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Lia Koklic
April 23, 2018
 Lia Koklic, a sophomore pursuing a double degree in French (B.A) and Biology (B.S.) and in the interdisciplinary honors program recently participated in the UW + Amazon Mentors Program. Lia, who is from Woodiniville, WA  says the program was "was a wonderful opportunity to gain an inside look into future job opportunities and career pathways." In the UW + Amazon Mentors Program  students are matched... Read more
sunset in Rome
April 11, 2018
Italian Studies Rome: From Empire to Present Day - Language, Culture, and Society in Italy is a new program sponsored by the French and Italian Studies department designed for a full immersion within Italian language and culture. It will attract students interested in accelerating their Italian language skills and their general knowledge of Italian culture and society. It runs for the ten weeks of the Winter quarter at the UW Rome Center and students, if they wish, will be able to enroll in... Read more
Eiffel Tower at night
April 10, 2018
Registration is still open for French & Italian Studies courses in Summer quarter!  Summer quarter at UW is not just for UW students, anyone can register to take classes. Summer quarter is a great time to take French and Italian at UW. Enjoy small class sizes at an accelerated pace to learn a new language or solidify your language skills. Start with FRENCH 101 or ITAL 101, there are no prerequisites required! For students who have completed their first year we are offering Second year... Read more
Legitimizing iel symposium Vassar College
March 21, 2018
Associate Professor of French Studies Louisa Mackenzie will speak at a public symposium at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY on Saturday, April 7th. The symposium, "Legitimatizing iel" will focus on language and the trans community in Francophone and Anglophone spaces. Professor Mackenzie will give a talk on how to include non-binary gender identities within bi-gendered langauge classrooms. To learn more about this symposium and see the flyer, please... Read more
Tintin in America
March 14, 2018
Peadar Kavanagh, a French Studies and English Language and Literature graduate (class of 2016) recently accepted an offer from the University of Chicago to begin a PhD in French and Francophone Studies with English Language and Literature as a secondary discipline. Peadar, a Seattle native, credits the 1998 FIFA World Cup held in France and the comic books series of Tintin and Asterix as what originally attracted him to French... Read more
Black Panther Poster
February 9, 2018
Assistant Professor of French Studies Maya Smith recently wrote an article, "Why Black Panther is Destined for Commercial Sucess" for the popular culture website The article was featured "In The News" section of the UW Today daily update.  Maya was also interviewed along with writer Carvel Wallace by Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong and... Read more
Negresco Nice
January 23, 2018
The University of Washington French Club will be having weekly meetings every Tuesday during Winter quarter from 4:30 to 5:30pm in Savery 130. Stop by to have a conversation and practice your French skills! All levels and abilities are welcome.
UW Italian Club
December 7, 2017
 On November 30th members of the Italian Club and French & Italian Studies adviser Sabrina Tatta cooked a healthy and delicious Italian meal for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. The Italian Club members who participated Allison Dumitriu Carcoana, Wataru Kikuchi, Mason Gionet, and Adita Vohra wrote a statement below about their experience and what volunteer work means to them. "As a registered student organization, part of what the Italian Club focuses on is building... Read more
Eiffel Tower at night
November 30, 2017
The study abroad programs "Paris in the Summer" and "Nantes in the Fall (or for the entire academic year)" will begin recruiting on January 1st! They offer a wonderful opportunity to earn UW credits while studying abroad. Our programs have a French 103 (or its equivalent) requirement and are open to all students satisfying that requirement (not just French minors and majors!) In Paris or Nantes, you may earn I&S, VLPA and 10 credits toward the French minor or up to 15 toward the French... Read more
November 21, 2017
The 5th Annual French & Italian Studies Study Abroad Photo Contest was a resounding success. Over 20 students submitted photos and over 120 people from the French & Italian studies community voted on their favorite photos. This year we had 16 finalists with excellent photographs taken across France and Italy.  The finalists' photos are displayed in the main hallway on the 2nd floor of Padelford Hall C-Wing. On November 16th we held an open house where we honored the top three prize... Read more