Monday, May 6, 2013

Spring 2013 French and Arabic Recital

Thursday, May 2, French and Arabic students presented at the spring 2013 French and Arabic Recital. It was a wonderful opportunity to hear what our advanced students in French have accomplished and to hear from Lydia Berns, our first Arabic presenter in the history of our recitals.

Lydia is one of our first students to graduate with a minor in Arabic Area Studies. She has spent a semester studying in Amman, Jordan (see her blog post) and is now completing her minor in Arabic 212 Intermediate Arabic II.

The students of FRE 353 French Civilization and Poetry shared original poetry with the attendees. After explaining the inspirational source of their poem and its significance, students recited their work. This semester we would like to highlight Lisa Brune, whose poem "C'est trop tard" imitated Jacques Prévert's "Déjeuner du matin" and, on a lighter note, Evan Jones, whose poem "La banane" imitated Guillaume Apollinaire's "La Mandoline, l'oeillet et le bambou."

The students of FRE 415 Senior French Capstone present the findings of their research into a cultural topic from the Middle Ages. Highlighted this semester is Adrienne Ebert who talks about monastic life and Rosemary Loehr, winner of the AATF 2012 Outstanding Senior in French Award, who talks about hospitals and medicine.

Congratulations to all the students participating!

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