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Global French Studies at Hope College
Hope College French Film Festival
Join us February 4-6 for a series of contemporary French films being shown as part of the Hope College French Film Festival! All films are FREE for STUDENTS and $4 for
the general public, and include a post-screening discussion with members of the Hope faculty. Note that all films include English subtitles. Students: Please view a
minimum of one film; a second film will give you 5 extra credits or bonus points.
Beginning Wednesday, January 20, join us 6 times on Wednesday this term (Jan. 20, Feb. 3 & 24, March 9 & 30, April 13) from 4:00 to 5:00pm
at Lemonjello's Coffee (61 E. 9th Street) for conversation with Lucie Gaucher. All levels of French welcome. There is no particular agenda
or topic of discussion, just casual conversation and games in French.
IMAGES: A Reflection of Cultures - November 14, 2015
The program states: "Tonight's show is dedicated to the people of Lebanon, France, Syria, and around the world who are caught in the endless
carnage created by hate. United we stand for peace and hope! We are Hope!"
Dr. Isabelle Cata
Dr. Isabelle Cata, Professor of French, from Grand Valley State University visited Hope to present on, "The Congolese Writer and Poet Kama Sywor Kamanda and the Quest for the Absolute"
Tuesday Oct. 13, Fête Gourmande with posters by students in French 101
Student Research Paper Presentations
Presentations by Kaleigh Doan on Marine Le Pen, the new "Joan of Arc" of the French Right, Josias Sanon on Immigration, and Hannah Jacobsma on Ecology in France
Study Abroad: Round Table
RETURNING STUDENTS FROM FRENCH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES presented by Madeline Brochu ("France for the Pre-Med" in Nice), Claudia Sanchez (Paris), Tarah Plut (Brussels), and Briana Armand (Nantes)
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.
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
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