Dr. Ramsey's Students contribute to French Blog

February 27, 2015
Visit the French Department's blog to see the submissions of Dr. Ramsey's French Conversation Students. Her students introduce themselves, contribute celebrity gossip, take us on a tour of a French or Francophone city, and speak about their environmental concerns.

Sewanee Fall Semester in Paris is launched!

February 20, 2015
The Sewanee Semester in Paris applies place-based learning abroad, using the City of Light as a rich field laboratory, thereby enabling on-site examination of that which can only be approached textually and via images and film on this side of the Atlantic.

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Dr. Poe's latest review published in "The Sewanee Review"

November 24, 2014
George Poe has published "The Hadley Years in Paris", which is an essay-review of The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, Volume 2: 1923-1925, edited by Sandra Spanier, Albert J. Defazio III, and Robert W. Trogdon and published by Cambridge University Press, 2013. "The Sewanee Review", Fall 2014 (vol. 122, no. 4, pp. 675-80).

Espree-Conway Discusses his Watson Fellowship Experiences

September 30, 2014
DeAndré Espree-Conaway (C'13) delivered a post-Watson slide presentation on his travels of last year; his talk, entitled "Taking Down Tongues," took place in Gailor Auditorium on Friday afternoon, August 29. The basic question that DeAndré tried to raise during his non-stop travels throughout South Asia and the South Pacific Islands--he was especially interested in the dialects spoken in la Nouvelle-Calédonie and on the islands of la Poynésie française--was whether language documentation helps in the struggle to hold onto dying tongues. The Department was proud to have our old French major (C'13) back in Gailor, lecturing to a large and interested audience!

Sewanee Alumnus Wins National Teaching Prize

September 18, 2014
Tracy Rucker (C'94) has won the American Association of Teachers of French's national Dorthy S. Ludwig Excellence in teaching Award for Secondary Education.

Foreign Language Degrees Pay Off!

September 8, 2014
According to a study published in the "Wall Street Journal" and conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, among liberal arts graduates, the highest paying entry-level salaries are paid to students with foreign language and literature degrees. The average starting salary for foreign language degree holders in 2014 was $46,900/year.

Dr. Mills receives Mellon Globalization Forum Grant

April 23, 2014
Dr. Kathryn Mills earned a Mellon Globalization Forum course development grant for her French 417 course called "Pulp Fiction: the Roman Policier in the 19th and 20th centuries."

Teaching Opportunities for French Majors

April 17, 2014
Each year, Southern Teachers Agency helps hundreds of teachers find jobs at outstanding college preparatory schools throughout the South—nearly 600 schools in 16 states from Texas to Florida to Pennsylvania. STA has already received French vacancy listings from schools for the 2014-15 academic year, and anticipate many more in the coming months! These jobs range from teaching French to elementary students through AP French Literature and Language courses. Certification is not required by private schools for many French jobs.

Dr. Segrest addresses the Renaissance Society of America

April 7, 2014
In March, Dr. Segrest gave a paper on early modern ethnography entitled "Girolamo Benzoni, Urbain Chauveton and Indigenous Representations in the Histoire nouvelle du nouveau monde (1579)" at the Renaissance Society of America conference in New York.

Dr. Glacet and colleagues publish an Essay

March 24, 2014
Dr. Andre Benhaïm, Dr. Aymeric Glacet, and Dr. Éric Trudel have collaborated on the essay entitled, "Machine Zéro: Point de Fusion" which appears in the journal, "Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Vol 17, Issue 4"

Dr. Poe’s review published in «The Sewanee Review»

March 24, 2014
George Poe has published "Dust of Words", which is a review of «Beginning and End of the Snow: Début et Fin de la Neige», by Yves Bonnefoy, watercolors by Farhad Ostovani, translated and presented by Emily Grosholz. «The Sewanee Review» Winter 2014 (vol. 122, no. 1, pp. 157-61).

Dr. Poe’s 18th Century France class views original Encyclopedias at the University Archives

November 4, 2013
This year's "Fête de l'Encyclopédie" was celebrated, by Professor Poe's FREN 405 (Eighteenth-Century France) class, at the University Archives on Tuesday, October 1, 2013; inasmuch as Sewanee's archives house a complete set of Diderot and D'Alembert's 1781 Lausanne & Berne edition of l'Encyclopédie, the old tomes are quite worth seeing, touching, and examining together as a class.... They are indeed worth a "fête"!

Enrollment Opens for SSIF In Tahiti

October 15, 2013
The Department of French and French Studies’ mission is to examine the language, literature, history, culture, and society of France and of other Francophone countries. This summer, we will be in Papeete, capital of French Polynesia, and in the Marquesas Islands.

Dr. Kathryn Mills Addresses Group in Oxford, England

September 10, 2013
Kathryn Oliver Mills presented the life, faith, and poetry of Wil Mills over tea at the Inklings Conference in Oxford, England, at St. Hilda's College. Brown Patterson, professor emeritus of history at Sewanee, was also in attendance. The conference was organized by Hal Poe, cousin of George Poe.

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Dr. Poe's latest review has just appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of "The Sewanee Review"

May 7, 2013
George Poe has published "A Joyful Meeting of Playful Poets", which is a review of "The Bestiary, or Procession of Orpheus", by Guillaume Apollinaire, with accompanying woodcuts by Raoul Dufy, translated and presented by X. J. Kennedy. "The Sewanee Review" Spring 2013: xxxvii-xl.

Dr. Glacet's Article included in "Cahiers Claude Simon"

April 23, 2013
An article by Dr. Aymeric Glacet, "Entre Georges et Claude: Place des Géorgiques dans l'oeuvre de Claude Simon" appears in "Cahiers Claude Simon" edited by the Association des Lecteurs de Claude Simon was published by Presses Universitaire de Perpignan in 2013.

Poetry Book edited by Dr. Mills is Published

April 22, 2013
The Selected Poems of Wilmer Mills is a collection of the very best poetry written by an exceptional poetic talent who died much too young. Carefully chosen and edited by his wife Kathryn Mills, Selected Poems is a celebration of Wil s thoughtful, deeply-felt, and powerful poetry.

Aymeric Glacet's latest book released

April 15, 2013
One hundred years from his birth, the life of Albert Camus is studied by André Benhaïm and Dr. Aymeric Glacet in their most recent book, "Albert Camus au Quotidien", published by Septentrion University Press in France.

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Dr. George Poe published in the Sewanee Review

February 6, 2013
Dr. Poe's latest review article has just appeared in the in the "Arts and Letters" section of the current Winter 2013 issue of The Sewanee Review entitled "Americans in Nazi-Occupied France" (vol. 121, no. 1, pp. 167-71). Professor Poe will also have a review appearing in the upcoming Spring 2013 issue of The Sewanee Review.

Opportunities to teach French for 2013-14 School Year

February 4, 2013
Southern Teachers Agency has already received French vacancy listings from schools for the 2013-14 academic year, and we anticipate many more in the coming months! The types of French teaching jobs STA receives range from teaching French to elementary students through AP French Literature and Language courses. Occasionally, the jobs will call for an ability to teach an additional foreign language as well.

French Students Make New Contributions to French Blog

December 13, 2012
Dr. Ramsey's students have been studying French music and art as well as current environmental issues. Visit "Actualités et opinions", a blog comprised entirely of student-created French language content to see their contributions.

Hiring Season for French Teachers to begin soon

December 5, 2012
The peak hiring season for private and independent schools is about to begin! This is a great opportunity for French majors or minors to share their love of French language and culture. Learn more about the Southern Teachers Agency

Dr. Poe published in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism

September 26, 2012
George Poe's earlier article entitled "The Post-Revolutionary France of Claudel's Trilogy," on French playwright Paul Claudel's three plays (L'Otage, Le Pain dur, and Le Père humilié), was selected for reprint as one of eight critical essays on Claudel for Gale/Cengage's Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism reference volume; May 2012. A copy of the volume is shelved at duPont Library (LC code: PN771.G27, vol. 268).

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Dr. Poe Reviews "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris"

September 26, 2012
George Poe published a review in this summer's Sewanee Review (vol. 120, no. 3, pp. xli-xliv) of David McCullough's recent book "The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris". Professor Poe will also have a review article appearing in the "Arts and Letters" section of the upcoming winter issue of The Sewanee Review.

Visit French 313's Blog!

May 28, 2012
Dr. Ramsey's French 313 Contemporary Language and Usage students have been hard at work this past semester writing articles for a current events blog called, "Les Actualités à Sewanee". Their articles deal with food, politics, sports, the environment, and celebrities. You will be impressed with their mastery of the language and will hopefully find the topics interesting.

French Teaching Jobs for Recent Graduates

May 28, 2012
Southern Teachers Agency still has quite a few French vacancy listings from schools for the 2012-13 school year. These jobs range from teaching French to elementary students through AP French Literature and Language courses. Occasionally, the jobs will call for an ability to teach an additional foreign language as well. Certification is not required by private schools for many French jobs. See the job listings at

Dr. Mills' latest book published

April 11, 2012
In Formal Revolution in the Work of Baudelaire and Flaubert, Kathryn Oliver Mills argues that despite the enduring celebrity of Baudelaire and Flaubert, their significance to modern art has been miscast and misunderstood. To date, literary criticism has paid insufficient attention to these authors' literary form and their socio-cultural context. To purchase from Barnes and Noble or Amazon, please read more.

Southern Teacher's Agency has begun placing French teachers

December 12, 2011
Southern Teachers Agency has begun to receive French vacancy listings from schools for the 2012-13 school year. These jobs range from teaching French to elementary students through AP French Literature and Language courses. Occasionally, the jobs will call for an ability to teach an additional foreign language as well. STA is the oldest teacher-placement service in America. We receive job listings from hundreds of PK-12 private schools around the South. Schools come to STA because they recognize the value of STA's help in recruiting & screening talented candidates.  Certification is not required by private schools for many French jobs. 

Dr. Mills awarded ACA fellowship

December 7, 2011
Kathryn Mills will use the sabbatical year afforded by the Appalachian College Association grant to organize and archive the papers of her late husband, Wilmer Mills, in order to safeguard Wil's legacy to poetry. Only 41 when he passed away last summer after a short battle with liver cancer,Wilmer Mills, C’92, T’05, had already established himself as one of his generation's foremost poets. In addition to organization, Kathryn Mills’ work will involve sending out individual unpublished poems to journals, editing Wil’s third book, and writing on certain themes that evolved in his poetry.

Dr. Glacet invited to lecture at Princeton

November 15, 2011
Dr. Aymeric Glacet has been invited to speak at Princeton University on November 17th, 2011 in 103 Scheide-Caldwell House at 4:30 p.m. The title of his lecture is "Ecrire au nom de l'insulte: Butor et autres noms d'oiseaux".

Dr. Mills' upcoming Book

September 15, 2011
Kathryn Oliver Mills' book, Formal Revolution in the Work of Baudelaire and Flaubert, is forthcoming from the University of Delaware Press.

Job Opportunities for French Majors

August 19, 2011
The Southern Teachers Agency, the oldest teacher-placement service in America, currently has several French vacancies listed by schools for the 2011-12 school year. These jobs range from teaching French to elementary students through AP French Literature and Language courses. For most PK-12 French positions, a bachelor's degree with a major in French (or at the very least a minor) is essential, but teacher certification is not. Visit them at

Dr. Glacet's publication on Le Clezio, winner of Nobel Prize in Literature

March 21, 2011
An article by Dr. Glacet entitled "Comme un coup de pied dans une fourmilière," in French Studies in Southern Africa, Etudes françaises en Afrique australe, Revue No 40 - 2010. This article examines, in The African and Onitsha, the African chilhood of J.M.G. Le Clezio, his confrontation with his father, and, through the metaphor of the termite, his condemnation of colonialism.

Dr. Glacet's publication on Alain Robbe-Grillet

November 18, 2010
An article by Dr. Aymeric Glacet entitled "Et si la page blanche était un mythe," Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2010. Ce manuel éclaire Les Gommes et La Jalousie en fonction de leurs configurations narratologiques, dans un contexte de vives polémiques. Au-delà des décennies d’histoire littéraire et d’interprétations superposées, les auteurs y proposent des lectures contemporaines qui aideront les étudiants (au programme de l’Agrégation), et plus largement les lecteurs, à se construire diverses visions des textes.

French is #2 Most Useful Foreign Language for Success in Business

November 8, 2010
According to a recent Bloomberg Survey, French is the second most useful language to be successful in business. Foreign languages were ranked according to the number of speakers, number of countries where it is the official language, along with the population of those countries, financial power, educational and literacy rates, and related measures. Second only to Chinese, French is spoken by 68 million people and is the official language of 27 countries. This means that a major or minor in French would be a perfect accompaniment to an Economics major for those students seeking an edge over the competition for increasingly scarce jobs in business.

Recent Sewanee Graduate Accepted into the Teaching Assistant Program in France

October 16, 2010
Amory Walker, a 2010 graduate of the college who majored in Biology, was accepted into the Teaching Assistant Program in France. This program is a joint initiative of the French Ministry of Education, the Centre international d'études pédagogiques (CIEP) and the Cultural Services Department of the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. Since the fall of 2010, Amory has been teaching in the town of Talange in the Nancy-Metz school district, in the Northeast of France.

Dr. Glacet is published in the Romanic Review

September 10, 2010
An article by Dr. Aymeric Glacet entitled "Ah! Quel terrible cinq heures du soir... ou des boites dans l'oeuvre de Claude Simon" in The Romanic Review, Volume 100, May 2009.

Review by Dr. Mills published in The Sewanee Review

September 6, 2010
Kathryn Oliver Mills' review of Craig Hill's "The Complete Fables of Lafontaine" (Arcade, 2008) just appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of The Sewanee Review.

Dr. Mills' Latest Publication

August 18, 2010
Kathryn Oliver Mills' article "Painting Modern Life: Baudelaire and Crime Fiction" has just come out in the most recent, late-appearing edition of of Nineteenth Century Studies (2008/Vol.22).

Dr. Poe's Book Reviews Published

April 14, 2010
George Poe has published five book reviews over the past year and a half, three in "The French Review", one in "Contemporary French Civilization", and one in the current edition of "The Sewanee Review", with another scheduled to appear in the upcoming spring edition of "The Sewanee Review" wherein Professor Poe critiques Frederic Spotts's recent book entitled "The Shameful Peace: How French Artists and Intellectuals Survived the Nazi Occupation" (Yale Univ. Press, 2008)

Dr. Mills offered a National Humanities Center Fellowship

April 2, 2010
During the summer of 2009, Kathryn Oliver Mills was selected to participate as a National Humanities Center fellow in a seminar on "Les Fleurs du Mal" led by the distinguished critic Jonathan Culler. She was asked to be on the organizing board for a continuation of that seminar summer of 2010 at the Bandy Center at Vanderbilt.

Proust Lecture in Gailor Hall

March 26, 2010
On November 18th, 2009, André; Benhaïm, scholar of 20th-century French and Francophone literature and culture at Princeton addressed an overflowing crowd at Gailor Auditorium. His lecture, entitled "Marcel Proust Superstar. The Making of a French Idol (From Boulevard Haussmann to Hollywood Boulevard)" discussed Marcel Proust's influence on popular culture.