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Hamid Bahri (Ph.D. 2004)
Assistant Professor, York College

Hamid Bahri is a recent Ph.D. in French and literature, with specialization on North Africa. His scholarly interests include: Arab women’s writings, exile, Diaspora, cultural studies, and translation theory in French and Arabic texts.

His most recent publication is: “Father-daughter relations in the Francophone Maghrebian novel: Assia Djebar’s Loin de Médine” in “Francographies,” the journal of the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique (SPFFA), May 2005.

Recent conferences include “The Colonial Language and Modern Arab Writing: Ambivalence, Identity and Agency” at the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) 18-21, Boston Massachusetts 2006, and “The Rise of the Arab Novel in English” at the MLA conference in Philadelphia, December, 2006.

Roger Célestin
Co-Chair of French and Francophone Studies programs, University of Connecticut

Roger Célestin is Professor of French and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of From Cannibals to Radicals: Figures and Limits of Exoticism and co-editor of Beyond French Feminisms. He is co-founder and co-editor of Contemporary French and Francophone Studies: SITES. [Bio via MacMillan.]

Chadia Samadi Chambers (Ph.D. 2012)
Assistant Professor of French, Augustana College

Licence de Lettres Modernes, Université Stendhal Grenoble III, France Licence des Arts du Spectacle, Université Stendhal Grenoble III, France Master's of Arts in European Comparative Literary Studies, University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K.

Chadia's dissertation examined the emergence in contemporary texts of the Paris massacre of Algerians of October 17, 1961, exploring the role of literary and cinematic narratives in the construction of collective memory of the massacre. While at CUNY, she presented several papers throughout North America and Europe on topics such as: le héros politique dans le théatre de Kateb Yacine (at New York University); research on the use of the short story (at the 2010 NeMLA convention in Montréal); and the importance of the Singer Sewing machine (at the "Women in French" Colloquium at Wagner College). In 2011, she also presented research at the Centre d'Histoire Sociale et de l'Islam Méditerrranéen at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes des Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Carole Fabre (Ph.D. 2007)

Glenn Fetzer (Ph.D. 1988)
Department Head
Department of Languages and Linguistics
New Mexico State University

After twenty-five years in the French Department at Calvin College, Glenn Fetzer (’88) moved to Las Cruces in June of 2012 to take a position as Department Head in the Department of Languages and Linguistics at New Mexico State University.

His most recent publications include these articles: “ Faits de langue et ‘la porte de l’école’ : Une réflexion sur des valeurs statiques et mouvantes dans l’œuvre d’Emmanuel Hocquard ”, in La Revue des Études de la Langue Française, 4 :7 (June 2013) ;  “Valeurs écologiques et enjeux d’habitat chez Claudel”, in Neohelicon : Acta Comparationis Litterarum Universarum, 39 :2 (December 2012) ; “ Langue et espace dans Chronique de Saint-John Perse”, in Frankofoni (24 : 2012) ; and “Entre ciel et mer : espace et énonciation chez Lorand Gaspar”, in Espace et énonciation, Ed. Jacqueline Bacha and Renaud Bret-Vitoz (Tunis : Les Éditions Sahar, 2012).

Recent papers presented at conferences include these : “ Interroger la langue, dépister la maladie: écriture et krasis chez Lorand Gaspar”, at the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, Atlanta, GA, March 2013; “Poésie et geste (in)augurale chez Lorand Gaspar”, at the Colloquium “Poésie et Langue,” St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, October 2012, and “Lorand Gaspar au-devant des neurosciences”, at the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, Long Beach, CA, March 2012.

Jean François (Ph.D. 2004)
Assistant Professor at York College

Jeanne Fuchs (Ph.D. 1977)
Professor Emerita in the Department of Comparative Literatures and Languages, Hofstra University

Jeanne Fuchs has worked as a consultant to the Dean of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She has presented a paper entitled, "Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Native Son," in Vevey, Switzerland at the 7th International F. Scott Fitzgerald Conference, June 27-July 3, 2004.

Katherine Galvagni (Ph.D. 2009)

Cara Gargano (Ph. D. 1995)
Chair, Department of Theatre, Film, Dance and Arts Management
Professor of Theatre and Dance
Long Island University (C.W. Post Campus)

Cara Gargano is chair of the Department of Theatre, Film, Dance and Arts Management and Professor of dance and theatre at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. As a dancer, she studied at the New York School of Ballet under Richard Thomas and Barbara Fallis, and later taught at the school. She has performed with US Terpsichore Co, the Empire State Ballet, Garden State Ballet, Arlington Dance Theatre, the Upstate Repertory Theatre and the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. Her concert choreography for Cara Gargano Dance Co. has received warm reviews from The New York Times and has been presented in Europe as well as in the United States. As a stage director and choreographer, she has worked in theatre, opera and musical comedy at the Delaware Valley Opera, Bel Canto Opera and Riverside Shakespeare Theatre. She holds a Ph.D. in French language and literature from the City University of New York’s Graduate Center and has published in both English and French in Modern Drama, Reliologiques, Dance Research Journal, Theatre Research International and New Theatre Quarterly. She has provided chapters for several books including “Mythes dans la littérature contemporaine d’expression française,” “Réécritures des mythes: utopie au feminine,” “Réécritures de Madeleine Monette,” “Anne-Marie Alonzo: Collection d’essais,” and most recently, “Hermes-Aphrodite Encounters.” She has translated several plays from the French that have been produced in New York and Ohio. A member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the Modern Language Association and the Society for Dance History Scholars, she is a past president of the Congress on Research in Dance and serves as a choreography peer reviewer for the National Dance Association Promotion and Tenure Initiative.

Sara Hanaburgh (Ph. D 2012)
Assistant Professor of French, St. John’s University

B.A., French, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
M. Phil., CUNY Graduate Center

Areas of Specialization: African literatures and cinemas, human rights and literature, globalization studies, constructions of racial and ethnic identities

Sara’s work in French at The Graduate Center focused on African Francophone literatures and cinemas. Her dissertation examined artistic responses to the human effects of economic globalization on the continent in novels and films from the sub-Saharan region written and produced from the 1980s-2006. Sara’s most recent publications include an English translation of the late Gabonese author Angèle Rawiri’s novel, Fureurs et cris de femmes (1989), forthcoming in spring 2014 from the U of Virginia’s CARAF series and an article, “Voices of Global Africa: Reconsidering Sissako’s Bamako,” slated for The Savannah Review’s special issue, “Global Africa.” Recent presentations include “African Immigration in France: 1945-2010,” St. John’s University in March 2013 and “The Humanities, Globalization and African Studies: Forging Dialogue across Disciplines,” Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association 2012. In addition to ongoing research, she is presently co-translating Boris Diop’s Kaveena (2008) into English. She has taught at Fordham University, Universidade de Brasília and Brooklyn College and recently joined the French faculty at St. John’s University.

Jarrod Hayes (Ph.D. 1996)
Professor of French and Francophone Studies, University of Michigan

Jarrod Hayes' recent publications include a book: Queer Nations: Marginal Sexualities in the Maghreb. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000) and numerous articles, including: “Créolité’s Queer Mangrove.” Music, Writing and Cultural Unity in the Caribbean. Ed. Timothy J. Reiss. (Trenton, New Jersey: Africa World Press, 2005) 307–322;  “Queer Resistance to (Neo-)colonialism in Algeria.” Postcolonial, Queer: Theoretical Intersections. Ed. John C. Hawley. (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001) 79–97. 
His most recent invited lectures are: “Soyinka’s Queer Interpreters.” Comparative Postcolonialities Conference. University of Pittsburgh, 28 October 2005, and “Scandals and Lies: Sapho’s Un mensonge and the Truth about Roots.” Duke University, NC, Durham, February 13, 2004.

Claire Keith
Associate Professor of French; Coordinator of French Studies & Global Studies
Marist College

Awards & Honors: 2000-2004 Federal FIPSE grant ($250 000). Project: "From High-School to College and Beyond: A Technology-Supported Mentoring Project in Foreign Languages and Foreign Cultures Instruction"

Publications: "Pilgrims in a Toxic Land: Writing the Trenches of the Great War". (French Literature Series, vol. XXXIX. 2012, Rodopi. New York) . - "La mission tourna mal: un ethnographe écrit sa guerre" (Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, Fall 2009) - " 'L'Usage du monde' and its usages" (Dalhousie French Studies,Vol.86, Spring 2009) - "Below Deck: Women Travelers in O'Brian's Navy" (Astrolabe, Paris Sorbonne, Vol.21,Fall 2008)

Research Interests: Relation between literature and historiography. Theory & pedagogy of globalization. French Cultural Studies. All aspects of travel literature. Ecocriticism. Technology in Modern Languages & Cultures pedagogy.

Conferences & Workshops: "L'apprentissage du français devient-il multilingue?" 128th MLA Annual Convention,Boston, 5-8 January 2013. - " Le voyage francophone en 2012 : écrivains, lecteurs, critiques " 26th International Conference of CIEF. Thessaloniki, Greece,10-16 june 2012 - "Language vs lingua Franca: the case of French Studies" & Panel Chair for "What is the future of French in French Studies?", 127th MLA Annual Convention,Seattle, 4-8 January 2012 - "Pilgrims in a Toxic Land: French Testimonial Literature of the Great War", 39th French Literature Conference. University of South Carolina, Columbia, March 17-18 2011. - "Repenser les études francophones", 24nd International Conference of the C.I.E.F , Montreal, July 2010 - "If Faculty Are Running It, Is It a Lab?" NERALLT Spring 2009 Conference "Looking Back, Looking Forward". Trinity College, Hartford, CT, April 24, 2009. - "Le Guide du Routard: A Claim for a 'Voyage-monde'?" (conference "Littérature-monde: New Wave or New Hype?" Winthrop-King Institute of Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Florida State U.,Tallahassee.Feb 11-14 2009) - "Comment peut-on être européenne? Un voyage en Orient au XXIe siècle", 22nd International Conference of the C.I.E.F, Limoges, July 2008 - "Invoking Lawrence in Current Affairs" (8th T.E. Lawrence Symposium, Huntington Research Library, San Marino, CA,Nov. 2007)

Affiliations: - CIEF ,Conseil International D'Etudes Francophones ( Executive Director 2009-2012, Advisory 2012-13) - CRLV (Centre de Recherches sur la Littérature de Voyage, Paris-Sorbonne- T.E. Lawrence Society - NERALLT (New England Association for Language Learning & Technology) - AATF (American Association of Teachers of French) - MLA (Modern Language Association)

Donna Kuizenga (Ph.D. 1974)
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Vermont
Professor of Romance Languages at the University of Vermont

Donna Kuizenga's recent publications include a book: Madame de Villedieu (Marie-Catherine Desjardins), Memoirs of the Life of Henriette-Sylvie de Molière: A Novel. The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe, Margaret L. King and Albert Rabil Jr., Eds. (Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2004). 

Catherine Liu (Ph.D. 1994)
Director, University of California Irvine (UCI) Humanities Center, Film & Media Studies
Professor, Film & Media Studies, UCI School of Humanities

Catherine Liu's publications include two books: The American Idyll: Academic Anti-Elitism as Cultural Critique (University of Iowa Press, 2011) and Copying Machines: Taking Notes for the Automaton (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000).

She has also published numerous scholarly articles and essays, including "Hou Hsiao hsien's The Flight of the Red balloon (2007) and D.W. Winnicot," in Pyschoanalytic Pscyhology (June, 2011); "American Intellectual Traditions: The Demand for Relevance and the Crisis of the Humanities," in the Western Humanities Review (Fall 2008: pp. 34-57); “Art Escapes Criticism or Adorno’s Museum,” in Cultural Critique (Volume 60. Spring 2005: 217-244); "To Catch a Falling Star: Political Ambiguity or Jacques Lacan Meets Andy Warhol," in the Cambridge Companion to Lacan (Cambridge University Press, 2002); and "Getting to the Photo-Finish:  Photography, Autobiography, Modernity," in The Medium, ed. Andrew McNamara and Peter Krapp. (special edition of South Atlantic Quarterly, 2002).

Alison Baird Lovell (Ph.D. 2005)
Visiting Professor, Tulane University

Alison Baird Lovell is completing a monograph entitled The Shadow of Dante in Maurice Scève’s Poetry. Her most recent article is “La Délie de Maurice Scève et le fond poétique italien du Commentaire sur le Banquet de Platon [De amore] de Marsile Ficin,” (Le Verger, December 2012, included in the bibliography on Scève’s Délie for the 2013 Agrégation in France). She has also published on Pierre Boaistuau and Gabriel Bounin. Scholarly interests include French lyric poetry, literary imitation, Dante and Petrarch, humanism, evolving views of women, mysticism, and early modern orientalism. [Bio via Tulane University.]

Arta Lucescu-Boutcher
Professor of French, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Dr. Arta Lucescu-Boutcher is presently working as Professor of French at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her book, Rediscovering Benjamin Fondane, was published by Peter Lang in New York City in 2002. In 2006 she presented a paper on "Benjamin Fondane and Existential thought" at the "Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones" in Sibiu, Romania.

In 2005 she received a summer fellowship from "Société des professeurs français et francophones en Amérique" in order to pursue Francophone studies at Université Laval in Quebec. She is presently completing a Master's degree in Spanish literature at Middlebury College in Vermont.

Rebecca Linz O'Laughlin (Ph.D. 2013) 
Coordinator of Graduate Writing, Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, New York)

Rebecca Linz O'Laughlin completed her dissertation, entitled "Maternités et Identités: Representations of Motherhood and National Identity in Literary Texts of Quebec" in 2013. She has worked in an administrative role at Sarah Lawrence College since 2010, where she also teaches French classes for children. As a graduate student, she taught French language and literature courses, including writing-intensive courses and graduate courses, as an adjunct instructor at Manhattan School of Music, Fordham University, St. John's University and Queens College. Additionally, she held a two-year position as a Writing Fellow at Queensborough Community College. She has presented papers on French and Francophone women's writings at conferences in the United States, Canada and Scotland, and she has published several articles, including a translation.

Mario Macaluso (Ph.D. 1976)
Director, Student Teaching Program of World Languages, SUNY at Stony Brook

Mario Macaluso has published a book, Prickly Pears and Oleanders (Authorhouse, 2002).

Sophie Marinez (Ph.D. 2010)
Assistant Professor of French, CUNY, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Sophie Maríñez has won the 2012 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend award to complete a book entitled Building Subjects: Women, Castles, and Self-Construction in Early Modern France, which builds on her doctoral dissertation, a recipient of several grants, including the Carole & Morton Olshan Dissertation Fellowship, the Marandon Fellowship, the CUNY’s Doctoral Student Research Grant, and the 2009-2010 Carolyn G. Heilbrun Dissertation Prize awarded by the Women’s Studies Certificate Program. Sophie has published several articles and presented her research at numerous national and international conferences, including, most recently, the Renaissance Society of America (Washington, D.C, March 2012, San Diego, 2013), and the Modern Languages Association (Los Angeles, January 2011). She has also been invited to give lectures on her research at Vassar College (2011), where she was a visiting faculty from 2010 to 2012, and the Graduate Center of City University of New York (2010). At BMCC, she is directing a Study Abroad program in partnership with the Université de Nantes. She is also the advisor of the French Club and a founder of the student-led French literary magazine Échos du Tout-Monde.

Binita Mehta (Ph.D. 1997)
Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of French, Manhattanville College

Binita Mehta has published Widows, Pariahs, and ‘Bayadères’: India as Spectacle (Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press; London: Associated University Presses, 2002).

Her recent talks include: “Names, Places, Identities: Monica Ali’s Brick Lane and Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake," Faculty Lecture Series, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY, on April 6, 2005.

She also Co-organized the joint Manhattanville College-SUNY Purchase Interdisciplinary Conference on the 200th anniversary of Haitian independence, at   Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY, on October 29, 2004.

Binita Mehta was invited to the Graduate Center French Department to give a lecture on French pedagogy, as part of our Colloquium Series on Pedagogy, in December 2006.

Patrice Mothion (Ph.D. 1996)

Pamela Park (Ph.D. 1979)

Professor of French, Department of Languages and Literatures, Idaho State University

Pamela Park is Executive Director of the National French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi.

Stève Puig (Ph.D. 2012)
Assistant Professor of French, St. John's University

Stève Puig is currently an Assistant Professor of French at St John's University in New York. He is working on Francophone Caribbean writers and urban literature. He has presented papers on Aimé Césaire, René Maran, Orientalism, littérature-monde, Louis-Philippe Dalembert and other contemporary Haitian writers. He has published articles in Formules, The Journal of Haitian Studies, the Encyclopedia of the Middle Passage, Nouvelles Francographies, and Expressions Maghrébines. His most recent publications include an article for Présence Francophone and an interview with Catherine Cusset for the French Review.

Animesh Rai (Ph.D. 2007)

Animesh has published a book entitled: The legacy of French Rule in India (1674-1954) : an Investigation of a Process of Creolization (Pondicherry : French Institute of Pondicherry, 2008).

Alicia Bralove Ramirez
Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages
Bronx Community College of the City of New York

In 2013, Professor Ramirez published The Representation of Women in Ten French Novels on the Spanish Civil War: A Critical Approach.

Amalia Rechtman (Ph.D. 2005)
Assistant Professor, Queensborough Community College

Amalia Rechtman is currently in Paris, where she teaches courses at the Institut Universitaire d'Etudes Juives Elie Weisel.

Her publications include: Child Survivors of the Holocaust : Literature, Trauma, Memory. Ed. Insitute for Holocaust Studies Series (2006), and American Writers, Child Holocaust Survivors and the representation of the War Experience and its impact on their Lives and Work. Ed. Université Paris X - Nanterre (October 2006).
In October of 2006 she presented at a colloquium organised by the University of Paris X-Nanterre's Anglo-American Studies program. Her presentation was entitled, "Reflet des difficultés des survivants de la Shoah en Israel dans leurs oeuvres littéraires."

Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly (Ph.D. 2009)
Faculty member and co-Director of the MATSL Program (Master's in the Art of Teaching a Second Language) at the Isabelle Kaplan Center for Languages and Cultures at Bennington College

Noelle Rouxel-Cubberly is back at the Isabelle Kaplan Center for Languages and Culture after 12 years at the City University New York. She completed her PhD at CUNY's Graduate Center and served as an Assistant Professor and Acting Coordinator of the French Program at the College of Staten Island (CUNY). Involved in the education of French teachers at the Graduate Center, she also developed an internship program for CSI students in a French dual-language program at PS58, a Brooklyn elementary school. Her most recent publications include a chapter on Claire Denis's opening sequences as well as articles on film and pedagogy, such as "The Film Trailer Project: French Films as Textbooks." She also published a book, Les titres de film(2011) which examines the economics and evolution of French film titles since 1968. Over the last 15 years, she has also worked as a translator and linguistic coach for two US biotech companies. Her current projects include an article, "University and Elementary school students learning (French) together" and the publication of a XIXth-century literary correspondence. Rouxel-Cubberly was a visiting faculty member from 1997-2001 and joined the Bennington faculty in fall 2013.

Maria-Luisa Ruiz (Ph.D. 2005)
Assistant Professor of French and Spanish, Medgar Evers College

Maria-Luisa's research focuses on literature and cultural connections between France and its colonies at the beginning of the 20th century, and contemporary Francophone women writers. She is the author of two books: Parole d’Alberta (2001, poetry) and Là où elle devient Méla (2004, novella).

She is the cofounder of Rivarticollection (see web site at, the publishing branch of a nonprofit organization that promotes Francophone books and writers in the US.

Maria-Luisa's recent professional activities include co-authoring a play that was presented at the Avignon Theater Festival in July 2006.

Her most recent publications include "La Proclamation d’indépendance haïtienne : fiction et matrice littéraire", forthcoming in the next issue of La Revue de recherche haïtiano-Antillaise, Paris, l’Harmattan, and

“Redefining the Concept of God : A Review of Yván Silén’s La Muerte de Mamá" in Calabash, A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters, 3:2 (Fall-Winter 2005).
Her most recent conference presentations include a paper given at the March 2007 NEMLA Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, entitled "La maison, la voiture et l’enfant: mondes de Duras, Duras de tous les mondes."

She participated in a panel entitled "Difficult subjects: Caribbean Women Writers on Power and Abuse" at the CUNY Conference on the African Presence and Influence on the Cultures of the Americas, hosted by Hostos College, in November of 2006.
In May of 2005, she was the invited presenter of Yván Silén’s novel La Muerte de mamá at Lectorum, a Spanish language bookstore in Manhattan. Also in May of 2005, Maria-Luisa participated in the round table on Haitian literature at the Haitian book fair at York College, where she read some excerpts from her book Là où elle devient Méla.

Charline Sacks (Ph.D. 1984)
Professor Emerita of French,
Department of Foreign Languages,
Nassau Community College

Charline Sacks has presented a paper entitled, "Focus on Strategies for Adult Learners" at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Washington, April 2003). She is now professor Emerita at Nassau Community College.

Frances Santiago (Ph.D. 1998)
Chair, Department of Humanities,
University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

Frances Santiago has published an article, "Cinéma Antillais: Cine en las Antillas Francesas-Guadeloupe y Martinique."Sargasso, 2 (2003-2004) 89-105.

Nicole Beth Wallenbrock (Ph.D. 2012)
B.A., Bard College

Nicole Beth Wallenbrock researches French film, and particularly its relationship to contemporary politics. The French Review published her article, "Awakening from the Algerian War: Mon colonel" in October 2011. She wrote a chapter in Lost and Othered Children in Contemporary Cinema (Lexington Books), “The Ideal Immigrant is a Child: Michou d’Auber and the Politics of Immigration in France” and her chapter, "An apology for French torturers: L'ennemi intime", in Cinema as scaffold: Re-inscribing the Tortured Body (Palgrave-Macmillan) is forthcoming. She currently is writing about pork in French comedies. She teaches French at Hunter, and Film at City College of CUNY.

Adelia Williams (Ph.D. 1989)
Associate Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Pace University
Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures, Pace University

Adelia Williams has been at Pace University since 1989, serving as Chairperson of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures for eight years, before becoming Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. As Associate Dean, she directs the implementation and assessment of the Core Curriculum, and oversees seven academic departments in the Humanities and Mathematics.  Her responsibilities also include directing the Pace NEH Challenge Grant and the Straus Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Two of her recent papers include, "Poetics of Space/Poetics of Place: Claude Esteban on Edward Hopper," Urban Ecology Conference, Pace University, April 2004; and “How Presidential Assessment Grants Foster the Learning Objectives of a New Core Curriculum,” Co-presenter, AAC&U conference on General Education and Assessment, Long Beach, March 2004.

Dean Wilson (Ph.D. 2007)
Consultant to the Film Studies Program
Vietnam National University, Hanoi

In early 2004, while conducting his dissertation research in Hanoi, Dean Wilson was invited to speak at a conference sponsored by the Ford Foundation on the topic of developing new film studies curricula at Vietnam National University. The following year Dean was hired as a consultant, through the International Institute of Education (IIE), to write a grant proposal on behalf of the university seeking Ford Foundation support for the curricula he advocated at the 2004 conference. The proposal was approved, and in the summer of 2005 the program Dean designed was launched. Its funding was renewed in July 2008 for another three years with a 40 percent budget increase.

The Film Studies program is a full-time, graduate-level writing certificate course in two specializations: critical writing and screenwriting. It is based in the Faculty of Literature of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University, Hanoi. This project is a model for new MA and MFA degrees, as well as a teacher training laboratory for a new film school planned for 2012. Since 2005, 76 young people from diverse backgrounds have been certified by the program and started new careers in film and media. Its new website, which includes short films produced by our students, can be viewed at Comments in English, French or Chinese are welcome.

Anne E. Witte (Ph.D. 1992)
Professor Culture and Communication
EDHEC Grande Ecole
Master of Science in Arts & NGO’s
Assistant Dean, Intercontinental Track Programmes, EDHEC Business School, Nice – France

Anne E. Witte has held a position as Professor of Culture and International Communication at EDHEC Business School, France since 1991. Her research and writing address questions in cross cultural psychology, cultural history, literature, anthropology, international communication and critical thinking. She serves as Assistant Dean for offshore projects involving exchanges between business schools in New York, Beijing, and Nagoya and EDHEC Grande Ecole, France.
Anne has recently published a book entitled Past and Future Culture (BookSurge Publishing, 2010).

Carnia Yervasi
Associate Professor of French
Swathmore College

  • Ph.D, City University of New York Graduate School and University Center, French and Certificate in Film Studies
  • M.Phil., City University of New York Graduate School and University Center, French
  • B.A., Hofstra University, French

Professor Yervasi is an expert in the history and theory of French and Francophone African cinema. Her primary research focuses on protest cultures, political modernism, and post-1968 films from France, Belgium, and Switzerland, including the work of Godard, Akerman, and Tanner.

In addition to French language and literature courses, Professor Yervasi teaches the French New Wave and Introduction to Francophone African Cinema film courses. She is interested in engaging theoretical approaches to memory, gender, and space and has published articles in Postmodern Culture, Film & History, and SITES.