The Department of French and Italian
Department of French and Italian

Life Letters CoverDr. David Birdsong and Dr. Paola Bonifazio are both featured in Life and Letters, the College of Liberal Arts magazine for fall 2019. Dr. Bonifazio discusses Film Studies with two other Liberal Arts professors, and Dr. Birdsong provides commentary on benefits of studying World Languages.


 paola bonifazio Dr. Paola Bonifazio is the receipent of the 2019-2020 VPR Research and Creative Grant for a project entitled, "Italian Producers Go to Hollywood". Her proposal was selected out of many strong applications. With these grant funds, Dr. Bonifazio will expand her research by sourcing material from film archives with a focus on financial, production, and labor connections between Italian and American cinematic projects. Brava!


film poster After long collaboration, “From ‘Stazione Termini’ to Indiscretion of an American Wife: A Collaborative Research Project on the David O. Selznick Collection" is finally out! The Section is the outcome of a research project conducted by Associate Professor Paola Bonifazio and graduate students Steve Eaton, Sam Gaglio, and Dylan Levy at the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin. The goal of the research project is to contribute to scholarly debates on the relationship between Italian and American film cultures, industries, and film stars. Read the essays online.


lambrechtWe are saddened to announce the passing of Knud Lambrecht, Professor Emeritus of French Linguistics. Lambrecht died on September 6, 2019, at the age of 80. Read more here


Sarah Le Pichon Graduate Student PhotoSarah Le Pichon, one of our French Studies Doctoral Students, recently presented a Trauma-Informed Teaching: A Workshop and was part of a round table discussion on Safe Spaces: Investigating Trauma and Trauma-informed Practices in and out of the Classroom, which were both hosted at Clemson University. Bien fait!


paola bonifazioDr. Paola Bonifazio is the recepitent of a Big XII Faculty Fellowship for the 2019-20 academic year! This program offers faculty the opportunity to travel to member institutions to exchange ideas and pursue research. Dr. Bonifazio has been invited to visit the University of Oklahoma to deliver a lecture this fall. Brava!


Photo of Dr. Ashley VoeksCongratulations to a recent graduate from our French Studies Doctoral Program, Ashley Voeks who has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of French at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan for this Fall 2019! Bravo!


Amanda Bush PhotoCongratulations to a recent graduate from our Italian Studies Doctoral Program, Amanda Bush. She accepted a position as Lecturer in Italian within our Department of French and Italian for the Fall 2019-Spring 2020 academic year. Brava! 


Congratulations to our French Linguistics Doctoral Student Joshua Griffiths for receiving the Best Student Paper Award at the 49th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages for his paper titled "Data cleaning methods to improve the accuracy of coding in the Project Phonologie du Français Contemporain Corpus: A Case Study of Schwa Realization." Félicitations!


Congratulations are again in order for Italian Doctoral Student Elisa Valentini, who has accepted a Visiting International Scholar teaching position with the Italian Department at Dickinson College this Fall 2019. Brava!

David Birdsong,

Chair of French & Italian

David Birdsong,

The Department of French and Italian offers innovative instruction and research in literature, language, and linguistics, as well as in cultural and visual studies.

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