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History professor presents keynote lecture at Loyola University Maryland

December 2, 2011

Bernard Cook, Ph.D., Provost Distinguished Professor of History at Loyola University New Orleans, was invited to present the keynote lecture, “Belgium: How can such a small country be so complicated; The current political crisis in Belgium and its historic roots,” for National French Week at Loyola University Maryland on Nov. 9.

This year’s French Week, devoted to Belgium and its culture, featured multiple lectures on various topics about the country, ranging from literature and comic books to history and politics.

According to Cook, who has directed Loyola University’s summer program in Leuven, Belgium since 1993, Belgium has not had a government that can command a majority in the parliament since the June 2010 election. He added, “The current Belgian prime minister is only serving in an acting capacity, and some fear that the country might split into its Dutch and French speaking parts.”

For more information, contact Cook at 504-865-2564 or cook@loyno.edu.

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