Visit of The French Ambassador to the United States

Making Web Radio in the French Classroom

Michèle Riot Sarcey - Gender studies-some epistemological problems

Journee de la Francophonie 2016

Haitian Author Kettly Mars at USC Francophonie Day

Haitian Author Kettly Mars gave a speech about her experience as a francophone writer and engaged in a discussion with two French 250 classes for the USC Francophonie Day on Tuesday April 5th, 2016.

A Memorial Gathering

CPD Conversations In Public Policy: March 2, 2016

Harrison and Villa-Ignacio: Book Talk on Souffles-Anfas

Book Talk: Souffles-Anfas

“ Language, Soul, and Body (Parts).”

Stephen G. Nichols,  Professor Emeritus of French and
Humanities at Johns Hopkins University will speak on:

“ Language,
  and Body
January 28,  2016 3:00 p.m., in DML G28 (Herklotz Room)

His talk will discuss the figure of castration in Patristic
Literature as context for Jean de Meun’s repeated references to it in Roman de la Rose.

Stephen G. Nichols is the James M. Beall Professor Emeritus of French and Humanities at Johns Hopkins University.

He is an eminent scholar of medieval European literature and author of Romanesque Signs (1984)
and New Philology (1991).

For further information please contact Professors Antonia Szabari at or Professor Natania Meeker at .

Discussion and dialogue about the recent attacks in Paris, Beirut and Ankara

Roland Huesca Today:
Monday, Nov. 16, 2015
4-6 pm

Taper Hall of Humanities (THH), Room 120

Historien et professeur d'esthétique à l'Université de Lorraine, également membre du Laboratoire lorrain de sciences sociales, Roland Huesca est auteur de plusieurs ouvrages s'intéressant au corps et aux dispositifs de ses mises en spectacle: Triomphe et scandales. La Belle époque des Ballets russes, Hermann, 2001; L'écriture du (spectacle) vivant: Approche historique et esthétique, Le Portique, 2010 et Danse, art et modernité, publié aux PUF en 2012.

Son dernier livre, La danse des orifices: étude sur la nudité, paru aux Nouvelles éditions Jean-Michel Place en 2014, "retrace l’histoire de la nudité dans le monde de la chorégraphie de la fin du XXe siècle à nos jours." Egalement intéressé par le lien entre philosophie et danse contemporaine, il a travaillé sur l'influence de Michel Foucault et  de Gilles Deleuze sur les chorégraphes français du XXème siècle.

Dr. Annovi Interviewd by L'Italo-Americano

Attending to the Present in Premodern Theater: Violence, Spectatorship, Endurance.

Please save the date for an upcoming talk by Juliette Cherbuliez, Associate Professor of French, University of Minnesota 

"Attending to the Present in Premodern Theater: Violence, Spectatorship, Endurance." 

It might seem paradoxical to suggest that we can recover a notion of the present in premodern theater, but in this talk Dr. Cherbuliez explores a way to locate such theatrical presence in a seventeenth-century archive. She argues that theatrical presence is not “absence” (Phelan) but a version of a material “thisness” (Coonfield and Rose), an effect of the dynamic relationality created among  perceiver and perceived. Reading Jean Rotrou’s 1634 Hercule mourant, she suggests how the theatrical event of Hercule’s dying — poisoned by a coat — is a specific performance of presence.

Without seeing that Hercule is burning from within, we witness his Neostoic inquiry into death as he succumbs, a demise that covers about two fifths of a five-act play. Such theater puts into scene a notion of presence that calls on the spectator to “endure” a spectacle, as both a member of an audience and an isolated body.

When: Tuesday, October 20, 3:30-5pm 

Where: Doheny Memorial Library, Room G28 (Herklotz Room in the Music Library)

Refreshments will be served. 

All are welcome.

For further information, please contact Dr. Rosensweig at

Gamma Kappa Alpha Induction

In Memoriam

The Department of French and Italian recently lost its colleague and friend Paulette Chandler.  A memorial gathering was held Wednesday March 30, 2016 from 4-6pm in USC’s Doheny Memorial Library 240. 

Dr. Chandler (PhD French, '92) is greatly missed. 

Journee de la Francophonie 2016

Distinguished French Educator

Congratulations to Atiyeh Showrai,  who has been named a Distinguished French Educator by the American Association of Teachers of French, Southern California chapter.   This award is for a French teacher who has demonstrated long-term achievement and service to AATF and to the profession — locally, statewide, regionally, and/or nationally.

Congratulations to our French honors student for 2015!

Olubusola George

Thesis title:

"Les yeux voilés d'une nation: Une analyse des débats sur le foulard en France"

Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques

Congratulations to Peggy Kamuf, recently named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

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