• 2024-02-06 - Cinéclub, Thursday March 7, 6 pm Lucy Ellis Lounge (LCLB) Cléo de 5 à 7 (Varda, 1962) and Italian Movie Night, Wednesday, March 27, 5 pm, Lucy Ellis Lounge (LCLB) "Mia Madre" (Moretti, 2015)
  • 2023-12-13 - Professor Armine Kotin Mortimer, Professor Emerita of French Literature in FRIT, has published the translation of Julia Kristeva’s “Dostoyevsky in the Face of Death or Language Haunted by Sex” at Columbia University Press. Professor Mortimer, recipient of the 2020 NEA Translation Fellowship, translates literary fiction and nonfiction from French, with a particular focus on contemporary authors...
  • 2023-12-09 - Join us in congratulating Amanda Smith who successfully defended her PhD dissertation on Friday, December 1. Her dissertation opened a new, and hopefully lasting, focus of our program on Black collectivism and French Black women individuality. Titled “21st Century Black Beauty Resistance: Collectivism, Individuality and In/visibility in Black French Women's Body and Hair Representations,” the...
  • 2023-11-12 - Prior to the pandemic, the French program had organized more than one visit of our French classrooms from local high schools in he area. However, our first visit, post-pandemic, with 26 high schoolers from Mount Zion, IL on Wednesday, October 11 was special in many ways. First of all, the sheer number of participants who wished to visit beginner and advanced French classes was impressive and...
  • 2023-11-12 - This past October was busy with two Ph.D. dissertation defenses directed by Professor Emeritus, Jean-Philippe Mathy. Elham Karimi Balan, now at Colby College, Maine, defended her dissertation, titled "Writing the Self in the Language of the Other: Trauma and the Body in Autobiographical Novels by Female Iranian Exiles in France" on Wednesday, October 11 in person. Two weeks later, we had the...
  • 2023-10-28 - Professor Vincent Hunter Capps from the University of Buffalo gave an inspiring lecture on Thursday, October 26, titled "Raw is Law: Queer Theory and the Dustanien Text." The lecture was addressed to the public, but students currently enrolled in Professor Daniel Maroun's FR 543 graduate seminar on 'Narratives of disease: HIV/AIDS in French literature and cinema' had the opportunity to...
  • 2023-10-10 - What are small but meaningful changes that you can apply to improve your classroom teaching? How do you improve courses in an entire program while balancing other professional responsibilities? These were some of the overarching questions Assistant Teaching Professor Amy Clay asked in her CITL lunch-time lecture on Thursday, October 5. Her virtual lecture was part of...
  • 2023-09-30 - Professor Felisa Reynolds, one of our specialists in Francophone literatures and cultures, presented a lecture on Thursday, September 28 in the Department of Anthropology's Colloquium Series on her ongoing research on the representation of colonialism in multiple media, including mainstream movie productions. Drawing on material she published this year in the journal...
  • 2023-09-17 - We are hiring faculty for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Italian Studies, with a start date of August 16, 2024 and a broad set of specializations!  They include but are not limited to: Minority Studies, Cultural Studies, Diaspora and Migration Studies, Gender Studies, Race and Ethnicity Studies, Mediterranean Studies, Global Early Modern Studies. Applicants with...
  • 2023-09-17 - This year's incoming graduate students again come to us from a variety of places to study French and Italian literatures, cultures, linguistics, and language pedagogy. From left to right and top to bottom on this picture, meet: Michele Prudence Djemwel Biscene (md58@illinois.edu), M.A. Student in French Studies (B.A....
  • 2023-07-03 - The recent riots in France have raised questions about French police’s "larger purpose" in the country, stated Assistant Professor Daniel Nabil Maroun on FRANCE 24, the French state-owned international news television network based in Paris. The riots broke out after the recent shooting of a 17-year-old, identified as Nahel M., by a police officer in the Paris suburb of Nanterre when he was...
  • 2023-05-31 - Look up our French and Italian summer course offerings, if you would like to study our languages over the summer. Regular instruction in French and Italian resumes on August 16. Have a restful and productive summer!
  • 2023-05-04 - This year's K. A. Looney Awards for French Merit prize went to six outstanding majors and minors who have been excellent in their classes and earned a minimum GPA of 3.5 in a rigorous academic program in French.  Minors: Albertson, Elise (MCB & French) Nikolov, Sophie (Psychology & French) Pechan,...
  • 2023-04-19 - Congratulations to Professor Julie Gaillard for winning Honorable Mention, one of this year's Humanities Research Institute's Prizes for Research across all fields of the Humanities on campus. Professor Gaillard's article is entitled: “‘Returning 'home’? Or Dwelling in the Pixel Age: On Invader’s Intermedial Invasion.” The article features the work of French artist 'Invader' who, since...
  • 2023-03-13 - Congratulations to faculty and teaching assistants who have been ranked as excellent by their students in Fall 2022! Thank you for your hard work in your classrooms during our first semester fully back to campus. We are proud of you! ASAMOAH, FRIMPONG W (TA) – FR 103* CLAY, A – FR 101 CRAIG, S (TA) – FR 101* GORHAM, J (...