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  • Tune in Friday April 6, 2018 at 11am to Siena's radio station, WVCR 88.3 FM when LLC's chair, Dr. Cynthia Fox, Dr. Janet Schideler (Siena professor of modern language who is leading a Franco-American historical preservation project partially funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities), and Franco-American singer-songwriter Josée Vachon will be interviewed about the upcoming June 24 event celebrating French Canadian heritage.
  • Print, paint, publish: designing a database for early Renaissance books.  Presentation by Louis-Gabriel Bonicoli, PhD Art History (Université Paris Nanterre) & Mary Beth Winn, Research Professor emerita, French Studies. April 11, 2018 4-5pm in Humanities 354. The talk will preview Professor Winn's new UAlbany online database of 300+ medieval editions of early French publisher Anthoine Verard.
  • Come converse in French at La Pause café Thursdays 3-4pm *NOTE TIME CHANGE!* upcoming dates: 4/12 & 4/26 in the Campus Center East Addition near Jazzman's Cafe. Everyone's welcome! For more information contact:
  • The Portuguese Language Club presents: Game Night. April 12, 2018 at 7:00pm in Humanities 354.  Free entry & prizes! Free pizza and beverages. Come and join us! Contact:
  • The Olympiada of Spoken Russian competition will take place April 25, 2018 in UAlbany's Campus Center. More details will be provided to participating schools. Contact Professor Timothy Sergay if questions.
  • On May 4, 2018 1-2pm please join LLC and Professor Carmen Serrano in welcoming Gerald Torres, Professor, Cornell Law School speaking on: "Social Movements and Durable Legal Change" Friday 1:30pm in Earth Sciences 254, sponsored by a Diversity Transformation Fund grant.
  • June 24, 2018: Je me souviens... I remember:  presenting and preserving the heritage of upstate New York’s franco-american communities. Community members are asked to share their heritage as descendants of French Canadians who made upstate New York their home. 12–3PM-digitization stations open, 1–2:30PM-lecture by Professor Cynthia Fox at Harmony Mills Lofts, 100 North Mohawk St., Cohoes.
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  • Congratulations to one of our former French graduate students, Genevieve Fortin, on her newly released book, "Water's Edge," a historical romance that had its roots in Fortin's research with Professor Cynthia Fox in her Franco-American project.
  • Congratulations to Benjamin Mielenz, Spanish grad student and TA, who received awards from the UAlbany Graduate Student Association and the Spanish National Honorary Society Sigma Delta Pi Graduate Research Grant Award, which is particularly competitive at the national level. The awards will help pay for his fieldwork in Spain where he plans to study variation in hypothetical constructions in the city of Astorga.
  • Congratulations to Professor Alejandra Aguilar for being awarded a fellowship to participate in the 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer institute on "Women's Suffrage in the Americas." 
  • Congratulations to Spanish major Thania Rodas (also majoring in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity and minoring in Criminal Justice) for securing an internship with the Office of the Attorney General, Eric T. Schneiderman. She will acquire industry related skills, while that office will benefit from her advanced language and intercultural skills.
  • The French Program held its first French Dictée March 3, 2018. Congratulations to our five dictation competition winners: Hieu Feldman-FRE101, Akua Sarpong-FRE102, Ciara Cullen-200 level, Pamela Dolcine-300 level, and Camille Mbotchawo-Francophone level!
  • Congratulations to our own Dr. Karina Walker who just accepted an Assistant Professor of Spanish position at Hartwick College to start this fall!
  • Spanish major Dayleen Santana Rodriguez broke her own school record and Puerto Rico record in the 60 meters on Jan. 12 at the Great Dane Classic held on Staten Island. A senior from Puerto Rico, she talks about what it was like to run so fast with her family in the stands.
  • Russian Professor Timothy Sergay was interviewed by BBC World Service Arts and Culture about 20th-century Russian singer-songwriter Vladimir Vysotsky honoring what would have been Vysotsky’s 80th birthday, 1/25/18.  Discussion focused on the difficulties of overcoming the language barrier when it comes to a profound foreign appreciation of Russia’s nationally significant and beloved poets.  Read the text in Russian here
  • Visit our current newsletter for the all latest happenings in LLC!
  • It is with heartfelt sadness that LLC shares the death of Italian Emeritus Professor Giose G. Rimanelli (obituary).
  • See fliers for new courses coming in spring, linked above right. LLC's course offerings and descriptions are online. Not in a degree program? No problem--you can enroll "non-degree" through the Office of General Studies (high school seniors who excel in their coursework are also eligible). Featured courses are linked at the right. Spring 2018 course schedules will be available in September.
  • Congratulations to our newest French PhD graduate, Dr. Komla Amegashie, who successfully defended 11/29/17!
  • Congratulations to our newest French PhD graduate, Dr. Evens Domond, who successfully defended 11/10/17!

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