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Charles Larroque
Inducted on April 22, 2000



Degrees earned:

1977 – 1978: Université Laval, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
BA in Social Work.

1971 – 1975: University of Louisiana, Monroe, BA in Psychology.


1991: University of Louisiana, Lafayette, National Acadiana Writing Project fellow (Summer Institute).


1996 – present: Teacher at Continuing Academic Program for Students, Lafayette Parish School Board. Foreign Languages, Social Studies and Cultural Tourism.

1995 – 1997: Designer and teacher of French language tourism curriculum, “Hospitalité S’il-Vous-Plaît,” funded through a School-to-Work grant.

1995 – 1996: Cultural Tourism coordinator, Council for the Development of French in Louisiana.

1993 – 1995: French immersion teacher at S.J. Montgomery Elementary School, Lafayette Parish School Board.

1989 – 1993: Teacher in the bilingual program, Youngsville Middle School, Lafayette Parish School Board.

1988 – 1989: French teacher, Grand Coteau Elementary and Sunset Elementary Schools, St. Landry Parish School Board.

1987 – 1988: French teacher, Athens Drive Senior High School, Raleigh, N.C.

1985 – 1987: French teacher, Lake Arthur Elementary School.

1983 – 1985: Restaurateur, Café Louisianais Le Bayou Pon-Pon, Quebec City.

1977 – 1985: English teacher, Polyvalente de Charlesbourg, Quebec, Canada.

1976: Communications agent, radio press center, Montreal Summer Olympics.


2004 – 2006: Co-producer and screenwriter of Acadia: North and South, a 26-part documentary series on the Cajun-Acadian connection. Produced with Télé-VISION (Montreal), aired on TV5 international, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and funded in part by the State of Louisiana.

2000 – 2003: Creator and co-producer of Gumb-Oh! Là! Là!, a 13-part television documentary series featuring contemporary Louisiana Cajun, Creole and Native American French-speakers. Produced with Télé-VISION (Montreal), aired on TV5 international, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and funded in part by the State of Louisiana.

1999 – present: Collaborator and translator for the film, “The United States of Albert” by André Forcier.

1999: Writer and producer for CD-ROM, “French Immersion in Lafayette,” Educational Technology Research Center (University of Louisiana at Lafayette).

1996 – 1998: Script doctor and translator for the film, “La Comtesse de Baton Rouge” by André Forcier.

1994 – 1996: Script doctor and translator for the film, “Les Vents de Wyoming” by André Forcier.

1992 – 1998: Community television producer with Acadiana Open Channel, Lafayette, Louisiana.

1992 – 1994: Producer and anchorman for state news program, “Cette Semaine en Louisiane” (Louisiana Public Broadcasting).


Larroque, Charles. (2001) “Telling the Louisiana Story” in the National Writing Project’s professional journal, “The Quarterly,” Spring 2001.

Larroque, Charles. (1998) Poetry and fiction in “Fading Voices,” University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

Larroque, Charles. (1998) “Mémoires de Lafayette,” Pelican Publishing ; New Orleans.
Larroque, Charles. (1998) “Memories of Lafayette,” Pelican Publishing (1998); New Orleans.

Larroque, Charles. (1998) “Mémoires de Saint-Martinville,” Pelican Publishing (1997); New Orleans.

Larroque, Charles. (1998) “Memories of St. Martinville,” Pelican Publishing (1998); New Orleans.

1997 – present: Freelance bilingual columnist for the Lafayette Daily Advertiser.
“Gumb-Oh! Là! Là!” is a monthly column treating various subjects germane to French Louisiana culture.

Poetry in Eloizes, (1994), Moncton, New-Brunswick.

Poetry and fiction in Feux Follets, (1994), University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

Collaboration, (1993 – 94), Guide de Voyage Ulysse: Louisiane; Montréal.


2006 - present: President, World Studies Institute of Louisiana.

2001 – present: President, Louisiane à la carte, inc., a nonprofit company dedicated to the preservation of the Louisiana French culture through the development and promotion of francophone products and services. Emphasis is on media productions in television and the Internet.

2005: Artist Fellowship Award (Media), Louisiana State Arts Council.

2001 – 2005: Member of the Atchafalaya Basin Commission, Communications Committee.

2000: Participant at the National Writing Project’s Professional Writing Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

2000: Member of the Order of Living Legends of the Acadian Culture and Heritage Foundation, Erath, Louisiana, for contributions toward the preservation of the Acadian culture.

2000: Member of the Fraternité Cadienne, Erath, Louisiana.

1999: Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Republic of France, for contributions toward the preservation of the French language and culture of the United States.

1999: Master of Ceremonies, gala for the Congrès Mondial Acadien – Louisiane ‘99, an event honoring the Governor General of Canada, Romeo LeBlanc.

1999: Organizer and host for panel discussion, “French Immersion” during the Congrès Mondial Acadien – Louisiane ’99.

1997: Member, board of directors for Congrès Mondial Acadien – Louisiane ’99.

1994: Contestant with Team Louisiana representing the USA on international French game show, Question Pour un Champion, Paris.

1997: Prix Littéraire CODOFIL, Deep South Writers Conference.

1997- 2000: Bilingual presenter for Festival International de Louisiane, a four-day event in Lafayette, which includes performers, artworks, and films from around the French-speaking world.

1996: Recipient of a scholarship from the French government (Centre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris) for a week-long tourism class in Paris.

1995: Prix de Louisiane, Louisiana author of the year, Council for the Development of French in Louisiana.

1994: Special mention, Poetry Contest of Lyons, France.

1988 - 1989: Teacher of the year, Youngsville Middle School.

1987: French class winner of national contest for the Bicentennial of the French Revolution. Grand Coteau Elementary School 5th grade class re-enacted on video the events of the French Revolution. Top student went to France for two weeks.

1987: Louisiana delegate to the International Francophone Summit, Quebec City.

1986 - present: Member, Louisiana Association of Educators.

1983: Founding member, Association Québec – Louisiane.

1981 – 1985: Actor, director, and administrator, Théâtre de la Limonade Rose, Québec City.

1980 – 1983: President, vice-president, and administrator,
La Fraternité Multiculturelle de Quebec City.


2002: “Rebuilding Through Cultural Tourism,” presented to Rebuild Lafayette North Committee.

2000 – present: Presentations on the culture and history of Acadiana, as presented to groups of cycling tourists traveling with Backroads.

1999: “FrancoFaites-le, et ils viendront,” a model for Louisiana cultural tourism in conjunction with Franco-Fête ’99, presented to “Commemorating the Tricentennial of the Founding of Louisiana” (Lafayette, Monroe, Hammond), funded by the Louisiana Endowment of the Humanities.

1998: “FrancoFaites-le, et ils viendront,” presented to the Louisiana Association of Teachers of French, Lafayette.

1997: “FrancoFaites-le, et ils viendront,” an inservice presented to Lafayette Parish foreign language teachers.

1994: Presenter, “How to Produce Television in Our Image” and “Will There Ever Be a Télévision Acadienne?” for the Congrès Mondial Acadien – Moncton.


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