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Monthly Departmental Newsletter

Monthly Newsletter

March 2015


Honors and Achievements

Nora Stoppino will serve as the new Director of the Program in Medieval Studies beginning August 2016.

Congratulations to alumnus Christopher Carignan (Ph.D., 2013),who accepted a multi-year Research Lecturer position in the Speech and Language program of the MARCS Institute at University of Western Sydney, Australia. At UIUC, Chris was co-directed by Professors Shosted (Linguistics) and Fagyal.

Congratulations to Michael Mulryan (Ph.D. 2009 in French Studies; dir. Laurence Mall) who was awarded tenure at Christopher Newport University/VA, and to Ingrid Ilinca (Ph.D. 2009 in French Studies; dir. Armine Mortimer), who also was awarded tenure at Westminster College/MO.

Congratulations to Richard Beyoglé who successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Language contact in two border communities in Burkina Faso and Ghana: lexical borrowings from French, English, and African languages" on Monday, March 2. His doctoral committee consisted of Professors Zsuzsanna Fagyal, Anna Maria Escobar (Spanish), and Rakesh Bhatt and Eyamba Bokamba (Linguistics). Richard will resume his work as visiting Assistant Professor at Northern Illinois University.


Conference Presentations

On March 13-14, the Ocean Crossings reading group held a graduate student colloquium entitled "(Un)mapping the Mediterranean." At this colloquium, Jessica Sciubba presented a paper entitled "Tracing Female Genealogies in Igiaba Scego and Cristina Ali Farah."

Felisa V. Reynolds presented her paper, "Maryse Condé’s La vie sans fards: Knowledge and Truth Unmasked" at the International Colloquium of 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies on March 1.

Sean Curran presented on "La désémantisation de mots familiers et vulgaires: 'semantic bleaching' comme procédé linguistique présent dans les films L'Esquive et Entre les murs" at the Transitions and Transgressions conference at Rutgers University on Saturday, March 7.

Laurence Mall delivered a paper entitled "Une vocation documentaire: les textes parisiens de L.S. Mercier" at the Posterity in France, 1650-1800 colloquium in Cambridge, UK, on March 19.

On March 21, Gyula Zsombok presented his poster, "La ruée vers la diffusion : Variation lexicale du terme 'e-mail' en France" at the American Association for Applied Linguistics annual conference in Toronto, Canada.

Priscilla Charrat gave a paper entitled "Walking Through the Past: Forgotten Wars in Sebbar's The Seine Was Red and Sansal's The German Mujahid" at the 2015 American Comparative Literature Association annual conference in Seattle on March 29. She received a travel grant to present at this conference.

At the annual meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Berlin, March 27-29, Marcus Keller gave a paper entitled "Genre Reflections: The Mirror of Princes in Sixteenth-Century France."


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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