Mame-Fatou Niang, assistant professor of French and Francophone Studies, “is a passionate and charismatic teacher,” said Susan Polansky, head of the Department of Modern Languages.
Niang, who joined the department in 2012, studies cultural minorities in France, with a focus on French people of African and Muslim descent. Both inside and outside the classroom, Niang explores the question of what it means to be French today.
Twice a year the Department of Modern Languages publishes Polyglot, an online journal featuring articles, essays and other written works by undergraduate students taking language courses at Carnegie Mellon. The Fall 2016 edition includes 31 pieces in 4 languages and is now available online.
The Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences is home to world-class researchers who collaborate across many disciplines. The school offers innovative educational opportunities and its faculty members are working to solve real-world problems. Students emerge from their academic careers able to communicate, think, learn and understand the world in ways that will serve them for the rest of their lives.
Rémi Adam van Compernolle, assistant professor of second language acquisition and French & Francophone Studies, has won the 2017 First Book Award from the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL).
Independent civil society in Cuba has been excluded from virtually all official governing processes for over 50 years. But with the U.S. lifting travel and commerce restrictions between the two nations and the recent death of Fidel Castro, Cuba is poised for continued political change.
Kenya Dworkin, associate professor of Hispanic Studies, is working together with Robert Cavalier, teaching professor of philosophy and director of Carnegie Mellon’s Program for Deliberative Democracy, to help facilitate this change.