Allison Connolly joined Centre’s faculty in 2007 as an assistant professor of French and was named a Centre Scholar in 2011, held an NEH endowed professorship from 2014-16, and in 2009 she received the Kirk Teaching Award.
Before coming to Centre, Connolly was a teaching fellow and course coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she taught English at L’Universite de Montpellier III.
She graduated summa cum laude from Hollins University with a B.A. in French and Spanish. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in French and Francophone literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
File last updated: 8/5/13
Ken Keffer retired in 2016 as emeritus professor of modern languages at Centre College, where he had taught since 1979. He held the Stodghill Professorship in Modern Languages since its inception in 2004.
Keffer received Centre’s “Rookie of the Year Award” in his first year at Centre and in 1988 and in 2010 received the David Hughes Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Keffer has spent 5 years in Europe serving as the teacher and director of Centre’s residential study-abroad programs in Strasbourg and in London. He was a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in Germany for a year and has pursued advanced research at locations in France, Germany, and Spain. Keffer has published scholarly articles in French and English and an award winning book (Mellen, 2001) on Montaigne’s Essays. This book was translated and published in French under the title Montaigne For Ever in 2005 (Editions Champion).
Since 2002 Keffer has devoted his “Art of Walking” courses to the study of Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Judgment. In the summer of 2012 he began reading Martin Heidegger’s Being and Time in German, French, and English, the topic of future writing and research.
Keffer holds a B.A. in French and English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in romance languages from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In 2010, Keffer was named the 2010 Kentucky Professor the Year by The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
File last updated: 9/27/13
EXPERT: Languages — French and German — French literature and history — Michel de Montaigne — Patriotism
A gifted and innovative teacher of languages who has spent a year as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in Germany and two one-year stints as teacher-director of Centre’s residential study-abroad program in Strasbourg, France. Encourages everyday use of foreign language by having his students plant gardens, shop, and take boat rides together, speaking only French. Several teaching awards at Centre. Scholarly research on Michel de Montaigne.
Christina Svendsen joined the Centre College faculty in 2016 as visiting assistant professor of French and German.
Her research and teaching interests include comparative modernisms, the writings of Walter Benjamin, and the intersection of literary, architectural, and critical theory.
Svendsen earned an A.B. in literature, and an A.M. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard University, and an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Virginia.
File last updated: 8/8/2016
Christian Wood joined the Centre College faculty in 2016 as visiting assistant professor of French.
His research interests include 20th and 21st-century: Continental Philosophy, Francophone and French Literature, and Love as an intellectual discourse, focusing upon French Existentialist thinkers and Algerian novelists.
Wood earned a B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, and master’s degrees and Ph.D.s in French studies and philosophy from the University of New Mexico.
File last updated: 9/8/2016