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News & Events

We offer congratulations to four French majors who were awarded Fulbright Fellowships for 2014-2015:

Nora Nadire '14
Germany: English Teaching Assistantship

"Pepper" Alexandra Neff '14
Turkey: English Teaching Assistantship

Maya Potter '14
India: Anthropology
"Documenting the Negotiated Use of Public Space by Women Street Vendors in Ahmedabad"

Lisa Saladin '13
Ireland: Language and Literature
"Fresh Feminine Voices: Transfiguring Irish-Language Poetry in the Postmodern Era"



James Sacré and David Ball Poetry Reading
Thursday, March 27, 4:30 p.m. Poetry Center
Please join us as we welcome James Sacré and David Ball, both award-winning poets and Professors Emeritus of the College, to the Poetry Center. Sacré will read his own poems in French, and Ball will read his translations of selected poems in English. We hope to see you there!





Spring 2014 French Film Series
The department liaisons are hosting a film series of recent French-language comedies on select Thursdays at 7:00 pm in McConnell B15. The films will be subtitled in English; non-French speakers are encouraged to attend! The schedule is as follows: Feb. 27, Les Intouchables; March 6, Populaire; March 27, Les Saveurs Du Palais; April 10, Les Femmes du 6e étage; April 24, Camille Redouble.

Congratulations to Eliza Zingesser '05 on her appointment as Assistant Professor of Medieval French Literature at Columbia University.


Book Discussion and Presentation: Alfred Babo

Thursday, Feb. 27, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Lewis Global Studies Center
Alfred Babo will discuss his new book L'"Étranger" en Côte d'Ivoire: Crises et controverses autour d'une catégorie sociale (L'Harmattan, 2013). This discussion session, hosted by the Lewis Global Studies Center, will be in French.

Tea and Conversation with Sandra Bermann, Cotsen Professor of the Humanities and Professor of Comparative Literature at Princeton University, Smith Alum, former president of the American Comparative Literature Association

Monday, February 3, 4:15 pm-5 pm
Campus Center 205
What can a comparative literature major or a student with interests in languages and translation do after Smith? Professor Sandra Bermann will be happy to talk to you about where and how you can go after Smith. Join her and your fellow students in Comparative Literature, French Studies and the Concentration in Translation Studies for an open conversation. Tea and delectable bites will be served!

Tea with French Studies Student Liaisons

A tea will be held for all French Studies majors on Friday, November 1st at 4:00 pm at Dawes House. This tea is an opportunity for students to engage in an open dialogue about any questions, concerns, or new ideas they may have for the department. The department's student liaisons will be present to record any topics discussed and communicate them to department faculty. It's also a great way to meet fellow French students and enjoy some delicious treats. We hope to see you there!

Presentation of the Major in French Studies

Tuesday, October 29, 4-5 pm
Poetry Center, Wright Hall
Want to learn more about the major in French Studies? Please join us for a brief presentation at 4 pm on Tuesday, October 29 and bring a friend along! Light refreshments will be served.

"World Cinema, Local Film: A Conversation with Mariette Monpierre"

Friday, October 25, 12:10 p.m. Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall Mariette Monpierre, award-winning filmmaker and Smith alumna (AMS '85), will speak about her artistic and intellectual trajectory from Guadeloupe to Paris to the United States.

Monpierre's acclaimed debut film Elza (2012) is the first feature by a female director filmed in Guadeloupe, and has received awards at the Pan African Film Festival, at the Roxbury International Film Festival, and at FESPACO.

A screening of Elza (in French and Creole with English subtitles) will take place on Tuesday, October 22, at 7:00 p.m. at Stoddard Hall at Smith College. Both events are wheelchair accessible and open to the public. For further information contact Dawn Fulton at dfulton@smith.edu.


Congratulations to Hannah Freed-Thall '02 for winning the Malcolm Bowie Prize from the Society for French Studies for her article "Prestige of a Momentary Diamond: Economies of Distinction in Proust," New Literary History (2012).

Louis Pasteur: The Man, His Science & His Ethics
Monday, September 9, 4:30 PM
McConnell 103
Edward G. Bernstine, Ph.D. will give a lecture on Louis Pasteur in this installment of the Life Sciences Colloquium Series. This event is hosted by Stylianos Scordilis. Refreshments will be served in McConnell Foyer, starting at 4:00 PM.

Placement Test
All students considering a French course should take the French placement exam, to be offered on Thursday 29 August 2013 in McConnell B15. There will be two sessions, at 1:00-2:00 PM and at 2:00-3:00 PM.

If you studied French in high school, we will pre-place you in one of our courses according to your Achievement and/or Advanced Placement test scores. We strongly encourage you to take our own French placement test administered during orientation, as it will let us place you more accurately than the standardized tests.

Thursday 29 August, 10:15-11:45 AM

New Student Welcome Reception
Wednesday 28 August, 4:30-5:30 PM
Seelye Lawn (rain location, Campus Center)

Jacobson Center French Tutors
Wiame El Bouhali, Yamanda Kaychouhi Boumakh, Clementine Hamelin, Mariem Ayadi
By appointment: jactutor@email.smith.edu, ext. 3056

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La Table française: Join us!

Every Monday, beginning 9 September 2013, noon-1:05 p.m.
Duckett House Dining Room (Room A or B on alternating weeks)
Non-board guests must sign the log in the room they're using. Smith students who are on the Board plan should swipe their cards at the check-in desk.