thabit Jones, respectively. A documentary about Matherne has aired on AOL Television. "I Remember Louisiana: The World of Beverly Matherne" profiles the NMU professor and poet as she discusses her aesthetics and the influence of her early life near New Orleans on her work. It also features Matherne reading, performing and interviewing at several venues, including the grounds of Oak Alley Plantation during the World Acadian Congress of 1999, for which she wrote an epic poem about the arrival of Acadians—today's Cajuns—in Louisiana. The documentary first aired on WNMU-TV (Cable Channel 20) in 2002. 

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