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Zoom conversation: Makenzy Orcel, author of The Immortals, and Nathan Dize discuss the book & future of Haitian literature

Jan. 25, 2021—  The Immortals is set in an infamous neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, on Grand-Rue, where many women, young and old, trade in flesh, sex, and desire. We learn, in glimpses and fragments, about the lives of women who fall in love with the moving images of television, the romance of a novel, and the dreams of escape....

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Graduate student Jacob Abell wins award for Best Screenplay (Shorts) at the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival

Dec. 7, 2020—French PhD Candidate Jacob Abell wins award at Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival Graduate student Jacob Abell wins award for Best Screenplay (Shorts) at the Tampa Bay Underground Film Festival for his short film Speak Again, which was nominated in seven categories at the festival including Best Drama. Abell was also nominated for Best Director with his...

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VU Italian Professor Elsa Filosa and colleagues publish Niccolò Acciaiuoli, Boccaccio, e la Certosa del Galluzzo: Politica, religione ed economia nell’Italia del Trecento,

Nov. 2, 2020—    Niccolò Acciaiuoli, Boccaccio, e la Certosa del Galluzzo: Politica, religione ed economia nell’Italia del Trecento, edited by Alessandro Andreini, Susanna Barsella, Elsa Filosa, Jason Houston, and Sergio Tognetti.Rome: Viella, 2020. For more information: https://www.viella.it/libro/9788833134468     This volume contains proceedings of the conference held on June 10-12, 2019 at the Certosa in Firenze,...

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Elsa Filosa is part of an international team of scholars that was awarded 25.000 euros by the prominent “Réseau National de Maison de Sciences de l’Homme” for the project “Boccace Numérique HUManiste”

Nov. 1, 2020—As part of an international team of scholars (French, Italy, Germany, Ireland, USA / From US two institutions: Vanderbilt & Princeton / 19 scholars in total) Elsa Filosa was awarded 25.000 euros by the very prominent “Réseau [network] National de Maison de Sciences de l’Homme” (FRANCE) for the project called “Boccace Numérique HUManiste” (BONHUM). The...

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French Professor Susan Kevra discusses the online learning experience on “Leading Lines: A podcast on educational technology

Oct. 13, 2020—French Professor Susan Kevra, a faculty participant in the Vanderbilt Online Course Design Institute, discusses experiential learning activities, building community and fostering social presence, balancing asynchronous and synchronous modes of instruction, and the role of visual design in the online learning experience. Click on Episode 81 below to hear the podcast. Episode 81: Susan Kevra

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Grad Student Nathan Dize translates Makenzy Orcel’s novel Les Immortelles.

Oct. 5, 2020—Grad Student Nathan Dize’s  translation of Makenzy Orcel’s novel Les Immortelles from French to English will be released this November with SUNY Press. Makenzy Orcel, trans. from the French by Nathan H. Dize. SUNY, $18.95 trade paper (124p) ISBN 978-1-4384-8056-5 Haitian Orcel debuts with a tragic exploration of the aftermath of the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Not long after...

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Raquelle Bostow (Ph.D 2017) is Project Manager for “Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice” at Vanderbilt

Sep. 24, 2020—Raquelle K. Bostow (Ph.D 2017 French Studies, Vanderbilt) is project manager at Vanderbilt, partnering with Fisk University, the Frist Art Museum and Millions of Conversations for “Engine for Art, Democracy and Justice” (EADJ), a trans-institutional series of virtual conversations and artistic collaborations focused on healing at a time of significant social unrest. https://news.vanderbilt.edu/2020/09/11/vanderbilt-university-launches-series-on-justice-healing-with-renowned-artists-and-scholars/  Dr. Bostow has also recently been...

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Grad Student Nathan Dize translates James Noël’s poem “Black Prayer” in memory of George Floyd

Jun. 17, 2020—Grad Student Nathan Dize’s translation of James Noël’s poem “Black Prayer” in memory of George Floyd was published today alongside the French on Lit Hub, an online literary magazine created by Grove Atlantic and Electronic Literature.

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Graduate Student Anne-Sophie Dubosson publishs poetry in the Anthology of young Swiss romande poets

Jun. 17, 2020—Graduate Student Anne-Sophie Dubosson has published her poetry in the Anthology of Young Swiss Romande Poets: The sixteen poets featured in this anthology are all young, creative and represent the land of French-speaking Switzerland with which they are bound and from which, at the same time, they are drawn away, only to return renewed each and every...

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Italian Professor Letizia Modena has been selected as a Faculty Fellow for the 2020-2021 Warren Center Fellows Program “Imagining Cities”.

Apr. 30, 2020—Italian Professor Letizia Modena has been selected as a Faculty Fellow for the 2020-2021 Warren Center Fellows Program “Imagining Cities”.  The Robert Penn Warren Center will host a year-long interdisciplinary faculty seminar to explore the broad theme of “ Imagining Cities.”   Fellows will convene on a regular basis to discuss  scholarly work-in-progress.  The schedule and nature of the...

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Missing the Marc: Censorship and Gender Identity in Fin-de-Siècle France

Feb. 14, 2020—Rachel Mesch, Guest Lecturer Professor of English and French; Chair, English Department, Yeshiva University National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Fellowship, 2017-18 April 2, 2020 5:30 pm • Central Library, Community Room Followed by reception Missing the Marc: Censorship and Gender Identity in Fin-de-Siècle France Marc de Montifaud, born Marie-Amélie de Chartroule, was a...

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CENSORED: Controversial Art in Modern and Contemporary French Culture – Film & Speaker Series – Spring 2020

Jan. 9, 2020—FRENCH MOVIES / ENGLISH SUBTITLES / REFRESHMENTS SERVED Vanderbilt University Spring 2020 January, Monday 27 Authors’ Room, Central Library, 5:30 pm: Andrea Mirabile on Louis Malle’s Les Amants February, Tuesday 11 Authors’ Room, Central Library, 5:30 pm: Anthony Contreras on Jean-Luc Godard’s Une Femme mariée February, Friday 21, Authors’ Room, Central Library, 5:30 pm: Meghan...

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Retired Professor of French, Barbara Bowen, dies at age 82

Nov. 25, 2019—Barbara Bowen,  Retired Professor of French, died peacefully at home on November 19, 2019, at the age of 82. She had suffered a re-occurrence of lymphoma and been under hospice care for a week. She is survived by her two daughters, Sarah L.Wilkinson and Tessa J. Majors, and their families. No memorial plans have yet...

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