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Claire-Marie Brisson has become our newest published author with her first journal publication, "Toppling Statues, Towering Walls: The Tumultuous United States in the Shadows of the Canadian Global Ideal,” journal Études Canadiennes / Canadian Studies

June 13, 2018

Claire-Marie Brisson has become our newest published author with her first journal publication, "Toppling Statues, Towering Walls: The Tumultuous United States in the Shadows of the Canadian Global Ideal,” due to appear in the journal Études Canadiennes / Canadian Studies N°85 (Le Canada, refuge américain / Canada: A Refuge from the United States) this December. This journal is published in Paris by L'Association Française d'Études Canadiennes.

 

Congratulations to Alexandra Natoli, (PhD, 2016), she has won the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellowship to conduct research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

June 11, 2018

Alex Natoli,(PhD 2016) has won the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellowship to conduct research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for four months next summer toward her current project, “Bodily Matters: Remembering Outhouse Space in the Nazi Camps.”  Alex has also secured a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Alfred University.

 

Congratulations to the French Department's 2018 Doctoral and MA Graduates: Holly Runde, PhD; Saira Sohail, MA; Hannah Holtzman PhD

May 22, 2018

Congraulations to the French Departments 2018 Graduates:  Holly Runde, PhD; Saira Sohail, MA and Hannah Holtzman, PhD. 

Congratulations to Maas Award Winners: 1st Place - Michelle Brennaman; 2nd Place - India Eguiguren; 3rd Place - Naina Wodon. The prizes were given at the 2018 Maas Ceremony April 25th.

April 27, 2018

Professor Cheryl Krueger, Director of the Undergraduate Program presents Maas Award prizes to
First Place Winner, Michelle Brennaman, Second Place Winner India Eguiguren and 3rd Place Winner Naina Wodon
at the 2018 Maas Award Ceremony held April 25th at the UVa  Colonnade Club.

Also receiving awards was Katie Poore, winner of the T. Woody Braxton Award which is administered by the
Jefferson Literary and Debating Society.

Congratulations to these outstanding students.

Praxis Fellows Presentation featuring French PhD Candidate Spryos Simotas along with 5 other Fellows will present their year long collaboration working on a digital humanities project May 4th. 10:30 am, Alderman 421. Lunch will follow.

April 20, 2018

The 2017-18 Praxis Fellows will present the result of their year-long collaboration working on an original digital humanities project. The event will run from 10:30-12:00 and lunch will follow. Presenters will include:

Project Description:  The 2017-2018 Praxis cohort has moved the material history of UVa out of Special Collections and onto Grounds. Using a mobile Artifical Reality application, UVa Reveal explores otherwise hidden stories, histories, and questions surrounding objects and areas at UVa. In doing so, UVa Reveal prompts users to re-examine their everyday spaces and critically reflect on the structure, culture, mission, and history of the university.

“Congratulations to PhD Candidate Spyros Simotas, winner of one of the 2018 All-University Graduate Teaching Awards!”

April 20, 2018

Spyridon Simotas receiving a 2018 All-University Graduate Teaching Award from Beth J. Beal, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs. Photo Credit: Melody Robbins Photography."

UVA and Sciences Po alum Scott Tilton has submitted an official bid for his home state of Louisiana to become part of L’Organisation Internationale de la Fracophonie.

April 18, 2018

UVA and Sciences Po alum Scott Tilton has submitted an official bid for his home state of Louisiana to become part of L’Organisation Internationale de la Fracophonie. https://france-amerique.com/fr/louisiana-applies-to-be-part-of-la-francophonie/

Click here to see his TV5 Interview .

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Hannah Holtzman, whose article on "A fifty-two-year love affair: rewatching Hiroshima mon amour after Fukushima” has appeared in the April 2018 issue of Contemporary French Civilization (Volume 43, Issue 1) !

April 13, 2018

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Andrew Hill. He has won a Rare Book School fellowship and a GSAS AHSS grant to attend a RBS session at Yale’s Beinecke Library and travel in search of medieval manuscripts connected to St. Margaret.

April 6, 2018

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Mary Beth Allen. She has won a GSAS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2018-19 to finish her study of “The Moroccan Affair: Diplomacy, Rumor, and Fiction in the Age of Louis XIV.”

April 6, 2018

Congratulations to PhD Candidate Spyros Simotas, winner of one of the 2018 All-University Graduate Teaching Awards! These awards honor students from all disciplines who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in undergraduate instruction.

April 4, 2018

Congratulations to Sypros Simotas, one of the winners of the 2018 All-University Teaching Awards. 

The All-University Teaching Award is one of 15 different awards determined by an interdisciplinary faculty selection committee that reviews nominations from each department or school that employs GTAs.  Ten All-University Graduate Teaching Awards are given and each carries a $500 award, an engraved Jefferson Cup, and a certificate in honor of the achievement.  All nominees will be celebrated for their contributions at a Graduate Teaching Awards Reception in April.

 

 

Congratulations to Alison Levine on the publication of her new book, Vivre Ici: Space, Place and Experience in Contemporary French Documentary, Liverpool University Press (March 2018).

March 23, 2018

Liverpool University Press celebrates 50th title in Contemporary French and Francophone Cultures series with Vivre Ice

 
Vivre Ici  

Space, Place and Experience in Contemporary French Documentary

Alison J. Murray Levine

Vivre Ici analyzes a selection of contemporary documentaries about spaces and places in France. Integrating film theory, eco-criticism and cultural history, Levine investigates documentary cinema as experience. The book reveals a collage-like, vision of France as seen through documentary cameras and explores the social and political consequences of these “films that matter.”

Congratulations to PhD Candidates Claire-Marie Brisson, Jean-Hérald Legagneur, and Syrine Ben Amor who have been selected for the competitive 2018 South Atlantic Graduate Seminar: Professor S. Max Edelson’s “Mapping the South Atlantic.”

February 8, 2018

Congratulations to PhD Candidates Claire-Marie Brisson, Jean-Hérald Legagneur, and Syrine Ben Amor who have been selected for the competitive 2018 South Atlantic Graduate Seminar: Professor S. Max Edelson’s “Mapping the South Atlantic.”

A new book celebrates the career of retired faculty member Mary B. McKinley. Of the twenty scholars represented, no less than half have a connection with the UVA French department. All three editors and five contributors are former doctoral students.

January 19, 2018

A new book celebrates the career of retired faculty member Mary B. McKinley. Of the twenty scholars represented, no less than half have a connection with the UVA French department. All three editors and five contributors are former doctoral students of Mary; two contributors (Gary Ferguson and Karen James) are current department members.

For further details, see

http://www.brill.com/products/book/itineraries-french-renaissance-literature

Itineraries in French Renaissance Literature | Brill

www.brill.com

Itineraries in French Renaissance Literature brings together a full score of essays by established and rising American-based scholars of the early modern.

 

Congratulations to Janet Horne for having written one of French Historical Studies' Five Most Read articles of 2017

January 16, 2018

Congratulations to Janet Horne for having written one of French Historical Studies five most read articles in 2017.  
Journal Article:

"To Spread the French Language is to Extend The Colonoial Mission of the Alliance Française Patrie" , French Historical Studies, Volume 40, Issue 1, Published February 1, 2017. 

Philippe Roger was recently the guest of Matthieu Garrigou-Lagrange in his program «La Compagnie des auteurs», for a «carte blanche» on French (mis)perceptions of America. The one-hour long program was aired on November 28, 2017. Click on link to hear.

December 8, 2017

Philippe Roger on France-Culture

Philippe Roger was recently the guest of Matthieu Garrigou-Lagrange in his program  «La Compagnie des auteurs», for a «carte blanche» on French (mis)perceptions of America. The one-hour long program was aired on November  28, from 3 to 4 PM (Paris time). It can be heard online at:  https://tunein.com/radio/La-Compagnie-Des-Auteurs-p837682/?topicId=118303110

The UVA Department of French is hosting The 43rd Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies (NCFS) Colloquium at Omni Hotel on the Downtown Mall (Nov. 9-11).  Founded in 1974, the association holds an annual meeting in the autumn click here for more

November 2, 2017

The UVA Department of French is hosting The 43rd Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies (NCFS) Colloquium at Omni Hotel on the Downtown Mall (Nov. 9-11).  Founded in 1974, the association holds an annual meeting in the autumn of each year, in which researchers present their current work in  the literature, history, arts, and cultures of France and the French-speaking world. This year's theme, "Style,"  embraces the often intersecting topics of fashion, lifestyle, self-expression, reading, writing, and poetics.

 

Hosts Cheryl Krueger and Claire Lyu will be welcoming over 200 speakers this year, with the help of Graduate Intern Julia Schrank, and a committee of graduate assistants.

You can view the full conference program at:http://www.ncfs2017.org/program.html

"Professor Tsien's book 'Le Mauvais goût des autres' is reviewed in 'Le Monde.

October 2, 2017

  "Professor Tsien's book 'Le Mauvais goût des autres' is reviewed in 'Le Monde.   Click here for more information

Jennifer Tsien’s book The Bad Taste of Others has been translated into French

August 30, 2017

Jennifer Tsien’s book The Bad Taste of Others has been translated into French.  Click here for more information.

Gladys Saunders presented a paper titled “What does the rapid spread of /u/-fronting in American English have to do with the teaching of French phonetics?” to an enthusiastic group of participants, at PTLC 2017 (August 11, 2017)

August 28, 2017

 

 Gladys Saunders presented a paper titled “What does the rapid spread of  /u/-fronting in American English have to do with the teaching of French phonetics?” to an enthusiastic group of participants, at PTLC 2017 (a bi-annual phonetics conference held at University College of London, UK) aon August 11, 2017.

Janet Horne gave an interview to French daily newspaper Libération, offering context and commentary on the recent traumatic events in Charlottesville (Aug. 18, 2017)

August 22, 2017

Janet Horne gave an interview to French daily newspaper Libération, offering context and commentary on the recent traumatic events in Charlottesville (Aug. 18, 2017).Click Here for link.

Cheryl Krueger's edited volume _Approaches to Teaching Baudelaire's Prose Poems_(MLA, 2017) was released in July.

July 31, 2017

Cheryl Krueger's edited volume _Approaches to Teaching Baudelaire's Prose Poems_(MLA, 2017)  was released in July . Click Here for more information.

PhD Candidate Claire-Marie Brisson has been awarded the Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year.

July 25, 2017

PhD Candidate Claire-Marie Brisson has been awarded the Jewish Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship for the 2017-18 academic year.  She will be a member of an interdisciplinary cadre of graduate fellows meeting several times within the semester to discuss topics of World War II, identity, the Shoah, and more.

15 Ph.D students completed the Business French Training Session organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US and the UVA Dept of French. Read more...

June 8, 2017

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. in cooperation with the Paris International Chamber of Commerce and the French Department at the University of Virginia have organized a professional training session in Business French for 15 Ph.D. students , in Charlottesville, VA. Advanced PhD candidates and recent graduates from across the country gathered from May 29 to June 2, 2017 for a hands-on training in curriculum and preparation for Business French classes. The course was designed by the Paris International Chamber of Commerce (CCIP) and taught by François Renaud. 

The objectives of the class were as follows: 

- Distinguishing the specificities of FLE (Français Langue Etrangère -  French as a Foreign Language) and FOS (Français Objectif Spécifique - French for Specific Purposes).

- Implementing FOS.

- Elaboration of French for Business framework.

- Designing educational activities using authentic documents.

- Assessing students for French for Business curriculum.

All participants who successfully finish the training will receive a Certificat de formation « Enseigner le Français des Affaires ».

Testimonials:

"The UVA Business French training was a great experience. I got to expand my pedagogical skill set and learn about the different programs and support available to teachers of French from the CCIP.
I also got the opportunity to explore UVA and Charlottesville, which was beautiful and a lot of fun. What I appreciated most about the training was getting to work with and learn from my colleagues from across the country in thinking about how we teach French. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with my peers from the training and also exploring and developing new and varied types of French courses.

Thank you so much for this opportunity.” 

– Marion Elizabeth Phillip 

“François and the CCI Paris Île-de-France provided us all with many new perspectives. What I thought was the most fascinating part of the course was to understand new ways of evaluating students, particularly with the "Grille d'évaluation des activités" that he gave to the class and the corresponding activity to evaluate an oral presentation. The greatest part of this class, however, was the positive relationships formed between participants. The group was always motivated, and I feel like I now have made business "connections" from different parts of the country - and the world!

Thank you for offering this to us all. I'm excited to see UVA host future sessions and would love to get involved in organizing when we do.”

– Claire-Marie Brisson 

I enjoyed and benefited from the Workshop in Business French offered by the French Department at University of Virginia. Besides the a nice stay in the city of Charlottesville with its charming architecture, I found the Workshop to be very professional and collegial. I had the chance to develop my professional network and make new connections with advanced doctoral students and new faculty. I gained valuable insight through my exchange with theses academics regarding my job search process coming up next year.

As for the Workshop proper and its content, Mr. Renaud showed much professionalism in developing the lesson plans and activities. The instructional goals very clear and the materials and hands-on activities had reasonable rhythm and pace. This training will definitely equip me with an important skill that was lacking from my professional profile.   

Thanks for your helping organize this workshop and best of luck in your projects. I hope you had a good time in Canada. 

Farzad Salamifar 

 

 

Congratulations to graduate student Eric Essono Tsimi for the imminent publication of his new novel, "Les Ex ne meurent jamais," forthcoming from L'Orpailleur Press in a few short weeks!

February 6, 2017

UVa graduate student, Eric Essono Tsimi will have the imminent publication of his new novel "Les Ex ne meurent jamais," forthcoming from L'Orpailleur Press in a few short weeks!  Congratulations Eric!

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