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Erica Markus In Paris

Creating a Life You Love

Dedicating my time to learning French was always a decision made out of love for the language and maintained by a life goal of being bilingual. The persistence in studying and practicing French has proven to not only be intrinsically valuable but has played a significant role in many facets of my life. Learning French […]

Isabelle Escalona, BA in French and Francophone Studies, Cum Laude, 2010

After four years in Senegal, I have learned that it is very difficult to leave le pays de la Teranga. I originally came on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant to Saint-Louis for the 2015-2016 school year. Within the first month, I knew that I would stay longer. My host family and colleagues made me […]

Caitlin Palmer Internship Report (In French)

As Caitlin Palmer spent a few months in Paris for an internship at the American embassy in Paris, she gave us the following report upon her return in March: J’ai étudié à Paris il y a deux ans, mais pour juste un mois, donc c’est intéressant de comparer les deux expériences. En tant que stagiaire, […]

Eve (Dr. H) Reflected in the Revolving Multi-Lingual Spiral of Words at Art Basel 2019

News From Our Alumni: Eve Hershberger

Eve Hershberger (PhD French, 1975) Language News and Adventures from Miami Beach (SOBE), Florida Here in SOBE where I live now one does not need to travel far to have an international language experience.  Today I first walked from the condo to Espanola Way for a sidewalk crepe and croissant petit déjeuner at A la […]

Junie Dalice

News From Our Alumni: Junie Dalice

Junie Dalice (May 2019) | French major Moving to Washington state was a very big and challenging change for me. From the weather to the people and the hills. However I love it here. Contrary to what people say the weather is great I even breathe better. The people have been amazing so far. I met […]

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News from the France–Florida Research Institute

As the director of the FFRI, it is my pleasure to report that this past year the FFRI has been active and productive through organization, sponsoring of varied activities involving several UF departments, centers, and units. The FFRI 2017-2018 annual research project, led by Dr. Blum as Principal Investigator, was titled “Deaf Cinema” and dedicated […]

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Reports from Rennes

“I am a graduate student from Rennes 2, and in order to complete my studies and further develop my personal interests and professional aspirations, I am doing an internship at the French department of the University of Florida during the 2018 Spring semester. After a bachelor’s degree in English and Spanish languages, literatures and civilizations, […]

Mireille Tremblay and Raymond Mougeon standing in front of Gator sculpture

The French in Contact Project

Led by Dr. Hélène Blondeau and Dr. Alioune Sow, a special project funded by the French Embassy has examined “French in contact” across multiple locations and its implications for cultural productions. During the academic year 2017-2018, we have welcomed internationally recognized scholars. In September 2017, Dr. Gudrun Ledegen, Professor of Language Sciences and Sociolinguistics at […]

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Conference Report — Rousseau Association

Report on the Bi-Annual Meeting of the Rousseau Association (University of Florida, June 2017) This conference was co-organized by Brigitte Weltman-Aron (LLC, UF), Peter Westmoreland (Philosophy, UF), and Ourida Mostefai (Brown University). It was sponsored, among others, by the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the France Florida Research Institute, and the Center for the […]

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Conference Report — Deaf Cinema

Closed Captioning, Audio Description, and the Reinvention of Silent Film The one-day symposium included three presentations and a roundtable involving the speakers, UF faculty and graduate students in Film studies. It was organized by Dr. Richard Burt, English Deprtment of English, and Dr. Sylvie Blum-Reid, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. It took place on […]

Esther Heboyan holding book and speking

Guest Speaker — Esther Heboyan

Esther Heboyan, associate professor of American literature and film at the University of Artois, Arras-France, visited the University of Florida for two presentations on March 12 and March 14, 2018. She is a professor, a translator (Turkish/English/French), and a creative writer. Dr. Esther Heboyan’s visit allowed French and Francophone Studies to develop University of Florida […]

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Faculty News

Theresa Antes I am currently on a research sabbatical, continuing my investigation into the acquisition of fixed expressions by second language learners. Since the last newsletter, I have published two articles, one in Foreign Language Annals entitled “French Interrogatives: A New Pedagogical Norm for the 21st Century” and the other in Language and Sociocultural Theory […]

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Graduate Student News

Erin Davis Since joining the program in Fall 2017, I have been teaching French 1134, Accelerated French Review. The transition from raising a family to graduate school has required adapting to a challenging schedule combining teaching and my own academic endeavors. A supportive network of advisors, professors, and experienced teaching assistants has made the process […]