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Vive L'Amour

Annamarie Holland Daniels ’83

I took French. I had Gisele Barrau-Freeman. And I had had so much French growing up that by the time I was a sophomore ... there were like five of us who were well beyond anything that was offered here. So Gisele got us all together. It was like, ‘All right, what do you guys want to do?’ And we said, ‘I don’t know. What can we do?’ ‘You can create the class that you guys want.’

So we did. We would go to the French bookstore at Rockefeller Center and buy trashy novels. We would all meet in my living room at cocktail hour and drink wine and discuss these trashy novels in French. It was hilarious. And it was great because they were written in slang French—there’s no way you’d ever find it in a textbook. And we really had to search to figure out what much of it meant. So it was a whole different take on French. That was a great class.

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Substitute Teacher

Pat Ratigan Ranger ’58

Adda Bozeman was a very distinguished woman. She wore her hair back in a bun. And she always wore a flower at the nape of her neck. She had tremendous style in dressing and the way she carried herself. And I took international relations from her. That was a fabulous class.

Adda Bozeman was a very intimidating person actually. You did the work. You showed up to conference. You were prepared. You did everything that you were supposed to do, or she would just dismiss you. She was very traditional in that sense.

One day toward the end of the semester, she called me into her office, and she said, ‘I’m going to be out of town for two weeks.’ And she said, ‘I want you to take my classes.’ I just looked at her. And she said, ‘You will be a wonderful teacher, and I trust you. I want you to take my classes.’ So I did. And that was really when I decided I really wanted to go into teaching.

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Gisele Barrau-Freeman

Gisele Barrau-Freeman

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Adda Bozeman

Adda Bozeman

Photos courtesy of the SLC Archives