Summer 2019

Letter from the Chair

2018-19 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.

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City of Bologna

Indiana University continues its strong ties with the University of Bologna (UNIBO), the oldest university in Europe, through student and faculty exchanges.

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Read updates from Department of French and Italian faculty.

Andrea Ciccarelli

The Department held its annual awards ceremony in the State Room East of the Indiana Memorial Union on Friday, April 5 to celebrate the excellent academic work of our undergraduate and graduate students as well as the dedicated teaching of our top Associate Instructors.

Wilma Labate

Ten years, ten filmmakers, countless intellectual exchanges. The symposium “New Trends in Modern and Contemporary Italian Cinema,” organized by Antonio Vitti and Andrea Ciccarelli, was held for the last time at IUB in April 2019.

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Professor Vincent Bouchard, along with Professor Terri Francis, director of IU’s Black Film Center/Archive, is organizing a workshop to take place Sept. 5-6 at IUB entitled P.S. Vieyra: Pioneer of African Cinemas, Filmmaker, Producer and Historian.

Oklahoma groupe

Catch up on alumni of the Department of French and Italian.

Shane O'Bannon

Sometimes not knowing what to expect can be a blessing. This is what Shane O’Bannon (B.A. ’18) learned while working as a teaching assistant in France during the 2018-19 school year. He and Sarah Panfil (B.A. ’18) report back on their experiences in the TAPIF program.