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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.

Week of Italian Cuisine in the World

Chef "Marietta" leads a pasta making demonstration.

November 27, 2017

The Week of Italian Cuisine in the World is an annual celebration of Italian gastronomy abroad. This year the focus was on quality, sustainability, culture, food security, right to food, education, identity, territory, and biodiversity. A series of events took place around the world and at UW-Madison. Food historian Massimo Montanari (University of Bologna) gave a well-attended public lecture on "Eating Italy: A History of Italian Food and Identity" and a series of pasta demonstrations at Slow Food UW and at Osteria Papervo restaurant drew large crowds. Students, faculty, and community members learned how to make homemade pasta from the Emilia-Romagna region and got to hear from chefs "Marietta" Barbara Asioli from Casa Artusi in Italy and Francesco Mangano, owner of Osteria Papavero. 

FRIT Hosts Study Tour from Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management

November 21, 2017

From November 13 - 17, the Department was host to a group of master's students from the Graduate School of Management (IAE) in Aix-en-Provence, France. The group was on campus as part of a rigorous academic study tour, the first of its kind organized between the two universities. Sponsored by the Center for Interdisciplinary French Studies and IAE, the 5-day tour took the group (a combination of International Business as well as Management Control and Reporting students) around Madison and Milwaukee and introduced students to the Wisconsin economy, economic development, entrepreneurship and innovation, cross-cultural issues in management, and the UW's economic and entrepreneurial impact within and beyond the state.

New Study Abroad Program in Morocco

Group photo of French and Italian students in Morocco

October 24, 2017

Students can now improve their French langauge skills in North Africa! The new UW sponsored program, called UW French Language in Morocco, allows students to spend four weeks in the city of Rabat while earning three credits. Deadline for Summer 2018 is February 2, 2018. This program is led by Associate Professor of French, Nevine El Nossery. Check out the International Academic Programs website for more information and to apply.

New French Consul General in Chicago Visits UW

Photo of Gilles Bousquet, Andrew Irving, and Ashley Redjinski posing with French Consul General in Chicago Guillaume Lacroix

October 13, 2017

During his visit last Friday, the new French Consul General in Chicago, Guillaume Lacroix, met with French-speaking academics and researchers from across campus and took a tour of the French House. As Consul, Monsieur Lacroix is committed to increasing and expanding academic and economic partnerships between the University and France.

FRIT Contributes to New Dictionnaire Gustave Flaubert

Image of the cover of Dictionnaire Flaubert

October 3, 2017

Faculty member Florence Vatan and graduate student Jeffrey Thomas both contributed to the Dictionnaire Gustave Flaubert that was recently published by Les Classiques Garnier in Paris. In addition to being a very focused work, the Dictionnaire Gustave Flaubert is a substantial contribution to 19th Century French Studies.

Cinetica Italiana Interview

April 7, 2017

Italian Ph.D. graduate student, Caitlin Schaer, was recently interviewed about the Cinetica Italiana film series on WORT.  You can listen to the full interview here.

Teaching Assistant to Receive 2017 Campus-Wide TA Award for Innovation in Teaching

January 11, 2017

Congratulations to Lauren Goodpseed, recipient of a 2017 Campus-wide 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!