Warm congratulations go to three faculty members on their promotion to Full Professor as of Spring 2023! They are: in French & Francophone Studies, Hall Bjørnstad (also stepping into the role of FRIT Chair as of July 1, 2023) and Margaret Gray, and in French Linguistics, Kevin Rottet. Sincere congratulations are also in order for Colleen Ryan, who was named Associate Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs as of December 2022.
Guillaume Ansart published an article entitled “One injustice can never become a legitimate reason to commit another: Condorcet, women’s political rights, and social reform during the French Revolution (1789-1795)” in the Intellectual History Review (33.2, 2023).
Hall Bjørnstad has been kept busy by the 400th anniversary of the birth of French polymath Blaise Pascal (1623-1662). In March, he co-organized a seminar stream with thirteen papers on Pascal under the heading “Pascal at 400: A Critical Prospective” at the yearly meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association in Chicago, where FRIT graduate student Jason Wright presented the paper “Rediscovering Mysticism in Pascal” and Bjørnstad himself spoke about “Pascal and the Wound of Thinking.” Bjørnstad also presented the paper “La haie et la plaie: Lire les Pensées de Pascal aujourd’hui” at a large Pascal conference in Paris in June.
Kevin Rottet taught a new Gen Ed course in Fall 2022 on Cajun and Creole Louisiana. A highlight of the semester was a special performance of Zydeco music by Cedric Watson and his band Bijou Creole, who were in Bloomington for the Lotus Festival.