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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.
Ice, Lee-Ferrand, and Schaffauser and others pose together in Senegal

Graduate Students Collaborate with International and African Scholars

Last May, three graduate students represented the French and Italian Department at Le Conseil International d’Études Francophones, a week-long international conference of Francophone scholars. There they presented work on postcolonial Francophone literature and cuisine, and were asked to publish their papers—an honor uncommon for graduate students.
Ghreichi and a friend on a cliff overlooking a valley in Lebanon

Embracing Opportunities Abroad

After finishing her undergraduate degree last spring, French minor Marie-Christine Ghreichi was awarded a scholarship allowing her to study abroad in Lebanon, a multilingual and multicultural country with strong ties to France, the French language, and French literature. While there, she has been able to connect with her Lebanese heritage, love of languages, and her passion for advancing human rights.
Photograph of presenter at Worlds Between Words

Worlds of Success

This past February, the Department of French and Italian held a new event bringing University students, staff, alumni, and community members together at the Weisman Art Museum. “Worlds Between Words” featured poetry in fifteen languages, music, and art—illustrating the all-encompassing appreciation of language.
Portrait: James Romano

We Are All Entrepreneurs

Alumnus James Romano finds “...an inextricable connection between a strategic view of the world and a liberal arts education.... The best strategic thinkers are those who come from broad liberal arts backgrounds. The liberal arts experience enables someone sitting in a corporate room to think about ways to communicate with far-reaching customers.”