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Department of French and Italian


Upcoming Events



March 3, 2015

5 - 6:30pm

Harris 108


Modernity, Machines and Motor Oil: Italian Futurist Art and Ideals

Featuring Christopher Atwood


Italian Futurism called for a sharp break with the traditions of the past. “We want to destroy all the museums, libraries and academies,” F.T. Marinetti wrote in 1909. “We want to free this country from its stinking gangrene.”


Modernity, machines and motor oil —not Renaissance masters— inspired this generation of writers and artists.


This illustrated lecture explores the artwork created by Italian Futurists.



Christopher Atwood graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont with a degree in Italian Language and Literature (2003). Following graduation, he taught bilingual education (English/Spanish) as a New York City Teaching Fellow. While teaching full-time, Atwood earned a Master’s of Science in Education.

Atwood joined UC Berkeley's Italian Studies department in 2005 as an M.A./PhD candidate. Currently, he is finishing a project titled In A Queer Place in Time: Fictions of Belonging in Italy 1890-2010. At UC Berkeley, he also completed a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. In 2012, he was the inaugural winner of the Philip Brett LGBT Fellowship. He has given invited talks in the U.S. and Europe on topics such as Italian Futurism, contemporary fiction, and Pier Vittorio Tondelli. Atwood recently inked a chapter in the forthcoming book, DENUNCIA: Speaking Up in Modern Italy (Farleigh-Dickinson University Press). His teaching and research interests include Italian cinema, Italian feminist thought, travel writing, and gender in modern Italy (1850-today).



Ongoing Events

La Table Française
You are warmly invited to join us for lunch, while also practicing your French language skills, meeting other French speakers, and getting to know your fellow students and professors in a casual setting. Every Monday at 12:00 p.m. in the ISRC dining hall at 1835 Hinman.


Next Meeting: Wednesday, March 11th at 5:30pm in Forum Room of the University Library

Join us for screenings of French language films, followed by discussion and refreshments with faculty from the French Department. Please check this page for more information about upcoming meetings.

Café Francophone

Please join us for Le Café Francophone, where you can practice your French conversation and get to know fellow members of the French Department. Check this page for information about upcoming meetings.

Cafe Italiano

Come enjoy refreshments and conversation in Italian at meetings of the Cafe Italiano. Please check this space for information about upcoming meetings.

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