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Courtesy: Robin Sabot (Lyon-Exchange Student, 2016-17)


Courtesy: Robin Sabot (Lyon-Exchange Student, 2016-17)


UVa in Lyon 

Courtesy: Amanda Selsky (CLAS '17)

Learn about the summer program in Lyon and the semester and academic year in Lyon

J-Term 2014


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Learn about the J-Term in Paris 


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 HagiographyThey 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.

New Courses

Writing With Style and Precision

The City of Paris: Stories of a Living Legend 

Introduction to Translation

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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.

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/

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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) !

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.

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.



Enduring Questions, New Methods: Haitian Studies in the 21st Century


Please join our colleagues in English, French, Haitian Kreyòl, History, and Latin American Studies as we rethink challenges and opportunities for research and teaching in Haitian Studies. The full program is below. For more information on sessions and topics, please visit http://enduringquestions.net.


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).

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


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