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Department of French and Italian

Department of French & Italian

The Department of French and Italian at Tulane University offers a comprehensive program of study that reflects our commitment to cross-cultural and interdisciplinary approaches. Our Department builds on the historical identity of New Orleans as a center of Francophone and Caribbean culture and as the hub of one of America's oldest Italian communities.

Featured Events

Latifa Ibn Ziaten

Une Femme dans la République
October 18th, 2022, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Dinwiddie Hall 102.

Jonathan Morton

Astral Magic, Literary Theory, and Robots: Virgil the Inventor in Medieval Culture, French & Italian Department Research Seminar
October 21st, 2022, 3:00pm - 4:30 pm, Newcomb Hall 403.

Directors and Advisors

Fayҫal Falaky, Department Chair
Jonathan Morton, Director of Graduate Studies
Alexandra Reuber, Director of Undergraduate Studies, French 
Charles Mignot, Director of French Language Program
Annette Sojic, Director of Professional French Program
Michael Syrimis, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Italian
Elena Daniele, Director of Italian Language Program
Sanela Frasch, Executive Secretary

On September 23 and 24, 2022, the Department of French and Italian at Tulane and the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute (Queens College, The City University of New York) jointly hosted a symposium titled: “The Italian Immigrant Experience: Between Black and White” in the Lavin Bernick Center at Tulane University. This event was made possible thanks to generous funding by the Calandra Italian-American Institute, the Department of French & Italian, the Center for Scholars and the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South at Tulane. The Symposium featured nine scholars who have studied the Italian-American and the Black experiences here in New Orleans, as well as in the U.S. at large: Reverend Frank I. Williams (President of the National African American Fellowship), Anthony Tamburri (President of the Calandra Institute at Queens College, CUNY), Fred Gardaphé (Queens College, CUNY), Donna Chirico (York College, CUNY), George de Stefano (Independent Scholar), Mark A. Reid (University of Florida), Jessica Barbata Jackson (Colorado State), John Gennari (University of Vermont) and Joseph Sciorra (Queens College, CUNY). Dean Brian Edwards and Frank Wu, President of Queens College, CUNY, were also present and gave opening remarks. The papers delivered reached across disciplines to span the interest of faculty and students from a wide range of fields (Foreign languages, History, Music, Sociology and African Studies, among other fields). The event was well attended both by members of Tulane as well as the general public and was streamlined via zoom Webinar across the nation. One of the Zoom attendees commented: "Congratulations on a really excellent program. Some of us have been poking around questions on these topics for years, and it’s nice to have so many learned people on the program (and in the audience) to shine some light on important history. Mille grazie."