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.
Faculty page on USC site
Colin Keaveney, Co-director
Colin Keaveney is an Associate Professor (Teaching) of French at USC. He holds degrees from Trinity College (Dublin), the Université de Paris VII and the University of California, at Santa Barbara. His Ph.D. centered on French views of the Ottoman Turks in the Early Modern period. He is a fellow of the Shoah Foundation at USC, and his most recent projects relate to testimony and the representation of persecution and genocide, especially the Shoah, in the French-speaking world. Colin has also been a recipient of the USC Provost's Prize for Teaching with Technology for innovations in the area of language instruction and curricular development. He is also the translator of Commonplace (2010), French philosopher Bruce Bégout's reflection on American modernity.
Faculty page on the USC site
Thomas Vidal, Assistant
Thomas Vidal will assist Béatrice Mousli-Bennett and Colin Keaveney this academic year at the USC Francophone Research and Resource Center.
He holds a Master's Degree in Arts and Humanities from the University of La Sorbonne, and a Master’s Degree in French as a Foreign Language (FLE) from the Stendhal University. He has taught French in several universities and countries, including Pomona College in California and Beijing's Language and Culture University in China. He is specialized in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for education.
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.