How an American family became bilingual and navigated French culture.
In 1959, an American family with four children (ages newborn to 7 years) is transplanted from Oregon to Paris. The kids go to French public schools and are assimilated into French culture while speaking English at home with their parents. Follow their entertaining adventures in Paris, The Hague, San Francisco, Aix-en-Provence, and Montreal, as they deal with various cultures, dialects, schools, and a few historical events. Learn how this peripatetic bilingual childhood has provided the family with an unusual perspective of culture and events, and how the French language itself has influenced their lives.
Please join Chris Behr at The Kaneko in the UNO Library as he shares his unique adventures on Saturday, February 16th at noon.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a bag lunch, but it’s not required.
About Speaker Chris Behr
Chris Behr grew up in the United States, France, Holland, and Canada where he graduated from McGill University with a degree in Civil Engineering. After working on many construction sites in northern Canada and in the U.S., he settled in Omaha where he developed and managed the computer systems of a large construction company. Now retired, Chris volunteers for Mode Shift, a non profit advocating for transportation options in Omaha, while dabbling in many hobbies - perhaps too many hobbies - including art, woodworking, permaculture, and reading (he is an avid attendee to the AFO's "Désir de Lire"), wine and food.