Department of French and Italian

College of Letters & Science


Keith Busby elected Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America

January 23, 2018

Emeritus Professor of French Keith Busby was recently elected Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America. Founded in 1925, the Academy is the largest organization in the US promoting medieval studies, and supports research, publicatioin, and teaching in all aspects of the Middle Ages. Fellows are scholars who have made notable contributions to the mission of the Academy. Congratulations, Keith!

Student Data, LinkedIn, & Alumni Expertise

January 10, 2018

The Department of French and Italian would like to congratulate Professor and Chair Gilles Bousquet and PhD student Lindsey Smith on their presentation at the MLA National Convention in New York City in early January.  The presentation, which was part of a panel called World Languages and Humanities Majors: Career Trajectories and Advocacy, brought together scholars from Montclair State University, the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL), George Mason University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison to discuss how departments can lean on the expertise of alumni to support the career objectives of current students.  Using 15-year career data collected from LinkedIn by FRIT graduate students Caitlin Yocco and Sandra Descourtis, this presentation showed that graduates in the world languages are finding a wide variety of paths, and are especially well represented in the private sector.   


December 1, 2017

Congratulations to Associate Professor, Nevine El Nossery and Teaching Assistants Lindsey Smith and Hilary Emerson!  All three were selected as Fall 2017 Honored Instructors by University Housing through the Honored Instructors Program.  Each semester, University Housing residents have an opportunity to honor instructors that have impacted them positively - instructors that have challenged them, helped them learn, or inspired them. Nominations were made by a student living in University Housing currently enrolled in one of their instructor’s Fall 2017 courses.

Outreach & Events

Feb 28, 2018
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This seminar will feature presentations of ongoing scholarly work by the graduate students, academic staff and faculty of the department, and a lively discussion following.  The languages will be English, French and Italian.  Discussion will be held in English.

Mar 12, 2018
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Talk by French Canadian writer KIM THÚY: de l’écriture migrante à l’écriture transculturelle 

4:00-6:00, The French House (633 N Frances Street) 

Talk in French followed by a reception