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Congratulations to Lorraine Denman, recipient of a 2016 Bellet Teaching Excellence Award! Watch the classroom video made in Lorraine's honor.

Congratulations to Rick Donato, recipient of a 2016 Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring!


In memoriam We mourn the recent passing of Professor Emeritus of French Daniel S. Russel, who taught in the Department of French & Italian from 1968 until his retirement in 2005; he chaired the Department from 1984 until 1996 | FRIT50 emeritus bios | Daniel Russell obituary


Check this page often for updates on our last month of events, including the 4th edition of the Italian Film Festival USA, the grande finale of the Versailles speaker series, an international conference on "Auteurism: Then and Now" in collaboration with the Universi de Lyon 2, and our regular year-end events.

  Year of the Humanities


Summer 2016 Course Schedules are available here: French | Italian


Fall 2016 Course Schedules are available here: French | Italian


Events >>

Campus Visit of LGBT Moroccan Writer Abdellah Taia

Auteurism: Then and Now, the inaugural Pitt-Lyon Lyon 2 Auteurism2 International Film Studies Colloquium, will take place on Thurs and Fri, Apr 14-15 in Conference Room A of the University Club >> read more



The fourth edition of Pittsburgh's Italian Film Festival USA will run from April 1-16 2016. Visit the festival website for information about this year's films, dates, and times.

Alumni >>

Pamela Pears (PhD French, 2001) has published her second book, Pears Front Cover IconographyFront Cover Iconography and Algerian Women's Writing with Lexington Press. She has just been promoted to Professor of French and Chair of Modern Languages at Washington College in Maryland.


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