American Legion dinner speakers to share worldly views in La Jolla about French culture, United Nations

– From American Legion Reports

Two women will share their international experiences as guests of the American Legion Post 275 over dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 18 at the La Jolla Shores Hotel, 8110 Camino Del Oro.

The first speaker will be

Corinne Bagnol

, who was born in Marseille, France, and is a true “Provencale” at heart. Her presentation will focus on French culture and how it is perceived in America, and she will also explore fun facts surrounding one of the most recognizable symbols of the French-American friendship: the Statue of Liberty.

Bagnol earned her master’s degree in France where she lived until she moved to Ann Arbor to work with her husband at the University of Michigan.

After relocating to San Diego, she became a volunteer at her children’s schools, a local hospital and finally the Française de San Diego, where she is now cultural director. The San Diego Chapter is part of the Alliance Française network with the mission to promote French language and culture through classes, events and lectures.

The second speaker will be journalist

Martha Shaw

discussing, “Coverage of world news at the United Nations.” Shaw will share her views about covering the planning sessions, side events and conferences leading up the Rio+20 Earth Summit and beyond.

Shaw is a correspondent on oceans, climate and other environmental topics, who got her start in La Jolla at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. After leaving Scripps, she went on to work for Walter Cronkite’s “Universe” series. Shaw has won many communications accolades including the Los Angeles Times’ Belding Awards, New York One Show, Best of Broadcast New England, and the San Diego Communicating Arts San Diego Award for Best of Show.

Tickets to the dinner are $20 and include parking. For a reservation, contact Jim Tullis at (858) 455-1544 or