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We are delighted to announce that on the occasion of Paul LeClerc’s retirement as Trustee, the Mellon Foundation has pledged to establish two endowments at Columbia.The Paul LeClerc Centennial Fund will support the operations of the Maison Française. The Paul LeClerc Fund for French Studies will support conferences organized by faculty from the Department of French. Paul LeClerc is a Columbia University alumnus, French M.A. and PhD. The Department of French is extremely grateful for his generosity.
Congratulations to Professor Pierre Force for receiving a fellowship at the Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton for the 2014-15 academic year. He will work on a book project entitled Wealth and Disaster: Atlantic Migrations from a Pyrenean Town in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.
Bio: Pierre Force.
We are delighted to welcome Eliza Zingesser (PhD Princeton) who has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of French.
Bio: Eliza Zingesser.
Congratulations to Professor Joanna Stalnaker for receiving a 2014 Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award. Established in 2005 by University Trustee Gerry Lenfest (Law ’58), the awards are given annually to recognize faculty exhibiting unusual merit across a range of professorial activities -- including scholarship, University citizenship and professional involvement -- with a primary emphasis on the instruction and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students. Professor Stalnaker will be honored along with the other recipients at an award dinner on March 27.

Professor Antoine Compagnon is featured in Télérama magazine.


Proust Reread / Proust Relu
Du côté de chez Swann at 100

On October 4th and 5th, renowned international scholars and writers addressed the questions of why and how Proust has been read, reread, translated and interpreted in different contexts over the past hundred years; conference program.

The proceedings will be published in a special issue of the Romanic Review.

Professor Compagnon's "Un été avec Montaigne" among the best-sellers in France this summer
La Classe de Rhéto: thirty-seven years later, Professor Compagnon returns to the novel: in conversation with Libération's readers and an interview on France Culture.
Congratulations to alumnus Paul LeClerc (PhD, French) on his nomination to the position of Director of Columbia's Europe Global Center in Paris. President Bollinger's announcement: University News.
We congratulate all our graduates on their recent job placement accomplishments in this very difficult job market!
Listen to France Culture interview with Professor Diagne.
We are delighted to announce that Professor Saada received the Columbia Distinguished Faculty Award established by alumnus and Trustee Gerry Lenfest. The prize recognizes Emmanuelle's outstanding teaching and her wide-ranging and innovative interdisciplinary research.

Congratulations to Professor Compagnon who received the very prestigious Prix Claude Lévi-Strauss. The prize is given by the Ministre de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, with the goal of recognizing the entire work of a scholar in the field of the Humanities or the Social Sciences.

Allocution d’Antoine Compagnon.

Pascale Hubert-Leibler has been honored by the Embassy of France, having been made Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques for her outstanding work at Columbia and beyond.
Congratulations to Professor Debaene whose book L’Adieu au voyage (Gallimard, 2010) has been awarded the 2011 Louis-Castex prize in history and sociology by the Académie française, and the 2011 Joseph-Saillet prize by the Académie des Sciences morales et politiques.
The French Académie des Sciences morales et politiques has awarded the Dagnan-Bouveret Prize to Professor Diagne's latest book, Bergson postcolonial: L'elan vital dans la pensee de L'eopold Sedar Senghor et de Mohamed Iqbal. The prize will be officially received by Professor Diagne when the Academy convenes for its opening session on Monday, November 14.
Congratulations to Professor Stalnaker whose book The Unfinished Enlightenment has just been awarded the Kenshur Prize ("to be awarded for an outstanding monograph of interest to eighteenth-century scholars working in a range of disciplines") by the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University.
The prestigious 2011 Prix Edouard Glissant prize is awarded to Professor Souleymane Bachir Diagne by the Agence universitaire de la francophonie, the Maison de l’Amérique latine, the Institut Tout-Monde and the University of Paris 8, Vincennes in recognition of his outstanding philosophical work as well as of his commitment to promoting dialogue between different cultures. The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday June 8, 2011 at the Maison de l’Amérique latine in Paris.
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