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Portrait of Sophia Wright.

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.
Portrait of Jane Leach.

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."
Vlad posing for a picture

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.
French and Italian Students

A Revolutionary Debate

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.
teaching assistant program in france

TAPIF Fellowship Award

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.

PACE Project: Advanced Speaking Proficiency Update and Year Four Team

The fourth year of the PACE project is underway! This academic year will build on the work of the past three years. The focus this year is on analyzing and responding to student proficiency test data. The PACE project team is working closely with two other grant recipients who have been conducting parallel projects: Michigan State University (MSU) and the University of Utah (Utah).
Kathleen Rider and her students in Rome, Italy.

When In Rome

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.
Alexander Rash’s standing outside of Folwell Hall at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities

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.”

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