French Studies
Famed French author finds new life online

Famed French author finds new life online

Geneviève de Viveiros never expected 21st-Century tools to lend such important insights into a 19th-Century mind. Then again, who knew a popular video website that gave the world Justin Bieber, Gangnam Style and Grumpy Cat could also augment our understanding into French novelist Émile Zola?

Course uses tech to revive text in teaching

Course uses tech to revive text in teaching

Speaking in another tongue can tie up even the highest achieving language students. But thanks to French professor Sebastien Ruffo, some of those old stumbling blocks can be smoothed out by combining technology with the tried-and-true test of performing text.

Following flow of ideas reveals mass media roots

Following flow of ideas reveals mass media roots

No matter if making connections across the centuries, or just around the corner, Genevieve de Viveiros’ exploration of a 19th-Century French novelist has led to 21st-Century insights about the spread of ideas and the place of her community in the world.

Perry knows Mansbridge makes everything sound better

Perry knows Mansbridge makes everything sound better

Bookmarks spotlights the personalities and published books of faculty, staff and alumni. Today, Daniel Perry, BA ’06 (English and French), author of the short story collections Nobody Looks That Young Here and Hamburger, answers 12 questions on his ‘bookishness’ and...

Poet brings ‘terribly pleasurable’ work to page

Poet brings ‘terribly pleasurable’ work to page

In her small bachelor apartment in Halifax’s South End, in cafes and the public library nearby, Annick MacAskill has carved out small corners in which to write. She will sit, start writing a poem first in scratchy, illegible longhand in a Moleskine Volant journal,...

Heap: Course cuts have nothing to do with budget

Heap: Course cuts have nothing to do with budget

The detailed analysis of Western’s financial decisions and priorities issued by University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) in 2014 (Every Budget is a Choice) concluded that “Western’s coffers are actually stuffed,” and decisions to not spend more on...

Awards of Excellence celebrate our own

Awards of Excellence celebrate our own

The Western Award of Excellence has welcomed six more individuals and one team to Western’s highest level of recognition for staff members.

Group finding its voice on violence

Group finding its voice on violence

Talking about gender-based violence is hard. If you’re part of a Muslim community, it is markedly harder and a group of young women in London wants to change this. Nearly two years ago, the London Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration hired more...

Student turns royal meeting into a family affair

Student turns royal meeting into a family affair

Colin Grimm turned his royal encounter into a family affair earlier this fall. The fourth-year French Language and Literature student joined his younger brother, Quinten, in Toronto in October to pick up their Duke of Edinburgh International Award program Gold Medals...

France celebrates professor’s contributions

France celebrates professor’s contributions

Western French Studies professor Jeff Tennant received a national order of France at the Dr. David S.H. Chu International Student Centre earlier this week, recognizing his work in French phonetics and sociolinguistics, alongside his dedication to fostering shared...

Forum focuses on French language for area students

Forum focuses on French language for area students

On Friday, 280 students from 11 schools in the London area will gather at the Department of French Studies for the French for the Future local forum. This annual event puts the French language in the spotlight for a day of fun and learning about the advantages of...

Class provides a new outlook on the world

Class provides a new outlook on the world

The Rwanda: Culture, Society and Reconstruction course in the Department of French Studies, taught by professor Henri Boyi, involves a five-week international service-learning experience in Rwanda. This course started six years ago. If you you interested in taking the...

Boyi, Dhillon honoured for impact on Canada

Boyi, Dhillon honoured for impact on Canada

Western French Studies professor Henri Boyi and alumnus Navjeet ‘Bob’ Dhillon have been named recipients of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award for 2015.

USC celebrates the best in the classroom

USC celebrates the best in the classroom

Left to right, French professor Sebastien Ruffo, Chemistry professor Felix Lee, English and Writing Studies professor Larry Garber, French professor Mario Longtin and Chemistry professor Mark Workentin were honoured for their classroom excellence Monday night during...