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Upcoming Events

Film Event

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Directed by Alice Winocour

Show Dates:
Wednesday, October 22nd
7:00 p.m.
113 Carnegie

A look at the relationship between pioneering 19th century French neurologist Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot and his star teenage patient, a kitchen maid who is left partially paralyzed after a seizure.


Table Ronde Speaker Series

Prof. Rebecca Rogers
Université Paris Descartes

“Gendering the French Imperial Story : Mme Luce in 19th-century Algeria”

October 29th
2:30 p.m.
216 Willard

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Welcome to the Department of
French and Francophone Studies

Bienvenue! Welcome to the Department of French at Francophone Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. We offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in French language/linguistics and in French and Francophone literature, culture, and history. We are committed to fostering innovative scholarship, an intellectual climate that encourages research connections between disciplines, and excellence in instruction at all levels. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the opportunities and events in our community of dedicated scholars, devoted teachers, and promising students.

Grant Awarded To French and Francophone Literary Studies Project

Congratulations to Prof. Willa Z. Silverman, Malvin E. and Lea P. Bank Professor of French and Jewish Studies, and Dawn Childress, Sally W. Kalin Librarian for Technological Innovations and Humanities Librarian, for their recent grant from the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. Their collaborative project, entitled Mapping Modern French and Francophone Literature: A Literary Cartography Project, will allow students in FFS courses to research and assess the significance of geographic place in French and Francophone literature, using digital tools. Funding from SITE will also support a Spring 2015 digital mapping workshop.

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Professor Emeritus of French receives Lifetime Service Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Norris Lacy, the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor Emeritus of French and Medieval Studies at Penn State, has received the North American Branch of the International Arthurian Society’s Award for Lifetime Service to Arthurian Studies. The society comprises nearly 1,200 scholars interested in the study of the Arthurian realm in history, literature, art, film and popular culture; more than 300 libraries subscribe to its annual Bibliographical Bulletin.

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Learn about our major!

If you plan to major in French and would like to speak with the Undergraduate Officer about your interests, please contact Prof. Grossman at

Freed makes major gifts to French and Francophone Studies department

Award Winners

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A lifelong love of French culture and literature has led Marian Trygve Freed, of State College, to make two major gifts to support faculty and graduate students in the Department of French and Francophone Studies in Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts. Using an inheritance from her late father, Freed established the Marian Trygve Freed Early Career Professorship and the Marian Trygve Freed Centennial Graduate Endowment, both in the Department of French and Francophone Studies.

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Congratulations to Department of French and Francophone Studies 2014 Award Winners!

Award Winners

The Dept. of French and Francophone Studies is delighted to congratulate instructor Solange Garnier-Fox (left) and students Andrew Stafford (middle) and Sophia Fortune (Khadraoui-right) for their respective recent awards. Solange Garnier-Fox has been awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award for Non-Tenure Line Faculty by the College of the Liberal Arts. Andrew Stafford has been awarded the Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award, a competitive university-wide teaching prize for outstanding teaching that is jointly sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education. Sophia Khadraoui has been awarded a prestigious Graduate Research Award, the Alumni Association Dissertation Award, which is given by the Penn State Alumni Association. This award is considered to be among the most prestigious available to Penn State graduate students and recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishment. Toutes nos félicitations!


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