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The Department of Romance Languages and Literatures is committed to an interdisciplinary, international, and collaborative vision of the study of language, literature, and culture. RLL is a diverse and dynamic academic unit offering undergraduate majors and minors in its core areas of French, Italian, and Spanish, and graduate concentrations in French, Spanish, and Romance Linguistics. In addition, we have emerging pedagogical and research interests in Catalan and Portuguese. RLL has cross-disciplinary strengths in Iberian and Latin American Studies, Francophone Canadian, Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Studies, Early Modern Studies, Cultural Studies, (Post)Colonial Studies, Urban and Landscape Studies, Gender Studies, Disability Studies, Poetry, Theater and Performance, Film, and Romance Linguistics.

TFC presents: The Big Runaround (1966)

on Tue, 2014/11/18 - 2:36pm

Bonjour à tous,

The French Connenction will be screening a classic La Grande Vadrouille this Thursday night, at 8 pm at Clemens 930. This movie, featuring Louis de Funès and Bourvil, two big comedy actors of French cinema, is  a British war comedy, set in WW II, a bomber crew is shot down over Paris during the Nazi occupation. They are helped out of the city by several good-hearted Frenchman. They make it to the steambath where they had an important rendezvous. They then begin the final part of their escape with a cross-eyed German inadvertently helping them.

Spring 2015: FR 483 (modified) & SPA 453 (added)

on Tue, 2014/11/18 - 12:50pm

"World Theatre" (FR 483 / SPA 453):  This course will involve reflection on the question of performance in various cultures and contexts through the study of performance texts and performance traditions.  It will also prompt reflection on what it means to think about such types of creation and production in a world or even a global context, and thereby involve discussion of ideas that inform terms such as "world" and "global."  Students will study performances as well as written works in translation from various French- and Spanish-language world regions such as Algeria, Chile, Cuba, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Quebec.  Students will also take part in collaborative projects that work across various majors and programs.

TFC presents: Fall Feast Dinner

on Thu, 2014/10/30 - 1:27pm

The French Connection pesents: The Fall Feast Dinner

featuring: la Ratatouille, la Quiche Lorraine, and le Boeuf Bourguignon!

This event is RSVP only !

Please RSVP to :

by November 1st. Spots are limited.

TFC presents: Coco Before Chanel (2009)

on Thu, 2014/10/30 - 1:24pm

Coco Before Chanel (2009) : Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel; orphan who will build a fashion empire and be known universally by her nickname, Coco. She journeys from a mundane seamstress job to boisterous cabarets to the opulent French countryside, possessing little more than her unwavering determination, unique style and visionary talent. Also starring Benoît Poelvoorde (In His Hands) and Alessandro Nivola (Junebug). Featuring lush settings and stunning costume design, Coco Before Chanel is the gripping and dramatic story of an icon who defied convention and defined the modern woman.

RLL Global Lab for Undergraduates 11/3/14

on Wed, 2014/10/29 - 7:33am

What is “global”? Is it abroad?  Is it local?  Can you think, interact, or create globally?

Hear the thoughts of RLL faculty members and test out your own ideas in an interactive learning environment.  And discover more about Romance language world cultures of Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and the Americas – including the United States.

930 Clemens
2pm, Monday, November 3, 2014

Free refreshments

Part 1:  Information Session on the Global Perspectives Academy and the Global Scholar transcript notation (Global Scholars Program)

Part 2: “Truth and Love, Then and Now” – a conversation with