Culture Shock Music Highlights Playlist!

If you've been enjoying our French and Italian Music Highlights posts, check out our new YouTube playlist that compiles all of the songs and videos included in our posts! (We recommend shuffling the playlist once it begins playing.) We'll update it whenever we add new artists and songs in a Music Highlight post. And if... Continue Reading →

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Baking Italian Style

  I love baking and during break I decided I would bake some Italian cookies and try them out on the family. I choose three different types cookies almost all of them I have never made before or have seen in any stores. The three different types I chose where Italian Ricotta Cookies, Italian biscotti,... Continue Reading →

Italian Through Gestures

If anyone has watched old Italian movies or have traveled to Italy, there is a good chance you have seen Italians passionately using their hands. But what do these gestures really mean? Believe it or not these simple signs mean more than you think. Here is a quick guide to some easy Italian gestures. Italians... Continue Reading →

Dante through the Visual Arts

This week I had the pleasure of talking to Professor Susan Noakes about the new class she will be teaching entirely in English this Spring Semester, ITAL 3640-20 Dante through the Visual Arts. Professor Noakes’s goal for this upcoming semester is to put a spin on Dante and the Divine Comedy by cutting down the... Continue Reading →

Screening the Modern Italian Family

  Before Thanksgiving I had the pleasure of talking with one of the new Italian teachers Mattia Beghelli. Mattia is teaching a new class this spring called the Modern Italian Family Through Film. The first time I met Mattia he talked to my Italian 3015 class. One of the first questions he asked was, “What... Continue Reading →

French Culture Highlight: Must-See Films on DCL

Cinema: a quintessential French experience. Where would we be today without the works of Georges Méliès, Jean-Luc Godard, or Jean Renoir? In a world much more drab and uninspired, to be sure. Luckily, the University of Minnesota has a veritable treasure trove of movies uploaded to their Digital Content Library (DCL). Among their numerous collections,... Continue Reading →

Internship Opportunities with AFMSP

Alliance Française has four internship openings, and they encourage UMN students to apply! Although the positions are unpaid, they require only 10 hours of work per week in the AFMSP office, with flexible office hours (any time between 9:00am-8:00pm M-Th, 9:00am-5:00pm F, Sa) that can be determined by the intern. Interns are also offered a membership... Continue Reading →

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