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

Degrees Ph.D., French literature, Yale University (1973) M.A., French literature, Yale University (1969) A.B., Oberlin College (1967) A.M. (honorary), Amherst College (1991)