• Chérif Keïta, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, was invited by the Five College African Studies Council to screen his documentary film, "Remembering Nokutela," at the Augusta Savage Gallery of the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), on November 1.

  • Sandra Rousseau, Assistant Professor of French, published an article called "Fixation du sens et force critique: rhétorique et stéréotypes dans la performance comique francophone", published by French Cultural Studies (10/2017).

  • Chérif Keïta, William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, was invited by the Philosophy and Religious Studies Program at East Carolina University to screen two of his South African documentary films and lecture in several classes in History, French, and Religious Studies October 15-17. See article here.

    • Chérif Keïta William H. Laird Professor of French and the Liberal Arts, was interviewed by The Economist for an article titled "Amadou & Mariam are as experimental—and as political—as ever," which appears in the October 9 issue.

  • Professor of French, published an essay called "Prose Poems and Allegory" in the volume Approaches to Teaching Baudelaire's Prose Poems, published by The Modern Language Association and has published a creative essay called "The Acute and the Grave," which appeared in the most recent edition of Lowestoft Chronicle.

  • Dana Strand Publishes

    May 15, 2017

    Dana Strand

    ​ recently published​ "Reading Assia Djebar in Dialogue," in Approaches to Teaching the Works of Assia Djebar


    ​e​d. Anne Donadey, MLA, 2017.​

  • Lindsay Brandt ('17) and Ed Hendrickson ('17) have been accepted to teach on the TAPIF program for 2017-18 academic year. Lindsay will be living in Lille, Ed in Montpellier.

  • Stéphanie Cox's entry for the 2017 departmental tee-shirt won in an online vote against several other worthy competitors. See it here, and order yours soon!

  • Chérif Keïta was interviewed on BBC Newshour, on April 28, after he participated in the National Awards Ceremony of South Africa in Pretoria, during which Nokutela Mdima Dube, the previously unheralded heroine, was honored by President Jacob Zuma, 100 years after her death, as part of the celebration of Democracy Day 2017. Keïta was also featured in the Sowetan, a South African daily newspaper.

  • Scott Carpenter published "How to feel a lot better about America: Take a look at La Belle France," in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The commentary dealt with the current French political elections, providing some comparisons with the rather unstable situation in the U.S.  He also recently presented a paper entitled "Getting to Know You: Identity Politics in 'La Belle Dorothée'" at the Society of Dix-Neuviémistes. At the same venue, he participated in a round table discussion about "Baudelaire and 'other people'."

  • April 10, 2017: Cathy Yandell presented a paper entitled "Mobility and the Writing Subject in Jean de Léry's Histoire d'un voyage dans la terre du Brésil," at the recent Renaissance Society of America conference in Chicago.

  • February, 2017: French and Francophone Studies sponsored a series on "Technology, Gender, and the New World," along with Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the departments of Classics, History, and Women and Gender Studies; the Humanities Center; the Global Engagement Initiative, and the Dean of the College. Lecturers included Martine Sauret (Macalester), Katie Chenoweth (Princeton), and Todd Reeser (University of Pittsburgh).