Splendide Californie

French Studies invites you to a presentation by Dr. Claudine Chalmers on April 24, 2014, 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Fromm Hall's Maier Room. This special event is sponsored by Jean Philippe Lassègues BS '65 MS '67. 

Some of the earliest and rarest views of California came from the brush of French artists, many of whom came to the United States with their 30,000 compatriots fleeing political turmoil in France and hoping for a better life in Gold Rush California. Historian Claudine Chalmers will tell the stories of an exciting range of French and Franco-Californian artists and show their California works. Dr. Chalmers is the author of seven books and her work has inspired exhibits at the California Historical Society in San Francisco and at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento under the name "Splendide Californie." The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

When you study French at the University of San Francisco, you're starting a conversation with more than 220 million French speakers around the globe, expanding your career possibilities after you leave campus, and exploring a rich, celebrated history of art, film, philosophy, and literature.

The French Studies program at the University of San Francisco explores the literary and cultural heritage of the Francophone world, equipping students with the linguistic and cultural skills to pursue graduate school, careers, or volunteer work in a variety of countries. In addition to coursework, students have an opportunity to develop their language skills during regular one-on-one appointments at the French Writing Center. USF also sponsors two international programs at ILCF in Paris and University of Lille Catholique in Lille. Together, these resources provide graduates with the communication skills and real-world experience necessary to be productive citizens of the world.

For more information about languages at USF, visit the Department of Modern & Classical Languages website.