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Monthly Departmental Newsletter

Monthly French Newsletter

August, 2013

Pause Café

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

Just Published

Jane Kuntz’s translation of Pari de Civilisation by Abdelwahab Meddeb (Seuil, 2009) appeared in June at Fordham University Press, entitled Islam and the Challenge of Civilization. She spoke on the radio about the book with Steve Shoemaker during his program “Keepin’ the Faith,” on August 18, archived here.

Just Presented

Prof. Keller presented a paper on “Lieu d’émotions expérimentales: Berlin dans le roman belge francophone” at theInternational Colloquium “Ville des émotions: Berlin dans la littérature francophone contemporaine,” organized by the Frankreich-Institut of the FU Berlin (July 4-6, 2013).

New Journal

Cheryl Toman (PhD, 1996) is now editor for book reviews on Sub-Saharan Africa for the peer-reviewed journal, Nouvelles Etudes Francophones. If you are interested in submitting a review for a literary or critical work concerning Francophone Africa, please contact her at All book reviews must be written in French.

Graduate Student Milestones and Achievements

Chris Carignan defended his dissertation "When nasal is more than nasal: the oral articulation of nasal vowels in two dialects of French" on June 3 and has accepted a postdoc research position at North Carolina State University.

Stéphanie Gaillard passed her prelim exams in SLATE on June 27 and is completing a doctoral thesis on "French Elicited Examination Tasks."

Azeb Haileselassie was granted an SLCL Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the year 2013-14.

Kirby Chazal passed her prelim exams on August 29. Profs. Andrea and Peter Golato, Laurence Mall, Numa Markee, and Makoto Hayashi were the members of the exam committee.

We take pride in posting the list of our graduate students' achievements durnig 2012-13 in the year's first issue of the newsletter. Please click here to access the list.

Ediorial Note

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