Our alumni have found success in many different careers, traveled to countries across the globe, and built upon their language skills and the strong foundation of an IU liberal arts education. Many have now distinguished themselves in a variety of professions.
We are proud of our diverse and accomplished group of 2018 BA graduates: 25 French majors and 3 Italian majors completed their degrees in May and August. Among them are Jessica True, who earned a double degree in Italian and in vocal performance from the Jacobs School of Music. She will pursue a Masters in Opera Performance at the University of Kansas and will certainly have an advantage when singing Italian operatic masterworks. Halley Rose Meslin is also combining her two majors, French and environmental sustainability, as she heads off to work at Healdsburg SHED, a farm-to-table market, café, and outreach organization in California, where she plans to develop her viticultural skills in the Sonoma valley wine country. Italian honors graduate Cari Rice will be starting her MA in Italian at New York University in the fall, but she also plans to revisit her other major, biochemistry, by pursuing a medical degree in a few years. Several of our graduates will be heading to France to teach English in the TAPIF program, and French honors graduate Adam Smith will do the same but under the prestigious auspices of the Fulbright program in 2018-19, before heading to the University of Michigan to a PhD program in French literature.
Our MA and PhD students have also gone on to successful careers. Our MA graduates have obtained jobs in business, education, and diplomacy, among other fields. You’ll find IU PhD graduates in French and Italian on the faculty at a variety of institutions, ranging from small colleges like Davidson to large research universities like Arizona State. Some of our graduates have advanced to positions of leadership, such as Francesca Parmeggiani (PhD, Italian ’97), Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures at Fordham University, and Mary Vogl (PhD, French literature ’98), Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at Colorado State. Manuela Gieri (PhD, Italian ’89) is a well-known scholar of Italian cinema who is professor at Università degli studi della Basilicata in Potenza, Italy. Sometimes artistic talents dictate a future career, such as for Chris Lysack (PhD, French literature ’14), who is a professional opera singer in Bremen, Germany.
To maintain the superior quality of our educational programs we depend on the support of our alumni and friends. Without your generosity, we would be unable to provide the unique opportunities which make the Department of French and Italian at IU one of the most vibrant in the country.
We love to hear from our alumni since many of you pursue exciting endeavors after graduating from IU. Please fill out the IU Alumni Association Class Notes form here to let us know what you’re up to!