Department of French and Italian

College of Letters & Science


Azouz Begag to Speak at the French House

March 4, 2019

Azouz Begag, a writer, former minister, and a researcher at CNRS will be speaking at the French House (633 N. Frances Street, Madison WI) on Wednesday, March 13 2019 from 4:30 PM-5:30 PM. Monsieur Begag's talk is entitled "Peurs, replis, et haines en France et en Europe. Au secours Martin Luther King!" The talk will be held in French. This event is made possible by the support of the Department of French and Italian and the Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies. 

Pellegrino Artusi and the Culinary Unification of Italy: Opening Lecture

March 4, 2019

Please join us for the opening events of this wonderful, ongoing exhibition. To open the event, Alberta Lai, the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago, will be providing welcoming remarks. Following this, Professor Grazia Menechella of the Department of French and Italian will present her talk, "Italian Food Writing Across the Ocean: The Artusi Connection from Italy to Wisconsin." This lecture looks at Pellegrino Artusi’s Scienza in Cucina e l’Arte di Mangiar Bene (... more


January 8, 2019

Italian Ph.D. graduate student, Hilary Emerson, was recently interviewed about the Cineteca Italiana film series on WORT.  The UW Cineteca Italiana is a graduate student initiative that showcases a variety of classic & contemporary Italian films for students and the community.  Movies are shown weekly throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.  More information can be found on the UW Cineteca Italiana facebook  page.  You... more

Outreach & Events

Mar 27, 2019
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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. For further information please contact Stefania Buccini (, Corie Marshall ( or Peter Russella (

Mar 28, 2019

Free and open to UW students enrolled in Prof. Menechella’s course.

Literature in Translation 410, Food Cultures of Italy (Prof. Grazia Menechella) students make Artusi dishes with chef Francesco Mangano. For more information, contact Prof. Grazia Menechella. 

Apr 5, 2019


Each year the Graduate Association of French & Italian Students (GAFIS) invites graduate students of diverse fields to Madison to share and exchange ideas, make professional and personal connections, and to foster scholarship and promote academic pursuits.

This event is organized by graduate students and has a longstanding tradition of facilitating intellectual discussion and professional development.

Apr 12, 2019

On top of the regular lunch and dinner menu, chef Francesco Mangano will make “special” dishes using and adapting recipes from the Artusi cookbook.