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Martin Horst with a Frisbee
June 8, 2017
Martin Horst, a senior French Honors and Linguistics double major graduating this Spring has been featured in the College of Arts & Sciences Perspectives Newsletter. Read the fascinating profile, "Embracing The World One, Language At A Time" here.
Florentina Dedu-Constantin
June 6, 2017
Our very own Florentina Dedu-Constantin is receiving her Doctor of Philosophy in French studies this spring after many years of hard work as a graduate student and pre-doctoral instuctor. For her efforts Florentina has been nominated for the Distinguished Dissertation Award given by the Graduate School. Florentina successfully defended her dissertation, “The Good Distance: Proust and Sociability” this May. The Distinguished Dissertation Award represents an original work that makes an unusually... Read more
Student in front of purple W
June 1, 2017
Senior French major Deelyn Cheng was one of 124 students chosen out of 430 applicants to participate in the UW+ Amazon Mentors Program this Spring Quarter. This experience allows UW Undergraduates to meet with a mentor from Amazon every other week during the quarter for guidance on professional development and career paths. About her experience with the program, Deelyn said "This... Read more
French and italian flags crossed over
May 19, 2017
The Italian Club and the French Club are both looking for new officers for the 2017-2018 academic year. Being a club officer is a great opportunity to boost your resume, gain some leadership and teamwork experience, meet new people, and organize language and cultural activities outside of the classroom! See below for information on how and when to apply! Italian Club Officer Applications: Due Monday, May 29th. Click... Read more
group of people in paris
May 18, 2017
Assistant Professor Maya Smith's French 448 students (Cultures of Franco-America) and students in the CHID Amsterdam Study Abroad Program recently watched a screening of the documentary Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light. The screening was followed by an engaging Q&A with the Associate Producer, Julia Browne. The documentary, based on a book by the same name, follows the experience of African-Americans in Paris since 1900.
Dantzel Cenatiempo
May 11, 2017
Dantzel Cenatiempo, one of our French doctoral candidates has been awarded the 2017-2018 Joff Hanauer for Excellence in Western Civilization Graduate Fellowship. Hanauer Fellows receive a $5000 stipend and will participate in a bi-monthly seminar led by Galya Diment, Joff Hanauer Distinguished Professor for Western Civilization. Dantzel's research is a focused case study of how Western social identity has been shaped by clothing practices and vice versa, investigating historical instances of... Read more
Emma Smith in Venice
May 11, 2017
Emma Smith has been living and working as an intern at the UW Rome Center since last summer. She will continue her journey in Italy in the fall as an intern with the Environment, Science, Technology, and Health Department at the U.S Embassy in Rome. Below Emma reflects on the year she has spent abroad, and gives advice about balancing your personal, work, and social life while employed in a foreign country. "While being in such a romantic city can be distracting, I have spent most of my time... Read more
Richard Watts
May 8, 2017
Our very own associate professor and department chair Rich Watts was recently featured on Q13 Fox to provide his expert analysis of the French election.  Professor Watts provided insight on the candidates in the French election and spoke about the signifigance and impact the election will have on France, Europe and Washington state. Watch the news clips here!
purple and gold UW seal
May 5, 2017
Alumni Profiles These French and Italian Studies Alumni have shared the paths they followed after graduation, how their languages have fit into their careers, and why they think the knowledge of foreign languages is beneficial. Lauren Moses 2016, JSIS and French. Teaching Assistant in France: TAPIF “I heard about TAPIF through UW’s French department, in an email. I knew that I wanted to take a gap... Read more
Picture of Maya Smith in sunlight
May 4, 2017
Watch this fascinating clip of Assistant Professor Maya Smith speaking about her education and her journey to multilingualism. This video was taken for the online course Humanities 201: Introduction to the Humanities and featured in this article from the Perspectives Newsletter.