The Department of French and Italian
Department of French and Italian

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ValeriaCongratulations are in order for undergraduate Valeria Colunga whose essay has been selected for publication in the American Journal of French Studies. Her essay was written as part of an assignment in Heather Pelletier's FR 320E course in spring 2020 and was ranked 8th in the university competition by the journal. Félicitations!


Altina HotiRecent PhD graduate in Italian Studies Altina Hoti and Elizabeth O'Brien from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine have received a two-year Scholarly Editions & Scholarly Translations grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

They will use the grant to produce the first English-language translation of Embriologia Sacra (1751), authored by Jesuit priest Francesco E. Cangiamila. Dr. Hoti will translate the work, and they will write the critical introduction in consultation with an advisory board comprised of Professors Pamela Voekel, Bethany Moreton, Ivano dal Prete, and Paola Bertucci. Sacred Embryology is an important Enlightenment-era text on reproduction, medicine, and gender in the Catholic world. Brava!

RaffaMore good news for Professor Guy P. Raffa! He was just awarded an National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholars Fellowship for his book-in-progress, Dante’s American Inferno.

This NEH program supports “the creation of well-researched nonfiction books in the humanities” by writers seeking “to communicate the significance of their research to the broadest possible range of readers."

The book focuses on Dante Alighieri’s deep and broad influence on American culture, from the Civil War to the present, as we approach the 700th anniversary of his death in 2021. 

Associate Professor Guy P. Raffa has a major new book titled, Dante's Bones: How a Poet Invented Italy. Published by Harvard Press, the book has been excerpted by Lapham's Quarterly and Literary Hub. Many congratulations on this exciting achievement! 

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Many congratulations are in order for Professors Barbara Bullock, Cinzia lsrl zoomRussi, and Jacqueline Toribio who successfully reorganized The Lingusitic Symposium on Romance Languages 50th Anniversary conference. Originally planned for April 2020 on campus, the event was held instead online in July 2020. A conference recap can be found the LSRL site as well as on Twitter. Félicitations!

 Joshua Griffiths profile imageCongratulations to Joshua Griffiths, one of our current French Linguistics Doctoral Students. He has accepted a position of visiting lecturer in French in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University in Boston. Bravo!

Jim Law profile imageCongratulations to Jim Law, one of our current French Linguistics Doctoral Students. He is graduating this spring and has already accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the French & Italian department at Brigham Young University for next Fall 2020. Bravo!

Ashley Voeks headshot with glassesCongratulations to recent graduate of our French Studies Doctoral Program, Ashley Voeks. She is currently working as a Visiting Assistant Professor of French at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, but she has recently accepted a tenure track position at Texas Tech University for next Fall 2020. Félicitations!



Paola Bonifazio

Chair of French & Italian

Paola Bonifazio

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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