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Open House: Tea with the Cutter Francophone Residential Community

To celebrate the Francophone Residential Community's new home in Cutter House, we are holding a tea in the Cutter House living room at 4 pm on Friday, September 26. All are welcome to learn more about living in Francophone housing and enjoy some special French treats!

La Table française: Join us!

Every Monday, beginning 8 September 2014, noon-1:00 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.

Global Books

Thursday, September 25, 4:00-5:00 pm
Lewis Global Studies Center

David Ball, Professor Emeritus of French and Comparative Literature at Smith College, will discuss his acclaimed translation and annotation of Jean Guéhenno's Diary of the Dark Years, (Oxford Press, 2014). Guéhenno's diary reflects on his efforts to resist both the French collaborationist government as well as the Nazi-controlled publishing industry in wartime France.

Traditional Music and Dance from Québec

Friday, October 3, 3:00 p.m.
Campus Center 103/104
Performed by Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy. For more information, please visit

A Conversation with Lola Lafon, French Singer and Novelist

Wed. Oct 15, 4:15 p.m.
Lewis Global Studies Center
For more information on Lola Lafon and her work, please visit her website and the website of French Cultural Services.

Placement Test

All students considering a French course should take the French placement exam, to be offered on Monday 1 September 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.


Monday 1 September, 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

New Student Welcome Reception

Friday 29 August, 4:00-5:30 PM
Seelye Lawn (rain location, Campus Center)


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"

Jacobson Center French Tutors

Clementine Hamelin, Naomi Sinnathamby, Grace Kim
By appointment:, ext. 3056

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