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Romance and Classical Studies

ROMANCE AND CLASSICAL STUDIES

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Welcome to Romance and Classical Studies at Michigan State University! Our department fosters knowledge of the human experience as expressed historically and globally in the Romance and Classical languages. Together, students and faculty study French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish and the cultures throughout the world where they are spoken and written, as well as the classical languages and cultural heritage of Greece and Rome. We enable students to become proficient in these languages, literatures and cultures, and to think critically about their world.

Our department offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in French and Spanish; undergraduate minors in French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and in Classical and Ancient Mediterranean Studies; and Teacher Certifications in French, Italian, Latin and Spanish. Graduate study leads to Master of Arts degrees in French Studies, Hispanic Literatures and Spanish as a Second or Bilingual Language, as well as to Doctoral degrees in French Studies and Hispanic Cultural Studies. Our students develop and apply their knowledge and skills through the extracurricular activities and study abroad opportunities in Europe and Latin America.

 Vision Statement

As part of its vision, Romance and Classical Studies aims to become recognized as a national leader in innovative research and teaching while preserving the values of the core curriculum. To this end, we will:

  1. Advance and disseminate linguistic, literary, and cultural research on Ancient Greece and Rome and the Romance world, their complex legacies and transnational ramifications. The range of this research addresses the diversity of human experience by considering the individual and social issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and geopolitical identity, as expressed in language and culture.
  2. Form engaged citizens who participate critically in local and global communities and who navigate the world's ever-changing dynamics by furthering students' cultural understanding through broad and rigorous curricular initiatives.
  3. Create collaborative initiatives that not only generate digital cultural products but also critically examine such products.
  4. Strengthen pedagogical and research connections between our undergraduate and graduate programs within and across disciplines.

  


 NEWS

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    Congratulations to Valentina Denzel, Assistant Professor of French, recipient of the College of Arts and Letters 2016 Alumni Award for Innovation and Leadership in Teaching and Learning.  Created by the College Alumni Association, this award recognizes excellence among faculty who have served the college between 3 and 10 years. Professor Denzel has set a new standard for engaged teaching, both for students and for community partners.  More information: http://www.cal.msu.edu/facultyalumniawards/

 

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A new edition of a novel first published in 1826 about the slave revolt that began in 1791 and led to the Haitian Republic, founded in 1804. Edition by French Professor, Marshall Olds and PhD student in French, Language & Literature, Sarah Mecheneau.

Please see the attached article for more information.

 

 

  • deanaward2.JPGCongratulations to Leann Dalimonte, RCS Graduate Secretary, recipient of the College of Arts and Letters 2016 Rising Star Award. This award recognizes non-academic support staff members who have worked for the College for one to three years and have shown promise early in their CAL careers with a potential for growth and advancement. It honors those staff members who have exhibited exemplary dedication to the mission of the College and MSU.
  • babana.JPGLeading a team of faculty, students, community and international collaborators at MSU, IU, UM, and France, project Principal Investigator Safoi Babana-Hampton was selected in 2016, as a 2nd time recipient of the Humanities Without Walls 2nd round of Global Midwest grants.  The Humanities Without Walls Consortium is based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  After the first documentary Hmong Memory at the Crossroads, the award will support the production of its sequel Growing Up Hmong at the Crossroads, a transnational film project, set in the United States, France, Thailand and Laos. 
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    Congratulations to Rocío Quispe-Agnoli, Professor of Spanish, recipient of the College of Arts and Letters 2016 Faculty Leadership Award. This award recognizes faculty who go beyond the routine tasks, are generous in sharing insights, and provide hard work and mentorship to others that creates excellence and vision in programs and departments.

More information: http://www.cal.msu.edu/facultyalumniawards/

 
 
 

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Congratulations to our latest PhDs who successfully defended their doctoral dissertations last August: Elizabeth White, PhD in French Language and Literature, "Subtitles and the Cultural Referent in Francophone Film," under the direction of Professor Marshall Olds. Alejandro González-Landeros, PhD in Hispanic Cultural Studies, “Estrellas, medios y relatos de futbol en México (1941-2001)”  under the direction of Professor María Mudrovcic. In addition, Alejandro starts as an Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Central Arkansas this fall.

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Congratulations to our Graduate Students who were honored in the College of Arts and Letters Awards ceremony on May 5, 2016: Osvaldo Sandoval (Spanish Contributor Award), Lucie Lecocq-Aussignargues (Johannes Sachse Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in French), Dr. Douglas Noverr (Interim Chairperson); Sophie Brunau (Outstanding TA of French), Claudia Berríos-Campos (2016 CAL Varg Sullivan Award, and Johannes Sachse Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Spanish); Jonathan Montalvo (Outstanding TA in Spanish).


 

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    Events See all events

  • Guest Speaker: Professor Edward Paulino "Dividing Hispaniola: Bearing Witness...
    2016-09-22 16:00:00 2016-09-22 18:00:00 40 Guest Speaker: Professor Edward Paulino "Dividing Hispaniola: Bearing Witness to a 20th-Century Border Genocide Through the Archive and Performance"

    Professor Edward Paulino guest talk on 9/22 from 4-6p in B-310 Wells Hall:

    "Dividing Hispaniola: Bearing Witness to a 20th-Century Border Genocide Through the Archive and Performance."

    This talk will be an in-depth presentation of his published book and a discussion of current Haitian-Dominican relations.

    There is a first guest talk by Professor Paulino on 9/21 with the CLACS Undergraduate Specialization program.

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  • i-Narratives: Multicultural Perspectives on Telling the Self Round Table and ...
    2016-10-05 17:10:00 2016-10-05 19:00:00 40 i-Narratives: Multicultural Perspectives on Telling the Self Round Table and Discussion

    i-Narratives: Multicultural Perspectives on Telling the Self

    Round Table and Discussion

    Wednesday 5 October, 2016)

    5-7 PM, B106-Wells Hall

    This round table reflects on various kinds of self-narratives from multicultural perspectices (Arabic, French, Italian, Japanese Cultures and French Linguistics). To be inclusive of self-narratives of all times up to current writing practices and discursive expressions of the self in digital environments, we propose to use the term i-Narratives. Panelists will discuss their work with i-Narratives and the construction/deconstruction of self, a sense of self, its role in the construction of identity and its expressions, subjectivity, and narrative agency. Questions to be discussed may include but are not restricted to:

    · How have you approached the study of self-narratives or self-identities in our areas of study?

    · How do you consider the relationship among self-identity-subjectivity-agency?

    · How static or dynamic is the self in these texts that could be called i-Narratives or ego-documents?

    With the participation of:

    Ehsan Ahmed-French

    Joseph Francese-Italian

    Elizabeth Mittman-German

    Catherine Ryu-Japanese

    Camelia Suleiman-Arab

    Anne Violin-Wigent-French Linguistics

     

    Round table moderated by: Safoi Babana-Hampton (French) and Rocío Quispe-Agnoli (Spanish)

    ~This event is free and open to the public~

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  • 16th TROPOS Graduate Conference
    2016-10-21 11:00:00 2016-10-21 11:00:00 40 16th TROPOS Graduate Conference

    (all day):   The 16th TROPOS Graduate Conference: “Sickening Discourses: Bodies, Diseases, and Violence in the Romance World.”

    Keynote speakers: Jean Franco, Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature (Columbia U) and Adriana Gárriga-López, Professor of Anthropology and Performance (Kalamazoo College).

    Program coming soon.

    Free and open to the public.

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  • 16th TROPOS Graduate Conference
    2016-10-22 08:00:00 2016-10-22 17:00:00 40 16th TROPOS Graduate Conference

    (all day):   The 16th TROPOS Graduate Conference: “Sickening Discourses: Bodies, Diseases, and Violence in the Romance World.”

    Keynote speakers: Jean Franco, Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature (Columbia U) and Adriana Gárriga-López, Professor of Anthropology and Performance (Kalamazoo College).

    Program coming soon.

    Free and open to the public.

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  • Guest Speaker: Professor John P. Welle "Celebrity Stories: Theater and Early ...
    2016-11-04 16:00:00 2016-11-04 18:00:00 40 Guest Speaker: Professor John P. Welle "Celebrity Stories: Theater and Early Cinema in Italian Fiction"

    John P. Welle
    University of Notre Dame
    Celebrity Stories: Theater and Early Cinema in Italian Fiction

    Published in 1915, Luigi Pirandello’s novel Si gira... [Shoot...] set in
    the world of early cinema represents one of the highpoints in film
    discourse in the early twentieth century. While Pirandello's film novel has
    received widespread critical attention, other works of Italian fiction about
    early film have drawn scant attention from scholars. This talk analyzes
    narratives of stardom and celebrity in the years surrounding WWI that
    contribute to the emergence of a “literature” of early Italian cinema. It
    frames Pirandello's novel in relation to this body of writing, providing a
    portrait of Italian celebrity culture at the advent of fascism.

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