Associate Professor Christophe Wall-Romana brings to light improbable connections between race, astronomy, photography, and cinema. He shares his inspirations and motivations for his forthcoming book, which is centered around these connections.
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.
With the help of technology, Italian instructors are able to bring Italy to UMN students through the interactive Tandem Exchange Program. Carlotta Dradi and Kathleen Rider, coordinators for first- and second-year Italian, discuss piloting the program and how it helps students develop language skills and intercultural competence.
Who would you be in the French revolution? A feminist, a member of the bourgeoisie, or perhaps Lafayette himself? Through a three-and-a-half week long role-playing game, FREN 1501/1502: Gateways to French and Francophone Studies offers first- and second-year students the chance to find out where they would fit in the grand debate. The class also includes guest lectures and group discussions to further explore French language, culture, and history.
The Department of French and Italian (FRIT) at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has partnered with the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) to provide scholarships to graduate program applicants currently participating in, or having completed, the TAPIF Program.
The Immigration History Research Center Archives on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota contain a number of documents about the experiences of both contemporary and past Italian immigrants to the United States, and particularly to Minnesota.
Kathleen Rider teaches a biannual global seminar focused on urban renewal in Rome. Rider created the program to help students see beyond the country’s rich history and better experience it as a diverse, 21st-century place.
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.”
Recent graduate JT Kruger, a double major in French studies and global studies, talks about the importance of volunteering, and about how his majors prepared him to recognize his connections with the global community.