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Global French Studies at Hope College
French Cultural Ambassadors 2015-16
Learn more about the French Cultural Ambassadors for this school year here!
Crêpes soirée at French House opens the new academic year
Un grand merci to Lucie Gaucher, our native assistant, and the French House students for delicious crêpes!
Apercu de "La Vie en Rose"
An end-of-year "La vie en rose" party at the Maison Francaise took place on Saturday 11 April. On the menu: Madeleines; Mousse au chocolat; Crèmes brulées; and the traditionnal Crepes, with games and music. Merci à Raphaële, our native assistant for organizing this, and for the chefs of French 4 for cooking!
Phi Beta Kappa Award Winners
Congratulations to four Global French Studies seniors who were awarded Phi Beta Kappa! They are from left to right Lize Loubser, Mary Liz Winther, Dorothy Dickinson, and Hannah Gingrich.
Pi Delta Phi Welcomes New Members
The Global French Studies program hosted on April 8 its annual Pi Delta Phi (National French Honorary Society) ceremony and reception at the house of Anne Larsen. Twelve students became regular members while native assistant Raphaele Brachet became honorary member.
Lacie Rawlings ’11 gave the “Life After Hope” address on Monday, 23 March
A Hope graduate with a BA in International Studies and minors in French and Political Science, she studied in Rabat, Morocco during her junior year, and then spent a year in Israel earning a MA in Peace and Conflict Management Studies at the University of Haifa before embarking on her professional career in Washington D.C. Currently, she is Deputy Director of Administration (as well as Executive Assistant to the President & CEO) at the Stimson Center in downtown Washington, DC. This role allows her to enjoy her interdisciplinary interests, supporting the executive office and operations of a top global security think-tank and conducting research on the Middle East and the Maghreb.
Dr. Anne Heath Lecture on Abbey Church
On Wednesday, February 18, Dr. Anne Heath from the department of Art/Art History presented a lecture on "Politics, Performance, and Memory in Abbey Church of Saint-German d'Auxerre: The Urban Life of a Medieval Monastery." Constructed in the 13th century, the Benedictine monastery commemorates the life and relics of St. Germanus, a 7th century bishop from Auxerre, in Burgundy. First-year Global French Studies student Alexandra Knorp commented on how much she learned about the Abbey Church and, especially, on how she enjoyed "seeing how passionate Dr. Heath was about what she was researching. I could tell that she loves what she does, and that kind of passion is inspiring."
Kaleigh Doan wins National French Scholarship
Hope College junior Kaleigh Doan of Ludington has been awarded the 2014 AATF Walter Jensen Scholarship for Study Abroad from the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF).
Alumni update: Global French Studies Major '14 Kate Pitchford working for Wycliffe Bible Translators in Benin
I received such a warm welcome upon my arrival in Benin. It was a huge
relief to finally arrive after months of wondering where I would end
up and who I would meet. Benin is a beautiful country with people as
diverse as its landscapes, and this has been an opportunity to learn
about God’s kingdom from an entirely new context—I’ve learned so much
here about God and about myself that I would not have learned had I
WONDERFUL NEWS FROM THE FRENCH PROGRAM!
Senior Mary Elizabeth Winther, majors in Theater and Global French Studies as well as Mellon Scholar, and Dorothy Dickinson, a major in English Literature, Philosophy, and Global French Studies as well as a Mellon Scholar are presenting at NCUR (National Conference for Undergraduate Research) April 16-18, 2015 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington.
2015 French Film Festival Success
The Value of Majoring in a Foreign Language and Study Abroad -Megan Mulder Marthens '97
Life is a wonderful journey. My journey has recently brought me back to west Michigan after graduating from Hope College in 1997. My days spent at Hope were extremely meaningful. One of the more profound times during my college career occurred when I chose to study in Paris, France for a semester. Having studied the French language all through high school and loving every minute of it, I continued with my course work at the college level. Originally, I thought that I would pursue a career in business. After my sophmore year, however, I made the change to a double major in French and Education. It was at this point that Dr. Larsen encouraged me to consider a semester of study abroad. I didn't hesitate at the suggestion! It was a rich experience for me: life defining in so many ways.
Mary Elizabeth Winther Presents at NCUR
Senior Mary Elizabeth Winther, majors in Theater and Global French Studies as well as Mellon Scholar, is presenting at NCUR (National Conference for Undergraduate Research) April 16- 18.
Global French Studies Major '14 Lauren Wade in Burundi
From August 2014-July 2015 I am volunteering in Gitega, Burundi, East Africa with the Mennonite Central Committee, a North-American development NGO. I am working with a local organization which helps the indigenous population of Burundi as a Communications Assistant. This involves creating and updating the organization's website, looking for grants, and helping the staff learn English in order to better communicate with partners and patrons. I am living with a host mother in Gitega who is wonderful and we have many wonderful conversations in French. After graduating from Hope in 2014, I am so grateful to have the opportunity to learn about a different culture and language. Burundi is a country whose population is joyful and filled with laughter despite a very difficult life. I have only spent three months here but I am looking forward to all the wonderful experiences yet to come!
Global French Studies students sing Les Choristes in the Images International Student Show on November 15. Bravo a tous!
Global French Studies Hosts a Fête Gourmande
Global French Studies hosted in early October a Fête Gourmande showcasing Beginning French Students' posters on foods from around the Francophone World.
Round Robin of Returning Students
The Round Table of Returning Students from France presented their varied and wonderful experiences at Rennes, Nantes, Arles, Paris, and Nice (France for the Pre-Med). The accompagning photo shows a photo of, on the lower right, Jake Boersma ('16) with Professor Colette Winn, Director of the Nice Program)
Former Global French Studies student Brittany Adams ('08- '10), B.A. French and M.A. Library Science
I have recently returned from a year abroad, and it was one of the best years of my life. Most of the time I was in St Andrews, Scotland, where I was working on my second master's in Library Science, but this summer I had the chance to travel quite a bit which was wonderful. I actually made it to France twice! I spent a few days in Paris, which was beautiful, and then a week in Lyon at the Institut d'Histoire du Livre. I finished the trip with a day in Aix-en-Provence, which I absolutely loved. I was able to speak French with the native speakers quite well, for which I was very thankful!
Dr. Diane Guenin-Lelle and "The History of 'French' New Orleans"
Dr. Diane Guenin-Lelle, Professor of French at Albion College, spoke on Wednesday, 8 October, on “The History of ‘French’ New Orleans.” Her book on this topic is being released by the University of Mississippi Press this fall. Dr. Genin-Lelle, a native of New Orleans, detailed the history of this fascinating Creole city. Brooke Wharton ’18, who is taking French 3 this fall, wrote the following in her report on the talk: “French New Orleans rapidly became a place of creolization – the rapid transformation of native land and people in America due to the arrival or Europeans and Africans. From there came the Francophone creoles, who were both French and catholic. Dr. Guenin-Lelle argued that New Orleans from its beginnings has been a creole place. New Orleans then emerged as an imagined community of creole and France.”
Colloquium Hosts Director Floriane Brown
The Global French Studies Colloquium hosted on Monday 15 September Floriane Brown, Founder and Executive Director of Nibakure Children's Village in Rwanda. Daniel Owens '13 organized the visit.
The Career Benefits of STUDY ABROAD
Study Abroad is one of the best ways for you to differentiate yourself in the hob market. The survey in the link below shows how students land jobs sooner after graduation, related to their majors, and at a higher salary. Click to read more about the survey
Interested in living in France for a year?
WELCOME TO THE NEW WEEKLY PAUSE-CAFE!
Bonjour! Je m’appelle Hannah Jacobsma.
As a sophomore here at Hope, and an English major and French minor, I started going to the Pause Café (the French weekly conversation group) a few weeks ago, and it is phenomenal! Basically, every Tuesday at 4:00, students from all levels of French get together at Lemonjello’s and practice speaking. Professor Brandon Guernsey who runs the program is wonderful as he initiates various topics and questions to talk about, and helps students come up with responses, as well as teach new phrases and words. It is really neat because you can pretend that you are sitting in a café in France! I love being able to practice speaking French with others. This is a wonderful opportunity to improve speaking skills, meet other French students, relax, and drink some coffee!
FRENCH IS A GLOBAL LANGUAGE, SPOKEN ON FIVE CONTINENTS / REGIONS OF THE WORLD (EUROPE, AFRICA, ASIA, MIDDLE EAST, AND NORTH AMERICA).
By studying French, you are preparing yourself for a global professional experience allowing you to work for international organizations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, the State department, businesses with a global outreach, the mission field, and much more!
FRENCH RANKED SECOND MOST IMPORTANT LANGUAGE FOR BUSINESS ACCORDING TO BLOOMBERG RANKINS:
In “The 13 Most Useful College Majors (as Determined by Science)” Newsweek 25 April 2012, “French, German, Latin, and other Common Foreign Languages” rank in the top ten “Most Useful College Majors” for finding employment and earning higher wages: http://newsweek.tumblr.com/post/21649811964/the-13-most-useless-college-majors-as-determined-by
TOP GLOBAL REASONS TO STUDY AND SPEAK FRENCH