Vive La France Culture Classes

Presenters’ Biographies:

Jean Xavier Brager resided in Louisiana for 18 years. He first served as cultural and linguistic attaché at the Consulat Général de France in New Orleans. Jean X then taught language and culture classes at Louisiana State University and at Loyola University. For over 10 years, he volunteered as the artistic director of Francophilia Foundation. At this time, Dr. Brager has relocated to his hometown of Marseille in the heart of the Provence region. There, he has resumed teaching both English, film, and drama in the French public school system. In addition, Jean X is teaching two online courses, one on French and Francophone Cinema for Loyola University, New Orleans, and the other on the History of French Fashion for Loyola University, New Orleans, and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.  Having recently celebrated the two-year anniversary of his American citizenship, Jean X is more passionate than ever to create opportunities to showcase the intertwined destinies of France and the US. He has not yet finished his novel or his script and continues to blame Provence’s blue skies, tasty ratatouille, and the Mediterranean light.

Kristen D. Burton is the Teacher Programs and Curriculum Specialist at The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, LA. She received her Ph.D. in Transatlantic History from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2015 and taught history courses at universities in Texas and Louisiana, as well as online. Dr. Burton currently authors curricular resources featuring the Museum’s extensive collection from the era of World War II. She also works with teachers across the United States through professional development workshops designed to support teachers interested in expanding their knowledge and pedagogical approaches to the history of WWII.

Margene Minor As a retired educator and financial lending analyst, Margene Minor is determined to continue to educate herself (and others when allowed), by completing and having satisfied Examiners and thus being awarded the WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust), Level 2 Award in Wine and Spirits with Merit near Distinction under the authority of the Trustees, by Ian Harris International Wine and Spirit Center 39-45 Bermondsey Street, London. Margene plans on continuing for Level 3 WSET and earn another “button” when WSET courses resume in person.

Nora Wetzel is a registered nurse and a certified chef. For ten years she blended her professions when she accepted a corporate position as a field and safety manager for an offshore catering company. She was a founding board member of the New Orleans Chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food. She has been assigned to various special projects with Julia Child, Robert Mondavi, Chris Keragiorgou, Emeril Lagasse and John Folse. Nora is also a founding board member of the Museum of Southern Food and Beverage in New Orleans. Chef Wetzel has been trained in 19th century open hearth Creole cooking and Garde Manger, which is considered the most demanding station/job in any kitchen. She is chef/owner of a catering and event planning service. Nora is a past president of the Louisiana Historical Society.

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