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October 20, 2020
Associate Professor of Italian Studies Beatrice Arduini recently published her first book. Dante’s Convivio: The Creation of a Cultural Icon examines the tradition of the Convivio, Dante's unfinished treatise, in manuscripts and early... Read more
Richard Watts
October 12, 2020
Associate French Professor and Director of Canadian Studies Rich Watts and colleagues Michael Biggins, Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Heekyoung ChoAsian Languages and Literatures, were awarded a 2020-21 grant to continue developing programs and activities on new research in translation studies, including program building at the graduate level and the creation of alternative professional pathways for graduate students.... Read more
Ian Platou in Pisa
September 3, 2020
    Italian Studies alumnus Ian Platou loves Rome. “It is probably the most unique city in the world” he says. The passion of the Italian people is unique and “you feel it everywhere you go” he says, from the fans cheering in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico to the restaurant owner thanking you for your business. Ian studied abroad in Rome on two separate occasions with the UW Honors Program. He “was so enamored with the culture” and had such a great time during his first study abroad experience that he... Read more
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August 26, 2020
Associate Professor Louisa Mackenzie has written a chapter in an edited volume, forthcoming with Classiques Garnier. The book is entitled "Théories critiques et littérature française de la Renaissance. Mélanges offerts à Lawrence D. Kritzman", a collection... Read more
UW W statue
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.
stack of language books
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
illustration of mother holding her son
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.