Paul Ricoeur was a French philosopher who became one of the principal voices in hermeneutic phenomenology, the focus of much of my study. He is really one of the two intellectual giants most closely associated with late 20th century hermeneutics. Catalysed by his death in 2005, there has been an astonishing growth of international activity around Ricoeur, including the establishment of scholarly societies devoted to Ricoeur's work, an archive initiative to preserve and share his work, and international Ricoeur conferences that are occurring with increased frequency. As a founding member of the first such society here in the United States, my contacts and involvement with French colleagues and French institutions in France and Canada are becoming much more frequent, and the need to revive and improve my long dormant French speaking ability would be a tremendous enhancement to these developing relationships. Investing myself in a summer super-immersion program will give the necessary impetus to this recovery project.