Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Thesis viva!


Let me invite you to one of the oldest schools of Paris, Le Collège Sainte Barbe. Located on the Montagne Sainte Geneviève, near the Panthéon, it was built in... 1460 and is now closed. Well, not totally... The whole building was renovated between 1999 and 2009 and has been turned into an administrative building, a library and a place where students can defend their thesis. That is precisely what I witnessed yesterday, when one of my nieces (in this photo) - who's also my God daughter - had her thesis viva. A great and moving moment. Needless to say she did extremely well ;-))

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  1. What a beautiful post ! Witnessing the thesis viva of your God daughter, within such a building, that must have been, I do believe it, a great and moving time !!
    If your niece did as well as what her beautiful back (and dress) is showing, I am sure that she was extremely good ! Would it be undiscret to know in which area her thesis subject had been chosen?

    Congrats !! *To both of you (for the thesis road and the picture story !). True congratulations.

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    1. No it's not indiscreet at all - providing I know how to translate it in English! Almost 500 pages on... "The comparative study of French and English law on the notion of filiation and its effects."

      More (in French and English!) here

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    2. Thank you very much. I am really very very admirative. Thank you for the link. So much work is included in all that. The jury was of a very first choice !
      Even more congratulations now that I know more !!
      I am almost about to start again my studies ;-))

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  2. I totally agree with Alex. Congratulations to your niece! I am sure she must be ecstatic, and you too!

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    1. More than anything, I think she's relieved!

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  3. Congratulations Eric's niece! That is an accomplishment to be proud of.

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  4. Needless to say! How fortunate for both of you to be part of such an experience in such a place. And how kind you are to share it with us, Eric. It's a wonderful photo.

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    1. I kinda like the photo too I must, because you can feel the atmosphere and it does not really show anything!

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  5. I love these insights beyond the Eiffel Tower and French food. Hard to believe a student has to sit in a room like this to defend their thesis. Seems like something from 100 years ago. So happy for her and hope that she succeeded. Am also eager to hear the subject Eric...did you understand what she was "defending"?

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    1. "Seems like something from 100 years ago". You're right. It's been the same for centuries now!

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  6. WOW really unique in a life and beautifully caught ! I was wondering what kind of is the Court dress, I think we can see, on the right of the photo? A red one may be the one of a President or first President in a Court of Appeal or even in the 'Cour de cassation' which means the highest level of judicial courts in France. Was it a thesis in Law ?

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    1. Well the jury (6 people if I recall) were all dressed in Court dresses, but I don't know exactly what they are... (I'm very ignorant of law and justice things!)

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  7. Congratulations to your niece on a superb accomplishment! So - relatives are allowed to come to the defense event for moral support! How nice, and what a good uncle you are!

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    1. Yes anybody can come (well about 30 people maximum, there is not too much room).

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  8. Thank you so much for sharing this important moment with us, Eric! Congratulations to your niece and to her proud uncle/godfather. :~}

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  9. What a wonderful accomplishment! Congratulations all around!

    Also, what a beautiful room!

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  10. I was lucky to be there too... And I can confirm how moving (and exciting) a moment it was !

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