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Christina Sztajnkrcyer
June 22, 2017
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... Read more
Purple slide entited French & italian studies graduates
June 16, 2017
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... Read more
Ethan with his award, smiling
June 16, 2017
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. His paper, "La Censure sous le Second Empire: la Condamnation des Fleurs du Mal et l’Innocence de Madame Bovary" was the culmination of a year's worth of research and writing, spanning two French courses and a quarter of... Read more
Allison sitting on grass with head on hand
June 15, 2017
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. This helped inspire her paper, which explores... Read more
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