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Palouse French Film Festival

Opening night of the Palouse French Film Festival at Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre in Moscow, ID.
Opening night of the Palouse French Film Festival at Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre in Moscow, ID.

The 6th edition of the Palouse French Film Festival took place in Moscow, Idaho, October 6-27 at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre featuring:

  • Two Days One Night
  • Girlhood
  • Timbuktu
  • Bicycling with Molière

Film introductions were presented by Assistant Professor of French Romain Chareyron (Two Days One Night) and retired DFLC Professor Marie Glynn (Bicycling with Molière). More than 600 students and community members gathered for the event. The festival was co-organized by WSU French Professor, Sabine Davis, and a colleague at the University of Idaho, Sarah Nelson. The event was co-funded by the two universities.

Faculty Activites

In August, Jeff Klassen joined the French faculty on a part-time, temporary basis. Klassen is from Canada and a doctoral student in linguistics at McGill University. He defended his doctoral thesis, Second Language Acquisition of Focus Prosody in English and Spanish, on December 9. We wish him good luck in all his future endeavors!

In Spring 2016, Sabine Davis will offer a new online course: French Culture Through Wine. This course was created a few years ago and will now be accessible online to all WSU Global Campus students everywhere.

Insook Webber will participate in a symposium on “The ‘Loser’ in Francophone Film and Literature” in Lubbock, Texas in March. The title of her presentation is “Le ‘Loser’ dans le cinéma de Bruno Dumont et le bas matérialisme de Bataille”.

Romain Chareyron will chair a session on the representation of youth in contemporary French Cinema at the 2016 Northeast Modern Language Association conference in Hartford, Conn., in March. Chareyron submitted an abstract on the cinema of Céline Sciamma for the Studies in French Cinema conference in London in June. He will also co-edit a volume on the representation of youth in contemporary French and Francophone cinema.