The French Reinvention: How Two Professors Elevated a Major

October 17, 2014

By William Harvey ’18


Professors Jay Caplan and Leah Hewitt

Two French professors are preparing to retire after a 30-year run that reinvigorated their department after 40 years of low enrollment. Leah Hewitt will retire after this semester, and Jay Caplan will retire in spring 2016.


Professional and Biographical Information


Ph.D, French, University of California at Berkeley (1979)
M.A., French, University of California at Berkeley (1974)
B.A., French and Spanish, summa cum laude, Kent State University (1972)
A.M. (honorary), Amherst College (1995)