New French Courses: Spring '20

Here are some brand new French courses for the coming spring term 2020:

FRENCH 0017 | Paris: Urbanism Past and Present, Brett Wells... View »

Two New Awards for FR Majors

The Department is pleased to announce the newly established Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski Paper Prize in French. This paper prize is to honor Distinguished Professor Blumenfeld-... View »

Congratulations to Melissa Alvarez and Nicole Friedberg on their Pitt Honors Fellowships

Congratulations to French Language Minor, Nicole Friedberg, on her University Honors College Research Fellowship. Her project is "... View »

La Tavola is back!

We are pleased to announce that the Italian conversation hour, la Tavola, is back after the summer hiatus! We will meet at the new Global Hub (on the first/ground floor of Posvar Hall) on the... View »

Anna Dimitrova to teach at Columbus State University, Columbus, Georgia

Anna Dimitrova,  French PhD, is taking a position at Columbus State University, Georgia as Lecturer of French in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

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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 starting as Georgetown U professor, fall 2019

Jennifer Boum Make, French PhD 2019, has taken 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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Italian MA student Eliza Jermyn hired by Voci Technologies

As a Junior Linguistic Data Specialist with Medallia, parent company of Voci, Eliza will be piloting the Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) program in Italian. Voci has established ASR programs in... View »

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: 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 for detailed information on films, schedules, and venues.

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