Nina Tanti graduated with a B.A. in
French from the University of California, Santa
Barbara in 1982.
From 1979 to 1981 she was a student at the Université de Poitiers, France, where
she completed the Diplome Supérieur d'Etudes Françaises (3e degree). In 1996 Ms. Tanti received her M.A. in
French from San José
State University. Her thesis is a study of the animals and
animal imagery in the poetry of Léopold Sédar Senghor: Le
Bestiaire dans la poésie de Léopold Sédar Senghor (1996). In 2004 she earned an M.A. in English from
the Department of English and Comparative Literature at San José State,
where she was the winner of the Mara Steffey Award for outstanding graduate
achievement in the study of literature.
Madame Tanti lived in France
for over 10 years with her French husband and two children. She returned with her family to the United States
in 1993, and has been teaching French at SCU since 1996. She is newsletter editor for the Santa Clara Valley chapter of the Alliance
Madame Tanti has a passion for
books and reading and is involved in several book clubs and reading groups,
including a French book club (le Groupe de lecture) which she started at
SCU. She also loves nature, working in
her California native plant garden, and hiking
in the mountains of California.