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Monthly Departmental Newsletter

August 2015



Laurence Mall published the following article: "Bonne vie ou vie bonne? Hedonia et eudaimonia dans Monsieur Nicolas de Rétif de la Bretonne" in La Licorne 115, special issue on happiness in the 18th century, eds. G. Farrugia and M. Delon (Rennes: Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2015): 137-164.


Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

François Proulx gave an invited talk as part of "On Being Contemporary," a retirement celebration for Susan Rubin Suleiman at Harvard University on May 2nd. His talk was entitled “On Being an Authority.”

Jessica Sciubba presented her paper "Mediterranean Liminalities: Abject Bodies and Human Waste in Giovanni Maria Bellu’s I Fantasmi di Portopalo" at the Graduate Student Conference (Un)human Relations organized by the Department of Italian Studies at University of Toronto, May 5-6.

Marcus Keller gave a paper on "Spatial Configurations of the East: Asia in Belleforest’s and Thevet’s Cosmographies (1575)" for the Guthrie Workshop "The Spaces of the French Renaissance" at Dartmouth College, May 22-23.

Zsuzsanna Fagyal presented at this year’s Sociolinguistics of Globalization Conference in Hong-Kong, 3-6 June. Her paper entitled "A Comparison of Speech Rhythm and Vowel Processes in Multicultural London English and Multicultural Paris French" was part of an invited panel on on-going language change in London and Paris.

Felisa V. Reynolds presented “Rwanda Revisited: Scholastique Mukasonga’s Notre-Dame du Nil” at the African Literature Association Conference in Bayreuth, Germany in June.


Honors and Achievements

Zsuzsanna Fagyal and Eda Derhemi are part of the group of EUC faculty whose projects will be benefitting from the prestigious Jean Monnet Center of Excellence Grant, "Strengthening Transatlantic Trust," awarded to the European Union Center at the University of Illinois for 2015-2018. Professors Fagyal and Derhemi’s joint project, Language and Minorities in Europe: An Introduction, will lead to the publication of a book. The project will also receive support for continued outreach to the public and educators in Europe and the United States about research and teaching on minorities.

Jessica Sciubba and Corey Flack were each awarded an Arquilla Fellowship for summer 2015 by the Department of French and Italian.

Jui Namjoshi (Ph.D. in French SLATE) successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation titled "The Processing and Production of Prosodic Focus in French by Native and Non-native Speakers" on Tuesday, May 19. Her doctoral committee consisted of Professors Annie Tremblay, Zsuzsanna Fagyal, Sarah Brown-Schmidt (Psychology), and Duane Watson (Psychology).

Priscilla Charrat participated in this year’s Institute of French Cultural Studies on "Culture and the Political" at Dartmouth College, June 22-July 21.

On July 27, Kirby Chazal successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Pedagogical Artifacts in Teacher-Initiated Response Pursuits: a Conversation Analytic Study of Interaction in the French Foreign Language Classroom." The members of her doctoral committee were Professors Andrea Golato, Peter Golato, Makoto Hayashi, Numa Markee, and Laurence Mall. She has accepted a Lecturer position at Boston University.

Brian Hunt has accepted the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of French at Lyon College (Arkansas) for the 2015-2016 academic year.


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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