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Monthly Departmental Newsletter

Monthly French Newsletter

November, 2013

Pause Café

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

Just Published

Professor Marcus Keller, “Framing Men: Violent Women in Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptameron.” Ed. Mara Wade. Gender Matters: Discourses of Violence in Early Modern Literature and the Arts. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2014. 119-29.

Just Presented

Professor Fagyal gave a keynote address, titled "Pathways to integration: gender-split and variable phonology inmulti-ethnic youth vernacularsin Paris" at the "French in Contact" workshop organized by the Florida-France Research Center at University of Florida, Gainesville on Nov. 15-16, 2013. The workshop brought scholars from various disciplines of the Humanities together around the theme of languages and cultures in contact. Click here to learn more.


Professors Eda Derhemi (PI,Italian), Zsuzsanna Fagyal (co-PI, French), and Marina Terkourafi (co-PI, Linguistics) have been awarded a 1,000€ Faculty Research/Course Development Grant from the European Union Center to develop a new SLCL course, titled "Languages of the Mediterranean," a broad introduction to the social and cultural history of languages spoken and written in countries and regions around the Mediterranean Sea. The course is first to be offered to an undergraduate audience in the AY 2014-2015.


Linguis Europae,the European Union Center's multilingual blog space has celebrated its one-year anniversary on November 15, European Multilingual Blogging Day! Born from an incentive for students to write in a foreign language, the site features selected blog posts by U of I students and faculty in five languages on a wide range of topics related to state and minority languages in the European Union. Multilingual and born in Europe, Professors Zsuzsanna Fagyal (French) and Eda Derhemi (Italian), founders and editors of the site, speak, read, and write in a combined seven languages and are actively engaged in teaching and conducting research on regional and immigrant minority languages in Europe. Thanks to the EUC's generous support for FR/LING/GER/SLAV/SIP/PS 418 "Language and Minorities in Europe," the EU-sponsored course that contributes the most student blog posts to the site, Linguis Europae have engaged the public - sometimes in heated debates - on issues of language and identity, policy and planning, and the linguistic complexity of the European Union all the way to Greece and Croatia! Special thanks to Jessica Nicholas, Alessia Zulato, and Jui Namjoshi, Ph.D. students in French Linguistics and French SLATE for their precious editorial suggestions and thorough proof-reading of numerous foreign language blogs!

Happy Birthday, Bon Anniversaire, Feliz Cumpleaños, Buon Compleanno, Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Linguis Europae!


Editorial Note

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