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Monthly Departmental Newsletter

Monthly French Newsletter

March 10, 2011


Pause Café

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

Important Note

Beginning in April, the newsletter will appear on the first week of each month during fall and spring semesters.


Congratulations to the following students who have recently passed their M.A. exams:

  • Jessica Jacobson passed her MA exam in French Language Learning March 9. Her committee members were Patrick Bray, Numa Markee (Linguistics), and Peter Golato.
  • Sean Curtin passed his MA exam in French Language Learning February 23. His committee members were Jean-Philippe Mathy, Numa Markee (Linguistics), and Peter Golato.
  • Sarah Bradley passed her MA exam in French Studies March 4. Her committee members were Patrick Bray, Laurence Mall, and Adlai Murdoch.

Congratulations to the following instructors in French, who are on the Fall 2010 list of excellent teachers on this campus:

R. Beyoglé (FR 103)
C. Carignan (FR 104)
C. Coughlin (FR 102)
S. Curtin (FR 102)
P. Dimit (FR 208)
Z. Fagyal (FR 213)
M. Flinn ( FR 210, 552)
M. Foster (FR 500)
S. Gaillard (FR 205)
M. Garrison (FR 103)
P. Golato (FR 584, FR 588)
A. Haileselassie (FR 101)
S. Hauser (FR 101)
B. Hunt (FR 104)
J. Jacobson (FR 102)
L. Mall (FR 322, FR 414)
D. Maroun (FR 134)
J. Namjoshi (FR 101)
J. Nicholas (FR 101)
A. Perret (FR 208)
A. Tremblay (FR 213)

Reading Group

The Modern French Studies Reading Group will be meeting on Tuesday, March 15th at 8:30p.m. to discuss Franco Moretti's Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for Literary History (2005). If you are inteseted in participating, please 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:


The April 7-9 New Francophonies conference program is now available on-line:

Keynote lectures:
Thursday - April 7
7:30 - 9 pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
CAS Miller Comm Speaker event
Professor Albert Valdman
Rudy Professor of French, Italian and Linguistics, Director of Creole Institute, Indiana University
"Local cultures, global inequalities: is Haiti poor because of its language?"

Friday - April 8
3:30 – 4:30 pm
Room 314A, Illini Union
Professor Sylvie Dubois
Gabriel Muir Professor and Director of the Center for French and Francophone Studies, Louisiana State University
"Distinctive Paths of Linguistic and Cultural Resistance: the case of local vernaculars in Louisiana"

Saturday - April 9
10:30 - 11:30 am
Room 407, Illini Union
Professor Françoise Lionnet
Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles
"World Literature, Francophonies and Globalized Oceans"

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