Department of Foreign Literature and Languages News and Events

Arts Night 2015

Our 5th annual Arts Night will take place on October 28, 2015. Poetry, music, song, and dance, all with a connection to foreign languages, will be featured along with many acts connected to ghosts, spells and mysteries. Dessert reception and raffles will follow the performances.  Please join us at 7:00 pm in CVPA-153.     

To watch the previous performances or view the programs please use the links below. 

Arts Night 2012 Videolink 

Arts Night Program 2012Arts Night Program 2012

Arts Night 2013 Videolink

Arts Night Program 2013

Faculty Arts Night 2014 Videolink

Faculty Arts Night Program 2014

Arts Night 2014 Videolink

Arts Night 2014 Program


Pi Delta Phi (French Honor Society) Induction, May 8, 2014

Pi Delta Phi (French Honor Society) Induction. May 8, 2014. L to R, Front: Wec Jeannie Emmanuel (Inducted 2013), Valerie Boulet, Molly Hillis, Jesse Waidler, Edina Alexandre, Fabiola Antoine (Inducted 2012). L to R, Back: Jores Kenmoe, Marsha Lapointe (Inducted 2013), Jo Baes, Matt Litchfield

L to R, Front:  Wec Jeannie Emmanuel (Inducted 2013), Valerie Boulet, Molly Hillis, Jesse Waidler, Edina Alexandre, Fabiola Antoine (Inducted 2012).

L to R, Back:  Jores Kenmoe, Marsha Lapointe (Inducted 2013), Jo Baes, Matt Litchfield

Exciting News About our Faculty!

Dr. Michelle Cheyne in Paris France on sabbatical academic year 2013-2014.
Dr.  Michelle Cheyne, Associate Professor of French was on sabbatical in Paris, France for the academic year 2013-2014 doing research for a monograph on artistic ambition and 19th century French Theater.  She gave a public lecture on November 27, 2013 at the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Parigi.  

Her talk, "Pixerécourt, le Federici des boulevards?  Du Giudice del proprio delitto au Coffre de few" is a part of the year long seminar, "Corps à coprs:  Récits de théâtre italien".  Dr. Cheyne was also invited to write the chapter on Balzac's Illusions perdues for the Cambridge Companion to Balzac edited by Owen Heathcote and Andrew Watts for Cambridge University Press. 

Fun News About our Faculty in a Spelling Bee!

Professors Facchini, Lee & O'Hara at the 2013 DEF Spelling Bee.  Came in third place.

Professors de Melo Benavides, Facchini, Lee,  & O'Hara participated in a Spelling Bee sponsored by the Dartmouth Education Foundation (DEF) an organization that supports local schools.  The spelling bee raised close to $20,000.   There were two teams from Foreign Literature & Languages:  Foreign Language Lovers and the UMD Bees.  The Foreign Language Lovers came in 3rd place.  Next year...perhaps 1st? 

Past Events:

  •  The Language that moves the world:  propaganda and its techniques of persuasion.  A lecture (in Spanish) by Dr. Alberto Pena-Rodríguez, Associate Professor, University of Vigo (Spain), Nov. 19, 2013.  Organized by Dr. Carlos Benavides

  • Romance Language Pedagogy:  A strategy for leanring multiple Romance languages.  A lecture by Clorionda Donato, The George L. Graziadio Chair of Italian Studies and Professor of French & Italian.  Organized by the College of Arts & Science Dean's office.  

  •  "Forbidden Marriages: Love and Race in Early 19th-Century France." A lecture by Dr. Jennifer Heuer, History, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Frederick Douglass Unity House, Nov. 2, 2012. Organized by Dr. Michelle Cheyne.

  •  "The Marketing of Swedish Crime Novels." A lecture by Dr. Louise Nilsson, Uppsala University (Sweden), April 26, 2012. Organized by Dr. Stephanie O'Hara.

  • UMD French major Yves Cajuste, president of The Institut Haïtiano-Americain de la Francophonie, presents a lecture by Dr. Samuel Pierre, speaking on "Construire une Haïti nouvelle.", March 17, 2012. Organized by Dr. Michelle Cheyne. 

  •  Arts Night: 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014
    Featuring students from the classes of Professors Biron, Carnes, Cheyne, Currey, DeAbreu, del Pozo, Facchini, Khachatryan, Lee, de Melo Benavides O'Hara, Vargas, Youssef & Zhang. Program: Songs, musical performances, poetry readings in Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish; Zumba & Salsa lessson.  Organized by Dr. Christina Biron. 

  • French Club restarted in Fall 2013 and hosted a number of meetings, events and film night.   For information please contact:

    Ariel Eloi,
    President, UMassD French Club
    Class of 2018: Bioengineering