Stefano Mula, Associate Professor of Italian and Director of the Comparative Literature Program at Middlebury College, was just in Paris to share and develop his research on medieval Latin narratives written by the Cistercian monks of the Clairvaux Abby between the 12th and 13th centuries; he spoke to graduate students in Patrick Henriet’s seminar on hagiography (“Hagiographie, idéologies cléricales et pratiques sociales au Moyen Âge”) at the Ecole pratique des hautes études (EPHE). : In addition he had time to conduct research at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, to visit with colleagues at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) who also work on the Cistercian exempla, and to meet with one of his undergraduate advisees who is currently during her JYA in Paris with Middlebury College’s School in France. For more information on his research and teaching experience, please see the following page of the College’s website : http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/italian/faculty/node/14041.
Sarah Maharjan, a 2010-11 alumna of Middlebury College’s Master’s program in French, is making a name for herself in the field of international education. After working in International Student Services at the EF International Language School in New York and then advising students on Boston College’s study abroad programs in France, Italy and Switzerland, Sarah was recently hired by IAU College (https://www.iaufrance.org/). She currently holds the position of Assistant Director and Director of University Relations and Communications at IAU’s U.S. office. Congratulations or félicitations, Sarah!
Aissatou Gaye (pictured in the middle, between two of her colleagues), a Middlebury College undergraduate majoring in Economics, is exploring the world of French Finance this semester. In addition to the Economics courses she takes at Sciences Po-Paris, she is interning with Finance Innovation, a business and research cluster specializing in financial services (http://www.finance-innovation.org/). Their offices are located within the historical Paris stock exchange (“la Bourse”), in the Palais Brongiart building. Stay tuned for more information on her story as well as those of her classmates and fellow interns as of January 2015 at the following website: http://www.middlebury.edu/sa/france/internships/opportunities/credit.
Students with Middlebury College’s program in Bordeaux had the opportunity to visit Périgueux last week, the capital city of the Dordogne department, in southwestern France. Périgueux was founded over 2,000 years ago and still offers today insight into its rich history and culture from prehistoric times to the Roman conquest and occupation and the wars of Religion in the 16th century. Students spent the day on November 15th exploring the city which included a guided tour of the Mataguerre Tower dating back to the late 15th century. For more information, in English, on Périgueux, please see the following website: http://tourisme-perigueux.fr/en .
Professor Xavier Le Person accompanied a group of students to the Château Vaux le Vicomte (http://www.vaux-le-vicomte.com/) last Saturday where they explored the Château and its extensive gardens. We’ll let the photos of the visit speak for themselves! Photo credits: Xavier Le Person and Julia Seavey.
The School in France is very proud of one of its recent alumni, Miguel Garcia (2010-11 MA in French in Paris); Miguel just graduated this past spring from the Monterey Institute of International studies with a MA in Conference Interpretation. Since graduating, he has completed an internship with the Organization of American States and is now a freelance interpreter working in English, Spanish and French in the Washington, D.C. area. For a better idea of what Miguel does, please watch the following video demonstration on interpretation (scroll down to bottom of article/page for video); Miguel is featured in the segment on consecutive interpretation that takes place between 1:30 and 4:00 minutes of the 11 minutes long video: http://www.allinportuguese.com/blog/2014/05/30/simultaneous-consecutive-interpretation-booth-demonstration/
Our warmest congratulations go to Nicolas Roussellier, Assistant Professor of Political History at Sciences Po-Paris, and Professor at Middlebury College’s School in France as well as at the French Language School in Vermont ; Nicolas is the recipient of a 2014-15 Nuffield College Visiting Fellowship (see nomination here : http://oxpo.politics.ox.ac.uk/visitors/ox_current_visitors.asp). Professor Roussellier will be spending part of the 1st semester in Oxford conducting comparative research on the British and French governments in the 1930s and 1940s. For more information on the Oxford-Sciences Po Research Group (OXPO), please consult their website : http://oxpo.politics.ox.ac.uk/index.asp. Félicitations, Nicolas!