Current News & Events

Congratulations to the 2015 Gamma Kappa Alpha Inductees

From Left to Right:

Cassandra D'Cruz, Laura Luchese, Michelle Prestholt and Michael Ramsey

Congratulations to the 2015 Pi Delta Phi Inductees

Congratulations to our new inductees :

Back (from left to right): Olubusola George, Curran Mahowald, James Graham, Jordan Bradley, Kathleen Roche, Jordan Gear, Rachel Zamihovsky, Christopher Llerena

Front (from left to right): Elise Green, Emily Rutherford

"Abstraction and Neo-capitalism: Pier Paolo Pasolini against the Avant-Garde."

The French and Italian Department, the Department of Art History, and VSRI are happy to invite you to the lecture by Prof. Ara H. Merjian (New York University) entitled:

"Abstraction and Neo-capitalism: Pier Paolo Pasolini against the Avant-Garde."

The lecture will take place on Thursday, April 9 from 12:00-1.30 pm in SOS 250. The lecture will be followed by a light reception.

“Exposing Private Liberty in Pierre Corneille’s Last Tragedy”

"Sounds of Race" & "Decolonial Knowledge Circuits" ASE Conversations:

Sponsored by the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity

Sounds of Race (10-11:30AM)


Edwin Hill (Assistant Professor of French and Italian, USC)

ASE Conversations-March 27, 2015


Italian Ambassador meets with President Nikias

On March 9, 2015, his Excellency Claudio Bisogniero, Italy’s Ambassador to the United States, Antonio Verde, Italy’s Consul General for Los Angeles, and Carlo Angelo Bocchi, Italian Trade Commissioner in Los Angeles, visited USC. The Ambassador met with USC President C. L. “Max” Nikias, and with a small delegation of University faculty and students. Both Ambassador Bisogniero and President Nikias discussed the existing areas of collaboration between USC and Italy, as well as the potential for expanding USC's partnerships with Italian institutions.

In appreciation of his tireless effort in support of Italian culture in the United States, the Department of French and Italian presented an Honorary Membership from the Gamma Kappa Alpha National Italian Honor Society to the Ambassador.

Women Write the Mediterranean

Women Write the Mediterranean

is a two-day symposium held Thursday, March 5 (at USC), and Friday, March 6 (at UCLA).

This symposium addresses the relationship between women writers and the Mediterranean, considered as a diverse region of interconnected histories and identities. It brings together scholars from different backgrounds to reflect on the possibility of a transnational critical conversation and dialogue about modern Mediterranean women writers such Anna Maria Ortese, Maïssa Bey, Leda Rafanelli, Nagwa Sha‘ban, and Etel Adnan, among others.

For further questions on this symposium please email:
Gian Maria Annovi, Assistant Professor of French and Italian, USC Dornsife, at

"Decolonizing the French Republic"

Join the Department of French and Italian for a talk, co-sponsored by the Francophone Research & Resource Center, the Department of Comparative Literature, the French and Italian Department, the USC Libraries, USC Dornsife College and the cultural services of the French embassy in Los Angeles:

Françoise Vergès
"Decolonizing the French Republic"

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
4‐6pm in Taper Hall of Humanities 215
(THH 215)

Any questions, please do contact Dr. Beatrice Bennett at or

"Personal Attachment, Public Complaint, and the Early Modern Antigone"

Please join the Department of French and Italian for a talk by:

Anna Rosensweig
Provost's Postdoctoral Fellow in French

"Personal Attachment, Public Complaint, and the Early Modern Antigone"

Monday, October 27th, 3:30-5 PM
Taper Hall 120

Refreshments will be served.  Everyone is invited!

Any questions, do contact Natania Meeker at


Explore the French and Italian majors and minors while you meet and mingle with faculty, your fellow students and the department’s academic advisor. 

View and pick up course descriptions, meet professors and learn more about the Department and how to explore the richness and diversity of French and Italian language, literature, history, and culture through the department’s programs, clubs and events it sponsors. 

Learn more about the French and Italian Honor Societies, the Summer Programs in Dijon France, and Rome, Italy, and how to stay abreast of French and Italian – related events taking place in Los Angeles and Southern California. 

Please come by and bring a friend for a delicious and instructive lunch!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, in THH 120, Noon - 2:30 pm

Winner of the World Nomads Passport & Plate Competition: Elena Valeriote

Elena Valeriote is in her third and final year as an undergraduate at the University of Southern California. Though Elena will be graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Narrative Studies and a minor in French, she feels very much at home in the Italian Department on campus. Since her childhood, Elena wanted to learn the Italian language and to visit Italy to reconnect with her Italian heritage. It wasn’t until she arrived at USC that Elena had the chance to enroll in Italian courses. She started first with three semesters of language classes, followed by two courses studying Italian literature with Professor Rosenthal. Though she could not accommodate her schedule to include an Italian minor as she had hoped, Elena remains an active member in the Italian department at USC and in the Italian community of Los Angeles. Elena is currently working as an intern at the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles and will be assisting with the annual Taste of Italy event.

During the summer of 2014, Elena traveled to Cinque Terre, Italy as a winner of the World Nomads Passport & Plate competition to film a series of short culinary travel videos. While there, she spent nearly two weeks employed in her first on-camera experience, cooking and eating Italian food, drinking local wines and practicing her language skills with the Cinque Terre natives. As Elena looks forward to the future post-graduation, she hopes to find herself abroad again soon and to remain in touch with everyone in the Italian Department at USC.

Please click on her picture to view the Youtube World Nomads playlist of her journeys about the Cinque Terre. Bravissima!

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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.

Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques

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

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"

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