BELOIT—Jack D. Street, who once held the Harry C. Moore Endowed Chair in modern languages and literatures, will be inducted into French Republic's Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Order of the French Academic Palms) at the "Chevalier" (Knight) level. Street will officially receive the award on Monday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Wright Museum of Art Foyer.
The Palmes Académiques was founded by Napoleon in 1808. This prestigious award honors those who have contributed to the promotion of French language and culture and is the oldest non-military French decoration. Names of nominees are submitted by the Prime Minister to the President of the Republic for his approval.
Street began his career at Beloit College in 1961 and taught at the college until last year. He chaired the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures from 1975 to 1997. Well-versed in French culture, Street founded Beloit's French seminar in Rennes, France, and directed the program 14 times between 1965 and 2000. In addition, Street founded several prizes and scholarships for students studying foreign languages. Upon retiring in 2015, he received Professor Emeritus status, an honor given to select faculty when they retire from teaching.