Two FIT concentrators elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Congratulations to French and Italian concentrators Sergio De Iudicibus ’20 and Ethan Glattfelder ’21, who were recently elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Photo of Ethan GlatfelderEthan Glattfelder ’21

Glattfelder is a New Jersey native who grew up in neighboring Plainsboro. While he had planned to get a certificate in French, his experience in the department prompted him to consider a French and Italian concentration.

“I was immediately drawn to FIT's amazing faculty and close-knit community, and I felt energized by the challenge of really devoting myself to a foreign language,” Glattfelder said. “The size of the department made it easy to chart my own course and be independent while still feeling supported, and the flexibility of the major enabled me to take a variety of classes in different departments while still making progress in French. I was also able to spend a summer teaching English in Paris and another (half-)semester studying there this spring.”

He added: “I'm not sure what this says about me, but another appeal is how rare French majors are: maybe part of me just wanted to feel different. Either way, since deciding to major in FIT in my freshman year, I have not looked back.”

After graduation in the spring, Glattfelder plans to pursue a master’s degree in some combination of information science, digital humanities, and French, with plans to pursue a Ph.D. in French at some point in the future.

Photo Of Sergio De LudicibusSergio De Iudicibus ’20

De Iudicibus was born in Miami, Florida, and raised in São Paulo, Brazil by a Luso-Italian immigrant family. “My choice to become a FIT concentrator was perhaps as subconscious and serendipitous as making a new friendship: a sort of gravitational pull due on one hand to the talented people I met and on another to the community they foster,” De Iudicibus said. “To my eyes, it seemed a vibrant, interdisciplinary department, full of passion and stories to tell.

Through French and Italian, De Iudicibus discovered his passion for French literature and Italian cinema. He plans to continue his research on cinema through pursuing a Ph.D. in film studies. This year, De Iudicibus is working as a research assistant for Professor Gaetana Marrone and pursuing a few translation projects of his own: poetry by Pier Paolo Pasolini, interviews by the celebrated pianist Franco Scala, and essays about the Italian architect Aldo Rossi which will be published by Princeton’s School of Architecture.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society, founded in 1776 and the oldest of all national honorary scholastic societies, has a chapter at Princeton. Election to this chapter is based on scholastic standing and is open to candidates for the A.B. and B.S.E. degrees in their senior year. The chapter generally includes in its membership the highest-ranking tenth of each graduating class.