Luc L. Lavier

As Interviewed by Theo Lavier, March 10, 2012
"Like all my friends, we all believed that because our parents were working class we would be, too, and the teacher just believed the same thing. It is a hidden injustice buried in the very fabric of the society."
Luc L. Lavier

Introductory Profile: About Luc L. Lavier

Meet my Dad, Luc Lavier (pronounced Luke). He is a professor of Geophysics at UT. He has 2 children--me and my sister, who is 4 years younger. Luc is a French immigrant from a working class family. His parents had little education. He lived through a time in France when people's potential was judged based on their socioeconomic status in the community. This then decided whether or not you could do well in terms of education and finding work. He broke from his socioeconomic context and showed that he could go beyond what his parents were.

Luc is of an average height at 5 foot 11 with dark blond hair, tanned skin and glasses. He has very thin hair and blue eyes. He usually wears a button-up shirt and khaki pants and nice dress shoes. He is currently 44 years old and living strong.

Luc is always excited about his work with a curiosity that can't be satisfied always trying to finish so he can play with his kids. As a father he is always convivial and is only upset when he can’t spend time with his kids. As an immigrant he always dreams of going back to France or Europe and seeing his family.

As we discussed the social injustice in France I found that he had a dark tone and as if he were remembering things that he did not want to talk about. But as the interview went on his tone lightened and he became more contemplative and more open. As the mood lightened the stories started to form and link. He told me about his teachers and about the scientific community and I discovered that he is a well mannered and structured man who has pulled himself out of a tricky situation and is now living an interesting and exciting life.

At the end of the interview I found that he lived not through an obvious social injustice but rather one that was and still is hidden beneath the many layers of class, stereotypes, and “set” destinies. A story shrouded in mist carried on in the life histories of many people. My dad broke away and was able to tell this story to me so that I may understand how people are put down because they are poor or Muslim or Jewish or anything else, and I am telling this story to you because you should know, too.