Department of French and Italian

College of Letters & Science


Canadian Author Kim Thúy to Visit FRIT

March 7, 2018

During her visit to campus on Monday, March 12, Canadian author Kim Thúy will present "de l'écriture migrante à l'écriture transculturelle"  followed by a reading of excerpts from her book "Ru" from 4:00 to 6:00pm at the French House. Born in Saigon, Thúy and her family left Vietnam to live in Québec when she was 10 years old. Throughout her career, Thúy has worked as a designer, interpreter, lawyer, restaurateur, and food commentator for radio and television. She holds degrees in translation and law and currently resides in Montréal. 

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.   

Outreach & Events

Apr 11, 2018
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American author and restaurateur Craig Carlson will give a talk on his best selling book Pancakes in Paris: Living the American Dream in France which tells the story of 'Breakfast in America', the popular American-style diner he opened in Paris in 2003. Free and open to the public. 

Apr 18, 2018

Academic and career advising event intended for all students of French and Italian.