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Olivia Prouvost-Allen

Department of French and Italian
Lecturer, French
Primary office:
Wescoe Hall, 2049
University of Kansas
1445 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045

Originally from the North of France, Olivia Prouvost-Allen earned her Doctorate in French Literature from the University of Kansas. She received her Maîtrise in Teaching French as a Foreign Language from the University of Lille 3, and her M.A. in French Literature from Kansas State University. She defended her dissertation “Lutte pour la connaissance et la compréhension dans l’écriture concentrationnaire de Charlotte Delbo, Jorge Semprun et Germaine Tillion” in April 2014. Her interests include 20th-century literature, Holocaust literature, theater, and second-language acquisition. Olivia is passionate about teaching French and has experience teaching introductory to more advanced undergraduate courses, including Intensive Review of French Grammar, Advanced French Phonetics, Intermediate Conversation, Introduction to French Literature, and French for Journalism and Business. Olivia’s awards include the Peter Gilles Springer Fellowship and the Kenneth Cornell Scholarship.


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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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