French & Italian

Traveler, Artist, urban explorer

By Lauren Myhra

Recent graduate Alexander Rash’s unique educational journey has been exactly that: a journey. The foundations for his adventurous approach to learning were laid at a young age; he attributes his sense of “global curiosity” to moving with his family from Singapore to Malaysia, then to California and finally to Minnesota, where he enrolled at the University of Minnesota.

when in rome

By Lauren Myhra

“I wanted students to have the opportunity to see Italy as a living, modern, breathing country that is full of people—real people.”

Kathleen Rider, second-year coordinator for Italian, has this goal in mind for the undergraduate students who travel with her on a biannual global seminar focused on urban renewal in Rome. She created the program in 2014 to help students see beyond the country’s rich history and better experience it as a diverse, 21st-century place.

The foundation for giving back

By Lauren Myhra

Volunteering is a top priority for recent graduate JT Kruger. It’s a natural fit for someone who earned a double major in French studies and global studies (with emphases on human rights/justice and Europe). Kruger’s liberal arts education connected him with the global community and got him thinking about ways that he can help others. To him, volunteering is an obvious choice.

Embracing opportuities abroad

By Lauren Myhra

Marie-Christine Ghreichi says that French “runs in the family.” Between her Lebanese father, who is a native speaker of French, and her American mother, who earned a master’s degree in French, it is a familiar language to her and played into cultural norms of her home growing up.

graduate Students Collaborate with International and African Scholars

By Lauren Myhra

Last May, University of Minnesota graduate students Chris Ice, Deborah Lee-Ferrand, and Agnès Schaffauser, all currently pursuing PhDs in postcolonial Francophone literature, attended Le Conseil International d’Études Francophones (CIEF), a week-long interdisciplinary conference that meets annually in different Francophone regions of the world. The 2016 conference took place in Saly-Portudal, a city just outside of Senegal’s capital, Dakar. The conference is conducted completely in French and welcomes 200 scholars each year, including professors, authors, artists, journalists, graduate students, and more.

examining modiano

By Lauren Myhra

This past October, the Department of French and Italian co-hosted a symposium titled Les Actualités de Patrick Modiano. The event consisted of a three-panelist roundtable discussion, followed by a few questions, and then a buffet of French cheese and wine where guests were able to continue discussion and talk with the roundtable’s panelists. The symposium proved very successful; originally scheduled for two hours, many guests stayed later hoping to further tackle the topic.

going beyond the limits

By Ellen Litecky

As the daughter of immigrant parents, Hanna learned the meaning of hard work and dedication from a young age. She watched and helped her parents build their family business from nothing into a thriving enterprise. Seeing her parents work their way to success motivates her to be the exceptional College of Liberal Arts (CLA) student she is today, and it has inspired her future plans to develop her own business after college.

mapping italy's visual histor

 

By Ellen Litecky

Professor Lorenzo Fabbri’s interest in the history of Italian media culture was first sparked when he conducted archival research in Italy as an undergraduate. Fabbri wished to understand the mindset of his grandfather’s generation during the fascist regime since his grandfather had served in the Italian army during that period. He was interested in learning more about fascism’s influence on the creation of visual culture during that time.

looking through time: a french film narrative

By Ellen Litecky

Professor Christophe Wall-Romana has an wide range of research interests, but he has focused his recent studies on French media, literature, film, and philosophy within the last century. He is captivated with the study of how French poets became fascinated with silent cinema as a new art form in the early 20th century.

recent Alumna’s Roadmap to Post Graduation Success

By Lauren Myhra

Delaney Churchwell has independently studied Italian since she was 13 years old, so when she chose to attend college her first priority was to find a university with an outstanding Italian program. She chose to attend University of Minnesota, and quickly became involved in the Department of French and Italian.

world of success

 

By Lauren Myhra

On February 25, the first “Worlds Between Words” was held at the Weisman Art Museum. Organized by the Department of French & Italian, the event embraced collaboration between several language departments: German, Scandinavian, and Dutch; Classical and Near Eastern Studies; Spanish and Portuguese; and Asian Languages and Literatures.