Recent News and Events

  • “Conveniently Authoritarian: Valentino, Mussolini, and 1920s American Democracy”

    Giorgio Bertellini, Associate Professor in the Departments of Screen Arts and Cultures and Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan.

    In the early 1920s, Hollywood’s superstar Rudolph Valentino and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini gained outstanding popularity in America. Their fame resonated with a wide-spread fascination for narratives casting a white, charismatic leading man capable of presiding over a new phenomena often gendered as female: crowds of film fans, political unrest, and an expanded social and political suffrage.

    Dr. Bertinelli's talk is part of his next project, entitled: The Divo and The Duce: Film Stardom and Political Leadership in 1920s America.

    Rachida Madani "Femme Je Suis"

    Le département de français et d’italien et le centre de recherche et de ressource francophone vous invitent à un débat avec Rachida Madani, précédé d’une présentation par l’auteur qui lira ses poèmes.

    Dans THH 170 2pm-4pm-(14h-16hr) Jeudi 10 Avril 2014.

    Rachida  Madani  est  poète,  romancière, et peintre.  Ses  deux premiers recueils de poèmes, Femme je suis (Inéditions Barbare, 1981) et Contes d’une  tête  tranchée  (Al-Forkane,  2001) sont reparus sous le titre Blessures au vent en même temps que son premier roman, L’histoire peut attendre (La Différence, 2006).

    Pour plus d’informations, veuillez contacter:

    Olivia C. Harrison:

    ou Béatrice Bennett:

    "Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1587): French Poetry and Self- Incrimination"

    Please save the date for a lecture by Professor François Rigolot, on Thursday, April 3rd, In the Leavey Library Auditorium, from 3:30-5:30 PM. Professor Rigolot is the Meredith Howland Pyne Professor of French Literature Emeritus at Princeton University. 

    Journée de la Francophonie: March 11, 2014

    Pi Delta Phi Induction:

    USC, Doheny Intellectual Commons (DML 233)

    5:00 p.m. -6:45pm: Réception

    En présence de représentants du consulat général de France
    et du consul général du Liban, Johnny Ibrahim

    Cérémonie Pi Delta Phi

    Témoignages de personnalités américaines francophiles

    Dégustations de plats traditionnels libanais

    Portraits and Fictions of the Self: Representations of Women’s Knowledge in the 16th–18th Centuries

    February 27th, 2014
    Intellectual Commons
    Doheny Memorial Library

    Beginning 8: 45am.

    Sponsored by the Department of French and Italian, USC's Francophone Research and Resource Center (FRC), and The French Embassy and others. Click here for the Program Flyer. The conference presentations will be in both English and French.

    For further information please contact Dr. Beatrice Mousli-Bennett at or

    Open House for the Department of French and Italian!

    You are invited to an Open House for the Department of French and Italian!

    Drop by Taper Hall 170 on Thursday, November 7, 2013, between noon and 3 PM, to browse course flyers, meet faculty and advisors, and learn more about our offerings for spring.

    Lunch will be served.  All are welcome! 


    The Istituto Italiano di Cultura and the USC Dornsife Language Center present:

    Paola Tiberii, editor of


    Published by Zanichelli and curated by Paola Tiberii, this new dictionary is an innovative language educational tool based on word combination possibilities. This dictionary is particularly useful for professionals such as journalists and translators, as well as for other non-native speakers (because collocations often don’t have exact equivalents in other languages).

    On: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
    At: 5:00 PM
    In: VKC 101

    Refreshments will be served.

    Translating North African Literature

    October 17, 2013
    Leavy Library Auditorium

    The Departments of Comparative Literature and French & Italian are pleased to invite you to a round table discussion on translating North African literature. The event will be in English and books will be available for purchase.

    La Source at Ray Stark Theatre in the Cinema School

    On October 2nd at 7pm, La Source is coming to USC. The film's screening at Ray Stark Theatre in the Cinema School is to be followed by a Q&A with Generosity Water's CEO, the film's director, and cinematographer.

    Congratulations to our French honors students for 2013!

    Caroline Chapman

    Thesis title:
    "L'art qui a changé la vie sociale en France"

    Kelly Knack
    Thesis title:
    “L’influence du théâtre de l’absurde sur Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead de Tom Stoppard”

Congratulations to our French honors student for 2014!

Allison Foster

Thesis title:

"Manon et Marie: le sacrifice de la mauvaise fille dans la France révolutionnaire"

Farewell to Cyrielle and Gaoheng...

The Department extends a very warm farewell to both Gaoheng Zhang and Cyrielle Pardanaud, who have been such vital members of our community and done so much for our students.

Gaoheng is moving on to a two-year appointment as a visiting assistant professor of Italian in the Department of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto; this is the largest department of Italian studies outside of Italy, with doctoral programs in both Italian literature and Italian linguistics.

Congratulations to Lucille Toth

The Department congratulates its own Lucille Toth who recently defended a fascinating dissertation on literature, dance and medicine and will be joining the French Studies Department at Scripps College as a visiting assistant professor next year. Lucille has also been invited to participate in the 2014 Mellon Dance Studies Summer Seminar and is a Phi Kappa Phi graduate inductee.

French and Italian Department Faculty Election to Phi Kappa Phi

Congratulations to Dr. Margaret Rosenthal on her election to membership in the USC honor society Phi Kappa Phi.  The Phi Kappa Phi All-University Honor Society is USC's oldest honor society, with members initiated by invitation each spring.

Dr. Rosenthal was also the 1995 recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award.

Fight On, Dr. Rosenthal!

2014 Mellon Mentoring Award

Professor Natania Meeker is a recipient of the 2014 USC Mellon Mentoring Award in the category "Faculty mentoring graduate students." 

Edwin Hill's New Book

Congratulations to Professor Edwin Hill on the publication of his new book:

Black Soundscapes White Stages:
The Meaning of Francophone Sound in the Black Atlantic
(Johns Hopkins UP, 2013).

Edwin's book is the inaugural volume in a new Johns Hopkins series on the African Diaspora.

Francesca Italiano's Newest Edition


Congratulations to Professor Francesca Italiano on the publication of the Third Edition of her new textbook:
Percorsi: L'Italia attraverso la lingua e la cultura, 3rd Edition (Prentice Hall, 2014)

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