The success of our latest issues made us realize that the most efficient and the least exclusive way to disseminate our Cercle Franšais was on-line. Caught between the Scylla of less personal communication and the Charybdis of mandatory procrastination, we shall do our utmost to navigate past these two dangers. We shall remain true to our initial intent to bridge the gap between past and present and to facilitate contacts between alumni and currently enrolled students. By delineating rubrics and by assigning all issues a "local habitation and a name," we hope to give each one of you immediate access to items of interest.

Issues of Le Cercle français

Fall 2006
Fall 2005
Spring 2005
Fall 2004
Spring 2004
Fall 2003


"A respect for the right of other peoples to determine their forms of government and their economy will not weaken our democracy. It will inevitably strengthen it."

Eleanor Roosevelt, Tomorrow is Now(1963)

Nathan Michael (Webmaster) and Dr. Léon

      A community, we are aware, can never be created  : not through hard work, or in any other way. No matter how varied the experiences you had, no matter how diverse the bonds you formed in the four years you spent on the GCC campus, a community was created which we simply would like to acknowledge and on which we would like to build. If those who are currently experiencing life intra muros can see that change and uncertainty are the stuff dreams are made on, they can greet the future and welcome the transformations they are undergoing with the understanding that they do not know enough to be pessimistic. Conversely, their youthful enthusiasm, their hesitancies may rekindle in their predecessors the sense, in the words of Sheila Ballantine, that "it's expectation that differentiates you from the dead."

     More than the foreign language(s) whose study all of you had in common, bear in mind that, over against death, which Toni Morrison felt can be equated with "the meaning of life," language, "each time we do" it, may very well be "the measure of our lives."

The ABC of French Cultural Literacy


M. Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission on Le Nouvel An Européen