Le Cercle Francais

Shelly Birch '12

Vice President
Katie Lang '12

Carole Wurzelbacher '14

Patrice Zigrossi '14

Cynthia Lee '14

Director of Publicity
Annemarie Hittler '14

Faculty Liason
Monica O'Hearn '14

Faculty Sponsors
Professor Martin

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.
- Ernest Hemingway

The best of America drifts to Paris. The American in Paris is the best American. It is more fun for an intelligent person to live in an intelligent country. France has the only two things toward which we drift as we grow older - intelligence and good manners.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

The more English is heard in the world, the more gratifying it seems to speak French, and above all to know the culture of our country. They find a kind of French social grace in the language and culture.
- Bernard Pivot

Notre Dame's French club, Le Cercle Français, welcomes all members of the Notre Dame community to come together in appreciation of the rich language and culture of France and Francophone countries.

We will be hosting or sponsoring a variety of events throughout the year including monthly Table Française meals in the dining halls, movie watches, French masses, crêpe parties, information sessions on study and internship opportunities abroad, and an annual trip to Chicago in the spring. We also aim to promote related campus events such as film screenings at the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts and academic conferences or lectures.

Upcoming Events
Ne soyez pas timide ! Nous accueillons tout le monde, et nous espérons vous voir souvent !

  • La Table
    6:30pm, Wednesday, November 2, 2011 - Pasta Room, North Dining Hall

Join us for dinner and lively conversation in French! You can find us by looking for the French flag. Stop by and say Bonjour!

  • FREE Hot Chocolate in celebration of French Week!
    Friday, November 4, 2011

    We will be outside of Debartolo with hot chocolate and croissants from 9am to 12pm!


  • Officer Elections
    The end of the year is fast approaching and along with all the fun we are having in the French club it is time to select the new board of officers for next year. Being a club officer at Notre Dame is a wonderful opportunity to get more involved with the club, and to engage in a leadership experience here on campus. Moreover, besides it being a great addition to your Resume, the french club officers have fun leading one of the more active cultural clubs on campus. With over 200 people in the e-mail listserv, you will have the chance to share with many others the great gifts that the study of French and its culture brings to people.

    If you are interested in leading this club of talented and dedicated francophiles, please apply by sending us an e-mail to lecercle@nd.edu.
    We have 6 different offices that you can apply for: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Tresurer, Student-teacher liaison and Web editor.

    In your e-mail please state your name, class, and give us a brief paragraph saying what position you are interested in, why you should be the next French club [office], and what french club activities you attended this year. The deadline for all applications is March 31st at noon. Here is a brief description of officers' responsibilities:

    Le cercle francais postes d'officier:


    Le President of Le cercle francais is in charge of scheduling and presiding all officers and club meetings. He/she represents the club in meetings with the clubs' coordinator in the Student Activities office, manages the listserv and is responsible for the mail that goes out to club members. He/she leads the coordination and planning of All the different French club activities. The president also has to make sure that all activities are submitted to SAO and that they get approved in a timely fashion.


    Le Vice-President is expected to takeša large role in organizing and planning French Club activities.š The VP is in charge of specific events, suchšas the annual Chicago trip, but should also be active in planning other events throughout the year.š This person is in charge when the President is unavailable, and helps run meetings when necessary.š He or she should also regularly attend French Club events.


    Le secretaire of Le Cercle is responsible for taking minutes at the all club meetings as well as at all Officers' meetings.š He or she is also responsible for planning several events throughout the year.š Lastly, he or she is expected to help with the logistics of all major French club events such as National French Week.


    The student-teacher liaison is a primarily involved with developing a relationship between Le Cercle Francais and the French faculty on campus.š The liaison works with the club's faculty advisors on issues and events where professors will be involved in Le Cercle's activities.š The student-teacher liaison also assists the other officers in planning and organizing the many events Le Cercle has each year.


    The web editor frequently maintains the Le Cercle website with upcoming events, French films at the DPAC, etc.š He or she helps other officers with the planning/production of events as necessary.


    Le Tresorier
    - Collect and deposits dues and other revenue sources for the club
    - Handles reimbursements for out of pocket expenses
    - Manages club accounts and records all expenses and deposits
    - Responsible for assembling a budget at the end of the year detailing club financial activity and expected activity for next year
    - Determines request for allocation
    - Works with other officers on general policies/event planning

    Upcoming French Films at DPAC
    (French language with English subtitles)
    All ticket prices: $5 faculty/staff, $3 students
    In Browning Cinema

    Henry Dunant; Red on the Cross (2006)
    Free Admission
    Directed by Dominique Othenin-Girard
    NR, 99 minutes
    French language with English subtitles

    Resources at Notre Dame

    The Nanovic Institute for European Studies

    Romance Languages and Literature: French and Francophone Studies

    International Studies Office ND Study Abroad in France (Angers, Paris)

    Useful Links

    French Radio
    A list of French radio stations streaming live on the internet, with links to listen in.

    French About.com
    Learn French online! French learning, practice, and language resources for students, teachers, and lovers of French, including French lessons, learning tips, quizzes, sound files, teaching ideas, online dictionaries, and cultural info.

    BBC News France Country Profile
    Links to major media outlets as well an overview of France and its leaders.

    Expatica France
    An organization that helps those living and working abroad in France to live easier lives, with advice on housing, health, employment, customs, etc.

    Angers.fr (in French)
    Découvrez Angers, capitale de l'Anjou. La ville se distingue autant par la richesse de son patrimoine que par son dynamisme économique et culturel.

    Paris.fr (in French)
    Sur Paris.fr découvrez les démarches administratives et téléprocédures, les rubriques emploi, solidarités, culture, environnement, urbanisme, sport, parcs & jardins, les actualités, l'éducation, la santé, le plan de Paris.

    France.com is your one-stop online location for everything France!

    Comprehensive listings of French cultural and educational news, events, resources, and programs in the USA.

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Special thanks to the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Romance Languages Department
for their continued enthusiasm and support.