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In Memoriam: Professor Michel Dassonville

Professor of French Literature passed away November 29th, 2012

Mon, Dec 10, 2012


FIGSO awarded Tournées Festival Grant

Mon, Dec 3, 2012

We are pleased to announce that FIGSO (French and Italian Graduate Student Organization) was recently awarded a Tournées Festival grant through the French American Cultural Exchange program and in partnership with the French Embassy. This distinguished grant, offered to a select number of universities each year, provides significant funding for screening newly released French films for the public. Our department will be using this grant to host a French and Italian film festival in February 2013 that will be free and open to the public. This is an exciting opportunity for our department to increase awareness and passion for French and Italian culture. More details to come!


Study Abroad in Rome or Lyon Summer 2013

Sun, Dec 2, 2012

Interested in our study abroad programs? The application deadlines are fast approaching!


Peter Fazziola

French Lecturer Peter Fazziola Retires

Reception held to celebrate twenty-two years with the Department of French and Italian

Mon, Oct 1, 2012


Jean-Pierre Cauvin

Jean-Pierre Cauvin, Professor of French, Retires

Retirement reception held in the Sinclair Suite in the Texas Union on August 31, 2012

Mon, Sep 3, 2012


Faculty member Antonella Olson receives 2012 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award

Thu, Aug 23, 2012

French & Italian faculty member, Antonella Olson, Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Italian, is one of twenty-seven faculty members at UT-Austin to receive the 2012 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. This is the highest recognition conferred by the UT System for excellence in teaching.


Project by FRIT faculty Bullock and Blyth receives LIFT award

“From Corpus to Classroom: Developing a Pedagogical Interface for the SPinTX Corpus”

Mon, Aug 6, 2012

The Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology (LIFT) is awarded to innovative academic technology projects that promote innovation within the University of Texas. Department of French and Italian Professor Barbara Bullock and Associate Professor Carl Blyth, along with COERLL Projects Manager/Web Director Rachael Gilf and Department of Spanish & Portuguese Professor Almeida Toribio, spearheaded a project with the goal “to help educators exploit the SPinTX corpus to customize materials for the teaching of Spanish at all education levels.”


The Department of French & Italian Students Awarded FLAS Fellowships

Elizabeth Fenly & Megan Oprea

Fri, Jun 15, 2012

Congratulations to both Elizabeth Fenley & Megan Oprea! Both were recently awarded Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships through the UT Center for European Studies!


"Balzac, Grandville, and the Rise of Book Illustration"

by Keri Yousif, UT Alumna, 2003

Thu, Jun 7, 2012

Congratulations to our Ph.D. alumna Keri Yousif on the release of her new book!


The Max Planck Society honors Matthias Sjerps with the Otto Hahn Medal

Ceremony - June 13, 2012, Düsseldorf

Mon, May 21, 2012

Matthias Sjerps of MPI's Individual Differences group received this prestigious award for his 2011 dissertation about the way listeners manage to deal with variation in speech.


Doctoral Portfolio Program in Romance Studies

Contact: Marc Bizer, mbizer@austin.utexas.edu

Mon, May 21, 2012

The Department of French & Italian is now accepting applications for the fall 2012 term of the new Doctoral Program in Romance Studies. This new certification program will provide students with cross-disciplinary training in the literary, cultural, historical, and political dimensions of nations connected by a common linguistic heritage (e.g. Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Belgium). The program also promotes greater interaction among students and faculty working in areas related to these fields and provides increased visibility and offerings in the fields on campus.


Conference: Postfeminism? The Culture and Politics of Gender in the Age of Berlusconi

June 7-9, 2012

Wed, May 2, 2012

The Department of French at Italian at UT Austin is proud to co-sponsor the conference: Postfeminism? The Culture and Politics of Gender in the Age of Berlusconi.


Join us as we congratulate our outstanding students at the Department's Student Award Ceremony!

Wednesday, May 2, SAC 2.412, 3:30 pm

Thu, Apr 26, 2012

Please join the department faculty and students for the Department of French and Italian Student Award Ceremony. The ceremony ill be held on Wednesday, May 2nd at the SAC in the Ballroom North, 2.412 at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. We look forward to seeing you!


Talk about the French Revolution in French...

FR 130D: A conversational French class designed for HIS 353, "The French Revolution & Napoleon, 1789-1815"

Fri, Apr 6, 2012

The Department of French & Italian is pleased to offer FR130D, an optional one-hour class for credit in French attached to History 353. The revolution of 1789-1815 became one of the defining points of modern history: For centuries historians have debated what it meant, why it took the course it did, how it changed Europe and the world, and its place in the longer histories of radicalism and conservativism, the state, war, and human rights. Writers and artists, too, have been captivated by the human drama of this tumultuous decade and a half. How did ordinary people survive? How were extraordinary careers made – or lost?


FLAS Graduate and Undergrad Fellowships

Applications due Feb. 6th! Read more.

Wed, Jan 18, 2012


2012 Summer Language Institute

The 2012 Summer Language Institute (SLI), coordinated through the Texas Language Center in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, gives students the opportunity to fulfill their 2-year foreign language requirement in just one summer!

Thu, Jan 12, 2012


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