WE ARE THE DEPARTMENT OF FRENCH!
On Friday, November 19, 2021 the University Senate unanimously approved a motion to amend the university statutes to change the name of our department from French & Romance Philology to French. The motion was brought before the Senate in response to a request from our Executive Committee with the enthusiastic approval of the Dean of Humanities.
FRENCH DEPARTMENT ALUMNUS ANNOUNCES THE GIFT OF AN ENDOWED CHAIR IN FRENCH STUDIES
Paul LeClerc, the Chair of the Maison française Advisory Board and former Director of the Columbia Global Center-Paris, past President of Hunter College and the New York Public Library, who received his PhD from Columbia's Department of French, along with his wife, Judith Ginsburg, the Executive Director of the Nash Family Foundation, have announced a major gift to create the Paul LeClerc and Judith Ginsberg Professorship in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The holders of this future chair will be specialists of French and Francophone Studies or of the history of France. Read here for more details of this generous gift to the French Department and an interview with Paul and Judith.
Aline Rogg successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, Creole gatherings: Race, collecting, and canon-building in New Orleans (1830-1930), this past spring. We congratulate Dr. Rogg on the receipt of the PhD degree (October 20, 2021).