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World Languages and Cultures

French Activities in Spring 2021

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Thanks to the enthusiasm of our new graduate assistants, Maud Haddad and Gabriela Rincon, we have many activities planned for the Spring 2021 semester. This list will change as we add more in-person excursions and activities later in the spring so please check back often and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@msufrench) for up-to-date announcements!

Free French tutoring and conversation

Drop-in Zoom tutoring hours (free): Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 pm-5:30 pm through 30 June (with Maud Haddad) (please note that you may have to wait to be admitted if she is with another student). Please contact Mme Maud Haddad ( for the possibility of conversation groups at other times.

Drop-in Conversation hour (free), Wednesdays  from 3:00pm-4:00 pm through June 30

Book Club (via Zoom)

Join fellow French students and alumni for our first French Book Club. You will be able to practice speaking French while gaining stronger reading and comprehension skills. If you are interested in joining, please fill out this survey. If you have questions about joining, contact Gabriela Rincon at

Career Tips

Look for weekly postings along with our “Mot de la semaine” and activities mailings.

Free Upcoming Events

May 17 at 1:00pm. Muguets=porte-bonheur. Increase your luck during finals by adopting a mini pot of muguets (lily of the valley), the deliciously scented traditional flower offered in France for the 1st of May. Supplies limited, please RSVP before May 16: Where? Tents next to the quad nearest the student center (rain or shine).

May 17 at 7:00pm “This is what Democracy looks like in my world.”

Come contribute to the democratic process by discussing the student memes selected by the public: Julia Henskens, Psychology major, with a minor in Child Advocacy; Parham Mousa Elie, History major, with a minor in Political Science; Mari Zuniga, Communications and Media Arts major, with a minor in Chinese

May 20 at 5pm: 3rd meeting for “Le Cercle de Lecture”

Join us for our 3rd meeting as we begin our discussion on ‘813’ by Maurice Leblanc on Thursday, May 20th at 5pm! If you are a fan of the Netflix series, Lupin, then ‘813’ will be a wonderful read since the series was based on this book. All new participants are welcome! For more information and details about our next meeting, contact Gabriela Rincon at

Past Events

Tombola géante! 

Massive online gift card raffle for books and supplies. Open to students currently enrolled in French classes, undergraduate and graduate. Many prizes available. Enter the raffle here (use your address) by February 19 at 7:00pm.

Interested in becoming a French minor, major, or graduate student and taking advantage of programming such as this? Contact Dr. Elizabeth Emery or Dr. Kathleen Loysen for more information about declaring a minor or major in French. In the meanwhile, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @msufrench for more spring 2021 activities, in person and online. Drawing live (in French) via Zoom on February 23 at 2:00pm.

Cuisinez avec moi: Crêpes. Wednesday, February 17 at 3:00 via Zoom: Join Professor Emery, Maud Haddad, and Gabriela Rincon for an afternoon of live crêpe-making demonstration and French conversation. If you are on campus and interested in participating in person (tasting and making), please contact Professor Emery.

Graduate School Open House. Sunday, February 21

Sign up to learn more about French graduate programs in teaching and translation. Receive a free waiver of the admissions fee!

Paris on Film (Online) through the Alliance Française in Montclair

January 12th-March 1st, 6.99 for non FIAF members

Join us for a cinematic escape to the City of Light! Discover Paris through the eyes of filmmakers who have used the city as a rich tapestry for their work. The series looks at the French capital through nearly 100 years of cinema. Sign up here!

Cuisinez avec moi: dorm-friendly mousse au chocolat. March 9 at 4pm via Zoom: Join Montclair alumna Bonnie Borton in a cooking demonstration and conversation about food hacks for making delicious chocolate mousse at home. RSVP to for an ingredient list and cook along with Mme Borton!

March 24: Making Languages our Business: A Chat with Erin Whelchel

Please join us at 11 a.m. on March 24, 2020
register now:

Erin Whelchel is the Outreach Manager at ACTFL (American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages), an individual membership organization representing more than 14,000 language educators and administrators nationally and internationally. Since its launch in Spring 2017, she has managed ACTFL’s national public awareness and advocacy campaign Lead with Languages—a hub of free online resources for students, their parents, educators, and others that seeks to make language learning a national priority. Erin is also an alumna of the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), through which she taught English in a variety of French school settings and regions from 2009-12.

March 31: 12pm A Conversation with Everette Jordan: A Career in Intelligence and Global Security

Mr. Jordan is currently assigned as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Intelligence Community Integration. In this role he serves as one of the principal senior executive conduits between the Treasury Department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis (OIA) and the Intelligence Community. He leads a group of individuals that addresses evolving challenges of coordinating the interactions between OIA and the Intelligence Community. Registration is required:

April 2: Essay Prize deadline:


1) a non-native speaker of the language (and if a major or minor, when applicable) OR

2) a native speaker (and if a major or minor, when applicable)

All essays are to be submitted as a Word document via email attachment to Dr. Oppenheim:

A choice between two topics:

Le Covid-19, maladie causée par le nouveau coronavirus, a exercé des pressions inattendues sur la plupart des systèmes politiques du monde, y compris sur ceux de pays traditionnellement jugés démocratiques comme la France et les États-Unis. En premier lieu des préoccupations tant des citoyens que des gouvernements, l’on retrouve, d’une part, le besoin pour les États d’appliquer des mesures sanitaires préventives qui ont tendance à limiter les libertés publiques et, d’autre part, le souci des citoyens de limiter l’intrusion de l’État dans les libertés publiques traditionnelles. Quel impact pensez-vous que le défi du Covid-19 va avoir sur les démocraties française et américaine ? 


Des manifestations contre les inégalités raciales et les brutalités policières aux États-Unis ont engendré une création du mouvement “Black Lives Matter” (les vies noires comptent). Croyez-vous que l’intervention de la police soit nécessaire dans certains cas ?  D’après-vous, est-ce que le travail des policiers est suffisamment encadré pour établir l’ordre au pays ? Que pensez-vous aussi de l’idée du « définancement de la police » proposée par quelques gouverneurs des États ?

Please indicate if you are an Undergraduate or Graduate student.
Length:  Essays, to be written in French, must be three pages (typed, double-spaced).


Fall Streaming Film Clips and Conversation

To RSVP for films, please fill out this form and a Zoom link will be sent to you in advance of the event.

February 19 at 6:00 pm. Entre les murs  réalisé par Laurent Cantet 

Francois Marin (François Bégaudeau) is a French language and literature teacher at an inner-city Paris high school. As the new school year begins, he introduces himself to his new class and begins the arduous process of reaching out to each of them. Marin encounters his share of problem students, teen violence, ethnic tensions between classmates and education barriers within the group, all of which test his patience and — more importantly — his resolve as an educator.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

“François est un jeune professeur de français dans un collège difficile. Il n’hésite pas à affronter Esmeralda, Souleymane, Khoumba et les autres dans de stimulantes joutes verbales, comme si la langue elle-même était un véritable enjeu. Mais l’apprentissage de la démocratie peut parfois comporter de vrais risques.” (Allociné.fr)

March 19 at 6:00 pm. Ce qui nous lie réalisé par Cédric Klapisch 

“Back to Burgundy finds its own subtle terroir in the well-trod ground of family drama — and should prove particularly intoxicating viewing for oenophiles.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

“Le réalisateur de “Casse-tête chinois” a tourné au rythme des saisons cette chronique tendre, drôle et instructive qui se révèle un excellent cru dans sa filmographie.” (

April 13 12:30pm in the Student Center Quad: Le retour du pique-nique dans le parc!

In-person event! Bring your blanket or hammock and snack or choose from among our pre-packaged French treats. Practice your French while social distancing under the pine tree at the end of the quad farthest away from the Student Center! RSVP:

April 16 at 6:00 pm. Divines réalisé par Houda Benyamina

“In a housing estate on the outskirts of Paris, a teenager who is hungry for her share of power and success becomes a runner for a drug dealer. When she meets a male dancer, a window of opportunity offers a different kind of life.” (Rotten Tomatoes)

“Dans un ghetto où se côtoient trafics et religion, Dounia a soif de pouvoir et de réussite. Soutenue par Maimouna, sa meilleure amie, elle décide de suivre les traces de Rebecca, une dealeuse respectée. Sa rencontre avec Djigui, un jeune danseur troublant de sensualité, va bouleverser son quotidien.” (

To RSVP for films, please fill out this form and a Zoom link will be sent to you in advance of the event.

April 17. Gallery Talks at the Cloisters. Free with admission

The Cloisters offers Gallery Talks and other programs for adults at noon and 2:00 p.m. every Saturday and on the first Sunday of each month, year-round. Due to limited gallery space, groups of ten or more cannot be accommodated. If you are interested, you can purchase tickets here!

April 21 Virtual Job Fair (sign up ahead of time!)

April 22 at 5:00 pm Book Club

Contact Gabriela Rincon for more details (

Monday, May 3 A talk by Dr. Daniel Mengara: ““De “La plus grande France” à la France européenne: Le nationalisme français dans tous ses états”. Monday, May 3 5:30-8:00 via Zoom. More information to follow. For joining information please contact Dr. Oppenheim (

Wednesday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. A talk by Dr. Ting Chang, University of Nottingham, UK. “The King’s Docile Body? The Role of Maps, Games, and Globes in the 18th and 18th Centuries in France.”

This lecture investigates the role of maps, games and globes in princely education in France in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Scrutiny of the educational games and other instruments designed for Louis XIV, aged four when he succeeded to the throne in 1643, suggests early modern gamification, defined by Sebastian Deterding and others as the use of game design elements in non-game contexts to motivate through the pleasurable experience of play certain desired behaviours and outcomes. Dr. Chang proposes that maps, games, and globes acted upon the king’s body as much as on his mind. Like the ideal figure of the soldier described by Michel Foucault, even the king’s body was manipulated, shaped, and trained in the early modern period, albeit with boardgames and playing cards.

Register via Zoom:

Fall Registration starts April 26

Be sure to take care of any holds and make an appointment with your advisor to plan fall courses. Course descriptions (and advisor contact information) are online!

Thursday, May 6 at 7:00 p.m. Chief Vincent Mann. The Languages of Indigenous Communities.  Chief Vincent Mann is the Turtle Clan Chief of the Ramapough Lunaape Nation, which encompasses Passaic County NJ, Warwick, and surrounding areas in New York. Chief Mann has held the title of Turtle Clan Chief for approximately twelve years. For the past five years, he has worked with the NYU Environmental Studies Department. In that time, he participated in the construction and implementation of a community health survey focused on identifying and addressing health concerns within his community. To honor Chief Mann’s efforts to shed light on his community’s efforts to fight back after the Ford toxic dumping, he was awarded the Russ Berry Foundations highest award of Unsung Hero. Chief Mann has been at the forefront of the New Jersey environmental justice movement, where he has worked to protect the water supply of 4 million people and advocated for the community living in close proximity to the Ringwood mines superfund site.Sponsored by the departments of World Languages and Cultures, Linguistics, Religion and Anthropology.

Register here:

May 7 at 6:00 pm. Faat Kiné, film réalisé par Ousmane Sembene

Faat Kine presents a wonderful, feminist, observation of Senegalese women’s lives (Rotten Tomatoes).

Faat Kiné a été abandonnée par son mari avec ses deux enfants. Seule, elle va les éléver et les mener au prix d’efforts courageux, jusqu’au baccalauréat. Dans ce défi, différents portraits de la société africaine s’affrontent et se confrontent. Entre la grand-mère et la petite-fille, il faut passer par la personnalité moderne de Faat Kiné (

To RSVP for films, please fill out this form and a Zoom link will be sent to you in advance of the event.

May 12 at 5pm. Professor Elizabeth Emery will speak about her new book, Reframing Japonisme: Women and the Asian Art Market in Nineteenth-Century France, 1853–1914 (Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2020) in conversation with Rachel Saunders, PhD, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Curator of Asian Art at Harvard Art Museums, and recently elected member of the JASA Board of Directors. Talk description and registration information here:


Updated 15 May 2021