Norman Stokle

An Illustrated Lecture
Dr. Norman Stokle

WHERE: Woodward Park Library,
944 E Perrin Ave, Fresno, CA 93720

WHEN: Thursday April 3, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
HOW: Free Entrance – All Welcome

Franco-American Relations

Franco-American relations have frequently been studded with misunderstandings, suffocating aggravations, and at worst, downright incomprehension. Dr. Stokle will attempt to illuminate this murky domain by identifying certain essential notions and attitudes common to all French people. He will explore such issues as: the French perception of self and of others, their attitude towards their own history and government, their system of priorities and values, their strategies for self-protection and overcoming obstacles. He will analyze the most flagrant differences between French and American behavior patterns and assess what the future may hold for this important yet fragile relationship in a rapidly changing world.

About Norman Stokle

Born and raised in County Durham, England, Norman Stokle has spent most of his life teaching French language, civilization and literature at universities across the United States, as well as in Paris, France and Zaria, Nigeria. He received his Ph.D from Syracuse University, studied acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and musical composition at the Schola Cantorum in Paris. He has appeared in numerous television plays and movies and, for many years, performed with Dear Conjunction, the English theater group, based in Paris. His most recent publications include Plays for the Sinful, Three French Comedies (Joffo, Salacrou, Feydeau), Beauty, the Beast and Some Clowns (a musical fantasy), a co-authored satirical novel, Cheeseburgers in the Rose Room and several screenplays, most notably The Siege of Saint Michel and The Florentines (a TV miniseries). Currently, he lives in Fresno, California where he spends much time playing Petanque and promoting French language and culture. He can be reached by email at:

Alliance Francaise de Fresno P.O. Box 5197 Fresno, CA 93755-5197
Tel: 559-227-9850 • Email: