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We are pleased to announce that the French Embassy has approved the Department’s request to establish a Center of Excellence at Indiana University. The creation of such a Center recognizes the reputation of our French programs, and the strength of the College of Arts & Sciences and of IU in the areas of research and internationalization across the disciplines.

We in the Department of French and Italian were saddened to learn of the passing of Associate Professor Emerita Mona Tobin Houston: faculty member in French from 1962 until her retirement in 1999, specializing in 17th-century theater. Professor Houston made a lasting impact on her students and her community, both at IU and in Bloomington, where she lived even after retirement. She will be dearly missed.

The Department of French and Italian mourns the passing of Professor Emeritus of Italian Edoardo A. Lèbano, an established scholar and beloved teacher of Italian language, literature and culture, and one of the most energetic and impactful advocates of Italian culture in North America of his generation.

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