Christine McCall Probes, A great Figure of French Literature recognized

Christine McCall Probes is a Professor of Literature at the University of South Florida (Tampa) who teaches, conducts numerous conferences and has published works on poetry, letter writing, drama and rhetoric. One of her latest works, “The Perception of God, Creator and Guardian of Jean Racine: Continuities of lyricism through genres” was published in the collection Travaux de Littérature.

On April 10th, 2013, she was aptly recognized at the University of South Florida for her work after a presentation that was delivered by the Consul General of Miami on the 450th Anniversary of French Presence in Florida.


In the name of French National Education, Professor Christine McCall Probes was awarded the insignia of Chevalier "Knight" dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

In his speech, Gaël de Maisonneuve, Consul General of France in Miami welcomed her to “this nice family” of recipients, with only seven other Americans having ever received this award.

Founded by Napoleon Bonaparte, the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques is one of the highest awards bestowed on civilians by the French government.

The award recognizes Ms. McCall Probes for her contributions to the dissemination of French culture. She is the second recipient from Florida and the first from USF to receive this award.

On this occasion, Consul general, Gaël de Maisonneuve gave a lecture on the “450 Years of French History in Florida”, taking the audience on a trip back to when the explorers and navigators René de Goulaine de Laudonnière and Jean Ribault, the first French citizens, set foot in Florida in 1562.

From then on, French influence has deeply embedded itself onto Florida’s culture. Maisonneuve gave many examples of the solid ties between Florida and France seen in Forts, settlements, communities, businesses, and architectural structures such as Viscaya in Miami and the Dali Museum in St Petersburg.
The numerous works of Ms. McCall Probes illustrate vividly this strong ties!

Article published on April 17, 2013.

Last modified on 18/04/2013

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