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Louvre Pyramid
March 27, 2020
All UW classes in spring quarter are being taught remotely. Please see this UW webpage on Facts and information regarding spring quarter 2020. Please contact your instructor or with any questions.
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March 6, 2020
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hills above Cinque terre
February 27, 2020
We are pleased to announce the results of the annual French & Italian Studies Photo Contest! This year we had many excellent photos submitted by students taken while travelling or studying abroad in France and Italy. 19 finalist's photos were selected and are displayed in the C-wing 2nd floor hallway of Padelford, please come see them! 212 members of the French & Italian Studies community voted for their favorites and the... Read more
Lake Leman
February 6, 2020
We are pleased to once again hold our annual French & Italian Studies Photo Contest! Any French or Italian student who has recently traveled to a French or Italian speaking country can submit their two best photos taken there. The FIS community will then vote for their favorite photos. The three entries receiving the greatest number of votes will receive gift cards from the University Bookstore: 1st prize - $75; 2nd prize - $50; 3rd prize - $25. An open house with refreshments will... Read more
UW foreign language alumni
December 16, 2019
On Nov. 6th, seven UW alumni who graduated with degrees in various foreign languages came to campus to take part in a panel discussion to offer advice and answer questions about their careers and how studying a language can impact one’s career and life post-graduation. French & Italian Studies advisor Sabrina Tatta, organized the event along with Spanish & Portuguese Studies, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Scandinavian Studies, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, Asian... Read more
author and professor Jean Beaman
December 16, 2019
On October 31st Jean Beaman visited the UW and gave a talk based on past and current ethnographic research in the Parisian metropolitan region. Beaman discussed how racial and ethnic minorities understand and respond to their racialization in a context in which race and ethnicity are not legitimate or acknowledged. Beaman described how racial and ethnic minorities are “citizen outsiders,” as evident of France’s “racial project” (Omi and Winant 1994), which marks distinctions outside of explicit... Read more
Sandrine Zhao on a bridge in Paris
December 16, 2019
French Master of Arts student, Sandrine Zhao was awarded a scholarship from the Eugene Vance Endowed Fund which enabled her to participate in the Summer in Paris study abroad program this past August. While in France Sandrine went on field visits with undergraduate students, assisted the Program director Hélène Vilavella-Collins, and conducted... Read more
Quebec City
December 16, 2019
Starting in Summer 2020 there will be a new direct exchange program to the Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada. This program is specifically geared to students who would like to focus on French language acquisition. It is tailored to each student's language level, and allows them to take content courses designed for speakers of French as a foreign language. The École de langues de l'Université Laval offers a... Read more
Dantzel Cenatiempo
December 16, 2019
French graduate student Dantzel Cenatiempo successfully defended her dissertation “Sartorial Code-Switching: Vestiary Identity Performance and Female Celebrity in Paris, 1832-1939” to earn her PhD in French Studies with a certification in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Dantzel grew up in Lake Stevens, Washington and attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah graduating with a bachelor’s in French and a minor in Studio Arts 2D (mixed media painting and drawing). Dantzel’s parents... Read more
Anna Sulc
December 16, 2019
Anna Sulc, a senior completing a double degree in French (BA, honors) and Oceanography (BS) received the Míċeál Vaughan Award for 2019-2020. This prestigious award was created by Professor Emeritus Míċeál F. Vaughan of the UW English department to support travel to primary research libraries and archives for projects involving European texts. Anna grew up in Southern California and... Read more