Italian Studies alumnus Ian Platou loves Rome. “It is probably the most unique city in the world” he says. The passion of the Italian people is unique and “you feel it everywhere you go” he says, from the fans cheering in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico to the restaurant owner thanking you for your business. Ian studied abroad in Rome on two separate occasions with the UW Honors Program. He “was so enamored with the culture” and had such a great time during his first study abroad experience that he... Read more
Please see this transcript of an engaging conversation between Senior Lecturer of French Hélène Vilavella-Collins and Effie Zheng, who recently graduated from Interlake High School in Bellevue on the benefits of learning a foreign language. Effie recently completed an internship with Professor Sabine Lang, Director of the... Read more
Professor Emeritus Constantine Christofides died on June 24th 2020, at 92, in Manhattan, the shortest bus ride from the Cloisters, the American capital of Medieval art.
He was twice, in its two versions, Chair of French and Italian, first as head of Romance L. and L. and then, in its early days, of our current unit.
Born in Alexandria in 1928, he made his way to the University of Michigan where he finished his Ph. D in 1956. Before arriving at the UW—as Chair of Romance, in 1965--he had... Read more