Vive La France Culture Classes

Presenter’s Biography:

Jean Xavier Brager

Jean Xavier Brager, Ph.D., resided in Louisiana for 18 years. He first served as cultural and linguistic attaché at the Consulat Général de France in New Orleans.  Dr. Brager 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 the Francophilia Foundation.  At this time, Dr. Brager has relocated to his hometown of Marseille, France, in the heart of the Provence region. There, he has resumed teaching both English and drama in the French public school system. In addition, Dr. Brager is teaching two online courses, one on French and Francophone Cinema for Loyola University and the other on the History of French Fashion for the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.  Having recently celebrated the three-year anniversary of his American citizenship, Dr. Brager is more passionate than ever to create opportunities to showcase the intertwined destinies of France and the U.S. 2022 will mark the opening of his new yet long-due baby, ARTLAB13, a cultural center dedicated to American culture.

Wine Curator’s Biography:

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.

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