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Monthly Departmental Newsletter

Monthly French Newsletter

April, 2014

Pause Café

Pause Café at Espresso Royale (Oregon and Goodwin) in Urbana. Meets every Thursday at 5:30pm. All are welcome!


François Proulx gave an invited lecture titled "P/Reparation: Barthes and Sedgwick" on April 18 at New York University, as part of a conference on "Barthes's Attachments." For more information, please click here.

Peter Tarjanyi gave a conference presentation titled "'Les filles sont mauvaises, il faut les fouetter de temps en temps' : fétichisme, violence et perversion chez Alain Robbe-Grillet" at the University of Kansas on April 12 as part of a conference titled "Chimères."


Congratulations to the following students, who have found positions for next year:

Patricia Dimit has accepted a position at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Contry Day School.

Stéphanie Gaillard will join Louisiana State University as an Assistant Professor of French, tenure-track; she will be the Director of Basic Language.

Azeb Haileselassie will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at West Virginia University (WVU), where her duties include coordinating first and second year French, teaching the French structure/linguistics course and other 300- and 400-level courses.


Brian Hunt has been awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, to complete, defend, and deposit his doctoral dissertation, “Centering the Border: Understanding Paris through Borderline Characters in Twentieth-Century French Theory, Literature and Film.” Director of research: Maggie Flinn.


The academic achievements of undergraduate French majors were recognized at the Department's annual awards ceremony, April 4, 2014:

Inducted into the Department's Epsilon Chapter of the national French honor society, Pi Delta Phi:

Abigail Durkin
Kristin Gregory
Aamina Khan
Xinyang Liu
Emily Loh
Renée Metellus
Lenna Ohanesian
Richard Vachula
Margot Valentine

Recipients of the Kathryn A. Looney Junior Excellence Award
Angelina Manos
Renée Metellus

The Kathryn A. Looney Senior Excellence Award
Michael Chung
Abigail Durkin
Kristin Gregory
Sara Rapaport
Connor Sullivan

The Sciences Politiques Excellence Award
Gabriela Chavez Barrientos
Lindsay Johansen
Lenna Ohanesian
Margot Valentine

The Twenty-First Century French Excellence Award
Brittany Coleman
Ellen Janowski
Liana Pasquini
Yiran Shen

The Chalotte Kambarian McMillan Scholarship
Aamina Khan
Richard Vachula
Amanda Vogg
Lucy Wright

The Mainous Scholarships for study abroad in Arles, France
Marilyn MacNamara
Meredith Staub
Carmen Vonpatterson

Félicitations! We are proud of you.
Karen Fresco, Head


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.

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