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French

Study Abroad and Research Opportunities

The French program encourages a range of research skills and activities: laboratory work in language proficiency, outings to nearby Quebec, and literary scholarship in Hamilton's extensive Burke Library holdings. As part of the Hamilton in France program, students study for a full academic year at the Université de Paris III and other more specialized institutions. The integrated academic, linguistic and cultural components of the Hamilton in France program allow students to progress in their academic discipline, acquire excellent linguistic proficiency and be more informed citizens of the world.

 

Victoria Lin '15
Victoria Lin '15 Studies Muslim Identity Through Emerson Grant

Under the name of France’s long-standing tradition of secularism, called laïcité, French law has restricted many Islamic religious practices in the last decade. These new laws, often dubbed Islamophobic by the international community, include banning the burqa and niqab in public spaces, forbidding headscarves in public schools and restricting public prayer. This summer, Victoria Lin ’15 examined the impact of these laws on Muslim identity through her Emerson Grant with Professor of French Cheryl Morgan.  More ...

Asad Javed ’15
En Rose: How the Depiction of Homosexuality in French Cinema has Evolved

Although France legalized gay marriage last year, LGBT individuals in the country still feel marginalized. One contributing factor to this is the portrayal of homosexuality in the media, the topic Asad Javed '15, film and French double major, is spending the summer studying. He is working on the independent Emerson project, En Rose - The Depiction and Reception of Homosexuality in French Cinema, with Professor of French Martine Guyot-Bender.  More ...

Brendon Kaufman '15
The Rapport Between English and French: An Emerging Melange of Languages

Blasé, concierge, and faux pas, among many other words, have become so integrated into the English lexicon that we often forget their French origin. The process of adopting words from other languages has been common practice for centuries, and, in fact, English has more borrowed words than any other language. This stands in stark contrast with French, which prides itself on being a “pure” language. Brendon Kaufman ‘15 was awarded an Emerson Grant to research the use of Anglicisms in everyday French in Paris this summer.  More ...

Mackenzie Leavenworth '15, right, on site in Gournia, Greece, during a 2013 Emerson research expedition with Professor John McEnroe.
26 Students Awarded Emerson Research Grants

Recipients of the 2014 Emerson Summer Grants were recently announced. Created in 1997, the  program was designed to provide students with significant opportunities to work collaboratively with faculty members, researching an area of interest. The recipients, covering a range of topics, are exploring fieldwork, laboratory and library research, and the development of teaching materials. The students will make public presentations of their research throughout the academic year.  More ...

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