Each year the French Department honors an outstanding graduating senior with the Stephen A. Freeman Prize. The award was established in 2002 with proceeds from the Stephen A. Freeman fund, a generous gift from Jerry and Carol Waldorf Lohr '58 to support undergraduate instruction in French.
Dr. Freeman joined the faculty at Middlebury in 1925 as a Professor of French and Dean of the French Language School. While serving Middlebury for 45 years, he held many administrative and academic appointments, including that of interim president three times. In addition it was he who established our first school abroad in Paris.
To learn more about Dr. Stephen A. Freeman, his remarkable life and contributions, please visit the following links:
THANK YOU to Lois and Harvey Watson for our newly endowed French Department! Read more...
The Inaugural Lecture, for The Lois B. Watson Professor of French, titled "Big Life, Little Death" was delivered by Paula Schwartz on April 14, 2015.
Announcing the 2015 Recipient of the Freeman Prize -
Julia Angeles '15!
Julia is a French major who spent her junior year abroad studying in Bordeaux. Her senior thesis is entitled “Aliénation sociale et formation identitaire dans L’Exil Selon Julia de Gisèle Pineau,” for which she will receive highest honors. Julia has also played an active role in the organization “Language in Motion,” an outreach program that promotes collaboration between Middlebury students and secondary school teachers of foreign languages.
Fall 2015 Private Music Lessons
Online registration: September 15-19
Lessons begin: September 21
AFFILIATE ARTISTS 2015 - 2016
Bagpipes and Celtic Whistle,
Internships in France
If you are an American citizen between the ages of 20 and 30 with a proficiency in French and an interest in education, then the Teaching Assistant Program in France is for you!
· Spend 7-9 months in France with a stipend
· Master the French language through linguistic immersion
· Acquire valuable teaching experience
· Gain privileged insights into contemporary France
For more information, please visit the website
Grant for travel to France
Each year the French Cultural Services in the United States offer 50 Youth International Meetings grants to young French-speaking Americans that allow them to discover a region of France and to attend a major cultural event. All expenses (accommodation, meals, activities) are covered by the French Embassy, including the round trip airfare to Paris.
This year, applicants from New England (less Connecticut) will have the possibility to travel to Avignon during the town's world renowned theater festival.
Who can participate?
Participants must be between 18 and 25 years old at the time of entry into France. Participants must have an interest in French culture and proficiency in French.
With French, you can:
- communicate with French speakers around the world: French is an official language in 32 countries and governments and is spoken by over 200 million people.
- find careers in many areas, including banking and finance, tourism, international trade.
- appreciate French and francophone culture and its impact on literature, philosophy, cuisine, fashion, and the arts.
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