Courtesy: Robin Sabot (Lyon-Exchange Student, 2016-17)
Courtesy: Robin Sabot (Lyon-Exchange Student, 2016-17)
Dr. Amy Ogden - Finalist for the 2022 Lambda Literary Awards
The Department of French celebrates and congratulates Dr. Amy Ogden & her co-authors for their chapter "St Eufrosine's Invitation to Gender Transgression" in Trans and Genderqueer Subjects in Medieval Hagiography. They have been nominated as finalists for the award of best transgender nonfiction in this years Lamda Literary Awards!
Race in France, the US, and the Francophone World
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Mamadou Dia's film, Nafi's Father featured in The New York Times
FREN Student & Alumni Spotlights
FREN Student Spotlight - Maggie Dunbar: The Fralin Reopening
Maggie Dunbar is a fourth-year student majoring in French and art history with a minor in studio art. She serves as a student docent at The Fralin Art Museum on Grounds.
“I trained for the docent program in spring of my first year,” Dunbar said. “We give tours of the museum to school groups, University students and community members.”
For more than a year, the Fralin had been closed to visitors, clearing the docents’ usual busy schedules.
“We were closed for 17 months, partially for renovations, further delayed by COVID, and then also because of safety concerns. We were giving all our tours on Zoom – which was a nice substitute, but not the same thing,” Dunbar said.
This semester, The Fralin is welcoming patrons with exciting new exhibitions.
“Being back in the museum has been great. There’s a new exhibition up, and it’s just a lot more engaging than online,” Dunbar said. “The big exhibition is called ‘Skyscraper Gothic,’ and it examines 19th- and 20th-century architecture.”
After a long hiatus, The Fralin is resuming some of its beloved events.
“My favorite thing about The Fralin are the events we hold. There’s Final Fridays, which happens on the last Friday of every month. There’s music, food trucks and drinks, and you can walk around the museum with your friends or take a docent led tour.”
FREN Alumni Spotlight - Christopher Benos: named as Schwarzman Scholar
Christopher Benos, a third-year student at the University of Virginia School of Law, will pursue a master’s degree in global affairs at Beijing’s Tsinghua University as a Class of 2023 Schwarzman Scholar.
Among the most competitive and prestigious graduate fellowships in the world, the Schwarzman Scholarships were created in 2013 by businessman Stephen Schwarzman, who modeled them on the Rhodes Scholarships. The program, housed in Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University, fully funds participants’ expenses for graduate study in China, including travel costs and a personal stipend.
“I am humbled by the chance to join an incredible group of leaders, scholars and global citizens,” Benos said. “And I cannot express my gratitude enough to the family members, faculty mentors and friends who made this journey possible. The University’s support of its students is truly unmatched.”
Benos said he wants to study Chinese political and legal institutions to one day apply those lessons domestically, first in his hometown and then at the national level. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he will also immerse himself in Chinese culture, philosophy and music, he said, and “serve as an ambassador for American law.”
He aspires to a career in which he can improve international relationships.
“Our nations need ambassadors in law and politics who understand our differences, celebrate our common goals and cultivate a transformational partnership,” Benos said. “The Schwarzman program uniquely positions me to be one such leader as we work to build a more just, more equitable and more peaceful world.”
After graduation, he will clerk for Judge D. Brooks Smith of the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the 2023 term.
At UVA Law, Benos served on the managing board of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law and on the submissions review board of the Journal of Law & Politics, as a Legal Writing Fellow, as an Appellate Litigation Clinic participant and as a research assistant for Professor Micah Schwartzman ’05. Benos spent his summers working at the Virginia Legal Aid Justice Center and at Sullivan & Cromwell.
“Christopher is super-talented, and it’s hard to imagine someone who would be a better cultural and political ambassador for our University and for the commonwealth of Virginia,” Schwartzman said.
Benos, of Midlothian, Virginia, earned a degree in the Honors Program of the Department of Politics and also majored in French at UVA. He was a Jefferson Scholar, Echols Scholar, Coca-Cola Scholar, Lawn resident, recipient of the MAAS Essay Prize Grand Prize and T. Braxton Woody Award, and is a member of the Raven Society. He served on the UVA Honor Committee throughout his undergraduate years and now serves as its appeals chair. Benos received the Class of 1984 Scholarship at UVA Law.
Benos has also released three albums of original piano music.
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.
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.
Congraulations to the French Departments 2018 Graduates: Holly Runde, PhD; Saira Sohail, MA and Hannah Holtzman, PhD.
The Maas Prize awards of up to $5,000 for Continued Learning about France and French-‐Speaking Cultures
Undergraduates in all schools of the University are invited to submit 2000-2500 word essays in French on a topic concerning Franco-American relations, broadly interpreted to be any topic of a comparative nature dealing with the language, culture, politics, society, business (or some similar or allied subject) of the United States and of France or any French-speaking nation or region.
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:
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:
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."