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August 7, 2020
Please see this announcement from President Ana Mari Cauce and Mark Richards, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs on the impact of the pandemic on autumn quarter for students, faculty and staff.
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July 10, 2020
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 Constantine Christofides
June 30, 2020
 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
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June 26, 2020
In this moving essay for The Boston Globe, Associate Professor of French Maya Angela Smith writes about Black motherhood and the fear and anxiety of bringing her unborn son into "a society full of racial injustice". Please read her piece "As a Black mother-to-be, I'm already full of heartache."
UW student Anna Sulc with penguin
June 11, 2020
French & Oceanography major Anna Sulc has traveled the world for her humanities and science research. Read this story in the College of Arts & Sciences Perspectives Newsletter
Sarah Stroup
May 7, 2020
The Humanities Division at the University of Washington is excited to launch “Humanities First,” an exciting new First Year Experience for incoming freshmen to learn more about the university, the campus, the community, and the abundant resources of each.
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May 7, 2020
In Fall Quarter 2020, the University of Washington’s Humanities Division will launch Humanities First, an exciting new First Year Experience for incoming freshmen to learn more about the university, the campus, the community, and the abundant resources of each. The program is supported by a... Read more
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April 30, 2020
Watch this fascinating interview to learn more about the Italian Studies Rome Program. We talk with Virginia Agostinelli, Program Co-Director and UW student Katie Snell about learning Italian, experiencing Italian culture, and all of the benefits and opportunities of spending winter quarter in Rome! Learn more and apply for the Italian Studies Rome Program in winter 2021!
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April 14, 2020
French Language Courses Continue your French language study, earn VLPA credits, and set yourself to study abroad or travel in the Francophone world! FRENCH 201 A Intermediate French - A term Online MWF 9:40-11:50am FRENCH 202 A Intermediate French - B term  Online MWF 9:40-11:50am FRENCH 315 A Everything but Writing Advanced Oral Skills Development - A term Online TThF 9:40-11:50am  For course details please visit... Read more
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April 3, 2020
Associate Professor of French Louisa Mackenzie has written the epilogue for a recently published book, Early Modern Écologies: Beyond English Ecocriticism. Early Modern Écologies is the first collective volume to offer perspectives on the relationship between contemporary ecological thought and early modern French literature. This volume foregrounds not how ecocriticism renews our understanding of a literary corpus, but rather how that corpus causes us to re-think or to nuance... Read more