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Dean's medalists with Dean Bob Stacey
August 8, 2019
Read the College of Arts & Sciences Perspectives Newsletter feature "Student & Superlatives" by Nancy Joseph about the 2018-2019 Dean's Medalists, including one of our French majors, Ashley Beeman!
Language and Trans Communities in Francophone and Anglophone Spaces
July 25, 2019
Louisa Mackenzie, with Vinay Swamy of Vassar College, has just completed a special volume of H-France's online "Salon". The title is "Legitimizing 'Iel'?: Language and Trans Communities in Francophone and Anglophone Spaces", and the volume--for which Mackenzie also contributed a single-authored essay and co-authored the... Read more
Lianna Gaudry
June 28, 2019
Lianna Gaudry, a French major and Italian minor was recently accepted to the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). The TAPIF allows American citizen to live in France for 7 months, teaching English to students in primary or secondary schools. The program gives participants an excellent teaching experience and first-hand knowledge of French Language and culture. Lianna, who just graduated from the University of Washington Summa Cum Laude... Read more
Alicia & Matthias
June 21, 2019
French and Italian Studies graduates and their families gathered with staff and faculty in the Simpson Center on June 13th to celebrate the culmination of their time at the UW. Over 80 people mingled, chatted and enjoyed refreshments 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 all the... Read more
cherry tree
June 20, 2019
Read the French & Italian Studies Spring 2019 Newsletter and catch up on what our faculty and students have been up to!
Ashley Beeman UW Dean's Medalist
June 6, 2019
French & Italian Studies would like to congratulate Ashley Beeman, a graduating senior and double major in French Studies and English Literature on being awarded the 2018-2019 Dean’s Medal from the Division of Humanities. The Dean’s Medal is awarded to the top graduating senior in each of the four divisions of the College of Arts & Sciences. Ashley, a native of Bremerton, Washington became interested in French as a child when her ballet instructor spoke in French. In junior high and... Read more
cherry trees UW
May 6, 2019
Assistant Professor of French Studies Maya Angela Smith recently published her first book, Senegal Abroad: Linguistic Borders, Racial Formations, and Diasporic Imaginaries. Through a critical examination of language and multilingual practices in qualitative, ethnographic data, this study shows how language is key in understanding the formation of national, transnational, postcolonial, racial, and migrant identities among Senegalese... Read more
French Books and paper
April 3, 2019
For the last seven years, the French & Italian Studies Department has participated in the annual community French Fest, a celebration of Francophone cultures held at the Seattle Center. The French Fest involves the Seattle French-American Chamber of Commerce, the French consular services, and... Read more
Giulia Szanyi
April 3, 2019
UW Senior Giulia Szanyi is following her passion for French while at the same time getting experience in the business world with two of Washington’s most dynamic companies. Giulia, a  French and Communications: Journalism double major, grew up in Richland, WA and is graduating this June. This past winter, Giulia participated in the Amazon Mentors Program and interned for... Read more