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Organizations & Associations

Getting involved is a great way to connect with your peers, learn more, and expose yourself to new ideas and cultures. Join an organization in the Department of Modern Languages, or visit the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership to see all of the student organizations on campus. There are three student organizations in our department: Francofous, Spanish Club, and a chapter of the national Spanish honor society Sigma Delta Pi.


Nous sommes fous pour le français et le monde francophone !

The UL French club is an official student organization which organizes events and outings. During the fall and spring semesters, we run a Table Française every week, and we host various kinds of events: films, dîners, soirées, etc. The most fun we have, though, is getting together and speaking French.

We invite anyone at any level of French, whether or not you're a current language student, to attend our events and participate in our enthusiasm for France, French, and la Francophonie.

Vivons en français !

Find les Francofous on Facebook.

Spanish Club

El Club de Español, an official student organization at UL, organizes events and activities in which students can participate to further their experience with the Spanish language and its many cultures. One of our main goals is to advance the internationalization of our campus by creating a forum for those who study, have an interest in, or already speak Spanish. We have expanded our usual club meeting la mesa española to include the broader student body and are planning a new film series, and if possible, a student-run journal are underway. We welcome anyone and everyone, regardless of your experience with Spanish, to join us during our events and activities.

Find the Spanish Club on Facebook!

Sigma Delta Pi

We host the Alpha Rho chapter of the national Spanish honor society Sigma Delta Pi. This national honor society offers scholarships, travel, and publication opportunities through their journal El Cid. For further general information or if you are interested in joining please contact the faculty adviser, Mario Sagastume.

Fabrice Leroy, Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée

Professor Fabrice Leroy contributed two lengthy chapters to Le Bouquin de la bande dessinée: Dictionnaire esthétique et thématique, edited by Thierry Groensteen, the leading French expert on comics and graphic novels. Published by Robert Laffont Editions in Paris in collaboration with the Cité Internationale de la Bande Dessinée et de l'Image, this 928-page reference work contains in-depth essays from over 40 international scholars who examined a variety of comics-related notions, including historical movements, publishing trends, subgenres, aesthetic and formal devices, themes, and correlations with cultural history. Each entry of this volume is illustrated by an original drawing from renowned French cartoonist Lewis Trondheim. This publication is a flagship event of the French Ministry of Culture’s “Année de la Bande Dessinée,” which coordinates various museum and library exhibitions, as well as festivals across France, in a celebration of comics as an art form (January 2020-June 2021). Fabrice Leroy’s contributions to this volume are devoted to detective fiction (“Polar”) and to the depiction of everyday life in graphic novels (“Quotidien”).