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APRIL 2018

In celebration of our 95th anniversary of founding study abroad, join us as we pay homage to the culture, cuisine and contributions of France.


Save room for UDairy’s 1923 ice cream. We're serving up this sweet treat, created to honor UD's legacy of international exploration, at events throughout the month!


"But First, France" is sponsored by the University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies in collaboration with the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures and a coterie of campus partners! 

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Meet the Experts

Ali Alalou

Ali Alalou is an Associate Professor of French and Pedagogy at UD. Professor Alalou teaches courses in French language, French linguistics, and pedagogy; he often teaches Arabic language and culture when Arabic faculty take students abroad. His areas of interest include Afro-asiatic linguistics (particularly Tamazight, also known as Berber), and North African sociolinguistics and language planning.

Brian Baade

Brian Baade is an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware where he teaches courses in the materials and techniques of Western art, inpainting, and technical art history as well as heading numerous technical studies. He has worked at the Chateau Parentignat in France, where he assisted Dr. Leslie Carlyle with the analysis and reconstruction of media used by Van Gogh, and at the Yale Uniersity Art Gallery. Baade has spearheaded three projects funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the University of Delaware to create historically accurate reconstructions of Kress paintings and techniques of Henry Ossawa Tanner for the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Debra Hess Norris

Debra Hess Norris is Chair of the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware, and Professor of Photograph Conservation. Norris has extensive background knowledge about the preservation of photographic collections worldwide, including France, Finland, and the Netherlands.

Shreeram Inamdar

Shreeram Inamdar is a Professor and Director of the Water Science and Policy Graduate Program at UD. He is currently working with scientists at the University of Rennes and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). Dr. Inamdar and many other researchers are investigating how fertilizer use and other practices in agricultural watersheds are impacting the concentration of nutrients - nitrogen and phosphorous - in streams draining these landscapes.

Jaehee Jung

Jaehee Jung is a Professor of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware. She has led travel study programs to Asia, France, and Italy. Several of her research interests include cross-cultural examination of fashion marketing strategies, cultural influences of apparel product brand management, and cultural influences on body images issues around the world.

Rejanne Le Bivic

Rejanne Le Bivic is a PhD Student at the Universite de Bretagne Occidentale in France and a postdoctoral researcher at UD. She specializes in earth observation, geomorphological mapping, and topography. Her past research focuses on "Mare a Poule d'Eau" in Reunion, France and the evolution of the island caused by landslides.

Cecile Prigent

Cecile Prigent currently holds a Post Doctorate Research position at the University of Delaware. She previously studied geosciences at several universities in France. Her research interests are processes of mantle peridotite-fluid interaction and feedbacks between fluid percolation, mantle ductile deformation mechanisms, and strain localization at plate boundaries.

Katya Roelse

Katya Roelse is an Instructor in the Fashion and Apparel Studies Department at UD. She teaches classes in design, trend forecasting, illustration, and CAD. She also has her own practice developing and designing compression garments and is a co-author of "The Book of Pockets", that is soon to be published by Bloomsbury Fairchild, UK. She has led the Fashion Paris Study Abroad for the past five years.

Edgard Sankara

Edgard Sankara is an Associate Professor of French at UD and he specializes in French/Francophone studies. Dr. Sankara teaches courses in Francophone African and Caribbean literatures. He is currently at work on a book-length project on life narratives in Burkina Faso and their connections with history, politics, and readers’response.

Deborah Steinberger

Deborah Steinberger is an Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literature at UD. Her areas of specialization include early modern French women writers and 17th and 18th-century French theater. Dr. Steinberger is an active member of the Society for Interdisciplinary French 17th-century Studies (SE17). She also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in French language, literature and culture. To learn more, visit the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures website.

Bruno Thibault

Bruno Thibault is the Edward Rosenberg and Elizabeth Goodman Professor of French Literature at UD. He specializes in 20th century and contemporary French literature, civilization and film, he has taught at the University of Delaware since 1987. Thibault is the author of four scholarly books and over fifty articles on modern and contemporary French writers and filmmakers. To learn more, visit the Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures website.

Dana Veron

Dana Veron is an Associate Professor and Environmental Studies Director at UD. She specializes in Antarctic climate change and has interests in climate modeling, energy, and boundary layers among many others. Dr. Veron teaches a variety of geology and geography Masters courses at UD.

Margaret Werth

Margaret Werth is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Art History department at UD. Her area of interest is art and visual culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Professor Werth teaches undergraduate lecture courses and seminars on Modern European and American art, photography, and film (19th and 20th century), and has taught numerous graduate seminars while at the University of Delaware.

Owen White

Owen White is an Associate Professor of History at UD with a specialization in the history of modern France and the French colonial empire, with particular interests in French West Africa and Algeria. He is the author of a book about the mixed-race population of French West Africa and articles on a variety of aspects of French colonialism. He is now writing a history of wine production in French Algeria.