French department chair named a Knight in the Order of the Palmes Académiques

Christopher Elson, chair of Dalhousie’s French department and professor of French and Canadian Studies in the King’s – Dalhousie Joint Faculty, has been named to the rank of Chevalier (Knight) in the Ordre of the Palmes Académiques (the French Order of Academic Palms).

The Palmes Académiques is one of the oldest civil orders of the French Republic, created by Imperial decree of Napoléan Bonaparte in 1808. The Ordre of the Palmes Académiques is dedicated to persons involved in education and higher education who have distinguished themselves in an educational field or in research. Outside of universities, it can be conferred on persons who contribute to enrich cultural heritage.

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