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Learning Without Borders

“Studying French and its culture makes me feel more like a citizen of the world,” says Anika Hauk, a student who studied abroad in Montpellier, France last semester. Explore what Hauk and other undergraduate students learned about themselves while learning abroad.
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Interning in France

Senior Ceclia Pompeo spent her junior year in Montpellier, France. Not only did she create amazing connections with her host family, but she also participated in two different internships that challenged her language skills and gave her professional experience abroad.
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Exploring Poetry Beyond Paper

“Studying in the humanities is about striving to wander and wonder, which coincides with the idea that learning is joyful in that it never ends,” says Alexandre Dubois, a recent PhD graduate. Discover how Dubois combined his interests in literature and geography to explore how language is portrayed in poetry.
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African Voices of Paris

African Voices of Paris is a four-part documentary series that highlights the lives of immigrants of African origin living in Paris. Director of the African Studies Initiative (ASI) and Associate Professor in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature Shaden M. Tageldin speaks about how collaboration got ASI invested in this important project.
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Immersion Through Learning Abroad

Bella Dally-Steele strives to learn as many languages as she can to fuel a career in international journalism. Her first immersion experience was as an exchange student in France as a high school student, which she has followed up by learning abroad in Seoul, South Korea and Fez, Morocco, in college. She is pursuing a bachelor of individualized studies in French, Spanish, and mass communication.
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French Immersion Taught Me to be Mindful

Recent graduate Lily Mahan talks about starting French immersion preschool at the age of three, what it was like to transition out of a full immersion program at the end of elementary school, and how knowing French affects her worldview. “I am who I am today because of my immersion experience,” she says. Lastly, graduating with a French major, Mahan talks about her future and how she hopes to live and work in France one day.
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Weaving Music with French

Sophia Wright discusses how her majors in French and music work together in harmony. Wright applies her language skills and understanding of French culture and history to her studies of music and art. She draws connections between different art forms and time periods to create a clearer picture of Western history with the help of her French immersion background. By overcoming challenges in her immersion experience, Wright was able to excel in her other classes because of her French background.
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Intertwining French and Public Health in Senegal

Committed to public health development in an international context, French major Jane Leach jumped at the opportunity to learn abroad in Senegal, where she gained cross-cultural healthcare experience by working with mothers and babies at a rural clinic. She returned to Minneapolis with a more nuanced understanding of French studies and a renewed passion for public health. "It felt like [I had found] something I could dedicate my life to."
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In Cinema, Sound is the Key

Alumnus Vlad Dima (PhD 2010) discusses life as an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he researches French and francophone cinema and crafts unique courses, such as one that explores the representations of the undead in literature and film. His new book offers the first comprehensive study in English of films by Djibril Diop Mambety, and argues that the Senegalese auteur uses soundscapes to generate alternate narrative planes.
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Traveler, Artist & Urban Explorer

2017 graduate Alexander Rash returned to Minnesota to finish his degree after spending several years living in France. While there, he helped open a collective publishing house, became an art curator, and had countless other adventures. He likes that travel gives him a new perspective on the world and that his French studies have given him “the ability to think in multiple dimensions as relates to society.”
Three-panelist roundtable discussion during the Les Actualités de Patrick Modiano symposium

Examining Modiano

In collaboration with Minneapolis’ Alliance Française, department chair Bruno Chaouat moderated a riveting symposium regarding the work of French Nobel Prize winner Patrick Modiano. Speakers with expertise in his work were brought in from across the globe to discuss Modiano’s literary importance.