Jessica Nicholas awarded Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Jessica Nicholas, French PhD candidate, was awarded the Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship for AY 2016-17.
Two Alumnae Receive National AATF Award
The department of Emily Raiche Fellmann (MA ’02) and I (Liz Mocek Martinez MA ’10), both teachers at Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois, was recognized by the AATF as an Exemplary French program (press release is here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/la-grange/community/chi-ugc-article-lt-french-program-receives-award-2016-04-25-story.html).
Nora Stoppino receives an Arnold O. Beckman Award
Prof. Nora Stoppino received an Arnold O. Beckman Award from the UIUC Research Board for her publication project “A Chivalric Literature: A Catalogue of Chivalric Incunabula.” The Research Board selects projects of special distinction for an Arnold O. Beckman Award.
Enamuel Rota awarded Senior Research Fellowship
Emanuel Rota was awarded the Senior Research Fellowship by the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory for 2016-18 for his project “Mediterranean Laziness: The Invention of a Vice".
The modern concept of laziness has played and continues to play a crucial role in the criminalization of poverty. Professor Rota's project reconstructs the invention of laziness as a dispositif that allowed industrial societies to coordinate the languages of ethics, economics, and medicine in their relation with peripheral areas and individuals. By transforming laziness into a function of climate, religion, or race, not only could marginal subjects be represented as responsible for their own poverty, but also those in economically advanced societies who refused to embrace an exploitative work ethic could be represented as racially/culturally/morally inferior. His research covers the history of laziness as a vice from its emergence in early modernity to the triumph of industrial societies.
Alain Fresco, advisor, has profound impact!
The NewsGazette asked 10 University of Illinois grads who've gone on to big things: Who's the professor who had the most profound impact on you? The following was a part of the article in the paper on Sunday, April 10th.
"As an econ major within the liberal arts school — our unofficial motto: we won't take accounting and you can't make us — I took a bunch of classes to round out some of the business-oriented requirements for my degree. One of those non-stats, non-econ classes was a 300-level French language course on Afro-Caribbean literature, taught by Dr. Alain Fresco.
"I still have a couple of books from the class, still remember some of the authors. Fresco approached me near the end the semester my senior year and asked what I was doing post-college — I said, not at all joking, I would be delaying whatever fabulous career was in store. He encouraged me to apply to a program that sent some U.S. students to France to teach English — he was kind enough to write me a recommendation.
"I did and couldn't be more grateful for the nudge. I spent two phenomenal years in the Loire Valley and in the French West Indies, an island called Martinique, where I worked, traveled and generally laid the foundations for a taste for adventure and an openness to new opportunities — especially the unexpected ones."