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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


Spring 2015 Course Schedules are available here: French | Italian


Events >>

Campus Visit of LGBT Moroccan Writer Abdellah Taia

Mediterranean Metageographies, a multi-disciplinary series of events focusing on the Francophone and Italian Mediterranean, continues with a film screening. TODAY: join us for The Closed Sea (Mare chiuso) on Wed, Nov 11 at 5pm in David Lawrence Hall 120 (*please note change of venue*), featuring a Skyped Q&A session with the filmmaker, Andrea Segre, at 6pm | screening flyer | series flyer | next event in series>>


Mare chiuso The Closed Sea


Thanks to everyone who joined us this past week for "History and its Discontents: Commemoration in Italy and the Francophone World," on Oct 29-30, 2015, in celebration of our 50th anniversary. Featuring keynore speaker Martin Munro (FSU), Vivian Curran (Pitt Law), Massimo Riva (Brown U), Debarati Sanyal (Berkeley), Carol Symes (Illinois), Laura Wittman (Stanford), and a book presentation by Ruth Ben-Ghiat (NYU). Capped off with a social reception on Oct 30. There's still time to visit our conference site to view a selection of the talks, for information and opportunities to re-connect with friends, and even to contribute to one of our interactive timelines | PDF conference poster

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.

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