• Alison James has received this year's Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring.

  • Veronica Vegna, RLL's Senior Lecturer in Italian and Italian Language Coordinator, recently published her book, Donne, mafia e cinemawith Longo Editore.

  • Frederick de Armas, the Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities, Spanish Literature, and Comparative Literature, recently released his first novel, El abra del Yumurí, a book originally started by his mother.

  • Amine Bouhayat, first-year PhD student in French, has been awarded the Prix Racine by the Fondation Jean et Jean-Pierre Giraudoux for his Masters thesis, entitled

  • The Illinois Portuguese Language Connection (comprised of Northwestern, UChicago, and UIC), of which RLL Senior Lecturer Ana Lima is one of the leaders, has been awarded the 2017 prize for Educational Initiatives conferred by the American Organiza

  • Philippe Desan's recent Montaigne biography was featured in UChicagoNews. Prof.

  • Frederick de Armas recently published his first novel, El abra del Yumurí.

  • Martha Feldman, Mabel Greene Myers Professor of Music and the Humanities in the College, has won the Otto Kinkeldey award, conferred annually by the American Musicological Society, for her recent publication, The Castrato: Reflections on Natures a

  • The English translation of Philippe Desan's book Montaigne: A Life recently published by the Princeton University Press was reviewed by The New Yorker, and was the number-one selling book in its category on Amazon.

  • ARTFL (The Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language), a collaboration between the French government and the University of Chicago, has recently worked with colleagues in other departments across campus, and r

  • David Nirenberg has been named the Deborah R. and Edgar D. Jannotta Distinguished Service Professor in History, Social Thought, Romance Languages and Literatures, and the College. 

  • Justin Steinberg, Professor of Italian Literature, has been awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities to support the research and writing of his current book project, Mimesis on Trial: Bocc

  • Frederick de Armas' new book, El retorno de Astrea: astrología, mito e imperio en Calderón (The Return of Astrea: astrology, myth, and empire in Caldéron), is now available from the

  • Alison James, Professor of French Literature, has been named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques in recognition of her contributions to the promotion of French language and culture in the United States.

  • Armando Maggi, Professor of Italian Literature, has been awarded the 2016 “Premio Flaiano Italianistica” for his book Preserving the Spell: Basile's The Tale of Tales

  • Miguel Martínez, Assistant Professor of Spanish Literature, has published his new book, Front Lines: Soldiers' Writing in the E

  • Professor Emeritus Paolo Cherchi has been elected to the

  • The University of Chicago Center in Beijing hosted "Cervantes in China in his 400th Anniversary" on June 21 and 22.

  • Professor Jennifer Wild's recent book, The Parisian Avant-Garde in the Age of Cinema, 1900-1923, has been awarded an honorary mention by the 2014-15 Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies commitee.

  • Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies graduate student Viviana Hong has been awarded the 2016-17 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

  • María Gutiérrez Bascón and Katrina Powers, both graduate students in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies, have each been awarded a 2016-17 Mellon Humanities Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

  • The 2016-17 Thomas Pavel Endowment Award has been awarded to Ji Gao, graduate student in French.

  • José Estrada and Medardo Rosario, both graduates student in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies, have each been awarded a 2016-17 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship.

  • French graduate student Rebecca Crisafulli has been awarded the 2016-17 Franke Institute for the Humanities Dissertation Completion Fellowship.

  • David Reher, graduate student in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Studies, won a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellowship

  • Cosette Bruhns, RLL graduate student in Italian, was awarded this year's Wayne Booth Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Winners of the prize are nominated by their students. 

  • RLL Graduate Students David Reher, María Gutiérrez Bascón, and Hilda Larrazabal have all recieved the Joseph Gulsoy Short-Term Dissertation Grant.

  • Graduate student Jacqueline Victor has been awarded the Collège de France Exchange Fellowship, and for study in France for the 2016-17 academic year.

  • Several RLL faculty members are featured in two stories in the Spring 2016 issue of Tableau.

  • On May 26, Dominic Thomas (Professor of French and Francophone Studies at UCLA) will give a talk entitled "African Literature: Global and Globalized" as part of the Explorations in Francophone African Literature lecture series.
  • Danielle Roper will be joining RLL next year as a postdoctoral scholar. Roper earned her PhD in Spanish and Portuguese from NYU, and will be teaching a course on Theater and Performance in Latin America.
  • According to a recent Chicago Maroon survey of undergraduate student evaluations dating back to Autumn 2006, RLL student evaluations rank our programs among very highest at the University.

  • From May 12-14, UChicago will host the graduate student and faculty joint conference, Haiti: Beyond Commemorations and Boundaries. The conference will explore the field of Haitian Studies through multiple approaches that go beyond geographical and linguistic boundaries as well as the chronological limitations of a century. The aim is to transcend the curiosity towards the Haitian Revolution, and the extended series of sociopolitical crises made more acute in the wake of the 2010 earthquake. Vast fields of potential inquiry in Haitian Studies (notably literature, history, anthropology, culture, and language) are too often under-examined, whereas the most popular of these fields seem bound by deeply entrenched traditional academic discourses. This event will attempt to generate a pertinent, innovative, and theoretically informed approach to understanding Haiti. It proposes a brainstorming on current work in a number of disciplines, thereby attempting to move scholarly work and theoretical reflection on Haiti “beyond commemorations." The contributors will represent a diverse group of scholars (both established and young researchers) in terms of discipline, methodological and theoretical perspectives. The conference is organized by UChicago French graduate students Bastien Craipain, Michele Kenfack, and Linsey Sainte-Claire and Professor Daniel Desormeaux. More information can be found at: https://haitibeyond.wordpress.com/
  • Maria Anna Mariani, one of RLL's new faculty members in Italian, gave a lecture on the posthumous life of Anne Frank at the Franke Institute's Wednesday Luncheon on February 17th.
  • Acclaimed French author Maylis de Kerangal will participate in two events on campus this week. On Thursday February 18th at 6:00 pm, de Kerangal will discuss The Heart (in English) with Irina Ruvinsky at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore. On Friday, February 19th, she will give a reading and lead a discussion in French in Wieboldt 207 at noon.
  • Viviana Hong, PhD student in Hispanic and Luzo-Brazilian Studies, presented a paper at the February 18th Workshop on Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Chiara Nifosi, RLL graduate student in French, will present her paper “La rhétorique de l’espace dans À la recherche du temps perdu” at the Interdisciplinary Approaches to Modern France and the Francophone World Workshop on March

  • Philippe Desan
    Philippe Desan, Howard L. Willett Professor in Romance Languages and Literatures, History of Culture, and the College, has been honored by the Académie Française with its Grand Prix du Rayonnement de la langue et de la littérature françaises.
  • Glenn Roe (PhD, 2010), currently Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities at Australian National University, received a rave review in The Times Literary Supplment for his recently-published book, The Passion of Charles Péguy.