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Happy 90th, Professor Ott!

Professor Emerita and former JYA Paris director Josephine Ott recently celebrated her 90th birthday in New York, with some of our alumnae in attendance. Below is a photo from the party, with fellow Professor Emerita Marie-José Delage at front right and Professor Ott at front left.



Congratulations, TAPIF Recipients and Participants!

This year, we had 6 students receive TAPIF teaching fellowships; two declined them to pursue other opportunities. We're proud of all of you!


Sarah Achartz '16 (Académie de Lille)
Margaret (Maggie) Johnson '16 (Académie de Rennes)
Arcadia Kratkiewicz '16 (Académie de Nice)
Sarah Posont '16 (Académie de Créteil) - declined
Meredith Shanoski '16 (Académie de Reims) - declined
Kathryn Welles '16 (Académie de Versailles)



Congratulations to major in French Studies Sarah Posont '16, who will be teaching English in South Korea next year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Fellow!


Architecture of Slave Ports in the Atlantic and Indian Ocean Colonies of 18th-Century France

Thursday, April 14, 4 p.m.

Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright
A conversation with Dwight Carey on the role of imperial commerce in fostering architectural interconnections between the Atlantic and Indian Ocean colonies of France during the eighteenth century. In engaging towns as diverse as Port Louis (Mauritius) and New Orleans (Louisiana), we will think through the continuities that characterized the built environments of one of the largest empires of the early modern world.


Bilingual Reading with Cajun Poet Kirby Jambon

Tuesday, March 29th, 7:30 pm

Poetry Center, Wright Hall


A native of Lafourche Parish in South Louisiana, Kirby Jambon's parents instilled in him a pride in his Cajun heritage and Louisiana French language. He's the author of two books, L'Ecole Gombo, awarded the 2006 Prix Mondes Francophones, and Petites Communions: Poèmes, chansons, et jonglements, awarded the 2014 Prix Henri de Régnier from the Académie Française. The Academy's citation described Jambon as an "exquisite poet in the tradition of Villon and Marot," who, "for his lyricism and humor, deserves to be more well-known."



Colin Giraud: Gaytrification: How do Gay Men Gentrify the City?

Thursday, March 10, 4:00 pm

Seelye 106

From New York and Paris, to San Francisco, Berlin, and beyond, gay men have, for a few decades now, played a major role in urban gentrification. Based on a comparative study between Paris and Montreal, Prof. Giraud explores how gay men have used the city as a means to create a visible and collective identitywhile changing the social environment of the urban landscape.


COP21 Summit: in Paris & at Smith

Wednesday, December 9, 12:00 pm Lewis Global Studies Center Panel discussion on COP21 led by Professor Camille Washington-Ottombre and Siiri Bigalke '16J, with Alyssa Johnson-Kurts '16 on the ground in Paris joining to share her impressions via Skype.







COP21 Discussion (en français!)

Thursday, November 19, 4:15-5:30 pm

Lewis Global Studies Center


Join us in the LGSC for a lively discussion on the events of this fall's COP21 conference. We'll also discuss how last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, Lebanon and Egypt may inflect the discussions and negotiations at COP21. All students of French are welcome.


Brice Lalonde: Global Climate Action: COP 21

Thursday, October 29, 4:30-6:00 pm
Seelye 106


Brice Lalonde is a former green party leader and Minister of the Environment in France and current UN Global Compact Special Advisor on Sustainable Development. Free and open to the public.






Susan George '56: Conflict and Climate Change

Tuesday, October 20, 4:30-6:00 pm
Seelye 201

A Smith alumna, activist and author, Susan George '56 has devoted her energies to combating global issues such as hunger, poverty, inequalities and injustices. Free and open to the public.






A Conversation with Susan George

Tuesday, October 20th, 11:10 am

Poetry Center (Wright Hall)


Students are invited to attend a conversation (in French) with Susan George, class of '56, who spent her Junior year abroad in the Smith program in Paris in 1954-1955. She will share with students her career and life experiences in Europe being an activist.


Smith in Paris Study Abroad Info Session

Tuesday, October 6, 5:00pm

Lewis Global Studies Center

Come learn about the Smith in Paris Study Abroad Program, including the wide range of courses that can be taken in the humanities and arts, social sciences, sciences and math taught at Parisian universities.


La Table française: Join us!

Every Monday, beginning 14 September 2015, 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.

Congratulations to David Ball, Professor Emeritus!

The 28th French-American Foundation Translation Prize for 2015 was awarded to David Ball for his translation of Diary of the Dark Years 1940-1944 (non-fiction.) The prize is supported by the Florence Gould Foundation. For more information on this year's prizes, click here. To learn more about the book, click here.


Congratulations, TAPIF Participants!

Again, as in past years, Smith students have a great record of being chosen for the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). We are proud to announce our 7 winners for 2015-2016:

Oriane Morriet's Scriptwriting Class Featured on Grécourt Gate

In Spring 2015, Oriane Morriet's class wrote a screenplay in French, translated it into English and produced a 15-minute short film. For more information on this ambitious, wide-ranging project, click here to visit the Grécourt Gate's article.


Foreign Language Fair

A world of opportunities: learning another language at Smith Thursday, September 3, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM

Chapin Lawn (Carroll Room-campus center for a rain location)


Learning a foreign language is the key to understanding a new culture! Come meet the language faculty and learn more about Smith's offerings in Arabic, Chinese, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, French, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.



Thursday, 3 September, 10:30-11:30 AM

New Student Welcome Reception

Wednesday 2 September, 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

Yamanda K. Boumakh, Isabella Galdone, Yael Tsitohay, Naomi Jahan, Maggie Johnson
By appointment:, ext. 3056

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