News & Events

Upcoming Events

FR 389 film showing: Polisse

5/3/2016 | 6:30 pm

<p>148 Armory</p>


5/3/2016 | 7:00 pm

<p>Expresso Royale on the corner of Oregon and Goodwin in Urbana.</p>

Go to the Department of French Events Calendar for information about other upcoming events.


Nora Stoppino receives an Arnold O. Beckman Award
Fri, 22 Apr 2016 08:00:00 CDT
Prof. Nora Stoppino received an Arnold O. Beckman Award from the UIUC Research Board for her publication project “A Chivalric Literature: A Catalogue of Chivalric Incunabula.” The Research Board selects projects of special distinction for an Arnold O. Beckman Award.
Enamuel Rota awarded Senior Research Fellowship
Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:00:00 CDT
Emanuel Rota was awarded the Senior Research Fellowship by the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory for 2016-18 for his project “Mediterranean Laziness: The Invention of a Vice". The modern concept of laziness has played and continues to play a crucial role in the criminalization of poverty. Professor Rota's project reconstructs the invention of laziness as a dispositif that allowed industrial societies to coordinate the languages of ethics, economics, and medicine in their relation with peripheral areas and individuals. By transforming laziness into a function of climate, religion, or race, not only could marginal subjects be represented as responsible for their own poverty, but also those in economically advanced societies who refused to embrace an exploitative work ethic could be represented as racially/culturally/morally inferior. His research covers the history of laziness as a vice from its emergence in early modernity to the triumph of industrial societies.
Alain Fresco, advisor, has profound impact!
Tue, 12 Apr 2016 08:00:00 CDT
The NewsGazette asked 10 University of Illinois grads who've gone on to big things: Who's the professor who had the most profound impact on you? The following was a part of the article in the paper on Sunday, April 10th. MICHELE STEELE (BA/economics '00) ESPN anchor/reporter "As an econ major within the liberal arts school — our unofficial motto: we won't take accounting and you can't make us — I took a bunch of classes to round out some of the business-oriented requirements for my degree. One of those non-stats, non-econ classes was a 300-level French language course on Afro-Caribbean literature, taught by Dr. Alain Fresco. "I still have a couple of books from the class, still remember some of the authors. Fresco approached me near the end the semester my senior year and asked what I was doing post-college — I said, not at all joking, I would be delaying whatever fabulous career was in store. He encouraged me to apply to a program that sent some U.S. students to France to teach English — he was kind enough to write me a recommendation. "I did and couldn't be more grateful for the nudge. I spent two phenomenal years in the Loire Valley and in the French West Indies, an island called Martinique, where I worked, traveled and generally laid the foundations for a taste for adventure and an openness to new opportunities — especially the unexpected ones."