Current News & Events

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

“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"

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: oharriso@usc.edu

ou Béatrice Bennett: bbennett@usc.edu


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

"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

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

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 bbennett@usc.edu or frc@usc.edu.


Open House for the Department of French and Italian!

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 NEW DICTIONARY OF COLLOCATIONS

THE NEW DICTIONARY OF COLLOCATIONS

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

Paola Tiberii, editor of

THE NEW DICTIONARY OF COLLOCATIONS

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

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

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”