The Francophone Research and Resource Center (FRC) develops and conducts programs, workshops, conferences, seminars and other activities for a wide range of audiences, Francophiles and Francophones, members of the University of Southern California community, French teachers at all levels, and students learning French, French literature and French culture.
Housed by USC’s Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, with the support of USC libraries and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to the United States of America, the USC Francophone Research and Resource Center serves as a hub for a diverse set of multidisciplinary activities involving distinguished Francophone writers, scholars, filmmakers, journalists, and scientists. Its main goal is to create new interdisciplinary bridges between local and Francophone institutions.
Béatrice Mousli Bennett, Director
Béatrice Mousli-Bennett has a doctorate in twentieth century French literature from the University of Paris-IV Sorbonne. Among her publications, a trilogy of biographies, Valery Larbaud (Grand prix de la biographie de l’Académie française, 1998), Max Jacob (Prix Anna-de-Noailles de l'Académie française, 2006), Philippe Soupault (2010), all published by Flammarion, in Paris. She was named "Knight of The Order of Academic Palms" by the French Minister of Education in 2007.
Faculty page on USC site
Colin Keaveney, Co-director
Colin Keaveney is an Associate Professor (Teaching) of French at USC. He holds degrees from Trinity College (Dublin), the Université de Paris VII and the University of California, at Santa Barbara. His Ph.D. centered on French views of the Ottoman Turks in the Early Modern period. He is a fellow of the Shoah Foundation at USC, and his most recent projects relate to testimony and the representation of persecution and genocide, especially the Shoah, in the French-speaking world. Colin has also been a recipient of the USC Provost's Prize for Teaching with Technology for innovations in the area of language instruction and curricular development. He is also the translator of Commonplace (2010), French philosopher Bruce Bégout's reflection on American modernity.
Faculty page on the USC site
Anaïs Lintow, Assistant
Anaïs Lintow holds a degree in sociology with an emphasis in International Social Welfare that she completed in Umeå Universitet (Sweden). Being passionate about languages, she decided to study language didactics, specifically French as a foreign language at the University of Nancy. Then, she went on to complete her Master degree in cultural management at the University of Burgundy.
She has taught in many different places and to many demographics, ranging from students of elementary and secondary schools in Scotland and Nepal, to adults in the Alliance Française of Vanuatu. Before joining us, she directed the Alliance Française of Ambositra (Madagascar) for two years. Recently, she completed a Master degree specializing in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for education at the University of La Réunion.
As part of their support of the Center, the French Embassy in Washington provides the Center with interns. Their role is to help the center’s projects and activities.