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World Languages and Cultures

Fall 2023 French Cultural Activities

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Weekly activities, Fall 2023

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Free French Tutoring in Schmitt 230 or by Zoom (Sept. 1 to Dec. 17)

le lundi de 11h à 12h en présentiel: Schmitt 230 (Isaac)

le lundi de 16h à 17h par Zoom : (Isaac)

le mardi de 10h à 12h en présentiel: Schmitt 230 (Imane)

le mercredi de 11h30 à 13h30 en présentiel: Schmitt 230 (Isaac)

le jeudi 10h à 11h par Zoom : (Isaac)

Tutoring is available for conversation practice, to help explain difficult concepts, to read through assignments and to help understand errors in written work, but not to correct or rewrite the work itself. Tutoring is also available for French and other subjects at CAST.

Conversation Hour

Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 in the Schmitt 2nd floor atrium on the quad side. With snacks!


Try your hand at translating a poem (from French into English, Spanish or Haitian Kreyòl) or recording a reading at our “Phares haïtiens: 19th-Century Haitian Luminaries in Translation” repository!

Free French Books!

Check out the “little library” of free French books in the second floor atrium of Schmitt. Feel free to take books home, to share with friends, or to add your own materials.

Scholarships and Other Resources

Scholarship Universe: Check out this new program at the University and start planning to write applications during winter break!

iGrad personal financial portal. Available in NEST to help with financial literacy (prizes available)!

Summer 2024 Scholarships for study abroad. Several through the AATF: and others through the Alliance Francaise de Philadelphie: The Pierre C. Fraley Scholarship  ($3,000) and The Marie Louise Vermeiren Jackson Scholarship ($2,500). Deadlines in February.

Center for Writing Excellence (CWE). Need help with writing term papers or other projects? Need help with English language projects? Make an appointment with the CWE!  They provide one-on-one feedback for all students, faculty, staff, and alumni on all types of writing, in any stage of the writing process. In addition to face-to-face sessions, online appointments with the option to Zoom are available seven days per week.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 6 from 2:30-4:30pm. End-of-semester Party (food, games, performances)! Schmitt Hall 104. Venez nombreux!

Dec. 6 from 5:40 to 6:45pm. Zoom Lecture and Q&A with Matthew Schlecht, PhD of Word Alchemy Translation, Mr. Schlecht specializes in the medical, pharmaceutical, chemical, polymer, and agrochemical fields, and works from Japanese, German, French, Spanish, and Russian into English. In his more than two decades as a linguist, he has developed a clientele of over one hundred direct clients and agencies. Register here!

Jan. 15, 2024. Deadline for applying to the TAPIF (English teaching assistant in France) program. Spend a year in France while working as a teaching assistant and sharing your knowledge of American culture!

Feb. 24-March 2, 2024. Marie Antoinette at Montclair!


Concluded Fall Events

Sept. 13 from 1:30 to 3:30pm. World Languages and Cultures Welcome Feast! Come get to know students studying different languages and sample tasty foods. Schmitt Hall, 104 (new location!).

Sept. 15. Performance of Soeurs at the Maison Francaise de NYU.–soeurs–penda-diouf.html

Sept. 7 to 19: Free Tombola/Raffle. Win $1000 of free gift cards thanks to alumni donations! Please enter the tombola (raffle) by September 18 to win gift cards for purchasing books and supplies. The raffle drawing will be held on September 20, 1:30. 2nd floor lounge of Schmitt Hall (quad side). Entry form here:

Sept. 20. Inauguration of the Petit Prince statute on Fifth Avenue:

Sept. 8 to 29: Seuls en Scène Festival. Fantastic selection of free plays in French hosted by Princeton University:

Through Sept. 24: A small, but fascinating exhibit on Swiss/French poet and intrepid traveler Blaise Cendrars at the Morgan Library in NYC:

Sept. 25. Online. Maison Francaise de NYU: Conversation with Frank Lestringant about Montaigne:–frank-lestringant.html

Sept. 27 at 6:00pm. MLA Workshop for Graduate students. Registration required: Click here to register!

Sept. 28 from 12-1pm. Teach in France next year! The TAPIF program is holding an information webinar. LINK:

Sept. 13-Oct. 4. Samuel Becket, Waiting for Godot (in English). Shakespeare Theater of Madison, NJ.

Oct. 4, 7-9pm in Montclair, Studio 505. The Montclair branch French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is partnering with Out Montclair to welcomes renowned Lebanese graphic novelist Joseph Kai for an evening of conversation to celebrate the new English translation of his acclaimed first book, L’Intranquille (Casterman, 2021), now released as Restless (Street Noise, 2023). The evening will culminate in a Q&A, book signing, and reception. Wine, and Lebanese appetizers and desserts will be served. The book will be available for purchase.

Oct. 6 and 7. Simon Senn & Tammara Leites, NY Premiere. FIAF NYC.

Oct. 12 and 13. Isabelle Adjani, Marilyn’s Vertigo. FIAF NYC.

Oct. 13. Immersion French Trip to New York City: Visit the new Petit Prince sculpture and Central Park, sample French pastries, and visit the Metrpolitan Museum Degas/Manet show (if interested). Departure from Montclair around 2:30 (TBA). Please register here:

Oct. 23 at 6:30pm. Zoom Q&A with Dr. Jasmine Claude-Narcisse, York College, CUNY about her experiences as a translator, most recently translating for the theater, notably US productions of Soeurs, by playwrights Marine Bachelot Nguyen, Penda Diouf and Karima El Kharraze. For connection information please write to Dr. Emery (emerye at

Sept. 24-Jan. 7 Manet/Degas exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art:

Oct. 22 at 4:00 pm. Virtual Open House about graduate programs in French (MA in French Studies or Professional French Translation, teaching tracks, certificate in Professional French translation). RSVP here:

Oct. 29 at 3pm in Kasser Theater. Honors student Ian Kearney is a premiering a choir piece he’s composed: “Les Colombes” (“The Doves”). It is a choral setting of a French decasyllabic poem of the same name by Théophile Gautier. Stop by the Kasser box office for (free) tickets or reserve here:

Nov. 8 at 6:30 pm. Unlocking Business Success for Women in STEM (with a language focus). RSVP in Engage for room information:

Nov. 13 at 6:30pm. A conversation (in English) with Karen Austin, Executive Director of the Strothers Library Theater in Warren, PA, built circa 1883 to bring the best theater acts of the late nineteenth-century (European and American) to middle America. Please write to Dr. Emery (emerye at for Zoom joining instructions or for information about the physical location (we may need to shift to a larger space depending on in-person attendance).

Nov. 16 at 9:45. The Art of French Pastry in Montclair: A Conversation/Tasting with Mr Jayce Baudry. RSVP required.

Nov. 16 at 7:30pm. Les Triplets de Belleville. Wonderful funny animated film with live orchestra (“le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville.” Kasser Theater.

Nov. 30 from 4:00 to 5:00pm. Schmitt 204. Participate in the annual Dictée des Francophones sponsored by the Embassy of France in the United States, in partnership with the American Association of Teachers of French and the Québec Government Office in Los Angeles. The event is open to all, but will be easiest for students in course above the 200-level. It’s on the theme of sports (2024 Paris Olympics) and includes a virtual presentation by French Canadian Roseline Filion, a double medalist in diving at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Contact Dr. Emery for the preparatory materials (emerye at Each participant will receive a certificate from the French Embassy and be entered into a raffle for French prizes.

Updated 12/4/23