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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
Venice Gondola
November 14, 2017
Voting for the 5th Annual French & Italian Studies Study Abroad Photo Contest is now open. This year we have 16 finalists with photographs taken across France and Italy. Click here Then log in with your UW netid at the top of the page, and vote for your three favorites!  Entries receiving the greatest number of votes will receive gift cards from the University Bookstore: 1st prize - $75; 2nd prize - $50; 3rd prize - $25.... Read more
Kelsey Jackson
November 8, 2017
Kelsey Jackson, (class of 2013) a French and Psychology double major recently completed her Master of Science (MSc) in Psychology Research Methods at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England and acheived distinction for her original research project. Kelsey, a native of La Jolla, CA says that her "time in the French department at UW was, without a doubt, pivotal to my ability" to design and create the research project for her MSc. After graduating from UW Kelsey spent a year in Nancy in ... Read more
UW Italian Club
October 10, 2017
The Italian Club at the UW recently attended the University District Neighborhood Farmers Market and ran a stand to do some community outreach and promote the club. Club officers gave out a recipe cards with classic Italian recipes and mingled with the public and provided information about upcoming Italian Club events. The effort was success with many folks stopping by and signing up to receive information about the club. Below... Read more
View of Eiffel Tower and surrounding neighborhood
September 7, 2017
Due to overwhelming demand from students wanting to learn French, all of our First Year French sections (FRENCH 101, 102, & 103)  are at capacity. As such we have added  another section of FRENCH 101 and FRENCH 103. If you have always wanted to learn French or to continue your French studies now is the time! Details on the new sections are below. Updated information on all of our courses can be found on the... Read more
UW French & Italian Studies Autumn Course
July 24, 2017
French & Italian Studies still has some room in our Autumn classes! Check out these fascinating courses and consider taking a class with us. See below for some of our featured classes being offered this Autumn and links to our time schedules. For any questions email French Courses Offered This Autumn       ... Read more
Florentina Dedu-Constantin
July 7, 2017
Florentina Dedu-Constantin, one our lecturers in French, has won the Graduate Schoolʼs 2017 Distinguished Dissertation Award. Florentina, who recently received her PhD, won the award for her dissertation "The Good Distance: Proust and Sociability" in the Humanities & Fine Arts category. The Distinguished Dissertation Award includes a $1000 prize and represents an original work that makes an unusually significant contribution to the discipline. The UW Graduate School has sent her ... Read more
Christina Sztajnkrcyer
June 22, 2017
Christina Sztajnkrcyer, a recent graduate of our French doctoral program recently published a piece of writing on the website of The Stroum Center For Jewish Studies. Christina's piece, "From Rhodes To Racine: Why a Sephardic Teenager in 20th-Century Paris Was Reading The Tragedy Esther" highlights some of her work with a young woman's school notebook from 20th century Paris. In particular, she uses a quote drawn from Racine's play Esther as a way to shed light on Jewish womanhood in... Read more
Purple slide entited French & italian studies graduates
June 16, 2017
French and Italian Studies graduates and their families gathered with staff and faculty in the Simpson Center on June 9th to celebrate the culmination of their time at the UW. About 70 people mingled, chatted and enjoyed refreshments (pastries donated by Macrina Bakery!) for an hour before Chair Rich Watts took a few minutes to speak about the graduates and call each one by name. He commended the students' hard work and wished everyone... Read more
Ethan with his award, smiling
June 16, 2017
French and intended Human Centered Design and Engineering major Ethan Thomas Walkley recently won a $1000 Grand Prize in the Senior Non-Thesis Category of the Library Research Awards. His paper, "La Censure sous le Second Empire: la Condamnation des Fleurs du Mal et l’Innocence de Madame Bovary" was the culmination of a year's worth of research and writing, spanning two French courses and a quarter of... Read more