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Fall 2021 French activities

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Weekly activities

Watch this space as we add more events on a bi-weekly basis or follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @msufrench

Free French tutoring: Mondays from 2-4, Wednesdays from 1-3, and Thursdays from 1-3 from September 1 until Dec. 17. Don’t worry if you get a “waiting room” message: the tutor is likely with another student.

Conversation Hour: Wednesdays from 3-4 in the Schmitt 2nd floor atrium. Generally with snacks! Sometimes with pique-nique or randonnées (hikes).

Upcoming Events

#RethinkingUniversalism in 21st Century France is hosted by the University of Buffalo, but we’re cross-posting since this rich online series of 20 talks has so much to interest us! Register ahead of time for these Zoom talks about the history and future of French universalism and its paradoxes (Haiti, France, Martinique), the history of race, migration, and identity, and much more!

Thursday 16 December, 4:15-6pm. Graduate Student Open House and mixer. Meet in Schmitt 241J or by Zoom (see email for link). Snacks, impromptu advisement, and celebration of a rough semester for the books.

December 16, 17, 18, 19: Fanny Soriano “Fractacles” (Kasser Theater). Choreography for circus. Free for undergraduates with an MSU ID!

Bonnes vacances!

WINTER BREAK: 23 December to 18 January! Watch this space for spring activities.

January 15th, 2022. Deadline to apply to the Teaching in French Program (TAPIF). Students can find more information about the program, eligibility criteria, and how to apply at

Concluded Events

Study Abroad Fair, Wed. Sept. 22 from 11-3pm Student Center Ballrooms.

Tombola! Enter the “tombola geante” (giant raffle) for gift cards to purchase books and supplies by Friday, September 17 at 7pm! This is a massive online gift card raffle to help with beginning-of-term books and supplies (hundreds of $ in prizes!). Open to students currently enrolled in French classes, undergraduate and graduate. Extra entries for French majors and minors. Enter the raffle here (use your address to open the form) by September 17 at 7pm. The drawing will be held in person (en français) in Schmitt Hall 2nd floor atrium on Sept. 22 at 3:00 pm. Bonne chance!

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 3:00pm on the benches outside Memorial Auditorium (just outside Schmitt Hall). Come share a French snack and chat in French. #Conversation #Collation

Thursday, Sept. 30, 8:30am-12:00pm via Zoom. Untold Stories: Women and the Asian Art Trade (featuring segments on France). Organized by the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art; Museum für Asiatische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; and the Harvard Art Museums. Register here:

Thursday, Sept. 30, 5:30-6:30pm in the MSU amphitheater near Kasser Auditorium. COVID luminaries. We will join the program sponsored by the Dean of Students by contributing French-language luminaries in honor of those we have lost. Song, spoken word and an opportunity to write thoughts and messages in French on a commemorative luminary. If you cannot attend, you can still create a luminary any day this week in the Student Center. RSVP here:

Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 2:30pm., Feliciano School Room 422. “How New Jersey Attracts Foreign Companies.” William Noonan, Business Development Director, Choose New Jersey.

Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 3:00-4:00 pm Meet in Schmitt Hall for a “randonnée dans la forêt,” a quick hike in Mills Reservation (en français). Sign up here:

Saturday, Oct. 16: Trip to medieval French cloisters recreated in New York! RSVP here with your MSU Net ID for more information:

Wednesday, October 20th at 5:00 pm.Films for/by All? Accessible Filmmaking and Creative Accessibility, a presentation by Pablo Romero Fresco sponsored by Spanish and Latino Studies. If you missed it, the recording is here:

Sunday, Oct. 24 at 4:00pm. Graduate School Open House. Come learn about our combined BA/MA program, the MA in French with concentrations in French Studies or Professional Translation, and teacher education programs in French.

Tuesday, October 26, 2:30pm. “Building a Globally Competent and Competitive Workforce for Today and Tomorrow’s World.” Patrick Wallace, World Languages and Global Workforce specialist for the Georgia Department of Education. You may attend in person (Feliciano/SBUS 214) or via zoom (Write emerye at for more information).

Wednesday, October 27th, 4:00-5:30pm
Via Zoom:  The Making of a Terrorist: Alexandre Rousselin and the French Revolution. Dr. Jeff Horn, Manhattan College. Co-sponsored by the Medieval and Early Modern Seminar and the Department of History.


Wednesday, November 17, 1:30-4:00pm (in-person and livestreamed). “Reflecting on the Legacy of Slavery and Racism Today in the U.S. and in France.” Join us for the premier of a video dedicated to the international partnership between Montclair State University and the Université Bordeaux Montaigne in association with the FACE Foundation.  A panel discussion with the three faculty members and four of the students who took part in the project will follow the screening. Register here:

Thursday, November 18 at 4:30pm in Schmitt Hall 2nd floor atrium. French Book Bonanza: free books (bring bags and boxes to take them away!). Read French? Have family or friends who love reading in French? Stock up for the holidays with a huge offering of free books in French, some new, some used, some literature and some contemporary fiction.

Tuesday, 23 November at 3:00pm in person and via Zoom. “Visual to Reality: Communicating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in L’Oréal’s True Match Campaign.” A virtual lecture for the LBC program by Regan Warner. University Hall, Room 1060 or virtually.

Monday, 29 November from 5:30-8 via Zoom. Trois géants du théâtre: Metteur en scène Marek Kedzierski en conversation avec les acteurs Claire Aveline et Thierry Bosc. More details to come.Contact Dr. Oppenheim (oppenheiml at for more information.

Tuesday, 30 November: livestream (tv coverage starts early and the ceremony at 11:15) of the ceremony honoring American Josephine Baker, an entertainment superstar, a French hero of the World War II Resistance, a Civil Rights leader, châtelaine (owner of a French castle), and now, the first Black woman (and sixth woman) to be memorialized at the Panthéon. Watch here.

Thursday, 2 December, 8:00-10:00pm. Model United Nations is proud to announce its very first event. There will be a DJ performing, lights out, glow sticks and more! Student Center Ballrooms A,B,and C from 8:00-10:00pm. See more essential details of the event located within the engage link below. Check-in will start at 7:45pm. REGISTER ASAP! SPOTS ARE LIMITED!

Monday, 13 December, 11:30-12:15pm. Conversation avec Seynabou Haith en conjonction avec les circuits touristiques sénégalais construits par les étudiants de FREN203. Register here for joining information:

Updated 12/14/21