The Department of French & Italian is recognized as a leader in literary and critical scholarship and for a tradition of excellence in teaching and pedagogical research and training.
The department offers programs in both French and Italian and are considered to be among the finest in North America.
Seven faculty members from the College of Letters & Science have been chosen to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Awards. Interim Chancellor David Ward will present the awards at a ceremony on March 19 at the Pyle Center. A reception hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Association will follow; to attend, register here. The awards, chosen by a committee, honor [...]
Eighty high school students from 20 schools around the state had the chance to speak (and sing) in 10 different languages at the inaugural Wisconsin Global Youth Summit on Feb. 23 at Union South. The day focused on what high school students can do to bring international elements into their schools. The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Language [...]
A group of UW-Madison students and faculty have received 2012-13 grants from the Fulbright Program, the country’s flagship program for international educational exchange. Of the 21 recipients from UW-Madison, all but three are from the College of Letters & Science. Thirteen L&S students have won fellowships from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program; three graduate students in L&S [...]
Vlad Dima joins the Department of French and Italian after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He’s published articles on sound issues in the films of Quentin Tarantino, Djibril Mambety and Jean-Luc Godard, studied the female voice in the sitcom Seinfeld, delved into the evolution of the murder scene in Hitchcock’s movies and [...]
The College of Letters & Science has more than 800 faculty, a group that includes brilliant researchers, noteworthy authors, and inspiring teachers. This year, the College welcomes more than 50 new faculty members. From Classics to Chemistry and from English to Economics, departments across L&S recruited emerging experts who bring impressive breadth and depth of [...]
Faculty and students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will lend their expertise to conservation efforts in central Africa as the first university member of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership.
While Bradley Wiggins of Britain captured the 2012 Tour de France title on Sunday, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has its own award-winning cyclists, including Cary Forest (Physics), Ullrich Langer (French and Italian), Steve Nadler (Philosophy), and Mark Craven (Biostatistics and Medical Informatics/Computer Science). True, their national and international awards are for research and teaching rather [...]
The University of Wisconsin-Madison will host an international symposium to celebrate two of the greatest works of Spanish literature: the 14th-century Book of Good Love and the late 15th-century Celestina: Two Spanish Masterpieces and La originalidad artística de “La Celestina”. An International Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of María Rosa Lida’s Work Events will begin [...]
She may be willing to explain why Machiavelli is not evil, but Professor Kristin Phillips-Court is unlikely to share what she really thinks of the Mona Lisa. To find that out, you would need to enroll in the popular course, “Literature in Translation: The Italian Renaissance: Authorship and World-making.” The class, for which Phillips-Court of [...]
Kristin Phillips-Court, a Professor of French and Italian, recently sat down with the College of Letters & Science to talk about her popular interdisciplinary class, “The Italian Renaissance: Authorship and World-making.” Phillips-Court is the Fall 2011 recipient of the Honored Instructor Award from UW Housing. Her book, The Perfect Genre. Drama and Painting in Renaissance Italy, was [...]
John Lendved, French major and resident of the French House, is one of six winners of the Vista Higher Learning 2011 Video Contest. In his video, John connects the story of his French grandmother and American grandfather with his own exploration of French language and culture. Almost two hundred videos were submitted as part of this annual contest, [...]
The Department of French & Italian Spring 2011 newsletter is now available online.
The College of Letters & Science is proud to count eight young alumni as recipients of the 2011 Forward Under 40 award from the Wisconsin Alumni Association.
The following memoir was written by Christopher Kleinhenz, professor Italian emeritus, and appeared in the Spring 2011 issue of L&S TODAY.
The Language Institute is pleased to present a new project — Profiles — which highlight the language learning experiences of UW-Madison students and alumni. Profiles will help inspire current students with diverse academic interests and professional goals to study foreign languages.
A couple of UW-Madison Professional French Masters Program alumni, their former director and a few of his colleagues teaching at other universities recently launched a new literary label — Incidence Editions, based in Madison, Wisconsin.
If you’re going to teach a course on French cinema in France, why not involve actually film making, too? That was the idea for Tom Armbrecht, a professor of French, who is leading the UW-Madison Aix en Provence study abroad program this year. Armbrecht is teaching a new course in France that focuses on French [...]
Riddarasögur (Sagas of Knights) is a term used to designate a group of Old Norse-Icelandic prose texts from the 13th Century, many preserved in late Icelandic manuscripts. The texts are either based directly on extant Old French texts (usually romances or epics) or original compositions, and are finally beginning to receive impartial scholarly attention from [...]
Twelve L&S instructors recently received DoIT Engage Awards to explore Digital Media Assignments (DMA) in their classes. These instructors will work closely with consulting staff and campus librarians to plan innovative multimedia assignments, from short documentaries and digital stories, to scientific tutorials and digital research proposals. L&S Learning Support Services (LSS) has been working with [...]
Albert Camus: 50 ans après — International Colloquium, April 22, 23
All events are free and open to the public
The Department of French and Italian is delighted to announce thatSteven Winspur, Professor of French, has been selected as the recipient of this year’s Letters & Science Faculty Advising Award
The Professional French Master’s Program (PFMP) celebrates its Tenth Anniversary this year.
Here’s a round-up of all of the recent awards and honors to faculty, staff and students in L&S…
France Synergies, an electronic newsletter for French instructors, has been reinstated thanks to substantial support from the Division of International Studies, with continuing contribution from the Department of French and Italian.
After a successful debut in October 2009, the Department of French and Italian troupe will perform a reprised reading of the musical comedy, La Colonie.
The College of Letters & Science is pleased to announce that the following individuals received a 2009-2010 College of Letters & Science Classified Staff Excellence Award.
‘Tis the season and L&S faculty and students are racking up the awards – congratulations to all!
The Department of French and Italian is pleased to announce that Kristin Phillips-Court, Assistant Professor of Italian, has been name…
Three contemporary poets will read selections of their published work accompanied by English translations on October 12 from 2:30-4:30 at the UW French House…
The Language Institute received a 3-year grant of $554,674 from the U.S. Department of Education…
Graduate students in the French program have been award HEX (Humanities Exposed) grants from the Center for the Humanities…