The Francophone Research and Resource Center (FRC) develops and conducts programs, workshops, conferences, seminars and other activities for a wide range of audiences, Francophiles and Francophones, members of the University of Southern California community, French teachers at all levels, and students learning French, French literature and French culture.
Housed by USC’s Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, with the support of USC libraries and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to the United States of America, the USC Francophone Research and Resource Center serves as a hub for a diverse set of multidisciplinary activities involving distinguished Francophone writers, scholars, filmmakers, journalists, and scientists. Its main goal is to create new interdisciplinary bridges between local and Francophone institutions.
Béatrice Mousli Bennett, Director
Béatrice Mousli-Bennett has a doctorate in twentieth century French literature from the University of Paris-IV Sorbonne. Among her publications, a trilogy of biographies, Valery Larbaud (Grand prix de la biographie de l’Académie française, 1998), Max Jacob (Prix Anna-de-Noailles de l'Académie française, 2006), Philippe Soupault (2010), all published by Flammarion, in Paris. She was named "Knight of The Order of Academic Palms" by the French Minister of Education in 2007.
As part of their support of the Center, the French Embassy in Washington provides the Center with interns. Their role is to help the center’s projects and activities.
Sophie Decourtye, Assistant
Sophie Decourtye will assist Béatrice Mousli-Bennett this academic year and manage the USC Francophone Research and Resource Center. She holds a Bachelor Degree in English and German (Applied Languages) from the University of Angers (Academy of Nantes). She is currently completing her Master’s Degree in French as a Foreign Language (FLE) in the same University. She has taught French to Spanish primary school pupils and languages school students in Murcia, Spain as well as to migrant people for an association and to International college students at the University of Angers and at the Western Catholic University.