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Monthly Departmental Newsletter

Monthly French Newsletter

April, 2013

Pause Café

Pause Café at Espresso Royale, (Oregon and Goodwin) in Urbana. Meets every Thursday at 5:30pm. The last meeting for the semester will take place this Thursday, May 2nd and will resume after summer break. All are welcome!


Congratulations to Dan Brant, who was awarded the School's Douglas A. Kibbee Prize this spring. The Kibbee Prize is awarded to the recipient of an SLCL Dissertation Completion Fellowship whose dissertation project is judged by the School's Executive Committee to be the most outstanding.

The following undergraduate students are the first recipients of the Mainous Scholarship for Study Abroad. All three students will be participants in the Department's short summer program in Arles:

  • Sara Costello
  • Gabriela Elizalde-Ocasio
  • Fai Thompson

These awards come thanks to the family of Ruth and Bruce Mainous, who was a faculty member in the Department of French and served as Head.

Papers and Presentations

Professor Marcus Keller gave a paper at the Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in San Diego (April 4-6), entitled "Nobody's Middle: The Mediterranean in Renaissance French Travel Narratives" for a panel on "The Renaissance French Mediterranean."

On April 11, Professor Keller also ran a seminar on the "Uses and Abuses of the Turk in Renaissance France" invited by the University of Copenhagen via Skype.

Professor Zsuzsanna Fagyal-Le Mentec presented a paper on “The Myth of Euro-Babel: Status, Identity and the Unique Constellation of Languages in Europe" at the symposium "Faces of Europe: Languages and Identities" organized for European foreign language educators in the Chicago area, at the College of DuPage, April 27, 2013.

Professor Karen Fresco presented a paper, "Le Fais d'armes dans trois recueils manuscrits du XVe siècle (Bordeaux, Bibl. Mun. 815, Bruxelles BR 9009-9011, Paris BnF fr. 603)," at the Journée d'étude "Autour duLivre des fais d'armes et de chevalerie de Christine de Pizan, Maison de la Recherche de Paris 3, March 21, 2013.

Professor Emeritus Armine Kotin Mortimer gave a paper at the annual 20th-21stCentury French and Francophone Studies Conference in Atlanta, March 27-30, entitled “Le Rolandisme: Traces and Fragments of Barthes Himself in La Préparation du roman.” This presentation about the subjectivity of Barthes’s last two courses at the Collège de France, in 1978-1980, was accompanied by an extensive slide show displaying images of Barthes and some of his paintings. Among others giving papers were several graduates from our department: Charles Stivale, Pamela Genova, Joseph Mai, and Leila Ennaïli, as well as Yves Clemmen from Comp Lit.

Richard Beyogle presented the first results of his PhD dissertation at two conferences this year: At an international conference (Annual Conference on African Languages and Linguistics, Georgetown University, DC) from March 7th– 11thand also at a regional conference (Purdue University Graduate Student Symposium on Second Language Studies & ESL).Topic title:“Language Contact in Two Border Communities in Burkina Faso and Ghana: Lexical Borrowing in Dagara”

Stéphanie Gaillard presented a paper, "Elicited Imitation Task as a Method for Proficiency Assessment in Institutional and Research Settings" at the "Graduate Student Symposium on Second Language Studies & ESL" a conference held at Purdue University, IN.

Jui Namjoshi will be giving an invited presentation titled " The effect of recent linguistic exposure on the use of prosodic cues in speech segmentation" at the Laboratoire de Psychologie et Neurocognition, UPMF on May 2, 2013.


Jui Namjoshi received a "CUNY Conference Student Presenter Award" for the 2012 CUNY Conference held at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Ediorial Note

The Newsletter will be on summer vacation in the south of France but will resume at the start of the 2013-14 Academic Year. Feel free to contact Brian Hunt at with any news as it comes up over the summer to be included in the August newsletter. Please ensure that submitted items are print ready.