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News and Events


Welcome back! Join us for an exciting year of events, screenings, lectures, and celebration. Check this page often for updates on our involvement in the Year of the Humanities, our 50th Anniversary Conference & Celebration, our Mediterranean Metageographies series, the 4th edition of the Italian Film Festival USA, and an exciting new interdisciplinary seminar on Versailles.

  Year of the Humanities


Fall 2015 Course Schedules are available here: French | Italian


Events >>

Campus Visit of LGBT Moroccan Writer Abdellah Taia

Join us at the end of September (28-30) as LGBT Moroccan writer Abdellah Taia visits the University of Pittsburgh to discuss his novels and his recent film (Salvation Army) with the campus community. Sponsored by the GSWS Program, with support from FRIT, Film Studies, ESC, and the "Mediterranean Metageographies" series.


Campus visit: Sept 28, 10am-9pm (various locations)


Salvation Army screening and discussion: Sept 29, 7pm, Frick Fine Arts Auditorium


Salvation Army    Salvation Army Film


Discussion with Abdellah Taia of his novel An Arab Melancholia: Sept 30, 12:30-2pm, 402 CL



Mark your calendars for a birthday party! FRIT turns 50 years old in 2015, and we're celebrating with a conference on the topic of Commemoration on Oct 29-30, 2015. Join us for the conference and for the social reception on Oct 30. Like FRIT50 on Facebook. And visit our conference site for information and opportunities to re-connect with friends and even contribute to one of our interactive timelines.

Alumni >>

Gabriella Baika (PhD French, 2007) has recently published The Rose and Geryon: The Poetics of Fraud and Baika Rose GeryonViolence in Jean de Meun and Dante (Catholic UP, 2014) and received tenure at the Florida Institute of Technology.



Marina Starik (PhD French, 2013) is now working for Smith College Abroad, welcoming their students to Geneva and teaching an accelerated French refresher there. Congratulations, Marina!


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Alumni and friends of the department are encouraged to send their news to for publication in the French & Italian Department Newsletter.

FRIT Alumni: update your contact information by visiting Registration is easy and free. Or call the Alumni Association at 1-800-258-7488, they would love to hear from you!




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