French Lecture Series - Carolyn Porter

4:45 PM  - 6:00 PM
Tuesday Nov 28, 2017
Neill Hall (formerly Humanities Building) 401

 Carolyn Porter, Graphic Designer, will present “Marcel's Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man's Fate.” 

During the depths of World War II, Frenchman Marcel Heuzé mailed letters to his wife and three young daughters from a labor camp in Berlin.  His beautiful looping cursive carried tender words of love along with testimony about day-to-day survival. Sixty years later, graphic designer Carolyn Porter found his letters at an antique store in Stillwater, Minnesota and began to transform Marcel’s handwriting into a modern computer font.  After having a letter translated, she became obsessed with finding answers to the questions: Who was Marcel?  Why had he been in Germany?  Why were his precious letters for sale halfway around the world?  And most importantly: Did Marcel survive?  Carolyn’s obsessive, hope-filled quest for answers has been recounted in the book “Marcel’s Letters: A Font and the Search for One Man’s Fate.”

Carolyn Porter is a graphic designer and self-professed typography geek who designed P22 Marcel Script.  Released in 2014, this font has garnered four international honors, including the prestigious Certificate for Typographic Excellence from the New York Type Director’s Club, typeface competitions by Communication Arts and Print magazines, and was a selection for the 2015 Project Passion exhibition.  Carolyn lives in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, with her husband and their beloved black lab.

Contact: Theresa Klauer, 6437

This event is for: Alumni, Students, Staff, Faculty, Parents and Families and Public

Sponsored By: French and Francophone Studies

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