Clara Orban

Author of "Wine Lessons: Ten Questions to Guide Your Appreciation of Wine"

CLARA ORBAN is professor of French and Italian at DePaul University.  In 2010, she became department Chair of Modern Languages.  She received her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in Romance Languages, both French and Italian.  She regularly teaches courses at all levels in both Italian and French, and, for since 2002, has taught Geography 350: The World of Wine.

She has published books, book chapters, articles, and presented papers on surrealism, futurism, language pedagogy, AIDS literature, sports, TV, and Italian film.  Her books include scholarly and pedagogical texts: Au Travail! A  Workbook for Business French; Cytomegalovirus (translation from the French of Hervé Guibert’s work); The Culture of Fragments: Words and Images in Futurism and Surrealism; and Surrealist Case Studies: Literature, the Arts and Medicine. She published her first novel, Terra Firma, in 2006.  Her sixth book, Body [in] Parts, 2008, provides an analysis of the Marquis de Sade’s influence on Hervé Guibert. 

Since teaching Geography 350, she became a certified sommelier.  Her current book, Wine Lessons: Ten Questions to Guide Your Appreciation of Wine was  published in mid November 2011 and the second edition is now available on  She has given numerous lectures on wine and led fundraising wine events.

In 2014 she will publish the first Guide to Illinois Wine and Wineries.

Her interest in Hungarian cinema has led to several presentations and hopefully to future projects.