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Monthly Departmental Newsletter

October 2015


Just Published

François Proulx’s article, "Huit lettres de Reynaldo Hahn au temps de la guerre," appeared in the latest Bulletin d’informations proustiennes. He also published a review of Proust’s Latin Americans by Rubén Gallo in the same journal issue.

Armine Mortimer co-edited Proust en perspectives: Visions et révisions with Katherine Kolb. This volume is the second of the Revue d’études proustiennes, edited by Luc Fraisse.


Conference Presentations and Awards

Alessia Zulato received the Anthony Jung Award for Best Graduate Student Paper for her presentation entitled "Regional Minority Language Vitality and the Case of Francoprovençal in Valle d’Aosta, Italy." She presented her paper at the 40th Annual European Studies Conference, held on October 9-10 at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

On October 7-10, Eda Derhemi participated in the XIX International Conference of the Foundation for Endangered Languages at Tulane University. She gave a talk on "The Capricious Mutations of the Old Arbëresh Song 'O e bukura More.'" This paper was published in the conference proceedings in September.

Johnny Laforet gave a talk entitled "Haitian Immigrants in the U.S.: Self-Representations through Language Maintenance" at the Haitian Studies Association's International Conference, the leading conference on Haitian studies, at the Université de Montréal in Quebec on October 23.


Honors and Awards

Jessica Sciubba and Emanuel Rota were elected fellows of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) for the 2015-16 academic year. The foundation's NIAF On Campus Program gathered student leaders and their mentors at its annual meeting on October 16-18 in Washington, DC. Jessica Sciubba and Emanuel Rota were among those designing a new "NIAF on Campus" strategy.


Other Accomplishments

On October 16, Brian Hunt successfully defended his dissertation "Mobile Limits and Limits of Mobility in French Representations of Urban Space," directed by Margaret Flinn (Ohio State University). The other members of his doctoral committee were Patrick Bray (Ohio State University), Marcus Keller, and Jean-Philippe Mathy (chair). Since the beginning of the semester, Brian has been enjoying his new position in the Languages and Literatures Department at Lyon College in Arkansas. Congratulations, Brian!


Featured Events

On October 19, the department of French and Italian organized an event with Karla Mallette, professor of Italian and Near Eastern Studies and specialist of Mediterranean Studies at the University of Michigan, who gave a lecture entitled "Lives of the Great Languages: Cosmopolitan Language Systems in the Mediterranean." Professor Mallette also taught a class for the course "Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean" and participated in a roundtable discussion with graduate students during the first meeting of the Ocean Crossings reading group.


Alumni News and Achievements

Alumnus Corry Cropper recently published "Réintroduction à la littérature fantastique: Enlightenment Philosophy, Object-Oriented Ontology, and the French Fantastic" in the current issue of the Nineteenth-Century French Studies journal.

Molly Melching (M.A. ’79, French), Founder and CEO of Tostan, received the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights on October 15.

Pause Café / Melanzana

The Pause Café, an informal French conversation hour, is held at Espresso Royale (Oregon and Goodwin) in Urbana. Meets every Thursday at 5:30pm. All are welcome!

Melanzana, an informal Italian conversation hour, is held at Espresso Royale (Oregon and Goodwin) in Urbana. Meets every Tuesday at 7:00pm. All are welcome!


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