Students and faculty in the graduate programs of the Department of French & Italian host and put on presentations throughout the year. Below are some of the more recent that have occurred.

If you’re interested in organizing an event or presentation, contact Dr. Anny-Dominique Curtius, Director of Graduate Studies

Lecture/Discussion featuring award-winning Haitian writer Kettly Mars and Assistant Professor of Francophone Studies and translator, Nathan Dize, Washington University in St. Louis, co-sponsored by the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

Thursday, Nov. 16th, 2023 at 2:00 pm

A discussion of Mars's novel Je suis vivant (2015) and Dize's translation I am alive (2022) with students in Professor Anny-Dominique Curtius's course on Haiti

Works on Memory: Concepts and Projects - Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery in Nantes, France

Thursday, Sept. 29th, 2022 - 3:30 pm

A talk by Architect and Professor Julian Bonder, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island

African Art Restitution, Museums, and the Politics of Heritage: Lessons from the Belgian-Congolese Case

Monday, Apr. 25th, 2022 - 3:30 pm

A talk by Dr. Sarah Van Beurden, Associate Professor of History and African American and African Studies, Ohio State University

Rethinking Museums as Spaces of Social Justice

Friday, Apr. 8th, 2022 - 9:00 am

A talk by Geraldine Frieslaar, Curator of Research, Dialogue, and Social Justice at Stellenbosch University Museum, South Africa

Spring 2023 Lecture Series - FREN:6001 - Reimagining Humanities Scholarship

Organized and team-taught by Professors Anny-Dominique Curtius and Downing Thomas
Sponsored by the Ambassade de France/FACE Foundation and the Office of the Provost at the University of Iowa

HUMUS: Making of d'une histoire/Unmaking de l'archive coloniale

Friday, Apr. 14th, 2023 - 3:30 pm

A lecture/discussion with Fabienne Kanor, award-winning writer, filmmaker, performer, and Associate Professor of Francophone Studies, Penn State University

Gwoka, Techni'ka, Bigidi

Friday, Apr. 7th, 2023

A lecture, performance, and masterclass with dancer, choreographer, and dance anthropologist Lēnablou sponsored by the University of Iowa Department of French and Italian, Department of Dance, and the Stanley Museum of Art

Connecting the Threads: From Textiles to Texts and Back

Friday, Mar. 31st, 2023 - 3:30 pm

A lecture/discussion with Madeleine Dobie, Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Columbia University