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French Diplomats to Visit IUP

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The Faculty of the French program, the Department of Foreign Languages, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences invite you to a special event: “Why Learn French in the XXIst century?” This conference is an interdisplinary presentation and discussion with French honorary consuls, French faculty and students, and colleagues from around Western Pennsylvania.

Special guests will be Jean-Dominique Le Garrec (honorary consul, French Republic) and Jean-Pierre Collet (president, Consular Association and former honorary consul, French Republic).

The conference will take place in Stephenson Hall, Room G-41, at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

The event will also be broadcast live on Ustream.

Refreshments will be served.

RSVP: J-Louis Dassier (, 724-541-1872) before April 1 2013.


Glisan Speaker at Distinguished Scholar Series in Delaware

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Eileen Glisan, Department of Foreign Languages, was the guest speaker at the University of Delaware in March 2013 for the university’s Distinguished Scholar Series. Her topic was “Crossing the Border: Helping Students Reach Advanced-Level Proficiency.”

Glisan addressed faculty and students in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures as well as area foreign language teachers and university administrators.

Tell Us About You and French...

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The French faculty at IUP are looking for the subjects of our next videotaped mini-interviews. We have created a Facebook page to display students’ advocacy projects as well as a short series of video-recorded interviews about French, France, the francophone world, your experience learning French, etc.

If you speak French, read French, or need proficiency in French for your career or for any part of the curriculum you teach or the major you have declared, and if you agree to be filmed like the subjects on our French advocacy Facebook page, please contact your friendly IUP French faculty as soon as possible (J-Louis Dassier at, or Charles McCreary at We would be glad to come to you, ask you a few questions, and let you tell your “French” story.

Be sure to “Like” our Facebook page!

Thank you in advance for your help.

Department of Foreign Languages 

Huhn Presents on Classroom Cell Phone Use: “Nuisance or Necessity”

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Christina Huhn, Department of Foreign Languages (Spanish), presented a session at the annual Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, held in Baltimore, Md., March 7-10, 2013.

The session was entitled “Nuisance or Necessity: Personal Electronic Devices in the Classroom.” The focus of the session was the role that these devices can play in the language classroom, including best practices, current research, potential uses, and how what may seem a nuisance can be a positive medium for our students.

Witthöft Presents on Jean-Baptiste Grenouille: “The Ultimate Outsider as Ultimate Insider”

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Heide Wittöft, Department of Foreign Languages, presented a paper on “The Ultimate Outsider as Ultimate Insider: Jean-Baptiste Grenouille’s Path to Becoming One with Society in Patrick Süskind’s Das Parfum (The Perfume)” on March 8, 2013, at the Society for Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery (SISSI) conference in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The paper focused on Jean-Baptiste Grenouille’s outsider status on multiple levels: emotionally, physically, linguistically, olfactorily, professionally, intellectually, and morally. It analyzed how, despite social integration never being his ambition, in the end, Jean-Baptiste becomes one with society like few people ever do.

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