St. Norbert professor to be knighted by France

Tom Conner (Photo courtesy of St. Norbert College)

DE PERE (WLUK) -- A St. Norbert College professor will be knighted by France.

French professor, Tom Conner, is being recognized for his more than three-decades-long service to promote the French language and culture in the U.S. as well as his work in Cambodia.

“I am thrilled to receive this award, which never would have been possible without the support of St. Norbert College. I made my life here and the college helped me to grow as a teacher and scholar. The award reflects on the excellence of our program in modern languages and the dedication of the faculty,” says Conner.

Conner was born in Sweden but went to school in France and the U.S., receiving his M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Conner began teaching at St. Norbert College in 1987, teaching introductory and advanced-level French language courses.

Conner will be become the 20th person in the U.S. to be bestowed in the Order of Academic Palms, and only the 31st of all people in the U.S. to be a member of the order.

The knighting ceremony will take place in Paris or in New York City at the French Consulate with a time yet to be determined.

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