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Monthly Departmental Newsletter

Monthly French Newsletter

March 13, 2012

Pause Café

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


Congratulations to the following students, who have found jobs beginning next year:

Michael Foster, tenure-track Assistant Professor of French, William Jewell College, Missouri

Alison Clifton, Teaching Associate in French, Roanoke College. Virginia

Arnaud Perret, Visiting Assistant Professor of French, University of Puget Sound, Washington

Just Published

Wynne Wong (PhD 2000 in SLATE) has published a film-based introductory French textbook, Liaisons, with Heinle-Cengage Learning.  The film was shot on location in Paris, Montreal, and Quebec City starring Mylène Savoie (Exode), Guillaume Dolmans (Coeur océan), and Johanne-Marie Tremblay (Jésus de Montréal). The movie’s trailer and the film premiere can be viewed here.

Prof. Laurence Mall.  "Rousseau et l'éthique du care: Emile ou de la vulnérabilité," in Caude Habib (dir.), Eduquer selon la nature. 16 études sur Emile de Rousseau (Paris: Desjonquères, "L'esprit des lettres" 2012): p. 175-184. (announcement in Fabula).

Call for Contributions

Recent graduate Michael Mulryan (PhD in French Studies) is currently the co-editor of "Caught between Fact and Fiction: Eighteenth-Century Escape Tales". His call for contributions can be found here.

Lawrence R. Schehr Memorial Award

Our colleague Larry Schehr was strongly committed to the mentoring of junior faculty in the field. We are proud to continue his good work at Contemporary French Civilization by launching the Lawrence R. Schehr Memorial Award. This annual award will be open to all untenured junior colleagues who have received the PhD within the last seven years and who are engaged in research in contemporary French civilization and cultural studies (1870 – present). Junior scholars who have presented conference papers in the preceding 12 months (at venues such as Nineteenth Century French Studies, 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, Society for French Historical Studies, Western Society for French History, Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France, as well as other bodies in the UK, France, Australia, etc.) are encouraged to submit their work. The researcher who submits the best conference paper will receive the Award and will be invited to publish an expanded version in Contemporary French Civilization. In the spirit of Larry Schehr, the editorial process of moving from conference paper to publishable article will involve close mentoring by the Editors of CFC.

All submissions will be peer reviewed by members of the Editorial Board of CFC. Junior colleagues should submit their conference paper (10-page maximum) in English or French along with a copy of their curriculum vitae to the Editors of Contemporary French Civilization ( by July 1, 2012 for consideration for this year's inaugural award.

Editorial Note

Please contact Brian Hunt at by noon on the 1st of every month if you have news you would like mentioned in next week’s newsletter. Please ensure that submitted items are print ready.