Michel Berta, Emeritus Faculty (2013), French (1994)
Michel Berta studied Protestant theology at the École Pratique des Hautes Études at the Sorbonne, and art history at the École du Louvre, in Paris. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts, Phi Sigma Iota from Boston University and received a Ph.D. in French literature from Queen's University in Kingston, Canada in 1989. He has been awarded the Prix Santiago Vilas in 1983, and Merit Awards for Outstanding Research in 1994 and for Excellence in Teaching in 2000.
He published many articles on theology and French literature in journals such as La Revue Frontenac, The Forum, Les Cahiers Naturalistes, Excavatio and Les Cahiers Internationaux de Symbolisme; volumes of literary criticism; novels; and articles and book reviews online at alternativeapproaches.com. He has also given many lectures in Europe, North America and Australia.
In 2009 he was appointed committee member by the Reynolda House Museum of American Art for the exhibition on American Impressionism from the National Academy Museum in New York. That year he also lectured for the Piedmont Opera Company on “Beaumarchais and The Marriage of Figaro” and was awarded a special grant by the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts to go to the backlands of northeastern Brazil to study the tradition of oral narrative among the Repentista singer poets.
He has also taught French at the Conservatory of Music and the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute. His paintings were exhibited in six formal shows from 1997 to 2010. He retired from teaching French studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in the Division of Liberal Arts in 2013.