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The Department of French & Italian at UW-Madison is home to a vibrant community of professors, academic staff, undergraduate and graduate students, guest and visiting scholars, and friends and alumni. Through our faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduates majoring in French and Italian, the department fosters a lively and engaging atmosphere for French and Italian studies.

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French 285: Rebellious Women

Explores how women from different francophone regions (North and Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East) gain agency through literature, movies, comics, and songs, contesting different forms of domination, exclusion, and injustice, based on gender, race, class, and religion.

Credits: 3-4 (3 cr lecture only / 4 cr lecture and discussion for Comm B)

Pre-Requisite: None

Language: Taught in English

Professor: Nevine El Nossery

*Counts towards the French Major as Add’l  French/Francophone Lit and/or Culture

French 288: Doctors without Borders

An overview of the global humanitarian NGO, Doctors without Borders (or Médecins sans Frontières, MSF) including its history, mission, organization, and the cultural, political, and ethical challenges it faces. Explores issues of global health, social justice, and humanitarian action. Features distinguished global practitioners with first-hand experience in health crisis situations.

Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: None

Language: Taught in English

Professor: Gilles Bousquet

*Counts towards the French Major as Add’l  French/Francophone Lit and/or Culture

Italian 230: Modern Italian Culture

A survey of Italian history, literature, art, music, politics, and popular culture of the 20th-21st centuries.

Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: Italian 202 or 204

Professor: TBD

*Required for the Italian major

Italian 452: Special Topics in Italian Studies – Italian American Cinema and TV

Examination of an aspect of Italian studies: culture, film, language

Credits: 3

Pre-Requisite: One of the following: (ITALIAN 230, 301, 310, 311, 312, 321, 322, 340, 350, or 365) or graduate/professional standing

Professor: Patrick Rumble

*Elective option for Italian Major and Certificate

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36th Annual GAFIS Symposium

March 31, 2023 - April 1, 2023