Department of French and Italian

College of Letters & Science
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  • An exchange with Swetha Saseedhar
  • Lynsey Addario visit
  • Professor Songolo wins Distinguished Member Award
  • Thanks to all those who helped make the 29th annual GAFIS Symposium a showcase of the great talent we have in the department!
  • the FRIT Major Fair was a major success!
  • Summer 2016


Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of French and Italian, one of the oldest and largest in the United States.  Known for our particular intellectual atmosphere of exceptional quality and openness, we have long been recognized for our leadership in literary and critical scholarship, teaching excellence, and pedagogical research and training.  Through the Department of French and Italian you have access to the academic resources of one of the great public research universities in the world, while studying in an intimate and vibrant intellectual community. 


We have a long tradition of internationalizing our curriculum, from our decades-old study abroad programs in Italy and the French-speaking world to our doctoral-level research exchanges to our professional master's curricula and required internships.  Known for their regular innovation in curriculum and technology, our programs in both French and Italian are considered to be among the finest in North America. The international reputation of our faculty is matched only by their commitment to our students.


I invite you to explore our website : you can take a look at our News page to see what's new in the department! We also invite you to browse upcoming events by visiting our Events page. If you'd like to see photos of past events, see our Photo Galleries here. In keeping with Wisconsin's culture of collective innovation, I also invite you to contact any of us directly, with any comments or questions about our programs.


Cordialement / Cordialmente,


Gilles Bousquet, Chair
French and Italian




  • On April 27, Sara Mattavelli, Ph.D. Candidate in Italian, was inducted as a Future Faculty Partner of the UW-Madison Teaching Academy in recognition of commitment to excellence in teaching and learning and deep interest in higher education.



  • Congratulations to Swetha Saseedhar an undergraduate major in French who has just been awarded a 2016-17 Wisconsin Idea Fellowship! Click here to read our interview with her.
  • The UW-Madison Department of French and Italian would like to congratulate Professor Aliko Songolo, who was recently chosen for the 2015 Culture for Service Award at Goshen College.For more information, visit Goshen College’s website.
  • We would also like to congratulate Professor Aliko Songolo, who recently received the African Literature Association's 2016 Distinguished Member Award during the organization's national conference in Atlanta.
  • On Friday, April 15th, Québecois filmmaker Christian Laurence visited UW for the PFMP’s annual déjeuner du printemps, where he screened his short documentary, Du Hockey Propre : La petite histoire d’un film culte.



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Forthcoming Events

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 4:00pm
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