Alumni & Friends
What are they doing now?
The graduates of the Department of French and Italian at Indiana University have a long tradition of success in various fields including teaching, research, diplomacy, journalism, and tourism. Our alumni continue to be highly productive after completing their studies at IU, and many now have distinguished themselves in a variety of careers.
Our May 2013 Bachelor's degree recipients, for example, have various post-graduate plans such as teaching, overseas travel, and graduate study. Sam Park is planning to pursue an MA degree in gastronomical science in Bra, Italy while fellow Italian graduate Abigail Silbert will be teaching English in Lombardy next year. French major Jessica Johnson, inspired by her summer study abroad in Dakar, Senegal, will be starting a dual MA program in African Studies and Public Affairs while Bailey Hacker, Maria Walker, and Ellie Berry will all be teaching English in French high schools next academic year. Somewhat less expected is the trajectory of Italian graduate Greg Attra, who has a job lined up with Senator Angus King in his home state of Maine.
Our doctoral recipients have made significant contributions in their academic fields. For example, alumnus Guy P. Raffa (PhD Italian '91), Associate Professor in the Department of French and Italian at the University of Texas-Austin, was recently awarded a research fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for 2011-2012 to work on his current book-project, "Dante's Bones and the Idea of Italy." Other alumni have attained leadership positions at excellent institutions such as the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Karen Fresco (PhD French literature ‘83) serves as head of the French Department, and Tulane University, where Thomas Klingler (PhD French linguistics ‘92) is chair of the Department of French and Italian.
To maintain the superior quality of our educational programs we depend on the support of our alumni and friends. Without your generosity, we would be unable to provide the unique opportunities which make the Department of French and Italian at IU one of the most vibrant in the country.
We love to hear from our alumni since many of you pursue exciting endeavors after graduating from IU. Please send us a quick email and let us know what you are up to!