Champlain College to Host International Academic Symposium on Samuel de Champlain

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As part of the quadricentennial celebration of the exploration of Lake Champlain, Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont is hosting an international educational symposium July 2-5, 2009. The theme of the symposium is “When the French Were Here” and will encompass “the broadest possible consideration of Samuel de Champlain’s achievements, his life, and of his world as a cultural, social and ideological context.”

The symposium is being coordinated by two of Champlain College’s professors, Willard Sterne Randall and Dr. Nancy Nahra. “Both have researched and lectured on the history of the region and its inhabitants over the last decade. More recently, they’ve examined maps and texts in France and Canada. Randall also teaches a Vermont history course at the College and is a Pulitzer Prize nominated biographer.” For more details about the symposium as well as other events, visit the college’s site, As the only educational symposium participating in the celebration, the presentations will be free and open to the public.

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