October’s Professor of the Month | Dr. Claude Fouillade

Dr. Fouillade looking at a copy of the Irish Book of Kells (ca 800 A.D.)

Dr. Fouillade looking at a copy of the Irish Book of Kells (ca 800 A.D.)

Hello Aggies! My name is Claude Fouillade. I have been teaching at NMSU since August 1985 so this is my 32nd year of teaching here. I was born and raised in Paris, France and it is my favorite place to travel back to. I hold a Ph.D. in Medieval Languages and Literatures from the University of New Mexico. Outside of teaching, I like to grow a vegetable garden with my wife, look at medieval manuscripts and watch European football matches or movies. I enjoy reading. I find it difficult to pick one book as my favorite, but one that I have enjoyed reading on several occasions is Chrétien de Troyes’ Li Contes del Graal which tells of the Knights of the Round Table and Perceval in particular. My favorite quote is from Voltaire, “Il faut cultiver notre jardin” (We must cultivate our garden). 

My favorite thing about the Honors College is that it is one of the few places on campus where students and faculty from all colleges can meet, exchange ideas and discover new ones. If I could change one thing about the honors college it would be that every student at the University would be more exposed to it. My advice to students is don’t wait until tomorrow what you can get done today. 


Since it is October, the staff at the Honors college asked what my favorite horror movie or novel was: I enjoy watching Frankenstein (starring Boris Karloff) and I also enjoy Mel Brooks’ take on it: Young Frankenstein.


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