Department of French and Italian

College of Letters & Science


Welcome to Department of French and Italian 


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. 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.  


Latest News

March 7, 2017

FRIT faculty and programs featured in recent Badger Herald article that discusses the benefits of non-native vs native foreign language instructors. 


February 28, 2017

"Language Study as a National Imperative" - American Academy of Arts and Sciences makes the case for increasing foreign language learning capacity in a political climate that's increasingly anti-global. 


February 20, 2017 

Celebrate Mardi Gras with a King Cake (aka "Galette des rois") made from scratch by French House Chef Karen! Order yours here by Friday, Feb 24!


February 15, 2017

Very proud of undergraduate French student and WI Idea Fellowship recipient, Swetha Saseedhar, for her work with a team of UW students who completed a comprehensive study of poverty in Dane, Jefferson, and Waukesha counties. Recent article


February 3, 2017

The department's Professional French Masters Program (PFMP) brings pro translators to its master's skills workshops - read the article here!


January 11, 2017

Congratulations to Lauren Goodspeed who is the recipient of a 2017 Campus-Wide TA Award for Innovation in Teaching. Thank you for your contributions to the French program at UW-Madison, Lauren, and kudos on this well deserved recognition!


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Outreach & Events

Mar 27, 2017
Event Type: 

Habemus papam

7pm, Education L196

Mar 29, 2017

Students from Milton High School visit UW and FRIT!

Mar 29, 2017

FRIT Student Advising Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 29 from noon – 1:30pm in 1418 Van Hise

Mar 29, 2017

Katherine Blackman

                Remembering Shame: “La fausse honte” in Rousseau’s La Novelle Héloïse

Jarmila Sawicka

                Sheets of Sound: Composing Jazz om Christian Gailly’s Un Sloir au club

Patrick Rumble 

                Paolo Gioli: The Last of the [First] Filmmakers

Intellectual Endeavors

L'Esprit (dé)réglé: Literature, Sciences de l’homme, and the Life of the Mind in France, 1700-1900


Co-edited with Florence Vatan, "L'Esprit (dé)réglé: Literature, Sciences de l’homme, and the Life of the Mind in France, 1700-1900,” a special issue of L'Esprit créateur.  


As we emphasize in the final note to our introduction, "Several articles in this special issue were initially presented at an international and interdisciplinary conference on “The Life of the Mind” that was held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 16–18, 2015. We would like to thank all the participants, colleagues, and students who contributed to the success of the conference, along with the many campus units that supported it: the Anonymous Fund, the Center for European Studies, the School of Music, the Division of International Studies, the Center for the Humanities, the Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies, and the Department of French and Italian. We are also grateful to the UW-Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education for supporting this publication project with a Project Assistantship, and to our Project Assistants, Kelsey Roy and Tessa Sermet, for their careful editing of the articles."