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Global Village Residential Learning Community
Living/Learning Center
205 Commons
633 Main Street
Burlington, Vermont 05405-0385, USA


Joseph Acquisto, Faculty Director and Professor of French, (802) 656-3575

Joseph Acquisto joined UVM in 2003 after receiving the Ph.D. from Yale University. He specializes in nineteenth and twentieth-century French literature, with particular emphasis on lyric poetry and the novel. His research interests include the relations between music and literature, the notion of modernity in intellectual history and the arts, and philosophical approaches to poetry. His first book, French Symbolist Poetry and the Idea of Music (Ashgate, 2006), argues that music, as theorized rather than performed or heard, serves as a privileged mobile space of poetic creation and dialogue for major and minor poets from 1850-1930. His second book, Crusoes and Other Castaways in Modern French Literature: Solitary Adventures (University of Delaware Press, 2012), demonstrates how the Robinson Crusoe myth becomes a vehicle for exploration of larger questions about the reception of texts, modes of reading, and the relationship between popular and serious literary traditions. He is currently working on a study of antimodernism, pessimism, and the rethinking of the ethics, metaphysics, and esthetics of salvation in Baudelaire and Cioran.

His teaching focuses on French literature of all periods and intermediate and advanced language courses. He is core faculty in the Honors College, teaching the year-long interdisciplinary freshman seminar, The Pursuit of Knowledge: Universities, Disciplines, Engagement. He has also taught interdisciplinary sophomore seminars and graduate courses on modernity and modernism in philosophy, critical theory, and the arts.

Sarah Reid, Program Coordinator, (802) 656-9816

Sarah Reid completed her Master's of Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs in 2008 from UVM, and greatly enjoys encouraging students to "think globally and act locally." She's worked on summer programs with Fulbright Scholars from India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, as well as traveled with UVM students to England for a London theatre course. A big propenent of traveling to new places, she studied abroad in the Netherlands, Guatemala, and Belize; and recently returned from a year teaching English in Japan with the JET Programme. Her Japanese is still barely passable, but she makes a mean okonomiyaki. おいしい! Sarah also enjoys reading, making pottery, hiking, and taking too many pictures in her free time.

(802) 656-4200 (Phone)
(802) 656-0812 (Fax)


2014-2015 Program Directors

African Cultural Traditions
Patrick Brown, Faculty Director
Lokangaka Losambe, Faculty Director

Canada House
Jonathon Wilkins, Student Director
Emily Phelps, Student Director

Caribbean House
Jerry Aviles, Student Director
Sonia Nelson, Student Director

Casa Italiana
Nina Gross, Student Director
Jacqueline Nunes, Student Director

Chinese House
Ying Hu, Faculty Director
John Yin, Faculty Director

Deutsches Haus
Dennis Mahoney, Faculty Director
Cherish Greene, Student Leader
Kyle O'Brien, Student Leader

Japanese House
Kazuko Carlson, Faculty Director
Kyle Ikeda, Faculty Director
Jessica Adler, Student Director
Michael Chilton, Student Director
Maxfield Davis, Student Director
Lily Dumont, Student Director

Korea House
Ciara Ertle, Student Director
Julianna Roen, Student Director
Katrina Roen, Student Director

La Maison Francaise
Joseph Acquisto, Faculty Director
Charles-Louis Morand-Metivier, Faculty Director
Elora Silver, Student Director
Catherine Paulsen
, Student Director

Russian House
Elena Carter, Faculty Director
Alexander Sidelev, Student Director
Tatiana Rumsey, Student Director

Spanish House
Guillermo Rodriguez, Faculty Director
Kelly Ramos, Student Director
Chrissy Sauerbrunn, Student Director

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