When Lakeland photography students visiting France attend the opening of an exhibit showcasing their work on July 18, their family and friends will be watching in real-time from Kirtland 3,844 miles away through interactive video.
Sixteen Lakeland students will visit Cleveland’s Sister City of Rouen July 18-27 as part of a travel photography course taught by Professor Bruce Cline. Lakeland has offered the digital photography class the past three summers, allowing amateur and advanced photographers to learn to see and think with a professional photographer’s eye, while learning about the cultural aspects of France.
This year, Rouen city administrators arranged for an exhibit of Lakeland students' photographs at the Library of National Heritage. The exhibit is sponsored by the Lubrizol Corporation, which has a manufacturing facility in Rouen. The opening exhibit will be held on July 18 at noon (6 p.m. in Rouen).
The event will be broadcast live to Lakeland’s Holden University Center, and remarks from Lakeland will be broadcast live to Rouen, using interactive video technology. The technology will allow friends and family of the students, college faculty and staff, and other supporters to see and speak to each other in real time.
“This is a proud moment for our students, and we’re pleased that others will be able to celebrate their international achievement from across the Atlantic through the benefit of technology,” said Professor Cline.
The cities of Cleveland and Rouen are sister cities and have had an ongoing relationship dating back to World War I. When America entered the war, Cleveland’s Lakeside Hospital medical personnel opened a hospital base outside Rouen. A plaque commemorating this can be found at Rouen's City Hall. Both regions also share the presence of several companies including Lincoln Electric, Lubrizol, and MTD Products.
The City of Rouen, located in the region of Haute Normandie (Upper Normandy), is comparable in size and economic activity to Northeast Ohio. The region of Upper Normandy is rated 13th in economic influence of France’s 22 Regions, far surpassing its ranking as 19th of 22 in geographic size. Upper Normandy is home to 1.8 million inhabitants, 700,000 jobs and a gross domestic product of 58.6 billion US Dollars.