Dr. Erika Hille Rinker Receives National Award

Dr. Erika Hille Rinker

Dr. Rinker is a 2015 recipient of the American Association of Teachers of German / Goethe-Institut Certificate of Merit for outstanding achievement in furthering the teaching of German in schools of the United States. Only a handful of German professionals receive this annual honor among applicants throughout the United States. Congratulations to Dr. Rinker.

Revising Proust: Notes on an Epic Scholarly Journey

William Carter and Nicolas Drogoul William Carter, left, and Nicolas Drogoul

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SPA 313 Business Spanish Online Receives Quality Matters Seal

Malinda O'Leary, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Malinda O'Leary, Ph.D. earned the Quality Matters seal of excellence for her online SPA 313 Business Spanish class in May 2015.
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Dr. John Maddox Receives the AATSP Outstanding Scholarly Publication Award

John Maddox

Dr. John Maddox received the AATSP Outstanding Scholarly Publication Award for his article entitled "AfroReggae: Antropofagia, Sublimation, and Intimate Revolt in the Favela” published in the September 2014 issue of Hispania [97.3: 463-476]. The AATSP is the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, and Hispania is the AATSP scholarly review. Congratulations to Dr. Maddox.

Newly Edited and Annotated by Leading Proust Scholar William C. Carter

In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower

Edited and annotated by leading Proust scholar William Carter, In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower is the second volume of one of the twentieth century’s great literary triumphs. Read More

Julián Arribas, New Chair of the Department

Julian Arribas

Dr. Julián Arribas is the new Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
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Dr. Catherine Danielou Recognized
by Professional Language Organizations

Catherine Danielou

Dr. Catherine Danielou, Senior Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named President-Elect of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF).
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The DFLL Welcomes Yumi Takamiya
Assistant Professor in Japanese

Yumi Takamiya

Yumi Takamiya
(PhD in Applied Linguistics, Purdue)
Her research interests include pragmatics, language pedagogy, second language acquisition, and teacher development. By employing conversation analytic approach, she currently investigates how second language learners of Japanese develop their pragmatic competence. She has worked on a series of research projects focusing on classroom interactions and dialogic teaching by using Sociocognitive approach, Dynamic Assessment and Action Research.
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The DFLL Welcomes New Assistant Professor in Spanish


John Maddox
(PhD in Spanish & Portuguese, Vanderbilt)

His research focuses on contemporary historical novels on slavery from Latin America. He specializes in narrative of the Hispanic Caribbean and Brazil.


Congratulations to the Homecoming Door Competition Team!

Faculty Leader: Erika Rinker
Student Leader: 
Amelia Hobson (German)
Jared Bash (French), Cody Dudley (German), Liz Knight (German), Lynn Tran (German), Jessica Turner (German), Kayleigh Cantrell (Japanese), Bright Chang (Japanese), and other students and faculty


Camino de Santiago 2014

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First Time Attendee Stipend Winners

John Maddox & Krista Chambless at AATSP Conference

John Maddox and Krista Chambless were awarded the First Time Attendee Stipend at the AATSP Conference in Panama.

The DFLL wins at the UAB Expo for Undergraduate Research 2014

DFLL at UAB Expo

Eleven DFLL students won 1st Place and 3rd Place at the UAB Expo for Undergraduate Research on April 11, 2014. A total of twenty-three students from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures participated in the event with twelve poster presentations and two oral presentations.

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Honors for DFLL Faculty Member

Professor Roberto Mayoral, PhD, received recognition for Best Presentation of AAFLT 2013, at the recent 2014 SCOLT meeting for his paper titled "Spanish Pronunciation: Legends, Myths, and Common Mistakes."



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

Read her article here.

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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




Jean-Louis Etienne Visits UAB

The title of his talk was "Oceans and Ice Caps: What the Poles tell Us About Our Future." 
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Alabama Public Radio Interviews Dr. Serge Bokobza on Recent International Film Conference

In Commemoration of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963, the DFLL organized an international conference: "Rights & Representations". Scholars from all over the world addressed the issues of Civil and Human Rights represented in international film.


Dr. Lourdes Sánchez-López Receives the MHRC Charles Barkley Excellence in Mentoring Award 2012

Dr. Sánchez-López received her award during UAB’s MHRC 10th Anniversary Gala. Dean Palazzo and Associate Dean Rebecca Bach sponsored a table to accompany and support her award. This distinction to a member of the DFLL is a solid acknowledgment and meaningful recognition of her years mentoring Hispanic/Latino UAB students. Congratulations to Dr. Sánchez-López!

DFLL Professor Gearing up for a Year Celebrating Proust


William Carter may have retired from teaching at UAB, but his internationally-recognized expertise on the French author Marcel Proust has him gearing up for a year of full-time immersion in Proustiana.

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Dr. Carlos Orihuela Publishes New Book Titled Valle de entonces


The book has received acclaim from La República a leading newspaper in Peru. Read the article (in Spanish). 

Read the Spanish/English bilingual version of the book's description.




Dr. Carlos Orihuela Promoted to Full Professor

Congratulations to Professor Orihuela!









Professor Sheri Spaine Long Receives Distinguished Honor Long_Honor

Sheri Spaine Long, Ph.D., professor of Spanish in the UAB College of Arts and Sciences, has been inducted into La Orden de los Descubridores, one of the highest honors of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi.

Long received her honor at the 94th annual conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Her “exceptional contributions to the profession and her loyal promotion of the ideals of Sigma Delta Pi have earned her this distinction,” according to the society’s press release. Past inductees include renowned literary figures such as Vanessa Montfort, Antonio Porpetta, Carmen Laforet and Carmen Conde.
(By Marie Sutton, Original Article


New Minor in Spanish for Business!

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DFLL Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship CLS-Logo1

Devin Thorne, a junior with a double major in Chinese Studies and Psychology, has been selected for the prestigious Critical Language Scholarship. Read More 


DFLL Spanish Professor Teaches Air Force Cadets

Dr. Long has been teaching as a distinguished visiting professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Read about her experience!

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DFLL Student, Nicholas Price, Awarded Clinton Scholarship Scholarship_Clinton_Logo

Nicholas’ interest in the workings of the Middle East began in an International Studies elective course with Dr. Zayzafoon. Nicholas would like to work with languages through writing or film. He is currently interested in the linguistic field of endangered language documentation and revitalization. He believes that having a foundation in Arabic will allow him to investigate language loss in the Middle East and North Africa.



September, 2011  

The DFLL Welcomes Three New Faculty Members 

Yahui Anita Huang (Ph.D. in Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin)
Her main research interests lie in the area of Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis, Philosophy of Language, and Chinese linguistics.

Lorenzo García-Amaya (PhD candidate, Indiana University)
His research focuses on the development of fluency and cognitive abilities, such as lexical access and attention control, by second language learners of Spanish in different learning contexts (overseas immersion vs. standard college-based instruction).

Nicholas Henriksen (PhD in Linguistics and Hispanic Linguistics, Indiana University)
His research agenda focuses on issues in the phonetics and phonology of different varieties of Spanish from an experimental perspective, working within the fields of sociolinguistics, dialect variation, and diachronic linguistics. 

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Dr. Serge Bokobza Named as Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures Chair

Congratulations Serge! The department looks forward to your leadership. Read the article on Dr. Bokobza.




June, 2011

Scholarship Opens Doors for Two DFLL Students to Study Abroad

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program has awarded UAB seniors Ashley Foster and Markelle Smith $5,000 each to study abroad.

Foster, who majors in history and German, will study for one academic year in Leipzig, Germany. Smith, a Spanish major, will study for a semester in Madrid, Spain.

The scholarship program gives U.S. undergraduates the opportunity to study at two-year and four-year colleges or universities around the world. It is funded by provisions from the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000.

(UAB News announcement by Marie Sutton)

Congratulations to Markelle and Ashley!


June, 2011

Award-Winning Alums Reveal the Secrets of Teaching Foreign Tongues

What's the secret to teaching — and learning — a foreign language? Three UAB alumni, now award-winning Alabama foreign language teachers, discuss the importance of art, music, literature and even science in helping students gain new perspectives along with new words. Read their article.


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DFLL Chinese minor, Everett wins the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship

She is the first University of Alabama at Birmingham student to receive the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship.  Read her article.


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DFLL alumna Grace Benton wins Fulbright Scholarship

Congratulations to Grace!  Read the UAB News article on this accomplishment.




April, 2011krish_varma

Krish Varma awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in India

The DFLL congratulates Krish for this distinguished honor!  Read the UAB News article on Krish's achievement.




April, 2011

DFLL Student Markelle Smith Awarded the College Language Association Study Abroad Scholarshipmarkelle

Upon receiving his degree in Spanish from UAB, Markelle plans to attend pharmacy school and use his language skills to work as a pharmacist in urban areas with large Hispanic populations. In addition to participating in the UAB program in Jaén, Spain this May, he plans to spend the Fall 2011 semester abroad in Madrid through Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA). The College Language Association Study Abroad Scholarship will be applied toward the fall program in Madrid.


February, 2011

Sandra Gómez, M.D. and DFLL alumna, receives a warm welcome at the presentation of her novel, Victoria: En busca del pasado.foto_sandra_gmez

The DFLL was pleased to welcome Sandra Gómez, who is the first Hispanic in Alabama to publish a novel in Spanish.  In Sandra’s presentation, she spoke of her experience as a writer.  She explained how the book expresses many of her personal experiences and how this writing process has helped her to grow personally.  Sandra stated that she is currently finishing her second novel and has already had contact with many readers and critics who have responded positively. 

During this event, Associate Professor of Spanish Carlos Orihuela spoke of her literary education in the DFLL and Interim Chair John Moore mentioned how proud he was of her for these accomplishments.  victoria

After Sandra’s presentation, she dedicated more than an hour to share in open discussion with students and others interested in her literary work.  Congratulations to Sandra for her accomplishments!


February, 2011

Congratulations to DFLL student Molly Morrison for winning the AAFLT Joanna B. Crane Scholarship for study abroadmolly

Molly states that many aspects have motivated her to learn French, such as the literature, art, politics, traveling, food, wine, music, and movies associated with that culture.  She loves that so many subjects can be brought into play when learning a foreign language and culture.  Molly wishes to become a high school French teacher.  She would like to instill in her students a passion for other people groups and cultures.  One day, she would like to take students with her to Europe, become a French club sponsor, and even have students over to her house for a French-themed dinner.  Molly believes firmly that an immersion experience, such as hers in Quebec, is absolutely vital to becoming a good foreign language teacher.  After studying abroad, she hopes to begin theAlternative Masters Teacher Education Program at UAB.

February, 2011

UAB Student Grace Benton Receives Critical Languages Scholarshipgrace_benton

Grace Benton, an International Studies major with a regional concentration in the Middle East and minors in Spanish and Arabic, has been awarded a 2011 Department of State Critical Languages Scholarship to study advanced Arabic in Jordan. Grace Benton is in the University Honors Program at UAB. In addition, in 2010 Grace was selected as UAB’s first William Jefferson Clinton Scholar for a semester’s study at the American University in Dubai. Grace plans to complete a Master of Arts in Arab Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Upon graduation, she hopes to work with an organization such as AMIDEAST in the Levant developing education programs at the high school and university levels which promote understanding between the West and the Arab world.


February, 2011

Tunisia: Chaos, Revolt and the Pursuit of Democracytunisia

Read what the DFLL's Wasan Manati and Lamia Zayzafoon have said about the political situations in Tunisia and Egypt. Click here for the article.



February, 2011

Three alumnae sweep the top statewide teaching awards

AAFLT_Awards_Recipients1(left to right) Breanne Holland, Charli Lindley-Hamlin, Dr. Sheri Long, Dr. Malinda O'Leary

This past Saturday at the annual meeting of the Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers (AAFLT), held at the University of Montevallo, three alumnae of the UAB Foreign Language Education program and former Spanish majors swept the top statewide teaching awards. Dr. Sheri Long taught and mentored all three outstanding women.

Breanne Holland (formerly Seay) received the AAFLT Outstanding Teacher Award K-12. She is currently teaching K-8 Spanish at Highlands School.

Dr. Malinda O'Leary (formerly Blair) received the AAFLT Outstanding Teacher Award for Post-Secondary. She is currently on faculty at UAB and holds the rank of Assistant Professor of Spanish.

Charli Lindley-Hamlin received the AAFLT Promising New Foreign Language Teacher Award. She teaches Spanish at Thompson High School. Read the article by the Shelby County Reporter on Charli Lindley-Hamlin's award. 

February, 2011

Malinda Blair O’Leary, Ph.D selected as the winner of the Alabama Association of Foreign Language Teachers 2010 Outstanding Post-Secondary Teacher Awardoleary

This nomination is a tribute to Malinda's foreign language instruction at UAB and throughout Alabama. She was recognized at this year's AAFLT conference on February 5th.



January, 2011

Francine d'Amour, one of Quebec's most prominent novelists, to give lecture in Hulsey Recital Hall on February 5th

BIRMINGHAM, AL - The Alliance Française of Birmingham and the UAB Department of Foreign Languages are pleased to host a lecture entitled, "Écrire en français en Amérique du Nord," by this distinguished novelist.  Click here for more information.



November, 2010

Dr. Catherine Danielou awarded the 2010 Frederick W. Conner Prize in the History of Ideas

BIRMINGHAM, AL - DFLL faculty member Catherine Danielou received this award for her essay entitled: "Our Days Pass Too Quickly: Madame De Sévigné and Aging."  Read more on Catherine Danielou's award.


October, 2010

Honors student Jennifer Ghandhi's story of her UAB on the Camino Study Away experience publishedJennifer_Ghandhi.php

BIRMINGHAM, AL - UAB Alum Jennifer Ghandhi had one last UAB adventure after her senior year:  She spent a month hiking Spain's Camino de Santiago, a centuries-old pilgrim route to the bones of Saint James in the town of Santiago de Compostela.  Read more on Jennifer Ghandi's Camino de Santiago experience.

October, 2010

Carlos Orihuela's recent book makes impact in Peruvian media

BIRMINGHAM, AL - DFLL faculty member Carlos Orihuela's recently published Abordajes y Aproximaciones. Ensayos sobre Literatura Peruana del Siglo XX (1950-2001) has gained much attention from the Peruvian media. Read more on Carlos Orihuela's book.


September, 2010

Japanese Distance Learning course receives accolades

BIRMINGHAM, AL - Japanese Instructor Tim Cook gains attention for his innovating online Japanese course.  In collaboration with the DFLL, the Department of Communication Studies, and the Department of Theatre, Sinsei Tim has created quite an experience.


April, 2010

DFLL Student Krish Varma awarded Critical Language Scholarship to study in India


BIRMINGHAM, AL - Junior Krish Varma (Spanish and Economics Major, Honors Student) is the recipient of a 2010 U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship. Varma will study Hindi at the American Institute of Indian Studies in Jaipur, India for two months this summer. Krish is looking forward to a career in international trade; knowing how to speak Hindi will certainly help him in this endeavor. Way to go, Krish!


April, 2010

DFLL and Burr & Forman Law Firm host International Networking Event

BIRMINGHAM, AL - On April 22, an exciting networking and mentoring event took place at Burr & Forman Law Offices in downtown Birmingham. Business professionals, professors, and students made meaningful connections about language and cross-cultural skills at this fun event. Students networked with Birmingham professionals who are successful in the international arena, many of whom are multilingual. Click here to see photos from the event.


January, 2010

Spring 2010 Foreign Languages for the Professions Panel

BIRMINGHAM, AL - On January 27, 2010, The UAB Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures hosted this informative event once again. First, students listened to their peers share their experiences from studying abroad in countries such as Canada, Tunisia, and Spain as well as learn about different study abroad options such as service learning, language study and more. Students then heard from members of the Birmingham area professional community who shared their language journey and how it has led them to where they are today in their careers.



November, 2009

DFLL Student Grace Benton selected as Clinton Scholar

BIRMINGHAM, AL - We are delighted with the news that Grace Benton, International Studies major and Honors Program student, has been selected as UAB's first Clinton Scholar for a semester's study at the American University in Dubai. Only 10 US students are selected nationally to be named Clinton scholars. Grace will be taking an Arabic language course, a Middle East Political Science course, and a course in Islamic Studies. We wish her the best!


November, 2009

UAB Marks 29th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall


 BIRMINGHAM, AL - Students, faculty and staff at UAB and the public marked the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by writing their own impressions of this historic event on a replica of the wall on Monday, Nov. 2 in Heritage Hall. German Instructor Erika Hille Rinker led a brief discussion followed by a screening of a short documentary film. Click here for full press-release and video.


August, 2009

Bill Carter named in UAB's 40 year accomplishments

Birmingham, AL - Dr. William C. Carter was named in a recent Birmingham News editorial commending UAB's accomplishment during the past 40 years. Read the article here. We are so proud of you, Dr. Carter!


August, 2009

DFLL Student Elisha Gentle receives Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship


 Birmingham, AL - Elisha Gentle, Economics major and Arabic minor has been awarded the prestigious Rotary Club International Ambassadorial Scholarship. Gentle will spend the 2010-11 academic year in Cairo, Egypt at the American University in Cairo working towards a Master's degree in Middle Eastern studies. Click here to see full article and video interview.


June, 2009

Bill Carter gives well-received talk on Proust in Cabourg, France


Trouville et Cabourg, France -Dr. William C. Carter, the highest regarded American Proust scholar and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at UAB, spoke at a conference organized to give homage to Marcel Proust. Approximately 150 attendees listened attentively to the intriguing themes Carter addressed. To see full article about the conference (in French,) click here. To see interview (in French) with Dr. Carter about the conference, click here.