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"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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