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!

2020-2021 FIGSO Officers

President, Valerio Rossi
Vice President, Andrea Blatz
Treasurer, Valentin Duquet

Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid (GAFA) Committee Student Representative
• Sarah Le Pichon

Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) Student Representatives
• Sarah Le Pichon

Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) Representative
• Dylan Gilbert

French Play Committee
• Amelia Wells

Working Papers Series
• Molly Deaver
• Lamia Trifi
• Dylan Gilbert

 Speaker Series--French Linguistics, French Studies, Italian Studies
• Liron Shlesinger
• Kevin Nonin & Emily Martin
• Vanessa Fanelli

Explore UT Coordinator
• Liron Shlesinger & Molly Deaver

Graduate Student Recruitment Hospitality
• Arianna Avalle

Undergraduate Research Coordinator--French, Italian
• Rachel Poulin
• Claudia Pisano & Magda Collazo Simonet

Social Events Coordinators and Wellness Committee
• Marylise Rilliard
• Arianna Avalle

French Undergraduate Liaison Committee


  • 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