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French faculty member, Tracy Sharpley-Whiting, wins SEC Faculty Achievement Award

Apr. 27, 2020—Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting, the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and French, is Vanderbilt’s winner of the 2020 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award. The awards, now in their ninth year, recognize faculty members from each of the 14 Southeastern Conference universities who have excelled in teaching—particularly at the undergraduate level—and research....

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CENSORED: Controversial Art in Modern and Contemporary French Culture – Film & Speaker Series – Spring 2020

Jan. 9, 2020—FRENCH MOVIES / ENGLISH SUBTITLES / REFRESHMENTS SERVED Vanderbilt University Spring 2020 January, Monday 27 Authors’ Room, Central Library, 5:30 pm: Andrea Mirabile on Louis Malle’s Les Amants February, Tuesday 11 Authors’ Room, Central Library, 5:30 pm: Anthony Contreras on Jean-Luc Godard’s Une Femme mariée February, Friday 21, Authors’ Room, Central Library, 5:30 pm: Meghan...

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The French Department is co-sponsoring “Au cœur de Mai 68,” a traveling exhibition of 43 previously unpublished photos of the 1968 Paris protests

Jul. 19, 2018— “Au cœur de Mai 68,” an exhibition of photos  by Philippe Gras and a film by Dominique Beaux Vanderbilt University Law School lower level April 30 – November 16, 2018 Vanderbilt is hosting an exhibition on the May ’68 French student and labor protests featuring 43 previously unpublished images taken by acclaimed photographer Philippe Gras....

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Jul. 28, 2011—Welcome to the Department of French & Italian. We offer a lively program of study that reflects the University’s commitment to excellence in interdisciplinary research and teaching at all levels. Our diverse faculty includes scholars whose work explores the intersections of race, gender, law, and religion. More than 300 students study French and Italian at...

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