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June 10, 2019

UO Language Students earn Global Seal of Biliteracy

[see the corresponding article in the Register-Guard]

The University of Oregon has awarded 210 language students with the Global Seal of Biliteracy in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish in an inaugural program. Recipients tested to qualify for the new Global Seal of Biliteracy and can use the language credential to document their skills for jobs and study abroad opportunities.

The Yamada Language Center event was attended by awardees, university language professors, Sheila Bong of Avant Assessment, and Global Seal of Biliteracy representative, Hunter Sudek.

Students earned either the Functional Fluency or Working Fluency Global Seal of Biliteracy award by taking the STAMP 4S test, whichwas created at the University of Oregon’s Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASLS).

Awardees will be well prepared, according to a recently released survey of 1,200 upper-level managers and human resources professionals conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs.  “Making Languages Our Business: Addressing Foreign Language Demand Among U.S. Employers,”found that 9 out of 10 US employers rely on U.S. based employees with language skills other than English and that a majority of employers report that their need for foreign languages has increased over the past five years and project that it will continue to grow.

May 28, 2019

FR 399 Takes Networking Road Trip to Portland

On April 25, Melanie Williams, Senior Instructor II of French, and  students from FR 399 “French for Professional Use” took a road trip to Portland to meet with WorldOregon, Mercy Corps and a Nike employee (and UO alumna). Jeff Magoto, Director of the Yamada Language Center, joined the group.

Williams reports, “We received a warm welcome from all. We had a fantastic trip and the students found their conversations enlightening, informative, inspiring, and thought-provoking. From general advice on applying for jobs and making connections and the importance of language study, to information on specific opportunities and resources, students were enthusiastic in their appreciation of this trip. Our visit had an immediate impact on several students who intend to apply for internships or volunteer at Mercy Corp this summer.”

All students wrote a reflection paper on the trip to Portland. A sampling of their comments:

Of WorldOregon: “… this organization has a true connection to the world….”

“After seeing the presentations and talking with the professionals from Nike, WorldOregon and Mercy Corps, I feel extremely interested in and inspired by the occupational opportunities that speaking a second language can support. I was very happy to see that language can be a good complement to almost any professional field and can open doors within well-known companies across the globe.”

“I learned a lot from the conversations we had with each person… It was a good way to think ahead and prepare myself for the future as I look for internships and jobs to develop my professional resume. I also learned to focus on networking and making connections at the university and in life.”

“In general, I found it useful to know that learning another language can be useful in such a wide variety of professions. Even if the profession does not require speaking another language, employers emphasize cultural literacy.”

“It was useful to hear about the paths that the presenters took between graduating from college and the jobs that they have now. It showed that there are many different options that are available to any major, and that it is possible to make what you know work in different positions.”

“The field trip to Portland turned out to be an eye opener for me regarding the opportunities that I had to utilize my French after graduation…. The number one aspect that intrigued me the most was how the various speakers still utilized their language skills in some shape or form…. even if I don’t end up living in another country constantly speaking French, I want to be in a position where I can still use what I have learned through my language studies… To see a Public Relations graduate who had also studied a language was important to me. It showed me that there are opportunities which had been unclear to me before.”

“I found the trip extremely insightful and I would love to have another field trip like this to acquire more information about international jobs and internships.”

 

Group members met with:

Annie Schwab, Translations Manager for Nike.net

Derrick Olson, President, WorldOregon

Tim DuRoche, Director of Programs, WorldOregon

Alli McGee, Program Officer, International Visitor Program, WorldOregon

Kristine Wilson, Talent Acquisition + Intern Program Officer, Mercy Corps

Leslie O’Connor, Action Center Operations Officer, Mercy Corps

 

April 11, 2019

Spring Speaker Series: Misogyny

 

Wednesday, April 24th

Fabian Alfie, Professor of Italian, University of Arizona

“Many Men Talking with the Same Mouth: The Discourse/s of Misogyny in Medieval Italian Literature.”
3:30-5:00PM, 151 McKENZIE HALL

 

 

Wednesday, May 8th

Renée-Claude Breitenstein, Associate Professor of French, Brock University

“Defending the Female Sex: Collected Eulogies of Women in the French Renaissance.”

3:30-5:00PM, 151 McKENZIE HALL

 

Friday, May 17th

Verónica Gago, University of Buenos Aires/CONICET

“El cuerpo del trabajo: una lectura desde la huelga feminista/The body of work: a reading from the feminist strike.”

3:30-5:00PM, CRATER LAKE ROOM SOUTH, EMU

 

Tuesday, May 21st

Samantha Irby

Keynote Speaker: Women in Media Symposium

7:00PM, LILLIS 182

 

March 7, 2019

Williams launches new course in French for Professional Use

The Francophone World

Melanie Williams, Senior Instructor II of French and Head Undergraduate Advisor, has developed an innovative course that she will pilot in Spring 2019. The course, “Français pour le monde professionnel/French for Professional Use” (FR 399) will explore concepts of cultural expectations and intercultural communication in France and other francophone countries and regions. The course is designed for students from all disciplines, with built-in projects and research particular to individual student goals. Students will tailor their research around their areas of study, professional aspirations, and targeted locales. The course will offer preparation for professional experiences in a francophone culture through the development of job search materials, the clear articulation of academic, social and professional skills in French, and the connection to alumni and other professionals. The course will cover the basics of writing culturally appropriate CVs and letters of application in French and preparing for interviews in French. Students will also practice giving professional presentations and writing professional documents. This course counts as elective for the French major or minor (pre-requisite: FR 301 or 302). Williams developed the course with support from the Department of Romance Languages and Senior Divisional Dean for Humanities Karen Ford.

January 16, 2019

French faculty, graduate students, and alumni gather

On Friday January 11, 2019 faculty and graduate students in French celebrated the new year at Civic Winery, a new wine bar in downtown Eugene, which will officially open in February. There was a great potluck buffet with homemade dishes and for dessert, homemade galettes filled with frangipane, a tradition for the Epiphany. Owner Craig Weicker explained the history and renovation of the building and sustainable practices in wine making. We tasted organic wines and ciders, chatted, shared best holidays memories, and toasted the new academic year. Special guests included the French and Francophone students in the Amity program who are teaching in the French immersion school Charlemagne. Our guests of honor were MA alumna Natalie Rush, who is now teaching French at South Eugene High School, and Associate Professor of Art History Joyce Cheng, who launched last year a lively “vendredi francophone de convivialité” at Noisette downtown, which meets the first Friday of each month. Merci à tout monde pour votre participation et bonne année à tous et à routes! 

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May 24, 2018

First-year French students create bulletins (‘newsletters’)

To give our first-year students a chance to explore a topic of their choice and/or to express themselves in writing in a personal way, we decided to create a “bulletin” for each level and have students contribute the articles!  Please enjoy perusing these first editions, and look for more to come in the future!

Send any feedback you have to Connie Dickey, the first-year French Supervisor at cldickey@uoregon.edu

 

 

 

May 21, 2018

A Great Visit by Frieda Ekotto

On May 15th and 16th, U Michigan Professor Frieda Ekotto visited the UO and gave a talk titled “Reading Aimé Césaire in the Era of Black Lives Matter” as part of the RL Spring Series “Thinking Authenticity.”

Professor Ekotto generously gave us a copy of her latest project, a 90 min. documentary film Vibrancy of Silence: A Discussion with My Sisters, produced and filmed by Professor Ekotto and Marthe Djilo Kamga, which highlights the creative achievements of six Sub-Saharan African women in various intellectual and artistic fields (in French with English subtitles).

Stay tuned for a screening in the fall!

May 15, 2018

Thinking Authenticity Series: Frieda Ekotto

Please join us to hear Professor Frieda Ekotto, our third speaker in the RL Spring Series “Thinking Authenticity”:

3-5 pm: Willamette Hall 100
“Reading Aimé Césaire in the Era of Black Lives Matter”

It’s a large room, let’s fill it! Please forward the announcement!

Frieda Ekotto is the Chair of the Department of Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of several important scholarly articles, monographs and novels, which address questions of race, colonialism and slavery in the Francophone world. She has also focused on postcolonial feminisms from an African perspective and is currently working on a manuscript “Vibrancy of Silence: Women Loving Women in Sub-Sahara Africa.” Her latest monograph, What Color is Black: Race and Sex Across the French Atlantic, represents a groundbreaking intervention in the field of critical race studies. Her lecture will focus on the Negritude movement and discourses about blackness in the Francophone Atlantic world.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/198449237461597/?ref=3&action_history=null

May 14, 2018

RL Undergraduates Receive Prestigious Awards

Two of our outstanding Romance Languages majors received impressive recognition from the awards committee. Please congratulate these students for their wonderful contributions to the UO community and their impressive academic efforts. We are very fortunate to have such inspiring undergraduate students in our department.

Sara Espinosa, RL (FR & SPAN) & Journalism (PR) major Vernon Barkhurst Sophomore Award: (THE sophomore award) This award is given to a sophomore who best exemplifies academic excellence, university service and good citizenship. This award was established in 1984 in honor of Vernon Barkhurst, who served as Director of Admissions, Associate Dean of Students, and Conduct Coordinator.

Cecelia Barajas, RL (FR & ITAL): Junior Award – Gerlinger Cup (one of only five awards given to juniors): The Gerlinger Cup, first presented in 1914, is the gift of the late  Irene Gerlinger, a member of the University Board of Regents from 1914 to 1929. The cup is awarded to the outstanding junior woman selected for scholarship, leadership, and service to the university.

Congratulations, Sara and Cecelia!

 

April 19, 2018

Cinema Francophone: Masculin Féminin (1966, Jean-Luc Godard), April 25th at 5:30 p.m.

Join us for a mini-film series, en français! Wednesday evenings at 5:30 p.m., Willamette 110. All francophiles and cinephiles are welcome!

April 25th: Masculin Féminin (1966, Jean-Luc Godard, France, 110 minutes).

 

With Masculin féminin, ruthless stylist and iconoclast Jean-Luc Godard introduces the world to “the children of Marx and Coca-Cola,” through a gang of restless youths engaged in hopeless love affairs with music, revolution, and each other. French new wave icon Jean-Pierre Léaud stars as Paul, an idealistic would-be intellectual struggling to forge a relationship with the adorable pop star Madeleine (real-life yé-yé girl Chantal Goya). Through their tempestuous affair, Godard fashions a candid and wildly funny free-form examination of youth culture in throbbing 1960s Paris, mixing satire and tragedy as only Godard can. Based loosely on two short stories by 19th century French author Guy de Maupassant: “La femme de Paul” and “Le signe”.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/641725366165731/ 

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