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France Appoints Pierre-Yves Mocquais to Prestigious Order

We are extremely proud to celebrate Dr. Pierre-Yves Mocquais’ elevation to the title of Officier within the French government's Ordre des Palmes académiques for distinguished service to the cause of French education and culture. Dr. Mocquais was appointed Officier on April 1st by the Consul General of France in Vancouver, Jean-Christophe Fleury. In 2005 Dr. Mocquais was bestowed the title of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes académiques for his research on the cultural practices of the francophones in the Canadian prairies and his promotion and defense of the values of francophonie. This order was originally founded by Napoleon I in 1808 to decorate notable academics of the Sorbonne University. The scope of the honour was later extended to those excelling in services rendered to education, culture and science. Please see the full feature in UToday.


Brianna Rizzuti receives TA Excellence Award in Italian

We are very proud that Brianna Rizzuti, who was previously nominated for a Students' Union Teaching Excellence Award for TAing ITAL 201 and 203, and for her work at the Circolino, has won a Teaching Excellence Award. Since 1984, the SU has invited students to nominate instructors and TAs who have had a positive impact on their undergraduate learning experience and academic careers. The award is conferred to excellent instructors and teaching assistants who meet several criteria. Among them, their ability to communicate broad knowledge of the subject matter, and to provide up-to-date resources to students; their ability to show enthusiasm for the subject, and for teaching in general; their success at challenging students; and their skills at motivating and inspiring. Bravissima, Brianna!


Undergradute Student Colloquium

On April 17th, the department will host its second Undergraduate Student Colloquium, designed to showcase excellence in learning, research and creativity among students of languages, literature and cultures. It will feature our best 400- and 500-level students presenting topics related to their program. Drawing on diverse accomplishments of students from various courses and disciplines, the colloquium will give students the opportunity to present their work in their language of study, allowing for an open and engaging discussion across literatures, methods and areas of study


Congratulations to Anthony Wall

We are very pleased to announce Anthony Wall's latest publication, La Place du lecteur : Livres et lectures dans la peinture française du XVIIIe siècle (Presses universitaires de Rennes [France], April 3, 2014, 290 + 80 pages). Through the study of a corpus of 8,000 paintings, the author shows to what extent XVIII century art represents and describes the act of reading. The book introduces a novel way to consider the evolution of reading practices during the Age of the Enlightenment, from changes in format to the new arrangement of domestic spaces where reading takes place. Visit the publisher's page for complete information.