UAB to Commemorate Proust’s Centennial Work

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham will commemorate the centennial of “Swann’s Way,” the first volume of renowned French writer Marcel Proust’s classic “In Search of Lost Time,” with a special exhibition that opens Saturday, Nov. 9.

UAB houses one of the top three Proust collections in the world and is also home to the world’s foremost Proust expert, William Carter, Ph.D., distinguished professor emeritus of French. The exhibition, titled “Marcel Proust: A Centennial Exhibition ‘Swann’s Way’ 1913-2013,” will include autographed works, volumes of books by and about Proust, journals, manuscripts, and original letters and images, as well as copies of objects from the University of Illinois-Urbana’s collection. The public is invited to view the display at the Mervyn Sterne Library, 917 13th St. South, through December 2013.

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Harriet Welty Rochefort: "Joie de Vivre"

Reading & Book Signing in English

Rochefort1Join us for an evening of sparkling joie de vivre with Harriet Welty Rochefort, an American bi-national who has lived in France for four decades with her "very French" husband, and is the author of three books about the French: French Toast, French Fried, and her latest, Joie de Vivre: Secrets of Wining, Dining, and Romancing Like the French (St. Martin's Press 2012) which she is happy to present to Alliance Française members in Birmingham.

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Dr. Krista Chambless Receives the 2013 Post-Secondary Teacher of Excellence from SCOLT

Dr. Krista ChamblessCongratulations to the recipient of the 2013 Post-Secondary Teacher of Excellence, Dr. Krista Chambless, a professor of Spanish and French at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Chambless was selected as this year's recipient on the basis of her excellent teaching portfolio and letters of recommendation.

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An Opportunity in Any Language

Foreign Language Learning Opens Doors At Home and Abroad


From Spanish to Chinese to Arabic, UAB students are using their language skills to further diplomacy across the globe and to help businesses around the corner.

“Society is changing rapidly and drastically,” says Lourdes Sánchez-López, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. “Students prepare furiously for a globalized job market that is open to anyone in the world. Often, the decisive factor for an employer is the multi-linguistic and multicultural qualifications of applicants.”

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Dr. Catherine Danielou Wins the Prestigious Ordre des Palmes Académiques


French Professor and CAS Senior Associate Dean Catherine Danielou has won the prestigious Ordre des Palmes Académiques from her home country of France. This French Order of Chivalry award originated by Napoleon in 1808. It recognizes members of the education community, and honors those who through their actions have been active players in the promotion of the French language and culture. The DFLL is very proud of Dr. Daniélou to have received this honor.
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DFLL Student Honored by Civil Rights Institute

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Dana Al-Farhan, a 20-year-old junior from the United Arab Emirates, has been selected as an outstanding youth honoree by the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI). Read More

Dr. Lourdes Sánchez López Chosen as a Motivating Women Award Winner

The Motivating Women Awards by the Birmingham International Center were chosen from the nominees submitted by local businesses and organizations. Dr. Sánchez-López was awarded at an April 25th dinner celebration. Congratulations Dr. Sánchez-López!

Dr. Carlos Orihuela Recognized at CAS Faculty Author Celebration

Dr. Orihuela was recognized on May 6th for his publication of Valle de entonces in the past year.

María Jesús Centeno, Learn Spanish by Cooking

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Published: Scholarship and Teaching on Languages for Specific Purposes

Congratulations to Dr. Lourdes Sánchez-López and others who contributed to this accomplishment.


Scholarship and Teaching on Languages for Specific Purposes is an anthology composed of select peer-reviewed scholarly articles developed from concepts and positions presented and generated at the First International Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes (ISLSP) celebrated on April 13–14, 2012 at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (United States). The anthology is divided into five sections: (1) On LSP Theoretical Models; (2) On the Current State of LSP; (3) On LSP Programs and Practices; (4) On the Unexpected LSP Participant; and (5) On Methodology.

Author Debbie Ambrous Visits UAB

Debbie_AmbrousDebbie invites you to enjoy following her journeys, seeing beautiful scenes from her travels and reading entertaining, personal anecdotes. Read More of Her Story