Published on March 14, 2013  

How the world has changed (and not)! Mike Ledgerwood attended Oak Ridge (Tenn.) High School with an exchange student named Gérard Legris, and kept in touch with him over the following decades. Today, Ledgerwood leads Samford’s World Languages and Cultures department and Legris is a political science professor at the Sorbonne and head of unit at the European Commission.

When the pair reunited via Skype in a Samford classroom this week, Ledgerwood’s French students enjoyed a most practical language exercise and learned a bit about EU governance.

 
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