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sunset in Rome
April 11, 2018
There are still a few open spaces for Italian Studies Rome: From Empire to Present Day - Language, Culture, and Society in Italy. This 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 2019 at the UW Rome Center and... Read more
French & Italian Studies Graduation 2018
June 22, 2018
French and Italian Studies graduates and their families gathered with staff and faculty in the Simpson Center on June 8th to celebrate the culmination of their time at the UW. Around 70 people mingled, chatted and enjoyed refreshments for an hour before Chair Geoff Turnovsky took a few minutes to speak about the graduates and recognize some of their outstanding achievements. He commended the students' hard work and wished everyone the best in their post-graduation endeavors. Congratulations to... Read more
Allison Dumitriu Carcoana Beatrice Arduini
June 11, 2018
Italian major Allison Dumitriu Carcoana has won the Grand Prize ($1,000) Library Research Award for Undergraduates in the Non-senior category. Allision's winning paper "Dal Principe di Machiavelli a Trump: Somiglianze in Politica Basate sulla Natura Umana" was written for an independent study course with Associate Professor of Italian Studies Beatrice Arduini. Allison is President of the Italian Club and is also a pre-med student. Congratulations Allison!
Chenyibo Zhu
June 8, 2018
Graduating French and Mathematics major Chenyibo Zhu was recently named the Humanities Division Dean's Medalist and a gonfaloniere. French & Italian Studies nominated Chenyibo and the College of Arts and Sciences awards the Dean’s Medal to the top graduating senior in each of the four divisions. Each year the UW’s schools and colleges select accomplished students to lead their degree candidates into Husky Stadium during the Commencement procession. These students are called ... Read more
Tiana Neuerberg
May 29, 2018
Graduating French majors April Si Lo and Tiana Quimin Neuerberg have recently been accepted to the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). The TAPIF allows American citizens and permanent residents to teach English in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of France. April, a French and Psychology double major from Fife, WA will be teaching at the... Read more
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
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