The Department of French and Italian

French & Italian Graduate Student Organization

FIGSO is the student-led French and Italian Graduate Student Organization. They host several events during the academic year including a Working Papers Series where graduate students from our department can present work pertaining to French or Italian linguistics, literature, film, and culture. In the Fall and Spring, the Lecture Series invites scholars from around the country to host talks and workshops on topics in French linguistics, French literature, and Italian studies. In the Spring, we present our annual French play performed by French students at UT. We will also screen French films for the Film Series to be held throughout the year. Lastly, we will participate in Explore UT, where our graduate students run the French and Italian booth.

Check our departmental events calendar for upcoming FIGSO activities!

2019-2020 FIGSO Officers

President, Marylise Rilliard
Vice President, Guido Capaccioli
Treasurer, Heather Sanders

Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid (GAFA) Committee Student Representative
• Heather Sanders

Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) Student Representatives--French Linguistics, French Studies, Italian Studies
• Rachel Poulin
• Andrea Blatz
• Robert Bucci

Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Representative
• Liron Shlesinger

French Film Events Committee
• Heather Sanders & Andrea Blatz

French Play Committee
• Keith Wagner & Amelia Wells

Working Papers Series
• Stephanie Brynes
• Tracey Adams
• Rachel Poulin

 Speaker Series--French Linguistics, French Studies, Italian Studies
• Josh Griffiths
• Maxence Leconte & Kevin Nonin
• Vanessa Fanelli

Explore UT Coordinator
• Sam Gaglio

Graduate Student Recruitment Hospitality
• Vanessa Fanelli, Valerio Rossi, and Noémie Hamaide

Undergraduate Research Coordinator--French, Italian
• Josh Griffiths
• Sam Gaglio

Social Events Coordinators and Wellness Committee
• Keith Wagner
• Andrea Blatz
• Arianna Avalle

Undergraduate Liaison Committee
• Molly Deaver
• Liron Shlesinger


  • Department of French and Italian

    University of Texas at Austin
    201 W 21st Street STOP B7600
    HRH 2.114A
    Austin, TX 78712-1800
    512-471-5531