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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/ 

April 11, 2018

RL Orientation Session on April 17th

Want to declare a minor or major? Have questions on our different tracks or some of our requirements? Come meet us, have some coffee and cookies!

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/685428888501994/

April 10, 2018

Cinema Francophone: Bienvenue à Marly-Gomon (2016, Rambaldi), April 11th 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 11th: Bienvenue à Marly-Gomon (2016, Rambaldi).

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1620488221381464/ 

 

*All films will be in French with English Subtitles. Questions? Contact Natalie Brenner at nataliek@uoregon.edu

October 1, 2017

Prof. Djiffack publishes a two-volume book entitled ‘Mongo Beti and his Critic”

“Mongo Beti and his Critic” derives from Djiffack’s three-volume edition published by Gallimard, ‘Mongo Beti: Le Rebelle I, II and III (2007, 2008), an anthology of Beti’s non-fiction writing. This two-volume book involves the compilation, annotation and editing of texts responding to Mongo Beti. This publication aims to serve as reference book for scholars interested in more comprehensive and contrasted views on colonial and postcolonial studies, gender issues and democracy, African studies and ethnicity, third-world problems and international studies, cultural identities and poverty in Africa.”Mongo Beti and his Critic” is a unique data base for a sound analysis of Mongo Beti, both as a writer and an activist. Thanks to Editions CLE (Yaounde), this sum of responses to Beti’s provocative ideas is currently available as a whole body of texts, and, Djiffack hopes, will stimulate new thinking in the field of colonial and postcolonial studies.

 

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