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French major, Madeline Jennings Thornton, Trinity '18 was featured in the inaugural issue of Duke Visible Thinking for her thesis, ... read more »

Marshall Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to two Duke seniors who were awarded the prestigious Marshall Scholarship!  One of the winners, Julie Uchitel, is a neuroscience and French double major who while studying Proust, Flaubert, and neuroscience,... read more »

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The Romance Studies Department wishes to recognize and congratulate the following graduating seniors on their awards: Robert J Niess/ Alexander Hull Award for Excellence in French:           ... read more »

My path post-graduation has been atypical - and apparently (though not actually) unrelated to my Romance Studies major. I work and live in a community called... read more »

Poet Olvido García Valdés Visits Duke in Madrid Center

The the poet, Olvido García Valdés, invited by the Poetics & Translation Lab, spoke with a group of undergraduate students at the Duke University in Madrid Center. García Valdés has published several books, including Exposición, which... read more »

Chi Dat (Daniel) Lam '17

The French studies department has changed my future forever and for the better. Having started my journey in college with no plans to major in anything other than Biology, I stepped into my French classes and new horizons opened up in front of my... read more »

Mary McLaughlin ('15)

Romance Studies was a great major that allowed me to explore my non-medical interests while at Duke. Not only did this allow me to stand apart from other applicants in the medical school application process, but it also allowed me to be a more well-... read more »

Beltran's Article on Local Refugees Finds Audience in Africa

Karla Beltran, one of Romance Studies’ senior French majors has just published an article in Le Confident, the most serious newspaper in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.  Beltran completed this work as an... read more »

Bradford Writes First Thesis in Creole

Class of 2017 Romance Studies graduate Lydia Bradford is being recognized for having written the first Honors Thesis in Haitian Creole at Duke (and possibly at any university in the United States, according to her thesis advisor, Deborah Jenson... read more »

Romance Studies Class of 2017 Awards and Distinctions

The Romance Studies Department wishes to recognize and congratulate the following graduating seniors on their awards: Emily Aarons - The Richard L. Predmore Award for Excellence in Spanish Benjamin Brissette - The Richard L. Predmore Award for... read more »

Romance Languages Help Shape Senior Stories

Several Romance Studies department undergraduate students have been included in this year’s Senior Stories piece on Duke’s Class of 2017. Among them are Spanish and Public Policy major... read more »

Duke Students Savor Experiences in Bologna

Duke in Bologna, a new program supported by Duke’s Italian professors and run by GEO, is celebrating the success of its inaugural summer. Two Duke volleyball students have shared their thoughts and experiences... read more »

Romance Studies Class of 2016 Awards and Distinctions

The Romance Studies Department wishes to recognize and congratulate the following graduating seniors on their awards: Emily Jeanne Berntsen - The Robert J. Niess/Alexander Hull Award for excellence in French Peter Nicholas Ciaccia - The Guido... read more »

A student and faculty member from the Romance Studies department have both been honored this year for their work with service learning. Assistant Professor of the Practice Deb Reisinger has received the Faculty 2016 Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-... read more »

Brissette Wins Award, Plans Literacy Research in Spain

Rising senior Ben Brissette has been named a Humanities Writ Large Summer Research Fellow. A native of Des Plaines, Illinois, Brissette is double majoring in Neuroscience and Spanish, with a minor in Russian. This fellowship, generously supported by... read more »

I began Italian at Duke after years of longing to learn what I thought of as the most beautiful language in the world, and now my study of Italian language and culture has become an integral part of my college experience. In conjunction with my ICS... read more »

Mediterranean Ancient and Modern:  Tara Trahey

Senior Tara Trahey is a double major in Art History/Visual Arts and European and Italian Studies at Duke. She is minoring in Classical Studies. Deciding to pursue a new language at Duke, she chose Italian—based on her past brief travel experiences... read more »

Cross-Cultural Understanding Drives Brody

Already an experienced international traveler, junior Laura Brody is aiming to study abroad in at least four countries during her undergraduate career. Brody, from Thomasville, N.C., is majoring in international comparative studies and French, and... read more »

Study Abroad Inspired Pearce Early On

Senior Alexis Pearce chose an immersive global experience to supplement her Spanish and French studies. Pearce, from Charlotte, N.C.,  is majoring in Spanish and French and minoring in English. She is focusing her studies on Latin American... read more »

Senior Margaret Rote said no matter what career she chooses, she will be able to use the Spanish skills that she refined at Duke. Rote said her upbringing in Dallas, Texas, heavily influenced her decision to major in Spanish. “A lot of signs at... read more »

Senior James Powers has used international experiences to combine his passion for healthcare with his knowledge of Spanish. The pre-med student from Beverly, Massachusetts is majoring in Spanish and neuroscience, with a minor in chemistry. Since... read more »

Senior Leasly Salazar is using her studies at Duke to explore her own heritage. “I was able to read a lot of different novels and books by a lot of different Mexican authors,” she said. “Reading more about my own culture and history has allowed me... read more »

A self-declared Francophile, senior Victor Chen enjoys learning about Western cultures through the French perspective. Chen, who is from Boulder, Colorado, is majoring in French studies and economics, with a minor in environmental sciences and... read more »

Jaclyn Grace Plans Career in International Development

Senior Jaclyn Grace, a Baldwin Scholar, has utilized her experience abroad to enhance her academic endeavors at Duke. Grace is majoring in international comparative studies and French. As part of her international comparative studies... read more »

My major in Italian at Romance Studies provided me so many opportunities outside of the classroom. The ability and flexibility of the major to allow me to study abroad, research topics of my own choosing, and read and think critically in another... read more »