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.
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 20th century France.
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 the best in their post-graduation endeavors.
Congratulations to all the graduates:
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.
Italian major Allison Dumitriu Carcoana recently won a Library Research Award in the Population Health category for her paper, "Integration Trumps Alienation." Allison, who just finished her freshman year at UW and is studying pre-med in addition to Italian, has volunteered tutoring Somali children in the Seattle area.