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Biography of Dr. Louise M. Bourgault, Director
Producer, Editor, Writer, and Mali Camera Operator

Naïny DiabatéDr. Louise M. Bourgault, Ph.D. holds the rank of Professor at Northern Michigan University and has taught Media Studies for nearly 30 years.  She also serves as the Director of the International Performing Arts Series at Northern Michigan University. A specialist in African Media and Popular Culture, she is the author of two books and numerous articles on the subjects of African mass communication and African performance arts.

Her recent research and activism has focused on the use of popular performance and media in the struggle against HIV/AIDS. This work can be seen at http://faculty.nmu.edu/lbourgau. "From Mali to Michigan: A Musical Bridge" is her second documentary.  Dr. Bourgault has won numerous awards for her work, including a Choice Book Award in 1996 for Mass Media in Sub-Saharan Africa (Indiana University Press, 1995) and a 2003 Fulbright Award for AIDS-Related Research in Africa.