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McNeese professor accepts Harvard fellowship

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

A McNeese professor will soon pack his bags for Cambridge, Mass. as he leaves for Harvard.

Dr. Philippe Girard is most looking forward to time at Harvard.

"Normally most institutions will have a sabbatical for professors to write books, but due to the severe budget cuts that we have had at McNeese for six years now, sabbaticals are not available anymore," said Girard.

While the McNeese professor is currently researching after hours, he'll soon have the upcoming fall semester to fully commit to a project.

"I received a fellowship to be a full-time researcher at the Du Bois Institute at Harvard University and my purpose there will be to work on a biography of Toussaint Louverture, who was the main leader of the Haitian Revolution.

Born in the French Caribbean, Girard has always been interested in the Haitian region. Recently, a Harvard professor caught wind of his work and invited him to expand on it.

"I'll get access to magnificent libraries and every book I can think of and so that will make every day research far easier," said Girard.

The fellowship's purpose is to provide an environment for educators studying African and African American research to write, study, and collaborate.

"Obviously it reflects well on the quality of professorship you have at the Harvard on the bayou as we like to call it," said Girard.

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