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Spring 2022 French Cultural Activities

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Students relaxing in the amphitheater

Weekly activities

Bookmark this page! We add events on a bi-weekly basis. Or follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @msufrench We are continuing tutoring and conversation hour through June 30. Venez nombreux!

Free French tutoring

Mondays 2-3 via Zoom: Don’t worry if you get a “waiting room” message: the tutor is likely with another student.

Tuesdays, 3-5 via Zoom: Don’t worry if you get a “waiting room” message: the tutor is likely with another student.

Wednesdays 12:30-1:15 in person (Schmitt 241N)

Conversation Hour

Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 in the Schmitt 2nd floor atrium. Generally with snacks! Always with conversation and sometimes with games and randonnées (hikes).

French Music

Check out French minor Angel Bonheur’s French Spotify channel and/or share your own!

Upcoming Events

18 May 10:00am. French Day. Ceremony for the secondary school winners of this year’s French Day video competition. To volunteer, please contact Dr. Emery.

Free Books in French! Looking for good summer reading options? Contact emerye at or rincong at to make an appointment to look through our assortment of beach reading in French (with thanks to our generous alumni and friend benefactors!).

Bonnes vacances!

Concluded spring events

28 to 31 January. A German Youth, film by Jean-Gabriel Périot will be available to stream on the FestivalScope. FREE and reserved to Albertine Cinémathèque members and their students. Members and students can register below to receive an invitation from FestivalScope to access the film. For more information on how to access the film on FestivalScope, please review the instructions here: For more information about the film and watch the trailer click here:

28 January 5pm. End of registration for Book Prize raffle. Prizes range from $25 to $100 and all you have to do is be enrolled in a French class! The drawing will take place the following week and you will be contacted by email if you’ve won!

31 January at 8:15am. Students from U. Bordeaux and MSU will be discussing the profession of court interpreting with French and American professors and two court interpreters, one from France and the other from the US. Please contact Dr. Loysen for joining details.

2 Feb at 1:30pm. TOMBOLA! Gift card raffle drawing (during Conversation hour). Schmitt Hall 2nd floor atrium.

4 Feb. What does American “Meme” to you. Prize winners can earn from $100 to $500. More information here:

6 Feb. Graduate School Open House (via Zoom). Interested in our graduate programs in French Studies or Professional Translation? Attend the event and earn an admission fee waiver.

8 Feb. at 5:30pm Public Services Interpreting: An Opportunity for Linguists and their Communities with Rocío Txabarriaga, Villa Magna Publishing. Registration link: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

9 Feb. at 1:30pm. Crepes for La Chandeleur (during Conversation Hour), Schmitt Hall 2nd floor atrium.

9 Feb. at 3:30pm. Conversation with the French Club of Montclair High School about French career opportunities. Contact Dr. Loysen for more information (loysenk at

14 January-14 February My French Film Festival. 30 films, all virtual! Get your boosted and masked friends together for a viewing! Rate your favorites!

15 Feb. from 2-4pm. Language Revitalization Workshop with Anna Daigneault, a linguistic anthropologist and Program Director at Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages. With extensive experience working with Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon and coordinating projects across Latin America, Anna has been instrumental in LTI’s development of digital Living Dictionaries. More information and registration here:

16 Feb. from 11-3pm Spring 2022 Study Abroad Fair. Student Center, Ballrooms

16 Feb. at 7pm. “Of Fear and Strangers: A Discussion of Xenophobia.” A Virtual meeting with Dr. George Makari sponsored by the Dept. of World Languages and Cultures and Medical Humanities. Registration link:

21 Feb. at 11:00 am. Free United Nations webinar on multilingualism as a Sustainable Development Goal.

23 Feb. from 10-11am. Lecture by Dr. Francesco Toto (Assistant Professor at the University Roma Tre). “Rousseau and Revolution in the Second Discourse.” Zoom link here. More information is available at the MEMS website.

26 Feb. at 2pm via Zoom. Prestigious Scholarships Workshop.

1 March. Deadline for internal scholarships to support study abroad such as the Holz and Balsamo study abroad scholarships!

2 March at 10:45. Language and Culture Matter in Marketing, University Hall, room 1020. Public discussion with Louis Maldonado, Esposito & Partners.

14 March at 5pm. “The Importance of Speaking Spanish in the Healthcare Field,” a presentation followed by a Q&A with Dr. Luis Espina from the Clara Maass Medical Center (IN SPANISH and via Zoom): An event sponsored by the Spanish and Latino Studies Department.

15 March Deadline for the Conrad Schmitt Scholarships for French majors! Contact Dr. Oppenheim for an application form and questions about eligibility.

15 March at 6:00pm. Professor Aimée Boutin, Florida State University. Public lecture: “Translation and Expression in the lyrical poetry of Marceline Desbordes-Valmore.” Register here: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

16 March at 10:45 am. Africa’s Transformation Journey in the 21st Century. Feliciano School, Room 101 or via Zoom. Students and faculty members will engage with a panel of Africa experts in a discussion of the opportunities and challenges the continent faces as countries work toward meeting the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. Guest speakers include Dr. Alan Gelb, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, Zemenay Lakew, a consultant with more than thirty years experience working for the United Nations in Africa, the Caribbean, and New York, and Andrea Walther-Puri, currently Visiting Scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War & Peace Studies at the School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University after five years with the State Department’s Bureaus of African Affairs and Counterterrorism. You can also attend this discussion virtually through zoom. Register here.

21 March from 11:15-12:45. A Translation Workshop by Mark Hauber, Program Director of “Poetry Inside Out.” In person: School of Nursing 160. RSVP:

24 March. Wesley Leonard, University of California, Riverside. Language Revitalization Workshop.Wesley Y. Leonard is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and an associate professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Supported by his experience in community language programs, he researches Native American language reclamation and works to build capacity for Native American language communities in ways that support tribal sovereignty and survivance. A collaborative project that he co-chairs, Natives4Linguistics, promotes Indigenous needs and intellectual tools as ways of doing linguistic science.

30 March. Javier Zamora Virtual Seminar on Teaching, Learning, and Living Poetry as an Act of Resistance. 1:30pm-3:00pm (includes complementary copy of his book, Unaccompanied!). Zamora’s Unaccompanied (2017) is a family’s risky song of longing and love for a country torn apart by war and gang violence. His poems are rooted in the recollections of a nine-year-old boy traveling alone for thousands of miles and confronting the realities of borderland politics, racism, and economic injustice. Register: Virtual Public Poetry Reading 6:00pm-7:00pm. Register:

1 April. French Essay Prize deadline (prizes!). Write a poem in French, accompanied by a one-paragraph statement in English describing your objectives in writing this poem. Why did you choose the words you chose for your poem? Open to students at all levels of French. Inquiries: Dr. Kathleen Loysen. Submissions go to Dr. Oppenheim as a Word document indicating whether you are a non-native or native speaker of French and whether you are a major or minor. Students who have won in previous years are not eligible to submit again in the same language.

6 April from 6-7:30 in Feliciano 101 or by Zoom. What does America “Meme”? Prize-winning student meme creators Gabrielle Mills, Alejandro Gili-Olivares, Francesco Amore, Julie Guevara, Veronica Lisboa discuss their memes with Professors Nicole Archer and Pablo Tinio. Students will “deconstruct” their work and discuss how this recently established visual language has created new forms of dialogue while often subverting traditional means of communication. They, along with Montclair State University faculty and staff and the public, will collectively contextualize and reflect on the disruptive communicative force played by memes in the United States today. The memes themselves (chosen by public vote) are featured in a Sprague Library Gallery along with student biographies and commentary: 

7 April at 1pm. Webinar for Programs in French. Come learn about the Certificate and MA in Professional French Translation, the MA in French Studies, and teaching certification programs in French. Register here:

8 April, 9-11am and 12-2pm. Workshop on Oral History: Essential oral history principles; Ethics and methods; Oral History 101 for multilingual projects; Practical advice on recording interviews; Future resources. Open to all faculty & staff & recommended graduate students. Led by Decentering Dominance (Fernanda Espinosa & Allison Corbett). Register at:

26 April 12-2pm. University Hall, 7th Floor Conference Center. Why do general education and the “great books” matter? Join MSU faculty, students, and staff (including Dr. Emery) in discussion with Dr. Roosevelt Montás, Senior Lecturer at Columbia University’s Center for American Studies and author of Rescuing Socrates. Refreshments Provided.

27 April 3-5. Spring Awards Ceremony and festival! Feliciano School of Business outdoor patio: lower level behind the soccer field and just outside the Venture Cafe. Venez nombreux!

28 April 12-3pm World’s Fair Day. Ampitheater. Register here!

10 May 1:00pm Fêtez le 1er mai avec un muguet pour vous ou un ami. Venez chercher votre muguet à Schmitt Hall Room 241J!

Updated 16 May 2022