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Department of French & Italian

Department of French & Italian.

Department of French & Italian

Welcome to the Department of French and Italian at the University of Minnesota. The Department offers undergraduate and graduate courses on the language, literature, and culture of France, the broader Francophone world, and Italy. At all levels, our courses are designed to provide the linguistic skills and to enhance the kind of critical thinking needed to explore other cultures, other historical periods, and to discover what makes them meaningful today.


In the Community: EXPO Milano 2015

FRIT French student, Hanna Worku, along with 120 other US undergraduate and graduate students served as student ambassadors at the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015. Students from 94 universities, 34 states, together speaking 28 languages facilitated conversations with guests about the Expo theme "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life". Tours were given to a variety of international dignitaries, business leaders, and celebrities including U.S.First Lady Michelle Obama and the presidential delegation from the USA Pavilion on June 18th, 2015.


Expo Milano 2015 "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,"

  • Malraux and the Transcendence of Death: The Antimemoires

    Lawrence D. Kritzman

  • Refugees in Cinecittà: Screening and Discussion with Noa Steimatsky


    Friday, April 24, 2015 - 3:00pm

    Best Buy Theater (Northrop)

    Cinecitta, the great movie studio built by Mussolini, became universally known as “Hollywood on the Tiber” and as Fellini’s second home. But in an interim period (1944-50) it served very different functions, quite unlike that of a dream factory. Under the Nazi occupation of Rome it was a transit camp for deportees, then following the liberation, it was transformed by the Allies into one of the largest refugee camps in Italy. Directed by Marco Bertozzi and based on groundbreaking research by Noa Steimatsky, Refugees in Cinecittà explores the fortunes of the Cinecitta camp and its inhabitants, unfolding a story hitherto untold in the chronicles of European reconstruction, and of film history.

    Professor Noa Steimatsky will introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.

    Noa Steimatsky is Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on the use of landscape – natural, built, and ruined – in post-World War II European cinema, on the human face as privileged site of representation and, more broadly, on the figural, iconic efficacy of the moving image. Among her publications: Italian Locations: Reinhabiting the Past in Postwar Cinema (University of Minnesota Press 2008), "The Cinecittà Refugee Camp" (October) and “Incoherent Spasms and the Dignity of Signs” (in Opening Bazin, ed. Dudley Andrew). Her new book The Face of Film is forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2015.

    For more info and trailer:

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Graduate News

  • 10/6 SUNY Press: Proposal to Bookshelves by Dr. Beth Bouloukos

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    How can you write a proposal that will survive the trip from the mail room to the editor’s desk? Did you ever wonder what editors look for when reading proposals? What factors are the most important when editors decide to acquire a book? How do you know what press would be best for you? How do youfind an editor who will appreciate your work? What questions should you ask about the production and marketing of your manuscript? What are the different factors you should think about when writing your first, second, or tenth book?

    Dr. Beth Bouloukos, Senior Acquisition Editor at SUNY Press, will address these issues in her talk about academic publishing in the humanities.Beth Bouloukos received her PhD in Hispanic Studies from Cornell University. She is a senior acquisitions editor at the State University of New York Press, where she develops the lists in education, Latin American and Iberian studies, sexuality studies, and women's and gender studies. The books she has acquired have won several prestigious awards. Beth has also taught Latin American literature, film, and cultural studies at Fairfield University in CT and the University at Albany-SUNY. She recently contributed an article to an edited volume on 1960’s gay pulp fiction that was published this past winter with the University of Massachusetts Press.

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