Arley Levno


Arley W. Levno was born in Hillsboro,Oregon, grew up in Sidney, Montana and attended universities in Montana, Paris (France) and Maryland (Ph.D. 1978). He lived for 2 years in Paris where he taught English as an assistant d'anglais, and studied at the University. He taught French language, literature, culture and linguistics for 32 years at Towson University, Towson, Maryland, where he is presently Professor Emeritus. He lives in Columbia, Maryland with his wife Dr. Patricia Gobbett-Levno. They have a daughter, Christine Gobbett-Levno, who lives in Washington, D.C.

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Describe your desk
I have a wonderful mid-size roll-top desk. I asked my wife to describe my desk, and she said "an absolute mess". True, but that is easily fixed. I just roll the top down and the mess disappears.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small, friendly, industrious farming town, Sidney, Montana, near the North Dakota border. Except for individual personalities, everyone seemed very much the same. Even the few families of Mexican origin did not stand out but seemed no different from those of German, Swedish, Norwegian or Polish extraction. Upon leaving Sidney, and eventually Montana, I became fascinated by the dissimilarity among individuals and peoples, not only in the United States, but around the world. Living for two years in France as a foreigner, I was far from the sameness that existed in that small Montana town where I grew up. Living surrounded by diversity, I began to realize that, to one degree or another, diversity is everywhere. And that is what makes life so interesting. Everyone, and everything, has its uniqueness and its contribution to life as we know it. Our richness and progress depends on what we can learn from each other, for example, what we can learn from the French and what they can learn from us, as I have tried to illustrate in my books.
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Close Encounters of the French Kind
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 22,900. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Social Science » Anthropology / Cultural
This is a book of cross-cultural mini-dramas: an American meets a French person, resulting in a cultural conflict or misunderstanding. The reader tries to determine the reason (A,B,or C) for the conflict, before the correct answer is given with a full explanation and resolution of the conflict. Interesting,and at the same time sensitizes the reader to the cultural diversity which surrounds us all.

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