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Learn About France at the Vic’s Fourth Friday

Apr 26 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Valparaiso International Center (VIC) - Valparaiso



The Valparaiso International Center (The VIC) will sponsor a presentation about France on Friday, April 26th, at 7 pm. The event is part of The VIC’s Fourth Friday series, which is held monthly at the Montague/Urschel Gallery of the Porter County Museum, 20 Indiana Avenue, Valparaiso. The gallery is located behind the Aster Gray Shop on the corner of Indiana Avenue and Franklin Street. The entrance is off of Franklin.

Gilles Charriere, a native of Dijon, France, now living in Valparaiso, is the featured speaker this month. He served in the French Navy and worked as a shopkeeper and computer programmer in France, but his passion was always flying. Charriere arrived in the USA in 1988, hoping to fulfill his dream of becoming a pilot. Twenty-two years ago he was hired by United Airlines. He moved to Valparaiso, became an American citizen in 2017, and has become involved in local politics.

Charriere will discuss all elements of the culture of his homeland. He will be assisted in his presentation by Valparaiso University French exchange student Mathilde Pires Delor.

The VIC’s Fourth Friday is a monthly series of presentations and discussions about various international cultures. The speakers are natives of the subject country or have some special expertise to offer.
Recent talks have covered Iran, Russia, Canada, Uruguay, and Ghana.

“The VIC’s mission is to create an environment that brings people from across the globe together by promoting a community that is understanding of different cultures,” said Board Chair Hugh McGuigan. “All our sponsored programming works toward that goal, including our signature event, the World Cultural Festival, now in its eleventh year, which will be held on September 15th at Central Park Plaza in Valparaiso.”

The Fourth Friday presentation on France is a family-friendly event open to all members of the community and free of charge. For more information on the Valparaiso International Center, visit its website at www.valpovic.org and its Facebook page at facebook.com/valpovic.


Valparaiso International Center (VIC)

309 Lincolnway




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