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About the Department


What we do

Our group, the French Interdisciplinary Group, or FIG, was created in 1996. We contribute to globalization at Northwestern by promoting long-term intellectual exchanges and collaborations among Northwestern faculty, graduate students and undergraduates in all fields, and their counterparts at our partner institutions for higher education. We have helped a variety of scholarly communities at Northwestern find institutional partnerships in France.  

Our central objectives are:

Our leadership

Our group is led by a director, a graduate assistant and a steering committee. Learn more about our group's administration and steering committee members.

Our partner universities

We currently support partnerships with five of France’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning. Each partnership emphasizes disciplinary orientations that reflect strengths at both institutions.


FIG sponsors or co-sponsors numerous events throughout the year. Events organized specifically with our French partners are listed here.

The FIG Room

620 Library Place
Room 103
Evanston, IL 60208
Faculty and students are invited to take advantage of the FIG room for relevant meetings and events.
Contact Kathirine Leggete


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