The Michael Berkvam Graduate Student Fund
The Department is pleased to announce the creation of a new fund through the IU Foundation to support graduate students in French and Italian, the Professor Michael Berkvam Graduate Student Fund. This fund was established by Michael Berkvam's widow, Mirka Berkvam, in memory of her husband, a faculty member in the Department of French and Italian from 1971 until his retirement in 2006. Although Professor Berkvam started his scholarly career in the field of 18th-century French literature, mainly Voltaire, he later turned his emphasis to the literature and cinema of France during and after World War II. Thus, in awarding funds from the new IU Foundation account, preference will be given to students studying French film in its literary cultural context or contemporary French fiction.
The Department is grateful to Mirka Berkvam for carrying forward Michael's deep dedication to his students in this way. We will miss Michael for his wit and wisdom, his lively intellect, and his dedication to teaching.
You are welcome to donate to the new fund in Professor Berkvam's name. Click the give now button to donate. If you prefer to pay by check, please write your check to the "IU Foundation" with "Michael Berkvam Fund" in the memo-line. Checks can be mailed to:
Office of Gift Planning
P. O. Box 500
Bloomington, IN 47402