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France on Campus Award

Projects selected for 2019/2020 edition


Le Nouveau Chapitre: The Role of France in the 21st Century Geopolitics (1st Prize)

European Horizons • Texas A&M, College Station (TX)

The 21st century offers many new roles and opportunities for France as a state actor in world geopolitics. In cooperation with the Albritton Center of Grand Strategy of the Bush School, the project will result in a one-day seminar with speakers from American and French universities addressing 1) global importance of French soft power, 2) the role of France in the EU post-Brexit, and 3) the future of French-speaking Africa.


Plateforme française en ligne (2nd Prize - tie)

UNLV French Club • University of Las Vegas, Nevada (NV)

This project aims to create a website and app for students, teachers, and the Las Vegas community to get involved with francophone culture. This app will be a one-stop resource for accessing information about French/Francophone literature, music, current events, gastronomy, and art in Las Vegas.


French Around the World (2nd Prize - tie)

KU French Club • University of Kansas, Lawrence (KS)

In order to introduce the cultural richness of the French and french-speaking world to the local community, KU French Club will organize a festival in downtown Lawrence designed to showcase the integral role that French and francophone culture play both in our small town and greater metropolitan area of Kansas City. The event will include a series of booths, each featuring the food and culture of a francophone country, as well as games, language and cultural presentations.


Mardi Gras: Carnival in France and the Francophone world (3rd Prize - tie)

Le Cercle Français • Montclair State University, Montclair (NJ)

This event will showcase Montclair’s French-speaking heritage and cultural diversity through the theme of Carnival. Participants from campus and the local community will learn about historical Carnival practices in France, as well as current-day celebrations in Haiti, Sénégal, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Morocco or French-speaking countries where student and faculty members have lived and celebrated. It will also be the opportunity to learn more about the music, food, dances (video and/or live demonstration), history, and tourist information presented at each station.


From Cannes to The District: An International Film Festival (3rd Prize - tie)

The French Society • Howard University, Washington (DC)

The project plans to bring an International Film Festival to D.C. A showcase will be held to feature short films from students and local artists that focus on French and Francophone culture. By bringing the spirit of southern France to Howard, the event will transform the main Yard into a cultural festival and include games, raffles, snacks, and booths from other international-oriented student organizations.


Workshops on campus

French Club • Georgia State University, Atlanta (GA)

The French Club teams up with the French Department to organize different workshops for students on campus throughout the year. The project will be an opportunity to invite guest speakers and former students to connect to the current French students, and to organize slam, theater events, poetry readings, and plays.


Le Carnaval étudiant de Jacksonville

Le Cercle Francophone • Jacksonville University, Jacksonville (FL)

Le Cercle Francophone will host a Carnaval at Jacksonville University, where students, faculty and staff will have the chance to learn about the phenomenon of Carnaval, as manifested throughout the Francophone World. Through a series of activities involving gastronomy, music, language and culture, guests will have the chance to experience what a Carnaval might look like in Nice, Dunkirk, Point-à-Pitre, or la Nouvelle Orléans.


American Journal of French Studies

French Club • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge (LA)

Created in 2019, the goal of this Journal is to promote French language and culture in Louisiana first and in the United States through the publication of essays of high school and undergraduate students. The Journal is led by a team of French and Cajun graduate and undergraduate students with the assistance of the LSU French Club members and Belgium and American teachers.


Franco-Osage Relations

French Club • University of Tulsa, Tulsa (OK)

This project aims to showcase the historical connections between France and the Osage tribe, mainly seen during the First World War, when the French used Osage citizens as code talkers, due to their language having roots unknown to enemy nations and therefore being indecipherable. The presentation will display their history from the very beginning, in the 1600s, until now, including the adoption of two French ambassadors into the Osage tribe in 2019. This event will include French and Osage cuisine, music, and Osage dancers.


Au Kentucky: A French-Kentuckian Cultural Expo

French Club • Transylvania University, Lexington (KY)

The project aims to showcase all the different aspects of French influence in Kentucky. The French Club, together with the French Department, will create an interactive space where students can get a hands-on look at how French culture can be found in Kentucky’s past and present, and the impact on our future. Guest speakers with personal cultural connections will share their stories with students, and local businesses that trade with France will introduce their cultural connections. 

 

Projects selected for 2018/2019 edition


Le Marais et plus - Une célébration des identités

Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society, FIU Chapter • University of Florida, Gainesville (FL)

Well-known as the "gay" or "Jewish quarter" in Paris, Le Marais is a neighborhood that is filled with shops and roads boasting rainbow flags and welcoming all to its bright, accepting streets. This project seeks to present a welcoming home to all identities within the FIU community while also promoting key artistic and cultural works, figures, and moments in France's history that embody the idea of going against the "straight" norm.


#FrenchIsEverywhere

AVC French Club • Antelope Valley College, Lancaster (CA)

The project aims to expose the campus community to the connections between French culture and other academic disciplines. French students will be assigned to research and share cultural facts in class, that will be propagating around campus via posters, social media, a physical "jeu des sept familles" card game and t-shirts to be sold at French Club events and online.


French influence in Alabama and increasing international awareness and accessibility to France

International Student Association • University of West Alabama, Livingston (AL)

The project is designed to make rural Alabama students learn more about the historical French origins of Mobile, AL, and about French language and culture by organizing outreach activites in local middle and high schools and UWA student body, and a field trip to Mobile.


French Week at Penn State

Penn State French Club • Penn State University, State College (PA)

In order to introduce and expose students at Penn State to various unique aspects of the language and cultures of French and Francophone countries, the French Club will host a week-long series of cultural events. In partnership with the Penn State Department of French and Francophone Studies, the State Theatre, WPSU, and Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management, we will engage the Penn State university in events focused on varied aspects of French/Fancophone culture, including food, fine arts, film and music.


Passport to Paris

La Maison Française • Reed College, Portland (OR)

"Passport to Paris” aims to introduce art in Parisian museums and galleries to underserved communities in the U.S. Reed college students will teach Portland elementary students about French artists and works in their particular sociocultural historical contexts. A workshop will include a hands-on art project and provide French food and music. A “pop up” gallery showcasing the works of the students would follow. Passport to Paris would teach youth in the Portland community about the museums of Paris and inspire them to find value in art and cultural exchange. 


Francophone Cultural Immersion Series

Drexel French Club • Drexel University, Philadelphia (PA)

Inspired by l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) Summit, the Drexel French Club plans to focus on a member state of the OIF and hold 2-3 events each quarter to discuss food, language, and culture of the Francophone nation. The aim is to promote the Francophone culture on-campus with an emphasis on diversity. This is an opportunity for Frenchy Friends mentees and mentors to apply their language skills to cultural aspects. Students will be able to gain extensive knowledge by holding in-depth discussions and presentations.


The JHU Francophone Festival

Johns Hopkins University French Club • Johns Hopkins University, Washington (DC)

The JHU Francophone Festival will interactively showcase the diversity of the Francophone world by highlighting six regions: Africa, East Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, North America, and Europe. Each region will be represented by at least one table that will display its history and culture by featuring food samples, literature examples, and cultural artifacts. Lastly, Kim Thúy, a nominee for the 2018 New Academy Prize in Literature, will speak about her work.


Photos d'identité

French Club, Latino Student Association, Honors Program • Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond (KY)

The Francophonie offers rich cultural diversity with language serving as the bridge to mutual understanding. This project aims to highlight identity, how it is expressed, and capture unique aspects of individuals or groups through poetry, songs, photographs or media. Discussions on identity through multi-modal input will be the topic of discussion and participants will be challenged to express their identity in a unique and creative way. A final showcase and identity wall will tell stories of diversity and experience in  French.


A Taste of French Influence

Global Student Club • Pitt Community College, Winterville (NC)

The Global Student Club will host presentations from a member of the French Chamber of Commerce and from a local French business owner. Stations will be set up to share French food, art, language, and jobs.

A "Taste of French Influence" is geared towards embracing French Culture on the campus of Pitt Community College. The importance of learning about different cultures is greatly emphasized on the campus to provide students with a global mindset. From hearing stories of how French immigrants arrived to the US, such as French local business owners, and even tasting French cuisines, this project is about imparting knowledge into students in order to have a greater sense of awareness for French Influence in America.


Truman's National French Week Celebrations

Pi Delta Phi French Honor Society, Iota Tau chapter •  Truman State University, Kirksville (MO)

In order to celebrate National French week, PDP will be holding a week full of events. Students are invited to participate in a film contest, a photo contest, movie night, regional food night, and guest speaker event. Missouri has a deep connection with France; this area was originally a French colony (in the 18th Century, French miners settled in Vieille Mine - South Eastern Missouri). There are still people in the state who speak dialects of French like Paw-Paw French. This week is meant to help us celebrate the state and its national and regional connection with France.

 

Projects selected for 2017/2018 edition


French and Francophone Culture, Identity and 
Personal Narrative in New Orleans

Association de doctorants et étudiants en études françaises et francophones • Tulane University, New Orleans (LA)

The ways that we construct, define, reflect, enact, and contest identity are intricately bound to the places in which we do so. In New Orleans identity, whether individual or collective, is profoundly rooted in French and Francophone culture. The project aims to lead the university and the wider community in a conversation about the relationship(s) between place and identity by exploring cultural expressions such as cuisine, French language and personal narrative in New Orleans.


Beyond Paris Noir - A Flâneur's Tale

French Club • Texas Southern University, Houston (TX)

The project develops an innovative dramatic production designed for students, faculty and the general public to discover and examine the close interconnections between African Americans in Paris, as well as the many cultural influences which people of African descent have imprinted upon the culture of France. Through dramatic vignettes and a richly developed script, students will begin to develop very real connections between events occurring in 21st century America and those that developed previously in the dynamic community of expatriate Africans and African-Americans in Paris.


Frenchy Friends Mentorship Program

The Drexel French Club • Drexel University, Philadelphia (PA)

The Drexel French Club will launch a new mentorship program ("Frenchy Friends") to help students enhance their language skills, promote French culture, learn more about study-abroad programs, as well as establishing inclusive and friendly environment.


Politically Engaged Café

EU Student Embassadors at Berkeley • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

In the continuation of EU Student Embassadors' 2016 project, this projects will host debates with faculty, french exchange students and students in the EU club to discuss the state of France after its recent elections.


Cric Crac : A week in France

The French Society • Queens College CUNY, New York City (NY)

Students and community will be offered the unique opportunity to experience elements of some of the most well-known and celebrated events of France, including Mardi Gras, The Cannes Film Festival,and more. By incorporating cultural education, fitness and health, and international development, this event attempts to address a variety of crucial elements within the French and Francophone Culture.


Promoting French Musical Theater: the American Stage Premiere of 'Les Demoiselles de Rochefort'

L'Avant Scène • Princeton University, Princeton (NJ)

L'Avant Scène will be adapting Jacques Demy's musical film classic, "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort," and present its stage version to American audiences for the first time. After months of collaboration with linguistically and artistically gifted Princeton students as well as professionals from the world of French theater and cinema, L'Avant Scène will give two performances in French with accompanying subtitles to a varied audience.


La Comédie-Française

French Club • Rice University, Houston (TX)

With the guidance of French language and literature faculty, the French Club at Rice University will spearhead an effort to bring French theatre and cultural knowledge to the wider university community by putting on scenes from canonic French plays.


Literary Explorations - Where Do Words Take You?

Graduate Student Association • Louisiana State University, Bâton-Rouge (LA)

This 12th Graduate Student Conference will bring together graduate students as well as two scholars wellknown in the field of French studies to present their research on themes related to trave l narratives through time and their influence on the real world.

 

Projects selected for 2016/2017 edition


Connections Abroad - Exploring France through Virtual Reality

Study Abroad Club • University of California, Davis (CA)

Students in Davis who are interested in studying abroad will then have the opportunity to explore France through the eyes of someone living there, with optional commentary in the recordings.


Pourquoi pas? Inspiring Students to Be Their Best

Music Only • University of Georgia, Athens (GA)

This original project begins with a relationship between our students (at UGA) and teenagers at local high schools so that music and French language can inspire these young men and women to expand their horizons by studying French and to give them a purpose to stay in school.


L'Usine de la Cuisine

Le Circle français • Transylvania University, Lexington (KY)

This project will start by creating a French cooking workshop to change and expand the ideas the students of Transylvania University and population of Lexington, KY have about healthy eating.


Black Artists in Paris (Black History Month)

French Club • Sam Houston University, Huntsville (TX)

The Club will host a series of events for Black History Month under the theme of “Black Artists in Paris” in order to bring light to the work of those who were artistically inspired by the City of Light.


Paris Fashion Week Live Runway Show

Tech French Club • Texas Tech University, Lubbock (TX)


Film Capsules: Hecho en Europe and French Culture in Puerto Rico

Cinémathèque • University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus

This project consists of making a series of 30 second film capsules on topics related to the Hecho En Europa Film Festival and to French culture in Puerto Rico. The capsules will be made by members of Cinémathèque with the help of advisors in the areas of filmmaking and French culture in Puerto Rico.


French context

Lehman Francophone Club • Lehman College CUNY, New York City (NY)

“French context” is an event in which participants are immersed in new perspectives on French and Francophone culture, history, language, and art, while in dialogue with a guest speaker.


Francophone Community Exchange Expansion

Francophone Community Exchange • New York University, New York (NY)

The project aims to expand The Francophone Community Exchange (FCE) in which NYU undergraduates studying French tutor elementary school students at the New York French American Charter School (NYFACS) in Harlem twice a week, by accommodating more tutors to help the elementary school students with their homework, design mini-lessons, and generally help facilitate the after-school program. The project also plans special events for the elementary school students at the end of the semester with French food and music.


Politically engaged Parisian Cafe

EU Student Ambassadors at Berkeley • University of California, Berkeley (CA)

The project will be a debate with faculty, french exchange students and students in the EU club to discuss the state of France and its future governance in the upcoming elections.


Literatures in dialogue - creative-critical literary performances

The French and Francophone club • The Catholic University of America, Washington (DC)

Students present a text (poem, short story, excerpt from a novel…) to an audience in a creative manner. This project stems from the class "Thinking Critically: Literature, Film, and Media in the French-Speaking World". The goal of the presentation is to make sure students communicate the text content (feel, tone, ambiance, meaning/s, emotions, themes, images…) in a different, creative manner.

 

Projects selected for 2015/2016 edition


The Franco-US Wine Connection: How Data Tells the Story of Integration

George Washington University, Washington (DC)

GW DATA is a project that highlights the significance of French culinary products by creating an application that best pairs French food items with cuisines and wine through machine learning.


A Choreographic Exploration of le commerce triangulaire

Grinnell College, Grinnell (IA)

A Choreographic Exploration of le commerce triangulaire is a student-led dance project supported by the French Embassy that uses French texts as the basis for creating movement and introducing new audiences to French culture and history.

More information here.


Hors centre : NYC French and Francophone Guide to Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan above 96th St.

Queens College/ CUNY, New York City (NY)

Hors Centre is a guidebook that presents a unique collection of reviews of French and Francophone cultural venues in New York City’s “outer” boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx, and in Manhattan above 96th Street.


French Slam at Texas Tech

Texas Tech University, Lubbock (TX)

French Slam at Texas Tech replicates the writing workshops and events of Slam associations in Paris on the campus of Texas Tech University, including through writing workshops, live events in French, open language Slam events centered on French themes but open to any language, and a final Slam competition in French.


Liberté, Égalité, Francophonie

Juniata College, Huntingdon (PA)

Juniata’s French Club project celebrates la Francophonie through a week of activities featuring lectures, a film, a student panel, presentations in local schools, and culminating in a festival with food and music.


Connecting with French and Francophone Culture in the Twenty-First Century through Film

The University of Oklahoma, Norman (OK)

This project is a film festival emphasizing diverse aspects of contemporary French and Francophone culture with an interdisciplinary vision that complements World Literature Today’s Puterbaugh Festival featuring Alain Mabanckou, recipient of the 2012 Grand Prix de Littérature Henri Gal from the Académie Française.


The French Press: The Responsibility of Freedom of Speech

Georgia Southern University, Statesboro (GA)

The French Press -- The Responsibility of Freedom of Speech project increases awareness of the French press through a major display, lectures, and presentations of actual samples of the press in various settings, including library displays, classrooms, and service clubs.

More information here.


Discovering the Light: A Celebration of French Film and Photography

University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst (MA)

Discovering the Light: A Celebration of French Film and Photography is a series of film screenings, public lectures, and an installation exhibit designed to showcase moments in France's rich involvement in photographic and film history.


French Pionniers of Science: Jacques Cousteau Under the Sea

University of Miami, Miami (FL)

This project celebrates French pioneer of oceanography and filmographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau's storytelling and later commitment to conservation through a screening of his documentary, talks by marine researchers, a art project, and beach clean up for Earth Day.


Une Semaine Francaise à UNL

University of Nebraska, Lincoln (NE)

Une Semaine Francaise à UNL engages both the community on campus and the city of Lincoln, Nebraska through French film screenings, an art exhibit displaying the work of French painters at the Sheldon Art Museum, and a French Program open house for perspective students at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.