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Monthly Departmental Newsletter

Monthly French Newsletter

May 11, 2012

Pause Café

Pause Café at Espresso Royale, (Oregon and Goodwin). The final Pause for the semester will be Thursday, May 17th, at 5:30pm. All are welcome!

Just presented

Prof. Adlai Murdoch: "'Equal Rights and Justice': The Role of Notting Hill in British Integration." Presented to the 38th Annual African Literature Association Conference, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, 11-15 April, 2012.

On April 19, Prof. Keller presented a paper on "Concepts of the Orient and the Issue of Early Modern Orientalism: Marlowe, Cervantes, Racine" for the French Seminar Series of the Department of Romances Languages at the University of Pennsylvania.

Graduate student milestones and achievements

Congratulations to Christopher Carignan who has been awarded a Graduate College Dissertation Completion Fellowship for next academic year for his NSF-awarded dissertation project: "Oral Articulation of French Nasal Vowels" (PI: Ryan Shosted, Co-PI: Zsuzsanna Fagyal).

This is the second such fellowship the Department of French received in four years after Christopher M. Stewart's (Ph.D. 2009) dissertation project, titled "Mapping Language Ideologies in Multiethnic Urban Europe: The Case of Parisian French", secured this prestigious award. This is a clear sign of the continued recognition by LAS of the excellent work accomplished by our graduate students.

Arnaud Perret successfully defended his dissertation "Poétique(s) de la Révolution: Construction d'identité au travers des littératures algérienne et haïtienne." Profs. Murdoch and Salhi co-directed Arnaud's project. Profs. Flinn and Hassan (CWL) were the other members of the Doctoral Committee.

Mary Bernard passed her M.A. exam and Errol O'Neill successfully defended his doctoral thesis "The Effect of Online Translators on L2 Writing in French."

Dan Brant passed both the written and the oral portions of his PhD Preliminary exam, on 16 and 23 April respectively, with flying colors. Committee members were Adlai Murdoch (Chair), Patrick Bray, Maggie Flinn, and Marcus Keller.

Brian Hunt was awarded the 2012 Graduate Essay Prize for his paper,"Navigating France's Internal Borders in Vigo's 'L'Atlante'", written for Prof. Flinn's class on "The Social Space of Interwar French Cinema".

Stéphanie Gaillard is the winner of the Senior K.A. Looney Award for Teaching Excellence and Alessia Zulato has been selected for the K. A. Looney Junior Award for Teaching Excellence.


This will be the final Newsletter of the semester. Publication will resume in the Fall. Thanks to all for submitting an amazing amount of news this year.

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.