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June 8, 2017

RL student to join Peace Corps in Peru

Briauna Jones (B.A. Spanish and Comparative Literature, with Latin American Studies minor, 2017) will travel to Peru after graduation in June to work in the youth development sector of the Peace Corps. After three months of training in Lima, her job will focus on healthy lifestyles and vocational skills for youth aged 14 to 22.

“I look forward to using my Spanish in a meaningful way in order to communicate with youth about well-rounded diets, safe sex practices, and exercise plans, as well as interviewing skills and resume building,” says Jones, a native of Sunriver, Oregon. Her assignment runs from August 2017 to December 2019.

Congratulations, Briauna!

January 12, 2017

Alumna Barbara Zaczek, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature

Barbara Zaczek, Professor Emerita of Italian, Department of Languages, Clemson, University, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Oregon, 1992


Since coming to the Department of Languages at Clemson University in 1993, Barbara Zaczek was instrumental in creating a vibrant Italian Program that now offers both a minor and a major of Italian.…/faculty…/index.html

She has developed an intensive, introductory course to Italian language and culture for the Clemson Architecture Program in Genoa, Italy, which is now an integral part of the curriculum. She served twice as Interim Chair of the Department (2008-2010 and 2014-2015). Her research is strongly interdisciplinary, combining comparative literature, literary and feminist theory, history, and art. Her publications include three books: Censored Sentiments–Letters and Censorship in Epistolary Novels and Conduct Material (University of Delaware Press, 1997), Resisting Bodies: Narratives of Italian Partisan Women (co-authored with Rosetta D’Angelo, Annali d’Italianistica, Studi & Testi, vol. 9, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2008) and a translation of Olimpo [Mount Olympus], a 2006 novel by Umberto Piersanti, (Sciascia Editore: Caltanissetta, 2012, co-authored with Rosetta D’Angelo) as well as numerous articles on modern Italian literature and culture in national and international journals (among others, Italica, Annali d’Italianistica, Quaderni d’italianistica, Italian Culture, Rivista di studi italiani and Leggendaria).

Her recent interests focus on two areas: Futurism and Fascism and representations of WWII in Italy, with particular emphasis on the images of women in individual and collective memory. She collaborated with Catherine Paul on two substantial publications related to the first area: “Margherita Sarfatti and the Italian Cultural Nationalism,” an annotated translation of six essays on art by Margherita Sarfatti, published during the 1920’s in the Fascist newspaper Il popolo d’Italia (Modernism/modernity, vol.13, January 2006, The John Hopkins University Press, 143-170) and “Venezia Passatista? Luigi De Giudici and a Broader Futurism” in Visual Resources. An International Journal of Documentation, Routledge, UK, vol. XXVI, no. 4, December 2010, (331-368). Dr. Zaczek’s research in the second area resulted not only in academic publications but led to a series of invited lectures in American universities, as well as Casa della memoria e della storia in Rome (2009), and participation in “III Giornata di studio Leggendaria” dedicated to Luce d’Eramo, an Italian writer and literary critic (March 1-2, 2013, Rome) and in an international conference “Luce d’Eramo, Une oeuvre plurielle à la croisée des saviors e des cultures,” organized by the University of La Sapienza and Universitè Sorbonne Nouvelle 3 (June 15-17, Paris). She assisted the Italian journalist and writer, Oriana Fallaci, with research on the Polish-Italian collaboration in the fight for independence in the 19th century for her novel Il cappello pieno di ciliege (Milan: Rizzoli, 2008). In 2011, Cristina de Stefano, who had been commissioned by Rizzoli to write the first authorized biography of Fallaci, interviewed Dr. Zaczek and thanked her in the Acknowledgements (Oriana, Una donna, Milan: Rizzoli, 2013, 300). A handwritten letter to Dr. Zaczek under a heading “Disgrazia delle disgrazie, non posso parlare” appeared in a collection of 120 letters written by Fallaci to various correspondents (La paura è un peccato. Lettere da una vita straordinaria, Milan: Rizzoli, 2016, 285-286).

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November 11, 2016

Nicoletta Pazzaglia (Ph.D. in RL, 2014)

My name is Nicoletta Pazzaglia and I am a former student at the University of Oregon. I received my Ph.D in Romance Languages in December 2014 with a dissertation titled Madness Apparatus: Gender Politics, Art and the Asylum in Fin-de- Siècle Italy. I am currently a second year Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian at Miami University in Oxford OH.
My time at the University of Oregon has been crucial for my personal and professional growth. I am grateful I had the opportunity to study in such a vibrant department and to work closely to my advisors, Professors Nathalie Hester and Massimo Lollini as well Professor Regina Psaki. I am also particularly thankful for the professional training in second language acquisition that I received at UO and for the unique opportunity I had to teach a variety of Italian courses.
At Miami University, I am currently directing the Summer Study-Abroad Program “Intensive Italian in Urbino, Italy” for the Department of French and Italian. With a colleague we are developing the workshop into a program that brings together language learning and cultural competence building. As far as my research is concerned, I am co-editing a volume tentatively titled Photography as Power in Italy to be published through Cambridge Scholar Publishing in 2017. This book explores how photography–as material object and social agent– has been employed to support and/or resist hegemonic discourses from the Risorgimento to the Berlusconi era.pazzaglia

October 27, 2016

Students of Portuguese language talk about their experiences in Brazil and Portugal

Studying abroad  may be one of the most beneficial experiences for a student learning foreign languages, not only for the opportunity to study in a foreign nation and take in the allure and culture of a new land, but also to find new ways of thinking. Find below the stories of three students who went abroad this summer to improve their Portuguese skills.

Kevin O'Hare, Ph.D Candidate, Political Science

“I visited Lisbon Portugal during the month of August to take Portuguese language classes at the Instituto de Cultura e Lingua Portuguesa, which is at the University of Lisbon and to conduct interviews for my dissertation. During my trip, I visited many historical landmarks and enjoyed Portugal’s delicious food. Some of the places I visited wereBaixa Chiado, the Castelo de São Jorge, Belem Tower, Jerónimos Monastery, and the town of Cascais.” —  Kevin O’Hare, Ph.D Candidate, Political Science

Robert Catlett“Getting to go to Rio for the 2016 Olympics was an amazing opportunity. I got to see some of the best athletes from all over the world, come together and compete for the gold medal. This wasn’t my main reason for going on the trip. It was to help the people and Favelas of Rio. Thank you so much to the L.I.V.E. Olympic Project Community Collaborations International organization for bringing all of the volunteers and amazing people together to help the kids and the families in the favela of Manguinhos in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.”  Robert Catlett ’19, Romance Languages

Isabela Crocker“I spent this summer in Lisbon, Portugal, to learn Portuguese. It was a fantastic experience to have, and I think that Portugal is a very overlooked country with amazing people and a rich history and culture! Photo of me in a Knights Templar Cathedral.” –Isabela Crocker ’18, Romance Languages

To have more information about the Portuguese program at the University of Oregon, please contact Instructor Bené Santos at

May 12, 2016

2016 Romance Languages Newsletter

The 2016 Romance Languages Newsletter is here!  8 pages full of news and photos of our faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. The newsletter is created by Prof. André Djiffack.

Click here to view the 2016 RL Newsletter


October 15, 2015

Alumna news from Senegal: Clara Broderick (BA French 2014)

A little over one year after graduating, Clara Broderick, BA in French and International Studies 2014, is sending her greetings from Senegal and grateful thanks to the French faculty and GTFs who helped her navigate academic and post-college paths—Associate Professor of French André Djiffack, Associate Professor of French and Italian Nathalie Hester, Visting Lecturer of French Patrick Moneyang, Associate Professor of French Fabienne Moore, Adjunct Assistant Professor of French Géraldine Poizat-Newcomb, and Ph.D. Candidate and GTF in French Sandra Méfoude. Here are her inspiring adventures!

            Since August 2014, I have been living in Dakar because I so enjoyed my study abroad experience here and was eager to step into the new challenges of a professional environment in Senegal. I came back to friends and “family” and old teachers, and really enjoy living in a francophone country. However, it’s my Wolof that is really getting good! (I live with my husband Bara and his family—we got married 10 months ago—and I am enjoying being part of a wider Senegalese community.)


Bara and I: Traditional dress for Tabaski (al-Aid) the biggest Muslim holiday

At my arrival, I started working as a preschool teacher in a private bilingual Senegalese school (an almost sure-fire way to find a job in many countries around the world as a young American female). It was a good experience—I helped to set the school up as it was in its first year—but I am now more where I aimed to be. Since May, I have been interning at Save the Children in the West and Central Africa Regional office. I work doing research, editing, and information management activities for the Program Quality Director, who oversees 11 West and Central Africa countries. My favorite projects so far have been those dealing with Save the Children‘s Ebola Recovery Strategy Plans—learning all about how Save the Children reacted to the outbreak in its Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea country offices, and trying to establish more proactive and feasible resiliency plans for these offices in the next few years. (These country offices, like most government systems and non-profit organizations during the outbreak, were overwhelmed and incapacitated).
It’s work that is satisfying to me, and collaborating with kind, dedicated people from all over the world is an absolute pleasure. I find it interesting though that in working at such an organization, I’ve kept my core liberal academic scruples. There is as much to ask and to critique from inside the offices of such a large “charitable” organization as there is from the field or from the outside. No matter where this internship leads, it has already been an extremely fascinating experience in post-grad “real life” as they say.
I do, however, miss academia and the wonderful University that is Oregon. Truly, I think of you all as having been an important part of my four years there, and I hope only that we can keep in contact in the coming years. Obviously, the works that you all do are fundamentally interesting to me, and you remain a sources of inspiration, advice, and memories for me!


View from window at work



May 26, 2015

2015 Romance Languages Newsletter

The 2015 Romance Languages Newsletter is in print, 12 beautiful pages full of news and photos of our faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Many thanks to our tireless editor, Prof. André Djiffack.

Click here to download the pdf: RL Newsletter 2015

newsletter 2015

April 18, 2011

Perry ‘Jack’ Powers Memorial

The celebration of the life of Professor Emeritus, Perry “Jack” Powers will be held on Friday May 13th, 2011 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in the Pape Room at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Perry 'Jack' Powers

April 6, 2011

2nd Annual RL Alumni Career Panel

RL ALUMNI CAREER PANEL, Thursday, April 21st, 2011
3:30-5:00 pm, Walnut Room, EMU (1st floor, across from the former post office–nearest to the door on 13th Ave)

Please join us for a panel of 3 successful alumni of the Department of Romance Languages at the University of Oregon. These inspiring individuals will give you ideas on how to expand your horizons and plan for your professional future.

Mr. Jaxon Love
Graduate student in the UO MBA Program. Former Peace Corps volunteer and Policy Analyst at Eco Northwest.
(B.A. in French & International Studies, UO)

Ms. Adrienne Mitchell
Translator and English Language Learners Instructor at Lane Community College.
(B.A. in Spanish & Sociology, minor in Italian; M.A. in Romance Languages, UO)

Ms. Dana Raymond
Artist Coordinator for the Portland Opera.
(B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Romance Languages-­‐French and Italian, UO)

Refreshments will be served.

RLcareerPanel2011 (click on link to view event poster)

We are pleased to present this panel to all students of Romance Languages in coordination with the College of Arts & Sciences Development Office.  Questions? Please contact us at

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