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Monthly Departmental Newsletter

Monthly French Newsletter

February 3, 2011


Pause Café

Pause Café at Espresso Royale, (Oregon and Goodwin) 5:30pm, Thursdays. All are welcome!


Congratulatons to Peter Golato whose jointly authored textbook, En Avant!, has been published by McGraw Hill.


We are pleased to announce the final program of the New Francophonies conference, organized by the Department of French from April 7 to 9, 2011 in the Illini Union building. Further information about the conference will be available on the conference website later this week:
Adlai Murdoch and Zsuzsanna Fagyal


Lizzie Black was a joint organizer for the 2011 Newberry Library Centre for Renaissance Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference (January 26-29), where she chaired two sessions. She will now take part in selecting and editing papers from the conference to be published as on-line proceedings.

Reading Group

The Modern French Studies Reading Group will be meeting this month on Tuesday, Feb 15th at 8:30pm and invites anyone interested to join them for a discussion of Michel Serres' Le Parasite. At our first meeting we will also choose a theme for the rest of the semester as well as set the dates of our meetings for each coming month. If you are interested in participating in this, or future, discussions please feel free to contact Dan Brant or Brian Hunt.

Call for Papers

The Association Art, Literature and Music in Symbolism and Decadence (ALMSD), whose home is at the U of I ( is hosting a second International Interdisciplinary conference, Symbolism, Its Origins and Its Consequences which will take place between 25-28 April, 2012, at Allerton, Monticello. The theme of the conference is Light and Shade or Light and Darkness in Symbolism, its origins and its consequences. I would like to invite you to submit a proposal which will address the theme of the conference in art, literature and music. The proposal should be about 300 words and should be sent to before May 10, 2011. Please include a short version of your CV. If you have questions, please contact Rosina Neginsky

For the information on the previous conference, please visit:

Editorial Note

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