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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.
Martin Horst
May 2, 2017
Martin Horst, a French and Linguistics double major presented a research poster for his French Honors Thesis  at the Cornell Undergraduate Linguistics Colloquium (CULC) in Ithaca, New York on April 29-30. Martin's thesis explores the interplay of language attitudes and national identity in Moroccan students. Martin gathered research and conducted interviews with Moroccan students while studying abroad at Al Akhawayn University.  Martin was able to attend the Colloqium in part due to funding... Read more
Hailey Burgess
April 26, 2017
French Doctoral Candidate Hailey Burgess was recently awarded an Elizabeth Kerr Macfarlane Endowed Scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year (Sept 27, 2017 – June 8, 2018).  The $5,000 scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to highly deserving students in the Humanities.  In addition Hailey was also recently accepted to the... Read more
Associate Professsor Susan Gaylard
April 21, 2017
Our very own Susan Gaylard, Associate Professor of Italian Studies has been awarded three fellowships for the upcoming year! Professor Gaylard has won the Renaissance Society of America-Kress Bodleian Library fellowship for research at the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, this summer. Professor Gaylard has also won a fellowship from the the Harry Ransom Center at the Univeristy of Texas, Austin, for archival research next year. She will also be a fellow with the Simpson Center... Read more
French and Italian flags combined in a speech bubble
April 18, 2017
Use your summer to improve your language skills, prepare for Fall Quarter, and set yourself up to study abroad! We offer a variety of French language classes, Italian language classes, and content courses during Summer Quarter. Our first year intensive classes are a great way to learn French or Italian quickly and require no prior language ability. See below for our full list of French and Italian classes, and check out UW Summer... Read more
Hailey Burgess
April 3, 2017
Hailey Burgess, a doctoral candidate in French studies recently attended the graduate student conference “Crossing Borders, Breaking Walls” at Indiana University. At the conference she presented a paper from the second chapter of her dissertation which focuses on animals in Gustave Flaubert’s Salammbô. Hailey’s dissertation focuses on 19th century French and Francophone-Postcolonial literatures, using the theoretical framework of Animal Studies to situate her close-readings and analysis.... Read more