Courtesy:  Claire-Marie Brisson (PhD Candidate)


"The only thing certain is that nothing is certain."

- Pliny the Elder (as quoted by Montaigne, on the ceiling beams of his home)

Courtesy: Gary Ferguson (Faculty)


Paris Plage

Courtesy: Gary Ferguson (Faculty)


UVa in Lyon

Courtesy: Amanda Selsky (CLAS '17)

J-Term 2014


Courtesy: Ari Blatt (Faculty)

Paris Seine


Courtesy: Anna Robinson (J-Term Paris, 2017)


Place Bellecour, Lyon

Courtesy: Maggie Stein (Staff)

Hugh Davidson Essay Prize Deadline October 1, 2019

Hugh M. Davidson Essay Prize

The Hugh M. Davidson Essay Prize commemorates a beloved teacher and colleague who was also internationally admired for his scholarly publications, particularly on Blaise Pascal. 

The $500.00- prize will be offered once a year to an undergraduate student who is judged to have written a worthy essay on a subject in the field of medieval and early modern French literature and thought.  For the purposes of this competition, subjects will be considered acceptable if they concern writings in French prior to 1800.

Philippe Roger co-sponsored conference examining the past, present and future of the journal "Critique" in June at a castle in Normandy. Martin Rueff, a Professor at the University of Geneva will be a guest lecturer this Fall.

A week-long conference examining the past, present and future of the journal Critique, took place in June at Cerisy-la-Salle, a beautiful castle in Normandy with a long history of important intellectual encounters. For detailed infos on the colloquium, go to



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