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Sylvia Grove takes up position at Ursinus College

Recent PhD in French, Sylvia Grove is taking up a position at Ursinus College as Visiting Assistant Professor of French. Congratulations!

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Jen Boum Make to start as Georgetown U professor in fall 2019

Jennifer Boum Make, French PhD 2019, will take up her position as Assistant Professor of French & Francophone Studies at Georgetown University this fall. She will teach broadly in her fields of Caribbean Studies, Mediterranean Studies, and ethics, and joins a large and diverse French and Francophone Studies facult

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Save the Date: A Symposium in Honor of Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski

On Friday, September 20, 2019, the Department of French & Italian is pleased to host "Religion, Saints & Sex: A Symposium in Honor of Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski." More information to come soon, under "Events."

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Early Modern Worlds Biennial Graduate Student Prize Awarded to Caitlin Dahl

Caitlin Dahl, graduate student in French, was awarded an honorable mention by the Early Modern Worlds Biennial Graduate Student Prize committee for her paper, “‘Une certaine mollesse…où nous retombons toujours’; la notion de ‘trans’ et l’expérience pré-transgendre chez les personnages secondaires dans l’Histoire de la Marquise-Marquis de Banneville”.

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French & Italian Fall Term Course Catalogue

Browse our new fall-semester (2201) FRIT course catalogue to learn more about our course offerings, programs, study abroad options, and more: https://tinyurl.com/FRIT2201. As always, contact your advisor or ask your instructor for any questions you have about beginning or continuing your study of French or Italian.

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Francesca Savoia to lead 300th anniversary celebration in honor of Giuseppe Baretti

Celebrations for the 300th anniversary of Giuiseppe Baretti's birth will officially open with an international conference on May 3-4, 2019 in Seravezza (Lucca), Italy. The Sirio Giannini International Center for European Studies has organized the events, with the support of the Municipality of Seravezza and the recognition of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, which decreed the establishment of a special national committee. Prof. Francesca Savoia is a member of the committee and will launch the conference proceedings.

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James Coleman is recipient of Villa I Tatti Fellowship in Florence

Prof. James Coleman (Italian) has been awarded a year-long residential fellowship at the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, Florence, for next academic year. During his time in residence at I Tatti Prof. Coleman will pursue research related to his second book project, "Reading Archipelagos: Italian Humanism and Renaissance Books of Islands," which examines textual representations of islands and archipelagos in the Italian Renaissance, placing the Renaissance Books of Islands (isolari) into the larger contexts of Mediterranean geopolitics and transcultural exchange. 

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French & Italian major Zac Enick awarded Fulbright to study in France

This upcoming fall, Zac will enroll in an MA program in fundamental and applied language research at the University of Cergy-Pontoise in Cergy, France, with the Fulbright US Student Program. In the first portion of the Master’s program, students engage with several disciplines of linguistics and different approaches to academic research, including lexicography, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and computational research. In the second year, students formulate and pursue their dissertation project, which often serves as a precursor to doctoral studies in language research. Zac hopes to work with faculty in the Institute for the Digital Humanities on campus and to continue to employ the methodological tools he’s learned while at Pitt.

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Italian Film Festival USA of Pittsburgh

Enjoy the local premieres of seven recent, critically acclaimed Italian films at the 2019 Italian Film Festival USA of Pittsburgh. All films are free and open to the public; and shown in Italian with English subtitles on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Sponsored by Volpi Foods and the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh and our generous local sponsors! Visit the festival website at www.italianfilmfests.org/pittsburgh.html for detailed information on films, schedules, and venues.

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Italian Nationality Room scholarships awarded to students of Italian

Eliza Jermyn, a first-year student in the Italian Master's program, has been awarded the Frances & Sully Nesta Memorial Scholarship in support of intensive advanced language study and archival research on the Italian literary translator Fernanda Pivano. Michael Hayden, a first-year student pursuing dual degrees in the Swanson School of Engineering and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded the Italian Room Committee Scholarship, part of the Nationality Rooms Scholarship program. He will use the scholarship to study Italian literature and culture this summer on the Pitt in Genoa program. Congratulazioni, Eliza e Michael!

 

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Congratulations to Alision Chilcott and Mahima Rajan, recipients of PittHonors THINK Research Fellowship

Congratulations to French major Alison Chicott, and French minor Mahima Rajan, who have been awarded a Spring 2019 THINK Fellowship (Formerly Fall Brackenridge/Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Research Fellowships). This award comes in recognition of Alison's research project, "Assessing the Validity of the French Translation of the Computerized Revised Token Test". Mahima's project is "Bilingualism and its Effect on Number Talk Between Parents and Children". ...

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Mark D'Alesio Named NIAF Leadership Council Fellow

Congratulations to Italian major and Italian Club President Mark D'Alesio, who has been named one of only 15 national Leadership Council Fellows by the National Italian American Foundation. Mark will travel to Washington, D.C. during NIAF's Gala Weekend (12-14 October) to participate in the first meeting of the Fellows; all of Mark's expenses for the weekend are paid by NIAF. The Fellows are described in the following way on NIAF's site: "The Program is intended for future leaders who self-identify as active in the Italian American community through their choice of study, their participation in the Italian Club, and their grass root efforts. The ideal candidate is active in Italian or Italian American issues or studies at their college or university."

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French & Italian Spring Term Course Catalogue

Browse our new FRIT course catalogue to learn more about our course offerings, programs, study abroad deadlines, and spring events: https://tinyurl.com/FRIT2094. As always, contact your advisor or ask your instructor for any questions you have about beginning or continuing your study of French or Italian.

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Congratulations to Zac Enick, recipient of PittHonors THINK Research Fellowship

Congratulations to French & Italian double major Zachary Enick, who has been awarded a Fall 2018 THINK Fellowship (formerly Fall Brackenridge/Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Research Fellowships). This award comes in recognition of Zac's research project, on the use of Anglicisms in the archived minutes of an early-20th c. Italian beneficial society. 

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Todd Reeser awarded senior EURIAS Fellowship for AY2019

Todd Reeser, Professor of French and Director of the GSWS Program, has been awarded a ten-month senior residential fellowship in AY2019 in Lyon, France under the auspices of the EURIAS to conduct archival research on his ongoing "Transgender France" book project, and become part of a research team at the Max Weber Center. His research community in Lyon is focused on the subcategory of "Sexualités, couples, identités."

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