"What does literature do for us in the contemporary world?” This is one of the questions underlying the Ph.D. dissertation research of Amanda Vredenburgh (M.A. ’16).
2018-29 has been a year of important faculty transitions for the Department of French and Italian. We said farewell to Julie Auger, Alicia Vitti, and Antonio Vitti, and welcomed Elizabeth Hebbard to the tenure-track faculty and Akash Kumar as a Visiting Assistant Professor. In addition, faculty, staff, and students have shown that French and Italian continues to be a place of exciting and innovative pedagogical and scholarly work. We also celebrated several successful Ph.D. dissertation defenses in the past year, my last full year as chair.