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The 2017 French Film Series starts Februrary 22!
Please see our Cinémathèque page for updates as upcoming films are added.



Global Salon: Olivia Harrison

"From the ghettos of Palestine to the ghettos of France": la banlieue raps to Palestine
Monday, 20 February, noon

Lewis Global Studies Center


Lunch provided for the first 25 students.


This talk examines the history of French-Palestinian solidarity movements through the medium of popular culture, using rap and street culture to explain the central importance of the Palestinian question in France.





Welcome Back, Study Abroad Students! Want to Celebrate?

The Lewis Global Studies Center will be hosting a welcome back event for returned study abroad students in the Neilson Browsing Room on Friday 3 February at 4:00 pm. The event is an opportunity for students to share their experiences and hear about the experiences of others while reflecting on the many impacts of study abroad related to their worldview, identity, friendships, academic and career ideas, and more.



Professor Emeritus David Ball's translation of Jean Guéhenno's Diary of the Dark Years, 1940-1944: Collaboration, Resistance, and Daily Life in Occupied Paris was selected by Pankaj Mishra as one of 2016's books of the year in The Guardian.


From "Smith in the World": Food & Farming in France

Senior Sarah Agatoni '17, an economics major who spent her junior year in Paris, presented her research on permaculture and food at this year's Smith in the World events.


Global Impressions: A Taste of Cultural Change

Come read a short, well-observed essay by Isabelle Eyman '17 on her experience researching pop-up cafés and changing food culture in Paris. For more of Isabelle's writings on food, you can visit her blog, and or more essays on Smithies' experiences abroad, visit the new issue of Global Impressions from the Lewis Global Studies Center.



Global Salon: Pap Ndiaye
The Minority Paradox: Blackness in France

Friday, 4 November, noon
Lewis Global Studies Center


Lunch provided for the first 25 students


Ndiaye's talk will discuss the reason why French scholars have been reluctant to focus on racial minorities as well as the notion of "blackness" in France and why a new sense of blackness has emerged in France over the past few years.






French Cooking Lesson: Flammenkueche Alsacienne

Wednesday, 2 November, 7 pm

Cutter House

Email for more details!

















Info Session on Smith Programs Abroad in Geneva

Wednesday, 2 November, noon

Lewis Global Studies Center















Info Session on Smith Programs Abroad in Paris

Wednesday, 26 October, 6:00 pm

Lewis Global Studies Center




















Global Salon: a discussion of Sphinx by Anne Garréta with Translator Emma Ramadan

Wednesday, 26 October, 4:30 pm

Lewis Global Studies Center

















Presentation of the Major in French Studies
Thursday, 20 October, 4:30-5:30 pm

Hatfield 106

Light refreshments will be served!










French Cooking Lesson: Crêpes Bretonnes!

Thursday, 6 October, 7:00 pm

Cutter House

**French Studies Placement Test**

For more information on the French Studies Placement test, please visit the Registrar's website. For a direct link to the test on Moodle, click here. (Note: Non-Smith Five-College and Northampton High School students must still take the test on paper; in that case, please email Jen Blackburn to schedule a time.)


La Table française: Join us!
Every Monday, beginning 12 September 2016, noon-1:00 pm
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.


Foreign Language Fair

A world of opportunities: learning another language at Smith
Tuesday, September 6, 1:30-3:00 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.



Tuesday, 6 September, 4:00-5:30 pm



New Student Welcome Reception

Friday, 2 September, 5:30-7:00 pm

Chapin Lawn (rain location, Campus Center)


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!

Jacobson Center French Tutors
Yael Tsitohay, Naomi Jahan, Ella Martin-Gachot, Paloma Nahon, Sarah Lievain
By appointment:, ext. 3056

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