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Today is GIVE TO THE MAX Day!

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Be a light for the U's Department of French & Italian on Give to the Max Day. Make a gift at http://z.umn.edu/maxfrit.

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Congratulations to Mary Franklin-Brown:

The American Comparative Literature Association has awarded the 2103 Harry Levin Prize to Mary Franklin-Brown, Associate Professor in French and Italian, for her book Reading the World: Encyclopedic Writing in the Scholastic Age (University of Chicago).

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents:
Demande à ton Ombre, by Lamine Ammar-Khodja, 83 min, France, Algeria, 2012.
Arabic, French with English Subtitles
Documentary

We would like to invite the French & Italian and English departments to the Fall Symposium of the Graduate Students of French of Italian, which will take place on Friday, October 5th from 1pm to 4pm in Nicholson 145. The presenters are Kate Droske and Jiewon Baek.
More information and details will follow in the coming weeks.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact either Courtney Pyrtle (matth193@umn.edu) or I (ferr0382@umn.edu)
We look forward to seeing you there.
Courtney and Déborah

Friday, September 28, 2:30 pm, 112 Folwell Hall
Lynn Festa: "The Cook, the Thief, the Knife, and the Other: Possession and Loss in Eighteenth-Century Tahiti"
Dept. of English, Rutgers University. Lynn is a comparatist working in the 18th century. She is doing a TEMS presentation on Enlightenment birds-eye views (intersection among aesthetics, science, and history).

News from 314 Folwell: Welcome to Summer!

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It's a slow month in the Front Office. Stop by anytime with iced tea (for Midori), hot chai (for Nissa), and a triple espresso (for Kerry). If you're looking for information or advice about academic programs, do contact our fearless Chair, Professor Daniel Brewer, acting DUS and DGS for the summer.

Eric Marty -- Professor, Université Paris 7-Diderot


"Why Did the 20th Century Take Sade Seriously?"

Friday April 20, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Folwell 123
A reception will follow the lecture.

Armand Renaud 1918-2012

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It is with great sadness that the Department of French & Italian announces of the death of Armand Renaud, professor emeritus of French. He was 93 year of age.

For those of you who did not know Armand, it is thanks to his generosity that the Madeleine Renaud Graduate Fellowship was established as a tribute to his wife Madeleine. This fellowship also honors the life and work of Armand Renaud, who gave generously of his learning and wisdom to students, colleagues, and friends during his time in Folwell.

A lovely portrait of Armand and Madeleine Renaud

Alumni News: Rob St. Clair interviewed

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Dépêche de Montréal: Kate Droske

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From our own Kate Droske, on fellowship at Concordia University for the semester:

"Throwing out Postcards" Notes on teaching by Corbin Treacy

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Corbin Treacy writes about his experience developing a class for and teaching a two-day workshop for middle- and high-school French teachers through the Institute for Global Studies

Vous allez adorer cette ville!

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Check the blog designed by 1004 students for the newest minneapolitains among us:

http://www.bienvenueaminneapolis.blogspot.com/

French Major/Minor Declaration Sessions

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Do you know an undergraduate who is considered a French major or minor? Let them know about the information sessions scheduled for students interested in declaring either the Minor or the Major.

These are open meetings - no sign-up is necessary.

Friday, September 16, 12:15 p.m., Folwell 1

Wednesday, September 28, 2:30 p.m., Folwell 1
Thursday, October 13, 2:15 p.m., Folwell 1
Monday, October 31, 2:30 p.m., Folwell 113
Tuesday, November 15, 11:30 p.m., Folwell 1
Wednesday, December 7, 2:30 p.m., Folwell 1


Questions? Contact Prof. Betsy Kerr, 304F Folwell, bjkerr@umn.edu

Fall 2011 office hours, M &W, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, go to http://frit.umn.edu/ and click on "undergraduate programs", "French", "Advising"

Celebrate Folwell!

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Join Us!

Folwell Hall Grand Opening

Date: 09/09/2011

Time: 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Location: South Lawn Folwell Hall


Celebrating the renovated home for foreign languages, literatures, and cultures.
Join us to mark the reopening of Folwell Hall after a year of renovation.


Events:
2:30 Ribbon Cutting with Regent Linda Cohen, President Eric Kaler, and Dean Parente.
3:00 Self-guided tours of classrooms and study spaces, refreshments, classroom technology demonstrations, and fun and games on the Folwell lawn.

We're Moving... Back to Folwell!

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After a year in Klaeber Court, we're heading back to the newly renovated Folwell Hall. Find us in our new third-floor digs starting August 8th.


Department of French and Italian
314 Folwell Hall
9 Pleasant St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Paranoid? You must be a graduate student!

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From yesterday's Chronicle, by Don Troop:

Kudos: Dan Brewer awarded for his graduate advising

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Our own Prof. Dan Brewer was among the faculty honored by the 2011 COGS Outstanding Faculty Award!

Dépêche de Klaeber Court: Prof. Judith Preckshot

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I asked Prof Judith Preckshot about what she's working on right now, and she told me about a fascinating and timely graduate seminar she's preparing for next semester:

Dépêche de Paris: Lia Mitchell from the rue Oberkampf

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Lia Mitchell, our Exchange Fellow in Paris, writes us about Canals on Mars, the invasion midwestern vowels of Paris, and the so-called original LouLou :

Join us for a lecture by

Debarati Sanyal, University of California, Berkeley

Friday, February 18th
4-6pm
Nicholson Hall 125

Prof. Bruno Chaouat interviewed on Palin's comments

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Read the article by Maury Glover and see the interview on Fox 9 News, Palin's 'Blood Libel' Video Fans Flames:

Gonzo Theatre's "No Exit" at the Lowry Lab Feb 3-12

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Dramaturged by our very own Sophie Kerman!

Dépêche de Montpellier: Liz Panting

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At the end of a really busy semester, MA student Liz Panting found some time to write us from Montpellier. She's spending the year on one our department's Fellowships as a lectrice at UPV...

Doctoral candidate Sylvie Ngilla was in Paris last month and interviewed filmmaker Claire Denis...

A Letter from FRIT Faculty

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December 8, 2010

The faculty of the Department of French and Italian wish to express our unwavering support of the University Administration, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Center's director Bruno Chaouat, in light of the recent lawsuit filed against them.

Dépêche de Paris: On sabbatical with Professor Dan Brewer

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Dan Brewer takes time out of his sabbatical to write...

It's the season of dispatches back to the States getting published, so here's one from Paris. It's not in the grand style of Janet Flanner's or Adam Gopnick's gem-like letters in the New Yorker. Nor will Julian Assange be much interested in it. But it carries a sense of this dix-huitiémiste's pleasure, wonderment, and delight at having spent the fall in the City of Light while on sabbatical....

Dépêche de Carlisle, PA: Benjamin Ngong (PhD, 2007)

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Benjamin Ngong took a few minutes to write us from Dickinson College, where he's an Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies and Contributing Faculty to Africana Studies. Of academic life, he writes:

Life as an Assistant Professor on tenure track is not easy, but I'm trying to make the best out of it.

In fact, it turns out he's been doing quite well...

Dépêche de Nolte: Greta Bliss, IDF Fellow at the IAS

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Klaeber Court, our temporary home during Folwell's remodel, is indeed far far away from Nolte Hall. Thus I was delighted to get an email from Greta Bliss detailing some of her activities as an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study. She gave her presentation to colleagues on her dissertation project, (entitled "Untranslating the Maghreb: Reckoning with Gender in Literature and Film from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia") and got useful feedback from fellows in multiple social science and humanities disciplines, which she put to use for a paper she gave last month at the Middle Eastern Studies Conference in San Diego. There she presented on the films A Door to the Sky by Farida Benlyazid and Bedwin Hacker by Nadia El Fani.

She writes:

IAS is a great environment in which to push my working questions further while being "haunted" (in a good way) by an array of methodological approaches and disciplinary concerns. Colleagues doing inspiring work in fields from Geography to Performance Studies have asked strange and stimulating questions, helping me think more extensively about the contours and content of my project--and where I want to go with it.

Working with questions from the different disciplinary angles she's encountered this semester, she'll be finishing up a dissertation chapter, "Narrative as Fault-Line in Maïssa Bey's Surtout ne te retourne pas (2005)" on which she'll also be presenting a paper at the ACLA conference in Vancouver this coming Spring...


Write us again and tell us how it goes, Greta!



Dépêche de Williamsburg: Vlad Dima

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We had a lovely visit from Vlad Dima (PhD 2010) last week, who's currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the College of William & Mary.

Along with a packed teaching, advising, and service schedule at W&M, Vlad's continued to publish in his area of research, cinematographic sound. Recent articles include Vlad has published on sound issues in Quentin Tarantino's films in "Moviement" (Indicatori sonori in Kill Bill), on Anne Hébert in "Dalhousie French Studies" (Les personnages dans Les Fous de Bassan : la nature de leurs identités). He has two more articles forthcoming in "The Quarterly Review of Film and Video," The Aural Fold and the Sonic Jump-cut: Godard's Baroque Sound, and in "The Journal for Film and Video," Aural Narrative Planes in Djibril-Diop Mambety's Films.

He has also published numerous theatre reviews for Aisle Say, and has contributed to the "Bright Lights Journal" with reviews of A Single Man and Inglourious Basterds.

He is currently working and has submitted articles on Hitchcock, one dealing with the evolution of the murder scene, and the other with connections between Baudelaire's spleen and Hitchcock's Vertigo, as well as a study of the female voice in Seinfeld.

Alumni, send us your news!


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