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News and Events


Best wishes for a wonderful summer!

We are delighted to congratulate our colleague Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski on her promotion to the rank of Distinguished Professor.


The Department of French & Italian was the featured department in the summer 2014 issue of the Panther Pride Dietrich School newsletter | PDF issue


Fall 2015 Course Schedules are now available: French | Italian


Events >>

French PhD Candidate David Spieser will defend his dissertation, "The Politics of Aesthetics: Nation, Region, and Immigration in Contemporary 'French' Culture" on Tues May 26 from 11am-1pm in 1325 CL

Thanks for another great year of contemporary Italian film with Italian Film Festival USA! Keep checking the site to find out this year's festival-wide winner.


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. Watch this space for exciting updates!

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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