College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Diane R. Fourny

Department of French and Italian
Associate Professor
Director of the Center for European Studies
Primary office:
Bailey Hall
Room 303L
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045

Ph.D./M.A Stanford, 1985

B.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1976
Baccalaureat (Lettres-Philo) Versailles, 1971

Holds a joint appointment in French and Italian and Humanities and Western Civilization. Her areas of research are the French Enlightenment (18th-century novel, J.-J. Rousseau, Diderot), autobiography, and European studies. She has received the H. Bernerd Fink Distinguished Teaching Award and a Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and holds the Distinguished Lecturer position in HWC. She also serves as director of the Center for European Studies.


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Our Statement on Diversity in support of Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk and the University of Kansas Black Student Union’s efforts to combat racism.
The School of Languages & Cultures serves as a gateway to understanding the diversity of the world, through learning languages, literatures, and cultures, past and present. Through its research and teaching, the SLLC offers students opportunities for deep engagement with a wide range of languages, literatures, and cultures that provide the knowledge and skills to interact with and understand the world. The faculty and students who teach, research, and learn in the SLLC consider issues of diversity fundamental to all of our work. The study of others' languages, literatures, and cultures enables us to develop deep empathy and perspective informs the way that we approach issues before us, whether on a personal, local, regional, national, or global scale. Therefore take it as axiomatic that the SLLC stands for a campus that is committed to the meaningful sharing, contemplation, and discussion of ideas that emerge from multiple cultural perspectives and experiences. We continually rededicate ourselves to the principle of diversity. We strive to create an atmosphere where all students and faculty feel comfortable and welcome to express their views as well as work together to solve conflict. Further, we view our mission as a center of diversity on a flagship campus as requiring us to lead by example.

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