Quai d'Orsay (The French Minister)
by Bernard Tavernier
Tuesday, Sept. 23th
Wednesday, September 24th
Alexandre Taillard de Worms is tall and impressive diplomat, a man with style, attractive to women who is a force to be reckoned with, waging his own war backed up by the holy trinity of diplomatic concepts: legitimacy, lucidity and efficacy. He takes on American neo-cons, corrupt Russians and money-grabbing Chinese. Enter the young Arthur Vlaminck, graduate of the elite National School of Administration, who is hired as head of speech writing at the foreign ministry. Vlaminck also has to learn to deal with the sensibilities of his boss and his entourage, and find his way between the private secretary and the special advisers who stalk the corridors of the Quai d'Orsay - the ministry's home - where stress, ambition and dirty dealing are the daily currency. But just as he thinks he can influence the fate of the world, everything is threatened by the inertia of the technocrats.
Table Ronde Speaker Series
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Freed makes major gifts to French and Francophone Studies department
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.Continue Reading
Congratulations to Department of French and Francophone Studies 2014 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!