News and Events

Pick a Practical Major, Like French

Studying French "revolves around a skill that has a great chance to be invaluable in the coming half-century: the ability to communicate in one of the fastest-growing languages in the world" writes New York Magazine.

Italian Film Night presents 'Fairytale'

Join the Italian Program at UC Davis and C.I.A.O. (Club Italiano Americano Organizzato) for the Fall 2022 Italian Film Night on Tuesday, November 8 at 6:15 pm in 1002 Cruess Hall.

Congratulations Kelly Kagawa

Kelly Kagawa, graduating senior in French, has been awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research/Dean Keith Simonton Prize for her research/creative work.

Winter Quarter Italian Conversation Hour

Join students of Italian every other Friday for chats in Italian. All levels of Italian are welcome! The Italian Conversation Hour is hosted by one of the departments' tutors, Arianna, and it takes place on January 22, February 5, February 19, and March 5 at 3:00pm PST on Zoom.

Guest Lecture by Filmmaker Fred Kuwornu

On Friday February 19th at 1:00pm PST, C.I.A.O. will be hosting a guest speaker event where each of you will have the chance to meet filmmaker Fred Kuwornu. Email the C.I.A.O. President Maria Quilici for the Zoom link ( or for any questions.

Winter Quarter Film Night

On Tuesday February 16th at 6:30 pm PST, C.I.A.O. (Club Italiano American Organizzato) will be showing the film, Blaxploitalian: 100 years of Blackness in Italian Cinema by filmmaker Fred Kuwornu. Email the C.I.A.O. President Maria Quilici for the Zoom link ( or for any questions.

Teaching English Abroad

Are you considering teaching English abroad after graduation? Did you know that there are private and government sponsored programs that hire English teachers? Teaching English abroad offers opportunities to gain work experience in another country, build your professional network, and engage with local communities in a meaningful way. You will help your students learn and grow, all while living abroad and immersing yourself in the local culture. Hear from UC Davis alumni who taught English in Europe and Asia, and learn about their experiences, including program selection, application process, finances, and career advancement.

Black Lives Matter

The Department of French & Italian condemns racial injustice and police brutality in all forms, and stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and antiracist protest movements throughout the world. Racist policing and white supremacy are international problems with a long history, and are inextricably bound up with the legacy of European settler colonialism (including French and Italian colonialism specifically) and the slave trade. Read more...