• Language Map
    • Duke in Montreal
    • Tourneés 2014
    • jnacacheflyer 2
  • Previous
  • Next


Please join us in welcoming Prof. Jacqueline Nacache, who will be coming to us next week [Sept. 1-5] from the Université de Paris-Diderot.  Her visit is part of our ongoing work with this partner institution, through the Center for French and Francophone  Studies.   It is also part of the European University Initiative.

Prof. Jacqueline is a well-known film critic who works both on American and French cinema; her most recent book is on Ernst Lubitsch.  She will be speaking on Thursday evening, Sept. 4, .11 Old Chem, West Campus, FSP Seminar Room at 7:15pm. .


The Tournées Festival at Duke University - 2014

~ Blue is the warmest color
    Monday, September 1 at 7:30pm
    Griffith Film Theater
    Bryan Universty Center
    Duke's West Campus

~ The Grand Illusion
    Monday, September 8 at 7:30pm
    Griffith Film Theater
    Bryan Universty Center
    Duke's West Campus

~ The Officers' Ward
    Monday, September 15 at 7:30pm
    Griffith Film Theater
    Bryan Universty Center
    Duke's West Campus

~ The Seawall
    Monday, September 22 at 7:30pm
    Griffith Film Theater
    Bryan Universty Center
    Duke's West Campus


Margaret Greer: Spain’s debt of gratitude to departing King Carlos

Spanish King Juan Carlos made the right decision to abdicate his throne.

The 76-year-old long-time king suffers both from visibly ailing health and a plummeting approval rating. Of late, family members have been linked to economic and political corruption. And a 2012 elephant-hunting expedition to Botswana — during which the king broke his leg — didn’t help either, given its appearance as a luxury during lean years in Spain.

And yet, the Spanish people owe him a debt of gratitude.

To read more, please click here http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/commentary/20140610-margaret-greer-spains-debt-of-gratitude-to-departing-king-carlos.ece

Durham Herald-Sun and the Providence Journal, 2014


For more Information, please contact:

Prof. Richard Rosa at or

Soraya Campbell at 

Bass Online Apprentices Share the MOOC Student Experience

Bass OA Fellow Giuseppe Prigiotti, a Phd Candidate in Romance Studies (Italian), enrolled in the Coursera Duke

MOOC: The History and Future of (Mostly) Higher Education.  For Giuseppe, the MOOC experience was “a unique opportunity to envision the future of college education, constructing effective paths to twist online and on the ground learning.” Giuseppe benefited most from the peer assessments. “Writing these three essays, I was obliged to rethink course materials in light of my personal perspective. I want to question my idea and practice of education. I have had many chances to teach in the last 14 years, but I still like to learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

Giuseppe’s commentary captures one of the many benefits of learning in a MOOC –the opportunity to experience innovation and consider the pedagogical possibilities.  Of special note is Giuseppe’s comment on the significance of the Bass OA fellowship, and the important experience it provides:

“The new Bass Online Apprentice Fellowship has been the starting point to discover MOOCs, and that may be beneficial for my future work in academia, as a professor of Italian Culture — hopefully!l!"

For the full story, please click link below:


2014 Edition of the Summer School in Global Studies and Critical Theory to be held in Bologna, Italy         ~ June 23–July 4, 2014 ~

You can visit our 2014 Edition page to see the full program: <http://globalstudiesandcriticaltheory.wordpress.com/2014-program/>.

The School on Global Studies and Critical Theory is a summer program jointly promoted by Duke University and the Department of History, Cultures and Civilization of the University of Bologna in the conviction that the so-called global age makes necessary a radical rethinking of our theoretical tools and critical exchange among different research fields. Each year, in a lively and stimulating intellectual and cultural environment, outstanding scholars will offer to faculty, postgraduate and graduate students, lectures, intensive courses and seminars on one specific topic of this contemporary global turn, encouraging the collective production of knowledge and critical thought.

 For 2014, the topic of the Summer School will be Space and Politics in the Global Age.

To apply, please click <http://globalstudiesandcriticaltheory.wordpress.com/how-to-apply/>.

Duke in Montreal

June 30 - July 27, 2014

Co-sponsored by the Global Education Office for Undergraduates (GEO-U), Department of Romance Studies, and the Markets and Management Studies (MMS) program, this four-week, one-course program in Québec explores the intersection of marketing and cultural identity in Montréal and Québec City. To learn more about the Duke in Montréal program, click here.

The Duke in Montréal program offers the following course, taught by the program director, Professor Deb Reisinger:

FRENCH 112 Approved: Made in Québec: Marketing and Cultural Identity (SA, MMS) The only place in the world where Pepsi consistently beats Coke, Québec comprises a unique group of consumers that have baffled marketing executives for years. What makes French Canadians so distinct, and how have international companies localized their product placement in order to succeed in Québec? How have Quebecers, in turn, capitalized on local producers and artisans to maintain a strong presence in an increasingly global economy?

This course will help develop intercultural competencies by focusing on the regional, linguistic, and cultural factors that have contributed to Québec’s unique markets. Course readings will include textbook readings and authentic cultural documents (policy, business journals, newspapers, audio and video reports). Active learning and teamwork-based projects that enhance critical thinking will form the basis of our coursework. Assignments include a company portfolio, a case study, and a digital marketing project. One course credit.

Language Requirements & Prerequisites

Students should have two years of college level French. Non-Duke students are encouraged to apply and must be in good academic standing at their college or university. In order to transfer credit for the above courses, they must consult their advisor and/or registrar. Applications received after the deadline will be processed on a space-available basis.

Courtside Seats: Student Engagement with Central African

Refugees Leads to Basketball Outing

After spending a semester working with African refugees in the Triangle, students in a French/Global Health class wanted to treat the men to a special evening at Duke. The result was courtside seats Feb. 25 for the Duke-Virginia Tech men's basketball game.

For more information, please see below:



Help for Haiti must include embracing Creole

It was not until 1979 that Joseph C. Bernard, then the Haitian secretary of Ministry of National Education, published a decree introducing the teaching of Creole in primary and the first three years of secondary school. Since then, there’s been no tangible effort from the Ministry of National Education to use the language at all levels of the school system.
The websites of the president and prime minister do not have Creole pages. During the first year of current President Michel Martelly’s presidency, the website used both languages, but his Creole page was removed in April 2013.
The Haitian Parliament, which has pushed for a Creole Academy as required by the Haitian Constitution of 1987, finally added a Creole page this month. Even the Haitian literacy office and the Ministry of National Education eschew a Creole-language website. This speaks to the linguistic hypocrisy so deeply entrenched in Haitian society.

The Unveiling of the Haitain Declaration of Independance

The Duke version was unveiled Tuesday at a ceremony in the John Hope Franklin Center following a roundtable discussion of the Haitian revolution and its Declaration of Independence. At the unveiling, Jacques Pierre, who teaches Creole and Creole studies at Duke, read from his scholarly translation into Creole (pictured above).

The copy will be permanently housed in the Rubenstein Library, which acquired it through the work of Will Hansen, assistant curator of collections.

The copy came to Duke's attention in the aftermath of graduate student Julia Gaffield's discovery.  In 2012, a French automotive employee sent Duke Professor Deborah Jenson photos of a handwritten copy of the Haitian Declaration, found in papers of the colonist Jean-Baptiste Colheux de Longpre, for authentication.

For the complete story, please click here:

Duke Unveils Own Copy of Haitian Declaration of Independence

Former Duke University Professor, Alejandro García-Reidy, makes history finding a 400 years lost play by Lope de Vega

Alejandro García-Reidy, assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (LLL-Syracuse University), recently unearthed the manuscript to Lope's 1614 comedy “Mujeres y criados” (“Women and Servants”) in the Spanish National Library in Madrid. The document, he says, dates from 1631.

For more information, please click on the link below:



Thursday - March 6

Perkins 217

Time 9:30am - 4:30pm


Questions? contact: 

The Intercultural Learner Working group organized by Darla Deardorff, Duke University Center for International Studies,  & Liliana Paredes, Joan Clifford, Deb Reisinger, Department of Romance Studies.

~ What is intercultural competency?

~ How does it situate itself in academia and in practice? 

~ Why do we need to talk about it, and why specifically at Duke? 

~ How do we talk about it concretely, how is it assessed?


Questions? contact: 

Open to Duke faculty, staff, and students. Watch for more details coming soon!

We would like to thank our co-sponsors: Office of the Dean of Arts & Sciences, Office of the Dean of the Humanities of Arts & Sciences, Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs of Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Office of Global Strategy and Programs, Trinity Language Committee, Latino/a Studies in the Global South, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke Service-Learning, Global Education Office, International Comparative Studies, Duke University Center for International Studies, The Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation


Miami Herald - posted 01.11.14


It was sunny as usual in Little Haiti, a small Haitian enclave in Miami where the predominant language is Haitian Creole.

My talk was about what the Haiti Lab — a center for research and Haitian studies at my school, Duke University — was doing to help people understand what Haiti has accomplished for the world in terms of equality for all. To my surprise, when I started speaking in Haitian Creole, the celebration’s cultural affairs representative interrupted to say I was not allowed to give my presentation in Creole. Knowing that the audience was largely composed of Haitian Creole speakers, I decided to press on, and after 20 minutes the representative finally stopped trying to convince me to speak English or French.

To continue to read, please click the following link:



The Bologna-Duke Summer School on Global Studies and Critical Theory

A new program on the transformations of Politics in the Global Age. An intellectual space for the production of collective knowledge and critical thought.\

Duke University & the Department of History, Cultures and Civilization of the University of Bologna  announce the first edition of their joint Summer School to be held in Bologna from June 23rd to July 4th.

Students from all over the world, together with prestigious Professors from the two Universities, will  spend two weeks in one of Italy’s most beautiful cities and host of the oldest University in the Western World (since 1088).

Lessons will take place in the amazing location of the Department of History, Culture and Civilization – Piazza San Giovanni in Monte 2, Bologna.

For more information, please click on link below:



Duke in Montréal, a 4-week summer program in French, gives students hands-on marketing experience in an immersive environment. To maximize face-time and interaction with policy practitioners and marketing executives, we offer an array of meetings and site visits that includes government organizations, NGOs, and top marketing agencies.

FR 328SA Made in Québec: Marketing and Cultural Identity counts for the French minor and major, as well as the MMS Certificate Program. No marketing/business background necessary. Freshmen are encouraged to apply!

For more information, please contact the program director, Professor Deb Reisinger, at .

Giving Employers What They Don't Really Want

Often what we think other people think is not what they think. For example, Michael Barnes and I conducted a study some years ago, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, on the extent to which partners in intimate relationships understood what each other wanted. We computed the correlation between what one partner actually wanted and what the other thought he or she wanted. On a scale of 0 to 1, the correlation was a meager 0.3. In other words, even people in intimate relationships don't know very well what each other wants.

For the full article, please click here:


Bienvenue Durham: Connecting Duke French Students with Francophone Refugees

CWS refugee clients speak a wide variety of world languages– Chin, Arabic, Karenni, Swahili, Tigrinya, Amharic, Karen, Burmese, Sango, Kinyamulenge, Farsi, Kurdi, and Somali. Many of these languages are minority languages so it can be difficult to find local volunteers who speak these clients’ first languages. When we started to receive French-speaking clients from Chad, The Central African Republic, and Democratic Republic of Congo, we knew we had a unique opportunity on our hands.

More Information

Parliamo italiano ogni giovedì!

Events Pavillion 12pm-1pm

Join us Every Thursday at the Event Pavilion during lunch to have conversation in Italian!

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Non vediamo l'ora di vedervi!

For more information, please contact Prof. Marino at mam117@duke.edu

Duke in Madrid

The Department of Romance Studies in collaboration with Duke Global Education Office for  Undergraduates  (http://borodin.aas.duke.edu/) and hosted by the Universidad Carlos III (UC3M) (http://www.uc3m.es/portal/page/portal/inicio) present an opportunity to study in Madrid, Spain for the 2014 Spring Semester.

Please go to the the link below for more information and application


Duke in Montreal

Set in cosmopolitan Montréal-­the second largest Francophone city in the world -­‐ and in Quebec City, a UNESCO heritage site, this program offers students the unique opportunity to explore how history, language, and immigration have shaped modern day Quebec. Together with government officials, chambers of commerce, and advertising professionals, we examine how globalization impacts cultural identity and how Québec’s markets have adapted to these challenges.

Please contact Prof. Deb Reisinger at debsreis@duke.edu for more information on how to become a part in this amazing opportunity.

Consulate Welcomes Duke University to Montreal

[We] welcomed Duke University students taking part in a summer academic exchange focusing on the French language and Quebec culture. Along with a reprieve from the city’s mid-July heat wave, the students spoke with Vice-Consuls Angela Gjertson and Lawrence Pixa about professional opportunities in the U.S. Foreign Service, and what it is like to work at diplomatic posts around the world. The students were accompanied by Deborah Reisinger, program director for Duke in Montréal, now in its second year. The students are all experienced French speakers. During their stay, they also met with prominent Quebecois leaders in business, government, education, and the arts.


Submitted by Deb Reisinger

Duke Global Health Welcomes New Affiliate Facutly

JOAN CLIFFORD, lecturer in the Spanish Language Program in Romance Studies. She teaches Voices of Global Health and her work includes an oral history archive of Spanish-speaking immigrants in North Carolina, as well as course management systems and foreign language curricula.  

DEBORAH RESINGER, assistant director of the French Language Program in Romance Studies. She teaches Voices of Global Health and her research focuses on contemporary culture studies, instructional technologies, and French for business, marketing and global health.

The Humanities in Transition

Duke humanities faculty affirm their importance in an era of interdisciplinarity

In 2006, Duke University made an emphatic statement about the central role of the humanities in tackling the world's largest and most complex social issues.

It adopted interdisciplinarity as a centerpiece of its new strategic plan. New ideas for cross-discipline collaboration quickly sprouted. The digital humanities blossomed. A collection of new "humanities labs" took root.

Click to read more:  http://today.duke.edu/2013/05/humanities

The Elephant in the Room:   Machine Translation in Language Learning at Duke University

"The (mis)use of the Internet by students to buy term papers or plagiarize others’ writing is a major concern in Higher Education today. In the foreign language classroom, when it comes to the use of the Internet, the “elephant in the room” is the students’ use of websites like Google Translate or apps such as iTranslate to complete their work. This semester, four lecturers in Romance Studies released their findings on the use of these kinds of translation tools by Duke students."

For more information, please click the link below:


Studying Language, Culture Alongside Global Health

April 30, 2013

    This semester, Duke students examined how language and culture impact health beliefs and behaviors in French and Spanish-speaking countries around the world. As part of the half-credit course, Voices in Global Health, students explored the links between culture, language and health through case studies, personal narratives, documentaries and interviews recorded in the foreign language.

Read more at:



Recent News

    • Mon Feb 18
    • Pascale Casanova : A Digital Discussion
    •  An experimental forum, brief, and – in keeping with our colleague’s mode of thinking—combative.  It will introduce several topics generated by her abiding engagement with debates over world literature.  With the Department’s work in French/Francophone, Italian, Spanish/Latin American, as well as other traditions, Romance Studies offers the initial framework.   And discussion is open to all those interested in thinking collectively about the functions of fiction, once upon a time, as now.

      Read more…

    • Wed Jan 30
    • Duke in Brazil Summer Program 2013
    • A four week immersion course in Portuguese language and Brazilian culture, offered only in Duke in Brazil.  Elementary  language pre-requisite required. Covers the intermediate language curriculum, developing aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills.  Provides grammar practice  and development of effective strategies for oral communication done in conjunction with intensive cultural program activities and excursions. 

      The Duke in Brazil Summer Program offers strong and intensive civics, social, cultural, and environmental components. All afternoon activities and excursions

  • News Archive