News & Announcements for French and Italian

News & Announcements for French and Italian

  • Alain Fresco, advisor, has profound impact!
    4/12/2016
    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. MICHELE STEELE (BA/economics '00) ESPN anchor/reporter "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."
  • Eleonora Stoppino receives Research Grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
    4/6/2016
    Nora Stoppino has received a Research Grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation (http://delmas.org) to work in Italy this summer on her project, "Sirens and Dragons in the Venetian Republic: Animal Cycles in the Colleoni Territory”. This study is part of a larger project on animals as vectors of education and contagion in late medieval and early renaissance Europe, and it focuses on a specific trait of cultural production in the Quattrocento culture of Venice and its territory: the presence of animals in textual and visual representations, particularly under the patronage of Bartolomeo Colleoni (1400-1475), Captain-General of the Republic of Venice.
  • Italian Best Student Prize Award Winners for Fall 2015
    4/4/2016
    Italian Best Student Prize award winners for Fall 2015 The following students received the Italian Best Student Prize for Fall Semester 2015. Awards were announced in a ceremony held in the FLB in February. Students were nominated by their teachers. This fall’s awardees were: Stephanie Antoniolli, Katherine Beisel, Psula Betancourt, Paul Camacho, Jennifer Coady, Moises Contreras, Jana Cruz,Constantine Davros, Michael Gambino, Keren Garcia, Daniel Garcy, Olivia Gatti, Charlotte Hunt, Jennifer Kaczmarek, Ross Massey, Xiaoyu Nie, Herman Pineda-Yanez, Emily Plucinski, Amelia Reggi, Jonathan Reynolds, Andrew Schwenk, Max Weiss,,Nicholas (Nick) Zalewski, Leticia Zhou
  • Priscilla Charrat to receive Gendell Family and Shiner Family Fellowship
    4/1/2016
    The Program in Jewish Culture and Society is delighted to announce that Priscilla Charrat has been awarded the Gendell Family and Shiner Family Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year. This fellowship is made possible by a generous gift to the Program in Jewish Culture and Society from the Gendell and Shiner families and is awarded annually to an outstanding graduate student completing a dissertation in the field of Jewish Studies. Priscilla is a graduate student in The Department of French and Italian, and in Jewish Studies. Her project is entitled "Documents et cheminements: Tracing the Postmemory of the Second World War and the Algerian War of Independence."
  • Zsuzsanna Fagyal to give plenary keynote address at Kentucky Foreign Language Conference
    4/1/2016
    Professor Zsuzsanna Fagyal will give this year’s plenary keynote lecture at the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference in the Singletary Center’s Recital Hall on Friday, April 15 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY. Her plenary lecture is titled: Multilingualism, Ltd.: New Challenges for Linguistic Diversity in Europe. https://kflc.as.uky.edu/keynote https://kflc.as.uky.edu/