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  • March 18, 2009 - Italian Short Film Showcase
    Deborah A. Ferettino, 2009/02/12 16:52:09

    Italy's Young Talent: An Italian Short Film Showcase will be held on March 18, 2009 in White Hall 107, at 7:00 pm. Curated by Edward Bowen.


  • February 25, 2009 - Lecture by Lara Lomicka Anderson
    Deborah A. Ferettino, 2009/03/05 14:22:09

    There will be a lecture by Professor Lara Lomicka Anderson,U South Carolina, on Wednesday, February 25, 5:00 pm in the LINK Classroom 5, a reception will follow.


  • February 20, 2009 - Lecture by Julie Singer
    Deborah A. Ferettino, 2009/03/05 14:21:39

    Julie Singer, Assistant Professor of French at Washington University in St. Louis (and Duke alum, PhD '06) will be giving a lecture at Duke in February 20,2009 at 5:30 pm in 319 Social Sciences. Title - "Metonymy and Prosthesis."

    For more information see:

  • February 12, 2009 - Pascale Casanova Lecture
    Deborah A. Ferettino, 2009/02/12 16:50:56

    Pascale Casanova, Centre de Recherche sur les Arts et le Langage, Equipe Fonctions Imaginaires et Sociales des Arts et des Littératures, will lecture in Thursday, Feb 12 at 4:30 pm in Room 240, Franklin Humanities Center. The title of her lecture will be "Transation as a weapon: language, value and literary capital"


  • Spanish Language Program has moved to East Campus
    Deborah A. Ferettino, 2009/02/06 15:18:27

    On May 19, 2008, the Spanish Language Program moved from their existing headquarters in the Language Building to the Bell Tower site on East Campus. The move had been carefully planned throughout the 2007—2008 school year with the intent of providing more office space to all the Language Program, which had been crammed into the basements of Perkins and the Language Building up to this point.

    All of the Spanish Language instructors, Liliana Paredes, the Program Director, Pat McPherson, the Administrative Secretary, and Bonnie McManus, the Service Learning Coordinator, now occupy offices in the Bell Tower site. A “house-warming” party is planned for late August at the Bell Tower offices.  

  • Departmental Events and Photos
    Deborah A. Ferettino, 2009/02/12 16:14:25

    Please click the links below to enjoy photos and summaries from some of our departmental events!!

    East Campus "House-Warming" for the Spanish Language Program

    Fall Reception

    Retirement Party for Philip Stewart  

  • lecture by Justin Crumbaugh
    , 2008/11/10 11:52:13

    The Department of Romance Studies is proud to present a lecture by Justin Crumbaugh entitled The Power of Inauthenticity and the Rise of Spanish Neoconservatism: The “Spain Is Different” Tourism Campaign of 1964

    Friday, November 21, 2008
    4:00 pm
    305 Languages Building
    Reception to follow lecture

    Since Justin Crumbaugh received his doctorate from Emory University, he has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at Mount Holyoke College, where he is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Film Studies. His research focuses on Spanish public discourse of recent decades with a particular emphasis on tourism, political conflict and the tensions associated with Spain’s transition to a postindustrial society. His book, Destination Dictatorship: The Spectacle of Spain’s Tourist Boom and the Reinvention of Difference (SUNY Press 2009), examines the media frenzy surrounding the rise of mass tourism during the1960s as it relates to the Franco regime’s attempts to shore up power through modernization and “economic government.” Professor Crumbaugh’s most recent work connects the so-called Basque problem and the symbolization of the “victims of terrorism” to debates about historical memory of the Franco dictatorship.

    For more information, please contact the Department of Romance Studies at 919-660-3100  

  • November 10, 2008 - Lecture by Danny James
    , 2008/11/04 13:42:20

    The Department of Romance Studies is proud to present a lecture by Danny James called "Quemando el parquet": 'Cabecitas negras', urban legends and the construction of regional identity in an Argentine working class community

    Monday, November 10, 2008
    2:15 pm
    201 Flowers

    Reception to follow lecture. This lecture is free and open to the public.

    Daniel James was educated at Oxford University and received his doctorate from the London School of Economics. He was a Research Fellow at Cambridge University and from 1979 to 1982 taught sociology at the University of Brasilia. Since coming to the United States he has taught Latin American history at Yale University and Duke University until coming to Indiana in 1999 to take up the Bernardo Mendel Chair in Latin American History.

    His primary research interests have been in Argentina. Since first going to Argentina in 1972 he has spent frequent prolonged periods in Argentina. His principle interest has been in modern Argentine labor, social and cultural history. Much of the focus of his work has been on Peronism. His first book, Resistance and Integration: Peronism and the Argentine Working Class 1943 - 1976, was published by Cambridge University Press in 1988. Since the late 1980s he has been engaged in a long-term collaborative project with Professor Mirta Zaida Lobato of the University of Buenos Aires focused on the history of the meatpacking community of Berisso. A central part of this project has involved the collection of oral testimonies in the community.

    For more information please contact Cathy Knoop at 919-660-3102 or  

  • Life is a Dream (La vida es sueño)
    , 2008/11/10 11:47:06

    Life is a Dream

    Performance of Alejandra Juno's 21st century adaptation in English of Pedro Calderon de la Barca's La vida es sueño. Introduction by Luciano Garcia Lorenzo

    8:00 pm on Thursday, November 6, 2008, 209 E. Duke Theater

    For more information and to confirm your attendance, please contact David Baxter in the Department of Romance Studies at 919-660-3100


  • Lecture by Christopher Prendergast
    , 2008/10/29 14:18:24

    The Department of Romance Studies is proud to present a lecture by Christopher Prendergast

    Tuesday, October 28, 2008
    4:45 pm
    The Rare Book Room Perkins Library, West Campus
    Reception to Follow

    Professor Prendergast is a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge and a Professor Emeritus of the University of Cambridge. He has taught at Pembroke College, Oxford, and at Downing College, Cambridge. has been Distinguished Professor in French and Comparative Literature at the Graduate School in the City University of New York, and was a Fellow at the Danish Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities. He has held the title of Visiting Professor at UCLA, SUNY-Albany, the University of Cape Town, and the University of Copenhagen. He has been Visiting Fellow at Princeton University and the Remarque Institute of New York University.

    His numerous publications include Balzac: Fiction and Melodrama; The Order of Mimesis; Paris-Spectacle: Images de Paris dans la peinture au Musée d’Orsay; Writing the City: Paris and the Nineteenth Century; Napoleon and History Painting; The Triangle of Representation; and For the People, By the People? Eugène Sue’s ‘Les Mystères de Paris.’ Professor Prendergast has edited a number of important volumes on 19th and 20th century French literature, and was General Editor of the recent six-volume English translation of Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu [In Search of Lost Time] (Penguin, 2002).


    This lecture is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Cathy Knoop at 919-660-3102 or  

  • Lecture by Michael Noone
    , 2008/09/30 12:29:59

    Monday, October 6, 2008

    Michael Noone will give a lecture entitled Newly-discovered musical masterpieces from El Greco’s Toledo: from 16th-century illuminated manuscripts to 21st-century CD’s. The lecture will take place in Room 104, Biddle Music Building (East Campus) at 4:00 pm. Reception to follow.

    Musicologist and choral director at Boston College, Michael Noone has held teaching, research and performance posts at universities on four continents. His research focuses on early modern sacred music. He is the author of Music and Musicians in the Escorial Liturgy under theHabsburgs and El Códice 25 de la catedral de Toledo. Prof. Noone has recorded more than a dozen CDs, including award-winning recordings by the Ensemble Plus Ultra, which he co-founded specifically to perform Spanish music.

    This lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Music, the Department of Romance Studies, and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in relation to the Nasher Museum of Art’s exhibit, “El Greco to Velázquez: Art During the Reign of Philip III.” For more information, please contact Cathy Knoop (, 660-3102).


  • A Symposium: Image and Illusion in Early Modern Spain
    , 2008/09/30 12:29:32

    Thursday and Friday, October 2 and 3, 2008

    Keynote Speakers:

    William Egginton, Johns Hopkins U. “The Theater of Truth”

    Frederick De Armas, U. of Chicago. “Framing Francisco Ribalta: From Lope’s La viuda valenciana to the Rimas del licenciado Tomé Burguillos.”

    Margaret Greer, Duke University. “Honra es aquélla que consiste en otro: the reflected subject in Lope's Los comendadores de Cordoba.” 

    This event is free and open to the public.

    Sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies, the Nasher Museum of Art and Duke in Madrid and the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. For more information, please contact Cathy Knoop (, 660-3102)

    A Colloquium will close the event on Saturday, October 4, 2008 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon in the Breedlove Room at Perkins Library. The colloquium will be led by Prof. Frederick de Armas. Breakfast will be provided.

  • Lecture by Elizabeth Rhodes
    , 2008/09/30 12:28:16

    Wednesday, October 1, 2008

    Elizabeth Rhodes will give a lecture entitled "Inquisitions: Spain in the Pre-Modern Age." The lecture will take place from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the Breedlove Room of Perkins Library.

    Elizabeth Rhodes, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and an  award-winning teacher, adviser and mentor at Boston College, is a  specialist in early modern Spanish literature, particularly the  fields of theology and religious literature, and women's studies. She  recently lectured on the arts and the Inquisition at the Boston  Museum of Fine Arts in conjunction with the "El Greco - Velázquez"  exhibit.

    For more information, please contact Cathy Knoop at 660-3102 or cknoop@duke.ed.  This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies


  • Welcome to the 2008 - 2009 academic year!
    , 2008/08/27 10:01:23

    We'd like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new and returning students & faculty as we begin the 2008 - 2009 academic year.

    Stay tuned for our department newsletter, coming soon!  

  • "Masking and Unmasking": Romance Studies Graduate Student Conference
    , 2008/09/17 12:35:59

    Mark your calendars!

    The Annual Romance Studies Graduate Student Conference is coming up next weekend, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12-13 in the Women's Studies Parlors on East Campus. This year's conference is entitled "Masking and Unmasking."

    We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker, Trevor Burnard, 2008-2009 Fellow at the National Humanities Center and professor at the University of Warwick. His talk is entitled: "Intimate Strangers: The Multiple Masks of Slavery in Jamaica and Berbice, 1750-1823."

    We welcome all undergraduates, graduate students and faculty who wish to attend. 

    For more information, please go to


  • 2008 Commencement
    , 2008/09/19 15:25:34

    For photos and more information about our 2008 Commencement ceremony, please visit: [more]  

  • Robert J. Niess/Alexander Hull Award
    , 2008/08/25 16:04:04

    We are happy to announce Annalies Heinrichs has won the Robert J. Niess/Alexander Hull Award in French for excellence in the major. She recently defended her Honors Thesis, directed by Paol Keineg, “Kay Koule Tronpe soley, min li pa tronpé la pli En route vers l’assurance des soins de santé en Haïti” and received Highest Distinction.

    Please join us in congratulating Annalies!


  • Richard L. Predmore Award
    , 2008/08/25 16:03:58

    We are happy to announce Kathryn Husted Wooten is the 2008 recipient of the Richard L. Predmore Award in Spanish for excellence in the major. She will receive the award and gift at our commencement luncheon and diploma presentation on Sunday, May 11th.

    Please join us in congratulating Kathryn!!


  • Guido Mazzoni Award in Italian
    , 2008/08/25 16:03:51

    Brian Alberto Ovalle is the 2008 recipient of the Guido Mazzoni Award in Italian for excellence in the major. He will receive the award and gift at our commencement luncheon and diploma presentation on Sunday, May 11th.

    Please join us in congratulating Brian!!


  • March 27, 2008 - Jacques Revel: lecture and discussion
    , 2008/04/21 15:54:57

    The Department of Romance Studies along with the Center for French and Francophone Studies, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Center for European Studies, Duke Interdisciplinary Studies, Center for International Studies, Department of History, Program in Literature are proud to present??


    Jacques Revel


    Jacques Revel is a directeur d’études at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in ??Paris, where he also served as the school’s president. In addition, he is the Global Distinguished Professor of History and the Institute of

    French Studies at New York University.* He is known for his significant contributions to the Annales school and also, more recently, for the promotion of microhistory, Revel’s work focuses on social history, cultural forms and practices, and the Ancien Régime. In 2006, he published Un Parcours Critique

    (Galaade Editions). He is currently at work at on a project that examines the link between religious practices, political and philosophical critiques of religion, and historical thought.


    LECTURE: Religions, History and Society: A Debate around 1720

    Thursday, March 27

    5:30 pm (refreshments begin at 5:00 pm)

    Room 240, John Hope Franklin Center



    11:00 am—1:00 pm

    Location TBA

    Lunch provided, please RSVP to by March 17


    These events are free and open to the public


    For more information, please email Heather Mallory at


    *We are grateful to NYU for extending the conditions of Professor Revel’s visa to permit him to participate in these events at Duke.


  • March 17, 2008 - Christopher Miller discussing his new book
    , 2008/04/21 15:54:48

    The Department of Romance Studies and Atlantic Studies Present??


    Christopher Miller discussing his new book

    The French Atlantic Triangle: Literature and Culture of the Slave Trade


    March 17-19, 2008


    Miller’s visit will involve three events:



    Tuesday March 18th at 6:00 p.m.

    Breedlove Room, Perkins Library



    Monday, March 17th, 4:25-7:25 in 305 Languages

    Wednesday, March 19th, 4:25-7:25 in Breedlove Room, Perkins Library


    PLEASE NOTE: Participants in the seminar are expected to have read the book in advance. Copies are available at the Gothic Bookstore. Please register for the seminar by writing to Laurent Dubois at


  • Job talks for modern French search
    , 2008/03/12 13:12:16

    The job talks for our modern French search will be taking place during the month of February.

    If you would like to be added to the announcement listserv, please contact Cathy Knoop at



  • February 21, 2008 - Lecture by Daniel Heller-Roazen
    , 2008/03/12 13:12:32

    The Department of Romance Studies is proud to co-sponser, along with the Duke Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, a lecture by Daniel Heller-Roazen Professor of Comparative Literature, Princeton University, Before the Disciplines Formations of Knowledge before Modernity Along Liquid Paths A Genealogy of Piracy

    The lecture will take place Thursday, February 21, 2008, 3:30 p.m. Old Trinity Room, West Union Building


  • Lecture by Priska Degras
    , 2008/03/12 13:12:25

    The Department of Romance Studies presents a lecture by Priska Degras Maître de Conférences, Langue et Littérature françaises Université Paul Cézanne (Aix-Marseille III)

    Noms d’esclaves, noms de citoyens : le patronyme comme métaphore de l’Histoire dans le «Roman des Amériques»

    Noon, Tuesday, February 19th, 305 Languages Building, (A light lunch will be served), Contact for more details


  • February 07, 2008 - Lecture by Spanish Medievalist
    , 2008/02/08 11:27:17

    The Department of Romance Studies is proud to present a lecture by Emilie Picherot entitled A page of tolerance in a world in chaos: the moriscos' voice in its historical and literary context

    The lecture will take place at 1:00 pm Thursday, February 7, 2008 (329 Soc Psych).  Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to

    Emilie Picherot is an advanced PhD student at the University of Paris IV (Sorbonne) studying comparative literature (Spanish, Arabic and French) about Moriscos' participation to the elaboration of their stereotyped image in Spanish and French literature (16th-17th centuries). Her thesis, “The Arab heritage of lovesongs viejos” in progress under the direction of Mr. Lecercle.

    Picherot entered the "Ecole Normale Supérieure" (Ulm, classique) in 1998 with classic Spanish literature as a specialty. She holds a Bachelor of French literature (licence de lettres modernes) (1999); Spanish literature, language and civilization (licence d'espagnol) (1999); and classic Arabic literature, language and civilization (licence d'arabe classique) (2006). She currently teaches comparative literature at Paris-Sorbonne and is working on a "francophone" literature program.


  • Romance Studies Professor marks 9/11
    , 2008/02/08 11:27:03

    An article by Professor Helen Solterer (French Studies) appeared in Duke News to commemorate 9/11 (originally appeared in InsideHigherEd):

    "Teaching Free Speech in Time of War"


  • Romance Studies Professor appears in "The Chronicle of Higher Education"
    , 2008/02/08 11:26:57

    Professor Alice Kaplan's "A Scholar's ??Paris," appears in the September 14th issue of "The Chronicle of Higher Education."

    To view this article, please stop by our office in 205 Languages or email your request for a PDF version to



  • Job Opening
    , 2008/01/08 11:33:17

    Modern French Studies. Open rank. We seek a scholar whose work extends the boundaries of the literary field in one or more of the following ways: by working across geographical regions and / or linguistic boundaries, using interdisciplinary approaches; engaging with questions of empire and race, immigration and exile, or gender and sexuality. Distinguished record of publication and teaching commensurate with rank. Applications received by November 15, 2008 will be guaranteed consideration.  Junior candidates should send CV, recommendations, transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, sample teaching evaluations to: Chair, Department of Romance Studies, 205 Language Center, Box 90257, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0257. Senior candidates should send CV, the names of up to three references, transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, sample teaching evaluations to: Chair, Department of Romance Studies, 205 Language Center, Box 90257, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0257. Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  

  • Panel Discussion by Prof. Toril Moi
    , 2007/10/08 16:44:27

    Please join us for a panel discussion of Henrik Ibsen & the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy - by - Toril Moi, James B. Duke Professor of Literature & Romance Studies, Duke University

    Thursday, October 25, 2007 4:30 PM Rare Book Room, Perkins Library, West Campus

    Panelists: Sarah Beckwith Marcello Lotti Professor of English and Professor of Religion and Theater Studies, Duke University

    Frederic Jameson William A. Lane Professor of Comparative Literature and Romance Studies, Duke University

    Martin Puchner H. Gordon Garbedian Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

    Questions? See additional information below or e-mail

    ** Companion Screenings: 2 Film Adaptations of the Ibsen Play An Enemy of the People **

    Monday, October 22, 8 PM, Griffith Theater An Enemy of the People (En Folkefiende) (dir. Erik Skjoldbjærg, 2005, 90 min, Norway, Norwegian with English subtitles, Color, 35mm) * Presented with the Film/Digital/Video Program

    Tuesday, October 23, 8 PM, Griffith Theater Ganashatru (An Enemy of the People) (dir. Satyajit Ray, 1989, 102 min, India, Bengali with English subtitles, Color, DVD) * Presented with the Film/Digital/Video Program and the NC Center for South Asian Studies

    For more information, please visit:

    About the Featured Author & Book: Toril Moi is James B. Duke Professor of Literature and Romance Studies at Duke University. Her central research and teaching interest is in feminist theory and women’s writing. She has also worked extensively in literary theory and aesthetics broadly defined, and in 19th- and 20th-century European literature. She is particularly interested in questions arising in areas where literature and philosophy overlap. Her books include Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory (1985; 2nd edition 2002), Simone de Beauvoir: The Making of an Intellectual Woman (1994); and What Is a Woman? And Other Essays (1999), republished in a shorter version as Sex, Gender and the Body (2005). She is the editor of The Kristeva Reader (1986), and of French Feminist Thought (1987).

    Her most recent book, Henrik Ibsen and the Birth of Modernism: Art, Theater, Philosophy, was published by Oxford University Press in September 2006. Ibsens modernisme, the Norwegian translation by Agnete Øye, was published by Pax Forlag in Oslo in May 2006. The book reconsiders the work of Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906). In spite of his unquestioned status as a classic of the stage, Ibsen is often dismissed as a boring realist, whose plays are of interest only because they remain the gateway to modern theater. Toril Moi makes a powerful case not just for Ibsen's modernity, but also for his modernism. The book situates Ibsen in his cultural context, emphasizes his position as a Norwegian in European culture, and shows how important painting and other visual arts were for his aesthetic education. The book rewrites literary history, reminding modern readers that idealism was the dominant aesthetic paradigm of the nineteenth century. Modernism was born in the ruins of idealism, Moi argues, thus challenging traditional theories of the opposition between realism and modernism. This radical new account places Ibsen in his rightful place alongside Baudelaire, Flaubert and Manet as a founder of European modernism.


  • Poetry Reading by Manuel Vilas
    , 2007/10/25 15:26:24

    On Wednesday, October 24, Manuel Vilas, one of Spain's best contemporary poets, will read poems from his book "Resurrección" (2005), a book which won the 15th annual "Jaime Gil de Biedma" International Poetry Prize, and was published by one of Spain's best poetry presses, Visor. Manuel Vilas is also the author of several other books of poetry ("El rumor de las llamas" (1990), "El mal gobierno" (1993), "Las arenas de Libia" (1998), and "El Cielo" (2000). He is also the author of a novel ("Magia", 2004), a book of literary articles, a book of short stories ("Zeta" 2002). He has edited an anthology of the latest Spanish poetry, "Los chicos están bien" (2007). His work has been translated into French, Italian, Portuguese, and German. Manuel is also an enthusiastic reader of American literature, so it will be wonderful to have him dialogue with our local group of poets.

    For those who do not know Spanish, Joaquín Bueno is preparing an English rendering of the poems Manuel will be reading. Manuel's reading, sponsored by the Duke in Madrid Program of the Department of Romance Studies, will take place in the LGBT Center, in 02 West Union Building. It will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception.

    5:45 Wine and cheese reception.

    6:15 Introduction by Marcos Canteli Reading by Manuel Vilas from "Resurrección"


  • Gary Wilder discussion and lecture, 10/22 and 10/23
    , 2007/10/25 15:26:12

    A lecture by Gary Wilder, Pomona College

    Emancipating Futures Past: Aimé Césaire, Strategic Utopia, and the Political Untimely

    Tuesday, OCTOBER 23, NOON, Breedlove Room (204 Perkins)

    (Lunch will be provided)

    In his talk, Wilder will outline his reading of Negritude as a critical theory and then discuss Aimé Césaire's postwar projects for decolonization without national independence. The talk is drawn from a new book project on Negritude, decolonization, and utopia, provisionally entitled Freedom Time.


    On Monday, October 22nd, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. in 305 Languages, there will also be an informal discussion with Gary Wilder about his book The French Imperial Nation-State: Negritude and Colonial Humanism between the Two World Wars (University of Chicago Press, 2005). All students and faculty are welcome. Gary Wilder is an Associate Professor of History at Pomona College. He was recently awarded a Mellon New Directions Fellowship, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School.

    For more information contact Laurent Dubois (

    Sponsors: Romance Studies and History, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, African-American Studies, and Global Studies


  • October 22, 2007 - Lecture by Antonio Vitti, 10/22 at 1:15 pm
    , 2007/10/23 10:32:38

    Professor Antonio Vitti will give a lecture entitled "From Neorealism to Americanism: Cinematic Transformation and Social Change Seen through Lenses."

    Vitti has written extensively on De Santis. In English, he wrote "Giuseppe De Santis and postwar Italian cinema"; and he has recently edited a collection of interviews and commentaries on de Santis--"Giuseppe de Santis secondo se stesso".

    The event will take place on October 22, at 1:15 in room 305 of the Languages Building.

    For more information, please contact Professor Roberto Dainotto,


  • October 03, 2007 - Lecture by Helene Merlin
    , 2007/10/08 16:44:15

    Helene Merlin, Professor of 17th Century Literature at the Universite Paris III, currently a Visiting Professor at Rutgers University, will be giving a lecture on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 at 4:25 pm as part of Professor Michele Longino's "The 17th Century & the Law of Genre" seminar.  Title TBA.

    This lecture is open to the public and is sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies and the Center for French and Francophone Studies.


  • Lecture by Professor Deb Reisinger
    , 2007/09/24 11:58:58

    Professor Deb Reisinger, Duke University, will give a lecture entitled Violence and the Media: French response to the Succo affaire.

    Friday, September 21, 2007
    4th Floor Seminar Rm, FedEx Global Education Center
    UNC Chapel Hill

    On May 15, 1986, 24 year-old Roberto Succo escaped from the Italian psychiatric hospital where he had been confined since murdering his parents five years earlier, and embarked on a crime spree that spanned Western Europe and lasted for 18 months. Succo's crimes not only instilled terror in the French public but also inspired artistic and journalistic reenactments of his life, most notably Bernard-Marie Koltès' play, Roberto Zucco, and Cedric Kahn's film of the same name.

    It is this provocative intersection of crime and art, of sensationalism and journalism, of media and politics that Reisinger will investigate in her exploration of France's complex relationship to violent crime.

    Professor Reisinger is Visiting Assistant Professor of French at Duke University and the author of Crime and Media in Contemporary France (Purdue, 2007).


  • Congratulations to all of our 2007 Graduates!
    , 2007/10/08 16:45:17

    (pictures from the Romance Studies ceremony and reception will be posted soon!)  

  • New book by Romance Studies French Instructor !
    , 2007/05/17 15:19:37

    Congratulations to Dr. Deborah Reisinger!

    Please join us in congratulating our colleague Dr. Deborah Reisinger, Assistant Director of the French Language Program, on the publication of her first book, Crime and Media in Contemporary France.

    In the book, available from Purdue University Press, Reisinger examines contemporary French society's relationship with violence in an era of increased media dominance. The study's innovative and interdisciplinary approach integrates media, cinema, and literary studies to analyze how crime news (faits divers) functions as a site of discursive struggle.   Reisinger focuses on the sensational Paulin and Succo affairs that became mobile signifiers about crime, insecurity, and the Other in France in the 1980s.

    By situating these crime stories in a larger historical and political context, she analyzes how media and politicians use the crime story as a tool for upholding dominant ideology. Yet, rather than conclude that the crime story has become an absolute banality, as Jean Baudrillard has maintained, Reisinger shows how these crime stories attest to the public's renewed fascination with violence. Her analysis of the artistic rewritings of these stories reveal alternative, complex readings of the fait divers that effectively subvert the media's sensationalized discourse on crime. Through an analysis of the complex processes of production, reception, and re-articulation that contribute to the representation of crime, the study concludes that the fait divers is an important place of social and political resistance for readers and artists alike in contemporary France.

    Deborah Reisinger received her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Twentieth-century French Literature and Cultural Studies. She has published articles on contemporary culture and the pedagogical applications of technology. Her current research examines the criminalization of popular culture. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University in North Carolina.


  • New French class offered
    , 2007/05/17 15:19:21

    FRENCH 111S FOR FALL 2007

    The very first flapper girl, a pre-pop icon more daring than Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Madonna together, dancing more seductively than Shakira and J.Lo, Salomé embodies the essence of the femme fatale. Her dance of the seven veils fascinates men to such an extent that it literally makes their heads spin (and John the Baptist ends up beheaded by it!). 

    Beyond the typical representation of it in American movies, what exactly is a femme fatale?  And why did this particular feminine icon named Salomé blossom in 19th-Century ??France? The purpose of this course is to question the role and place of women in the 19th-Century French literature and culture by focusing on the myth of Salomé.

    All readings, discussions and writings will be in French ; no previous knowledge of 19th-Century literature required. Open only to Freshmen and Sophomores.

    For more information, contact Virginie Pouzet-Duzer at


  • Lecture by Margaret Rosenthal (USC)
    , 2007/03/01 14:01:34

    On February 26, 2007 at 4:30 pm, Margaret Rosenthal (USC) will give a lecture in the Old Trinity Room, West Union Building.  The lecture is entitled "A Merchant Fashion: Venetian Clothing Customs and Commercial Markets in Cesare Vecellio's Habiti antichi et diversi (1590)"

    You may contact Professor Valeria Finucci ( for more details.


  • February 22, 2007 - lecture by Ryan Szpiech
    , 2007/02/28 10:28:15

    Ryan Szpiech will be giving a lecture on Thursday, February 22, 2007 at 3:00 pm entitled "Authorizing Apostasy: Polemic as Narrative in Medieval Iberia." This lecture will take place in 329 Soc Psych.

    This lecture is sponsored by Duke in Madrid. If you have questions, please contact

    Ryan Szpiech is Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Beloit College.


  • Romancing the Humanities: New Theories for Romance Studies
    , 2007/02/22 09:24:38

    The main goal of this series is to imagine ourselves and our work, how we both encompass but also move beyond the national languages, literatures, and cultures that have been the foundations of Departments like ours. We seek to think about our contributions to the Humanities at large, as well as the role and function of the Humanities in U.S. Universities today.

    The first workshop, entitled Our North is the South took place on November 10 and 11, 2006, and included Beatriz Jaguaribe (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), Ileana Rodriguez, (Ohio State University), and Javier Sanjines (University of Michigan).  This workshop focused on current issues in three different regions of South America: the Andes, Central America and Brazil. Issues addressed included research and debates on global issues from the perspective of the receiving end (e.g., South America and the Caribbean), alternative modernities, and the force and visibility of Indian nations in the Andes, particularly in Bolivia and Ecuador.

    The second workshop, entitled Latin/a/a/ America Inside/out, took place on January 19-20, 2007, and included Jose Buscaglia (University of Buffalo), Claire F. Fox (University of Iowa), and Richard Rosa (University of California at Berkeley).  In this workshop we explored the radical changes that Latino/a in the US and Indigenous people and Afro-Latins in South America are introducing in the production and circulation of knowledge. “Latin/o/a America Inside/Out” a possible metaphor to express what we have in mind, explores the signifying labor performed by categories like sex-gender, class, sexuality and race in the Americas as heard in the ubiquitous claims made nowadays regarding the inevitable cultural, social, economic, and temporal transformations we are calling the “Latinization of the United States.”

    The third workshop, entitled Caribbean Movements/Latin American Spaces, will take place on February 16-17, 2007, and will bring together Licia Fiol-Matta (Lehman College, CUNY), Agnes Lugo-Ortiz (University of Chicago), and Jose Quiroga (Emory University), all of whom are doing innovative theoretical work on culture and politics by rethinking the framework and operation of race, gender, and sexuality, and who do this work by focusing on the Caribbean. Again, the conceptual map of the Caribbean is changing as it expands to include a "Caribbean" found not only in Cuba and Puerto Rico, but also in New York, Brazil, Colombia, and beyond. Work on the movement of people, musics, visual cultures, and vernacular poetics of all kinds is revealing the contours of this Caribbean space.

    For more information, please contact


  • April 16, 2006 - Lecture by Robert Bonfil
    , 2007/02/14 09:40:15

    This will take place at 4:30 pm at 0012 Westbrook.

    More information to come, or contact Professor Valeria Finucci (


  • Workshop by Robert Bonfil for faculty and graduate students
    , 2007/02/14 09:40:07

    This workshop will take place on April 17, 2007 at 5:00 pm in the Breedlove Room of Perkins Library.

    More details will follow, or you may contact Professor Valeria Finucci (


  • February 02, 2007 - Lecture by Anjali Prabhu
    , 2007/02/12 11:10:09

    A lecture by Professor Anjali Prabhu will take place Friday, February 2, 2007 in the Breedlove Room of Perkins Library. The lecture, entitled "Hybridity: Limits, Transformations, Prospects" will begin at 5:00 pm and a reception will follow.

    This event is sponsored by: The Department of Romance Studies Lectures Committee and Duke in France.  For more information, please contact

    Anjali Prabhu specializes in Francophone studies and theoretical issues in literature, culture, and postcolonial studies. Her first book, entitled, Hybridity: Limits, Transformations, Prospects, is forthcoming in the SUNY series in Postcolonial Thought (March 2007). The book includes account of the creole islands of Mauritius and La Réunion (Indian Ocean). It also includes discussion of postcolonial theory and thinkers such as Frantz Fanon and Edouard Glissant. Her published work includes articles and essays on theory and on the literature and culture of North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and the Indian Ocean. Recently accepted peer-reviewed articles on Frantz Fanon and Edouard Glissant are to appear in Research in African Literatures and Diacritics, respectively. Anjali Prabhu is currently working on a book project on African cinema and will be on leave in Spring 2007. In the French Department, Professor Prabhu teaches different courses in Francophone and postcolonial studies that draw upon the work described above. Other courses she offers are French Literature and Culture from the Eighteenth-Century to the Present, Advanced Studies in Language, and Intermediate French.


  • January 29, 2007 - Job talk by Ileana Rodriguez
    , 2007/02/12 11:10:01

    Ileana Rodriguez (Distinguished Professor, Ohio State University) will be giving a job talk entitled "Outside/Within Conceptual Frames and Overlapping Disciplinary Borders" on Monday, January 29, 2007 at 7:00 pm in 305 Languages.

    Please contact for more information.


  • Lecture by Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier
    , 2007/01/25 16:08:21

    Ana Maria Ochoa Gautier (Associate Professor, NYU) will be giving a lecture entitled "Circulation of sound and the changing nature of the musical "text" in Colombia" on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 1:00 pm in 329 Soc Psych.

    Lunch will be provided. If you would like more details, please contact


  • French 76 Student Film Festival
    , 2006/12/08 14:27:08

    Duke Students Win French Film Contest with "Horrible Life"

    You can access the story at



  • New novel by Romance Studies French Instructor
    , 2006/12/06 12:32:51

    Please join me and her colleagues in the French Language Program in congratulating Laura Florand on the publication of her novel Blame it on Paris, which is to appear officially Tuesday, October 3, 2006.

    Laura will be reading and signing books at the Regulator Bookshop on Oct. 16 at 7 PM, and at Barnes & Nobles (New Hope Commons) on October 26 and 7 PM.

    The French Language Program is proud to announce the release of Laura Florand's first book, Blame It on Paris, a comic account of the meeting of two cultures. Publishers' Weekly describes Blame It on Paris as "a frothy French confection," and Booklist calls it "hilarious...a fun, frothy tale for anyone who has ever conjured up a dashing handsome foreigner to sweep her off her feet."



  • Congratulations Professor Mignolo!!
    , 2006/11/20 10:41:00

    Professor Walter Mignolo's book The Idea of Latin America has been named the winner of the 2006 Frantz Fanon Prize for Outstanding Work in or on the Caribbean Thought in the English Language, awarded by the Caribbean Philosophical Association.

    For more information about this award and Professor Mignolo's book, please click here


  • Congratulations Professor Linda Orr!!!
    , 2006/11/20 10:40:51

    Professor Linda Orr is one of 3 recipients of the 2006 Dean's Award for Excellence in Mentoring. Professor Orr will be receive a plaque and a $2000 prize at an invite-only reception on April 24, 2006. A public reception will be held in the Fall. To read more about this honor, please click here.  Congratulations again Professor Orr!!


  • Congratulations Class of 2006!!!
    , 2006/11/20 10:40:43

    We are very proud of our 2006 Romance Studies graduates! Click the link to view Romance Studies graduation pictures

    Professor Paol Keineg with Dr. Stephanie Lin, Dr. Mariana Past, and Dr. Julie Singer

    For more graduation pictures click here


  • Lecture by Ann Jefferson
    , 2006/11/20 10:39:05

    Ann Jefferson, Fellow of New College (Oxford) and Visiting Professor (Columbia University) will be giving a lecture entitled "Baudelaire as Biographer: from Edgar Allan Poe to Les Fleurs du mal" on Thursday, November 16, 2006 at 4:30 pm in the Breedlove Room of Perkins Library.

    This event is sponsored by Duke in France, The Department of Romance Studies Lectures Committee, the Department of English, and the Program in Literature.


  • Romancing the Humanities Part I: New Theories for Romance Studies
    , 2006/11/20 10:39:16

    November 10 and 11, 2006, LGBT Center and 305 Languages.  Workshops by Ileana Rodriguez (Ohio State University), Javier Sanjines (University of Michigan), and Beatriz Jaguaribe (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro).

    The first workshop of this series will focus on current issues in three different regions of South America: the Andes, Central America and Brazil. Issues to be addressed will include research and debates on global issues from the perspective of the receiving end (e.g., South America and the Caribbean), alternative modernities, and the force and visibility of Indian nations in the Andes, particularly in Bolivia and Ecuador.

    Please contact Cathy Knoop at 660-3102 or for itineraries and details.


  • A Lecture by Elizabeth Wright
    , 2006/11/09 11:58:49

    Elizabeth Wright, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Georgia, a specialist in Early Modern Spanish epic and drama (including early translations to Nahuatl) will lecture on "Erudition as Manumission: Juan Latino's Epic of Freedom" on November 6, 2006 at 1:00 PM. The lecture will take place in 305 Languages Building.

    A box lunch will be served.  Contact Cathy Knoop for more details at 660-3102 or



  • A Lecture by Maite Zubiaurre
    , 2006/11/09 11:58:38

    Maite Zubiaurre, Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of California in Los Angeles, will be lecturing on Wednesday, October 25, at 5:15 pm in the Breedlove Room of Perkins Library.

    Professor Zubiaurre's lecture is entitled: Sicalipsis: Visual Erotica and Sexual Theory in Early Twentieth Century Spain.

    This lecture is from her current book project, _Cultures of the Erotic in Spain, 1898-1939_. In it, she explores the explosion of popular literature and cultural products having to do with sexuality in the early decades of the twentieth century, an explosion repressed by Franco, and largely unexplored until today. Her lecture will give us an overview of the erotic novelettes, postcards, popular magazines on sexology, etc., and will address questions such as: why was the intellectual elite united in their condemnation of this literature on sexuality? Why was sex seen as something foreign and imported in Spain? How did the writings of Spain's own foremost sexologist, Gregorio Marañón, compare to those of his foreign counterparts? How was Freud received in Spain? and more... Professor Zubiaurre is also the author of a fascinating poetics of space in the realist novel, _El espacio en la novela realista_ (México: UNAM, 2000), which treats novels from Europe, Spain, and Latin America.

    Any questions? Write me at


  • iTunes U Making Impact at Duke
    , 2006/10/13 15:16:34

    95 students in French 76: Advanced Intermediate French took an oral exam using two new technologies that are enhancing the academic environment at Duke and a handful of other college campuses: the 5th generation (video) iPod and iTunes U.

    This story is being covered by Duke as well as internationally by the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES).  Click below for both stories:



  • Romance Studies Graduate Student Conference 2006-2007
    , 2006/10/03 10:12:39

    Our annual Romance Studies graduate student conference will be held this year on September 29th and 30th. It will be held at Rubenstein Hall 151 and 153 (Rubenstein Hall is part of the Terry Stanford School of Public Policy).

    This year's conference is entitled "Other Spaces." Participants include not only Duke students from Romance Studies, Art History, English, Political Science and Literature, but graduate students from six other universities across the country.

    If you would like more information, please contact a member of the organizing committee:

    Anne O'Neil-Henry (, Zach Erwin (, Kartina Amin ( and Beatriz Rodriguez-Balanta (


  • A lecture by Mark Poster
    , 2006/10/03 10:12:31

    Professor Mark Poster, Professor of Film & Media Studies, Comparative Literature, and History and Member of the Critical Theory Institute at The University of California, Irvine, will give a lecture on Thursday, September 28, 2006 at 5:00pm in 153 Rubenstein Hall, Sanford Institute. Refreshments will precede lecture at 4:30 pm.

    The title of the lecture is "Care of the Self in the Hyperreal" and will focus on TV reality shows and cosmetic surgery as informed by the work of Foucault and Baudrillard.

    During the last fifteen years he has become known as a national and international pioneer and specialist in the study of new media. Among his twelve books are Existential Marxism in Postwar France, Critical Theory and Poststructuralism, The Second Media Age, What’s the Matter with the Internet, and his new book “Information, Please”: Culture and Politics in the Age of Digital Machines (Duke University Press).

    Please contact with any questions.


  • Congratulations Phi Beta Kappa inductees!!!!
    , 2006/05/23 14:09:49

    Please join us in congratulating our Romance Studies Students who were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa on December, 2005.

    Lara Pomerantz, Spanish and Political Science major. 

    We're proud of you!


  • Lecture by Professor Silvana Patriarca
    , 2006/04/27 13:59:32

    Professor Silvana Patriarca will be giving a lecture entitled "Effeminate Italians and Manly Patriots: Rethinking Italian Nationalism" on Thursday, April 6, 2006 at 5:00pm in 326 Allen.

    Silvana Patriarca teaches modern European history at Fordham University and is currently a fellow at the National Humanities Center. She is the author of the award-winning book Numbers and Nationhood: Writing Statistics in Nineteenth-Century Italy (Cambridge UP). Her talk will be based on her research for the book she is currently completing entitled Italian Vices. The Discourse of National Character from the Risorgimento to the Present.


  • Lecture by Dr. Jutta Eming, Fachbereich Germanistik, Free University of Berlin
    , 2006/04/03 14:22:54

    Dr. Jutta Eming will be giving a lecture on Friday, April 7, 2006 at 5:00 pm in Languages Building, Room 305, entitled "Medievalism in American Theater: On Arena Stage's Productions of 'Passion Play: A Cycle' and 'Orpheus Descending'."

    Dr. Eming received her PhD and her Habilitation from the Free University of Berlin, where she is currently a professor of medieval German literature. She is a specialist in literary theory, gender studies,and theories of performativity, including the history of emotions, with a focus on medieval literature. Dr. Eming is currently writing a book on emotions and emotionality in the religious plays of the late Middle Ages. She is a partner in the collaborative research project, "Tristan und Isolde und die Gefühlskulturen des Mittelalters" [Tristan and Isolde and the Cultures of Emotion in the Middle Ages], which is funded in part through the Transcoop program of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

    For more information, please contact the German Department at 919 660-3160. Sponsored by the Dept. of Romance Studies, Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literature, and the Center of Medieval and Renaissance Studies


  • Lecture by Professor Heather James
    , 2006/04/03 14:19:37

    Professor Heather James will be giving a lecture entitled "Liberty and License: Ovid in the Renaissance" on Wednesday March 29, 2006 at 5:15 pm in 201 Flowers. A reception will follow.

    Heather James is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California. Her research interests include the literature and culture of the English Renaissance, Latin literature, Italian Renaissance literature and Classical Imitation. She studies the literary and institutional invention of Tudor and Stuart England and is the author of Shakespeare's Troy: Drama, Politics, and the Translation of Empire (Cambridge, 1997). The current talk is drawn from a project on parrhesia (free speech) in the Renaissance.

    This event is sponsored by the Department of Romance Studies, Duke in France, and the Department of English.


  • Lecture by Albert Ascoli
    , 2006/03/16 16:58:33

    Albert Ascoli, will be giving a lecture on Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at 5:00pm in 201 Flowers, entitled "What's in a Word? 'Fede' and its Doubles between Machiavelli and Luther."

    Albert Ascoli is Terrill Distringuished Professor of Italian at UC Berkeley.

    This event is sponsered by the Department of Romance Studies, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature, Department of Religion, and the Kenan Institute.


  • Lecture by Michel Jeanneret (Université de Genève)
    , 2006/02/21 08:39:25

    Breedlove Room, Friday, January 20, 2006 at 3:30pm Rêver l’auteur: Pourquoi les biographies d’écrivain ? 

    Michel Jeanneret has written several well-known books in 16th-century studies, including: La Lettre perdue : écriture et folie dans l’oeuvre de Nerval; Eros rebelle : littérature et dissidence à l’âge classique; Le Défi des signes : Rabelais et la crise de l’interprétation à la Renaissance; Des mets et des mots : banquets et propos de table à la Renaissance


  • Lecture by Marian Hobson (Cambridge University)
    , 2006/02/21 08:39:09

    Breedlove Room, Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 7:30pm ??

    Diderot: the (w)hole of history. The lecture discusses the limits to what we know about Diderot’s life and activity: what sort of investigations could in the future make the limits less severe? And it asks whether these limits are particular to Diderot or rather inherent to history.


    Marian Hobson is for her part a much-respected eighteenth-century scholar, author notably of The Object of Art : the theory of illusion in eighteenth-century France, but also a book on Derrida: Jacques Derrida : opening lines.


  • Duke University Celebrates 2005: The Year of Languages
    , 2006/01/06 11:37:27

    Under the guidance of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and its affiliated organizations, elementary, middle and secondary schools as well as colleges and universities will observe The Year of Languages with special cultural and literary events, competitions and distribution of informational materials promoting the value of language education. We invite you to review our calendar of events and the language resources to see how you may join in the celebration!  

  • Year of Languages
    , 2005/04/26 14:49:15

    This web site is designed to promote 2005: The Year of Languages at Duke University. 



  • Transatlantic Working Group Meeting
    , 2005/11/30 12:00:28

    Monday, November 21, 2005 at 7:00pm, Languages Building, Room 305. "Drawing the Trans-Atlantic Space: A Comparative Perspective"

    This year, we will focus our attention on the Atlantic Slave Trade. This week, we will explore theories of property prevalent in the XVI-XVIII centuries in order to advance our understanding of the figure of the slave in commercial, legal, and literary texts.

    The readings for the next meeting are:

    1. "Transformations of Value and the Production of Investment in the Early History of the English East India Company" by Valerie Forman.

    2. "John Locke, Natural Law and Colonialism" by Barbara Arneil.

    3. "Natural Law and the Theory of Property: Grotius to Hume" by Stephen Buckle.

    PLEASE email Beatriz ( to get the readings. Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there.


  • Lecture in Spanish by Carlos Jáuregui
    , 2005/11/16 13:07:44

    Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 5:00pm in the Breedlove Room, Perkins Library. Lecture is in Spanish and entitled “Apetitos coloniales, salvajes críticos y razón de imperio”

    Carlos Jáuregui es Assistant Professor, Literatura Latinoamericana y Antropología, Vanderbilt University. Su libro Canibalia obtuvo el premio Casa de las Américas 2005. Autor de Querella de los indios en las “Cortes de la Muerte” (1557) de Michael de Carvajal (México: UNAM, 2002) y co-editor con J. P. Dabove de Heterotropías: narrativas de identidad y alteridad latinoamericana (Pittsburgh: IILI, 2003).

    Esta presentación examina la cooptación imperial de los tratados de Fray Bartolomé de las Casas en la que será la definición de la Razón imperial del dominio ultramarino. Dicha razón imperial—en contradicción con las relecciones de Vitoria—coopta el alegato lascasiano así como sus tropología y geopolítica imperial. De ello es una muestra elocuente el retablo XIX de las Cortes de la Muerte (1557), suma dramático-alegórica de la formación moderna de la razón imperial y de las dudas morales y debates respecto de la conquista del Nuevo Mundo y la dominación de los indios.


  • ROMANCING THE HUMANITIES (2005-2006), Part I
    , 2005/11/14 10:23:43

    Friday, November 11, 2005, 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm in 305 Language Building. Arrivals, Visits, and Departures: What knowledges/understanding? Whose knowledges/understanding? For what?

    The workshop will be organized around three 15 minutes presentations by Jose Antonio Ramos Arteaga, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish Martin Eisner, Assistant Professor of Italian, Duke University Vincent Desroches, Visiting Assistant Professor of French and commentaries by Mariana Past, Graduate Student, Romance Studies, Duke University

    There will be plenty of time for the audience to join in the conversations initiated by the speakers, as well as refreshments to make the conversation more enjoyable.


  • Quebec Cinema Week at Duke
    , 2005/11/14 10:23:35

    November 7 - 11, 2005


    November 7

    Jésus de Montréal

    Denys Arcand, 1989

    7:00 pm, Teer Engineering Library


    November 8

    Emporte-moi (Set Me Free)

    Léa Pool, 2000

    7:00 pm, Teer Engineering Library


    November 9

    L'ange de gourdon (Tar Angel)

    Denis Chouinard, 2001

    2:00 pm, Griffith Theater, Bryan Center

    Followed by Q & A and reception with the director


    Comment conquérir l'Amérique (How to Conquer American in One Night)

    Dany Laférrière, 2004

    8:00 pm, Griffith Theater, Bryan Center

    Followed by Q & A with the director


    November 10

    Elles etaient cinq (The Five of us)

    Ghyslaine Côté, 2004

    7:00 pm, Teer Engineering Library


    November 11

    La face cachée de la lune (The Far Side of the Moon)

    Robert Lepage, 2004

    7:00 pm, Teer Engineering Library


  • Wednesdays at The Center series: Black Macho Disturbed: Luther Vandross and Black Masculinity Re-Imagined
    , 2005/11/10 09:11:23

    Wednesday November 9, 2005 at 12:00 noon (lunch served beginning 11:45 a.m).   

    Speaker: Mark Anthony Neal, Associate Professor, Black Popular Culture, Program in African and African American Studies, Duke University

    This event is presented by the Program in African and African American Studies. Visit the sponsors on the web at: For questions, contact Phone: (919) 668-1902 -- Web:


  • Using Languages on the Job
    , 2005/11/09 11:08:47

    Tuesday, November 8, 2005 5:30-7:30pm in the Faculty Commons

    How are languages important in the job market? On November 8, 2005 the Year of Languages Committee will host a panel discussion to answer the question of how languages are used in certain professions. Three panelists will present their work experiences and how language knowledge has played a role in determining their career path.

    Please join us to listen to R. Calvin Dark II (Duke, Trinity 2001) who works with the Moroccan American Trade and Investment Council, in Washington D.C. where he uses French and Arabic; Lee Richardson (Duke, Trinity 1976; UNC-CH MA, International Relations 1982) uses his Japanese skills in the Biotech Industry, Software, High tech Industry, Real Estate Investment and Brokerage, Health Supplements.; and Rick Fleming (NCCU, JD 2001, MA UNC-CH) is a Lawyer in Law Offices of James Scott Farrin, NC Personal Injury Lawyers where he uses his Spanish. He has taught (domestic and international), and has been an Administrator of study abroad programs as well.


  • Moriscos Conference
    , 2005/10/26 14:53:08

    Friday November 4, 2005 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Conference Room.  For more information, please contact

    Summary: Series of Lectures includes:

    *Sacred origins and memory of Islam: Writing history in early modern Granada (Mercedes García Arenal,Madrid)

    *How Does A Morisco Tale about a Visigoth Become a Gothic Tale about the Moriscos? (David Castillo,Buffalo, NY)

    *The Politics of Memory in Calderón's El Tuzaní de la Alpujarra (Margaret Greer, Duke, NC)

    *Granada Moriscos and the Origins of the Sacromonte Affair (Gerard Wiegers, Netherlands)

    Mercedes García Arenal is Professor in the Department of Arab Studies at the Institute of the Superior Council of Scientific (CSIC, Madrid). She is interested in the religious history and culture of the Muslim West in the early Modern Age, religious minorities, the processes of conversion and the religious sincretismo.

    David Castillo is Associate Professor of Romance Studies and Literature at the University of Buffalo (SUNY). His Areas of Specialization include Early Modern and Baroque Studies, Spanish Golden Age, and Cultural criticism.

    Margaret Greer is Chair and Professor of the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University. Her research interests include Spanish Early Modern Literature and Culture, Women Writers, Text Editing.

    Gerard Wiegers is professor of Islamic Studies in the University of Leiden (Netherlands). He is author of numerous articles on the Islam minority religion in Christian Spain.

    [Conference flyer (PDF)]  

  • Sherwin K. Bryant Lecture and luncheon
    , 2005/11/04 10:57:25

    November 1, 2005 12:00 noon at the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Conference room.  For more information, please contact

    Summary: "Expanding the Diaspora: Africans, Afro-Creoles, and the Context of Identity Formation in Colonial Quito (Ecuador and southern Colombia), 1600-1730" by Sherwin K. Bryant.

    Sherwin K. Bryant, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and History at Northwestern University, will be giving a lecture on the topics of Colonial Latin America and comparative slavery Details: Sherwin K. Bryant (PhD, Ohio State University, 2005) is a member of the Department of African American Studies with a courtesy joint appointment in the Department of History here at Northwestern University. He specializes in colonial Latin American history, with a particular emphasis upon comparative slavery and the African experience in Latin America. His dissertation, "Slavery and the Context of Ethnogenesis: Africans, Afro-Creoles and the Realities of Bondage in the Kingdom of Quito, 1600-1800," looked comparatively at slave experiences in two of Quito¹s three principal slaveholding regions, Popayán and Quito, while exploring Quito's unique context for African and Afro-Creole identity formation. Mr. Bryant is currently revising his dissertation for publication.

    [Lecture Flyer (PDF)]  

  • Reading in French by Jean Delabroy
    , 2005/11/04 10:57:06

    November 1, 2005.  7:30 pm in 305 Languages. 

    Please joint us for a special reading of selections in French from Les Dernières annès du monde by the author Jean Delabroy.

    Wine and hors d'oeuvres


  • Spring 2005 Awards
    , 2005/10/26 16:34:05

    The Spanish department announces our Spring 2005 recipient of the Richard L. Predmore Award in Spanish:

    The French department announces our Spring 2005 recipient of the Robert J. Niess/Alexander Hull Award in French:

    Congratulations Amy and Justin!


  • Romance Studies Students Initiated into Phi Beta Kappa
    Ryn Nasser, 2005/05/12 09:35:41

    Congratulations to our Romance Studies students newly initiated into Phi Beta Kappa!

    Ruth Denali Carlitz--Italian minor-Spring 04
    Julia Connors--French Studies Major-Spring 04
    Scott Jay Frommer-Spanish minor-Spring 04
    Barry Jordan Gewolb-Spanish/Latin American Major-Spring 05
    William K. Hoskyn-French Studies Major-Spring 05
    Jessica Harris Laun-Spanish minor-Spring 05
    John Strudwick Lewis, Jr.-Spanish minor-Spring 06
    Michelle Anne Mangan-French/European Studies Major-Spring 05
    Jessica Marie Parrish-Spanish minor-Spring 04


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