• May 31 at 7:00 pm
  • Spadina Theatre
Lecture -

The marquis de Lafayette is known universally as the "Hero of Two Worlds" for his decisive role in the American War of Independence (1775-1783) and of course in the French Revolution (1789-1799).
Two historic events that would give rise to modern democracy on the principles of liberty, equality and fraternity between individuals and peoples.
This lecture highlight the involvement of Lafayette and the Kingdom of France.
In 1780 Lafayette embarked on L’Hermione near Rochefort, France and arrived near Boston, MA. L’Hermione also participated in the Yorktown maritime blockade (1781)
They played a key role in the American Revolution and during the American Revolutionary War. Between 1778 and 1783, 44 177 French soldiers and sailors fought aside the “American Insurgents. 5 040 gave their live for their independence…

Biography : 

Thanks to his double training in Psychology/Social Psychology (Psychoanalysis) and in Sociology (Sociology of collective and political action) Doctor Gérard Charpentier (Ph.D.) carried out two types of activities mixed in one topic, the development of the person as individual and in a collective organization with a speciality, the intercultural phenomena (ethnopsychology). In 1984, he published the first, ever written book, entitled “Les peuples francophones dans le monde contemporain - Introduction à la Francologie”. 

He was member and President of the Alliance Française of Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2001-2005), he is member of the Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region (Burlington VT).
He is President and Grand Commander of Ordre Lafayette in USA and Canada


The lecture will be followed at 8:15 pm by an award ceremony. The executive director of Alliance française Thierry Lasserre and the cultural director Patricia Guérin will be awarded with the medal of chevalier de l'ordre Lafayette. 

A cocktail will be offered at this occasion. 

The “Ordre Lafayette” was established in 1999 in France and now in the USA
To perpetuate the memory of General Marquis de La Fayette and to encourage and inspire the friendship between these two nations and their peoples.
This is a non-political, non-union and non-religious organization.


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Spadina Theatre
24 spadina road
M5R 2S7 Toronto, ON


Free admission