Apr 04, 2024
From 5 PM to 7 PM

Location Centre St Jax1439, Rue Sainte-CatherineMontréal, QC, H3G 1S6Canada
ContactQuebec Community Groups Network

French in decline? New perspectives on the issues and challenges of French as a common public language of Quebec society

Join us for a bilingual conference focused on the future of the French language in Quebec. Inspired by the recently published book Le français en déclin ? Repenser la francophonie Québécoise, this event aims to facilitate dialogue on the challenges facing French as a common public language in Quebec society.

Co-sponsored by The Montreal Gazette and the Fondation Notre Home Foundation, our conference features a conversation with Jean-Pierre Corbeil, Mario Polèse, and Jean-Benoît Nadeau, key contributors to the book. Gazette columnist Allison Hanes will moderate the panel discussion, which will be followed by a Q&A session.

This event will take place both onsite at the Centre St Jax in downtown Montreal and virtually, offering free attendance with registration required. Reserve your spot now to engage with this crucial conversation about the future of French in Quebec. 



**Registration is now closed. If you would like to join on Zoom, here is the link:**



Jean-Pierre Corbeil is an adjunct professor in the sociology department of Laval University and a researcher at the Observatoire démographique et statistique de l’espace francophone. During his career, he notably directed the Center for Ethnocultural, Language and Immigration Statistics at Statistics Canada. In addition to teaching about languages issues and dynamics, he has studied the linguistic situation in Canada and Quebec for more than 25 years.

Linguistic columnist for L'Actualité magazine Jean-Benoît Nadeau has written nearly 1,500 reports and columns and around 15 books including The Story of French/La Grande aventure de la langue française and The Story of Spanish. A native of Sherbrooke, Jean-Benoît is a graduate of McGill University and a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs.

Mario Polèse is Professor Emeritus at INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique) and adjunct professor at the McGill School of Urban Planning. He has written extensively on the economy of cities and regions. His two most recent books are: The Wealth and Poverty of Cities: Why Nations Matter (Oxford University Press, 2020); Le Miracle Québécois (Boréal, 2021).

Columnist Allison Hanes started working at The Montreal Gazette in 2000. Since then, she has worked in the National Assembly bureau in Quebec City, covered the justice beat at the Montreal courthouse, served as assignment editor and been a member of the newspaper’s editorial board.