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GREETINGS FROM THE DEPARTMENT HEAD

Greetings from MFLL, where the new academic year is well underway. I am very glad to be here! Please allow me to say a few words about my administrative background and philosophy, before I introduce our new colleagues and report on some of our activities from last year.

I started out in 1979, in German, and have served as department head or chair at Colorado, Mississippi State, Alberta, Purdue and now UT. LSU is where I went through the ranks in the 1980s, and where I met my wife Lyn. We and our son Anthony (12, grade seven) are delighted to be here — for us being back in the SEC is like coming home.

My administrative philosophy is simple: faculty at great research universities need to share the responsibility of governing, teaching, and creating, and each of us needs to work as hard as possible on delivering to the citizens of Tennessee and the world our unique blend of teaching and research. My biggest concerns today are providing access to a world-class education, and ensuring that our graduates leave here with knowledge and skills. MFLL is a venue unlike any other for exploring the synergies between theory and practice, because all our graduates finish with a traditional liberal arts degree (critical thinking, analysis, communication, in-depth knowledge of peoples and cultures) and a level of language proficiency that makes them globally competitive.

We are joined this year by Sarah Eldridge, Assistant Professor, German (PhD Princeton); Djurdja Trakovic, Post Doctoral Teaching Associate, Spanish (PhD Wisconsin); Katherine Bevins, Lecturer, French (MA UT), Francesca Follone-Montgomery, Italian (MA Catholic Univ. of America); Jill Haynes, Lecturer, Spanish (MA UT); Thorsten Huth, Lecturer, German (PhD Kansas); Erin Smith, Lecturer, French (MA Northeastern Univ.); Pedro Tomas, Lecturer, Spanish (MA UT). On a sadder note, Katherine Kong, Associate Professor, French, has resigned from the University. We thank Professor Kong for her contributions to MFLL and wish her all the best. We have two new staff members in MFLL: Mark Hipshire , IT Administrator II, and Rhonda Easterly, Administrative Specialist III. A hearty welcome to all new faculty and staff! We're delighted to have you in MFLL, and we wish you a long and fulfilling career.

Our students distinguished themselves in 2011/12 in a variety of ways. Our Outstanding Graduate in French was Katherine Abercrombie, and Jerrica Goodson was recognized for Excellence in French Studies. In German our Outstanding Graduate was Eric Gedenk, and the following scholarships, honors and awards were earned: John L. and Elisabeth V. Kind Scholarship: Natalie Brundige, Brian Conlon, Desiree Hunter, Patrick Fifer, Haley Papel, Victoria Mitkusevich, Rachel Radford, Stefanie Weir, D.J. Young, Alexander Vandenberg; Gerti Wunderlich Scholarship: Brian Martindale, Sam Messamore, Alexander Vandenberg; Reinhold and Katherine Nordsieck Scholarship: Gaige Bolden, Lindsay Clark, Eric Gedenk, Stephen Jones, Tony Sax. Maria Haan Harris Scholarship: Elizabeth Schonagen, Ulrike Sczesni, Anja Seiler, Jennifer Rushing; John C. Osborne Memorial Fellowship: Hannah Long, Jarod Mowery; Dennis Randall Shockley Award: Jennifer Rushing; "Do Deutsch" National Winner, Video Competion: Bernadette Kolp; UT "QUEST" Scholar of the Week (April 2012): William Hembree. The Outstanding Graduate in Italian was Justin Jornd. In Language and World Business the Outstanding Graduates were Hadil Senno (Spanish), and Lourienne Fedon (Italian). Julie Carter was recognized for Excellence in the Study of Portuguese. The Outstanding Graduate in Russian was Christian Alexander Peyton. In Spanish the outstanding Graduate was Layla Husain, while Hannah Parks and Bailey Gilbert were awarded the Kirkland Family Scholarship. Please join me in congratulating these 2012 graduates for their superior achievements!

Our faculty also added to their long records of achievement in teaching and research. Flavia Brizo-Skov, Professor of Italian, has been awarded a University of Tennessee Center for the Humanities resident fellowship. Sal DiMaria, Professor of Italian, received the Ready for the World Award at the 2012 Chancellor's Honors Banquet.

Here briefly are some of the initiatives and activities that will occupy our energies this year. We would like very much to establish an advisory board, consisting mainly of our alumni, to assist with the increasingly important work of development and outreach. There are two searches underway for assistant professor positions, in Arabic and in Chinese, which we plan to fill beginning in 2013. MFLL will also be searching this year for the Shumway Chair of Excellence in Romance Languages. We will be having discussions about the feasibility of new graduate degree programs. Finally, my colleagues and I will be deliberating on how to raise private funding for a variety of important initiatives designed to support undergraduate study abroad, support our doctoral candidates with dissertation-year fellowships, and provide research-excellence awards to help retain our world-class faculty. As the new Head of MFLL I welcome your comments, suggestions, and your support of our initiatives.

All the best, Adrian.

Adrian Del Caro, Distinguished Professor of Humanities, Head.

 

GOOD NEWS

Florence Abad-Turner (French) and Susan Edmundson (French) will be giving a paper at the TFLTA (Tennessee Foreign Language Teachers Association) Conference in Franklin, Tennessee, November 2, "What Works: Hybrid Activities for First-Year French Courses at the University of Tennessee." In July 2012, Abad-Turner taught first-grade Spanish, social studies, geography, and elementary English to young girls, victims of human trade and rape in Cusco, Peru, with United Planet.  This NGO fosters cross-cultural understanding and learning.

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Flavia Brizio (Italian) is spending the academic year 2012-13 as a Resident Faculty Fellow in the University of Tennessee's Humanities Center. She was selected by the University Forum Committee of Las Vegas University as a presenter for a public lecture titled "For a Fistful of Movies: How Italians Won the Western," 9 October 2012.

During this past June she held a UT Professional Development Grant for conducting research at the National Film Archives of Rome, to view films no longer commercially available for her manuscript in progress: Re-inventing the Genre: Classic, Spaghetti and New-Westerns.

In May she gave a lecture at the University of Genoa, where she was invited to present at the Italian Popular Cinema- Culture and Politics in a Postwar Society conference by its Department of Political Science. The article appeared in the Italian newspaper, IL SECOLO XIX, on 29 May 2012, 'E lo spaghetti-western riusci' a sfondare anche a Hollywood')
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Luis Cano's (Spanish) paper "Cárcel de árboles de Rodrigo Rey Rosa y la Meta-Ciencia-Ficción" [The Pelcari Project by Rodrigo Rey Rosa, and Meta-Science Ficction] has been published in the Special Issue of Revista Iberoamericana: La ciencia-ficción en América Latina: entre la mitología experimental y lo que vendrá," and his article "No estamos solos. La ciencia ficción y la tradición literaria en Hispanoamérica" [We are not Alone. Science Fiction and Literary Tradition in Spanish America] appeared in Revista Cronopio (33).  He has also been invited to serve as referee reader and Associate Editor of Alambique, Revista Académica de Ciencia Ficción y Fantasía [Alambique, Academic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy].
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Adrian Del Caro (German) has joined the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures as professor and department head. He comes to UT from Purdue University where he was a professor and a department chair. He has held administrative positions, including department head, at the University of Alberta, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Mississippi State University. He has a doctorate in German from the University of Minnesota. Del Caro's "The Birth of Tragedy" has appeared in A Companion to Friedrich Nietzsche: Life and Works, ed. Paul Bishop. Camden House, 2012. 54-79.
  Liddia Greaves, a 2012 graduate of our Portuguese program and the Department, has been accepted to UMass Dartmouth for their M.A. program in Portuguese Studies. She has also been awarded a $16,000 first-year doctoral teaching fellowship. She recently thanked Drs. Silva, Duke, and Young for helping her achieve this placement.
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Michael Handelsman (Spanish) was a visiting professor at the Universidad Andina in Quito in July where he taught a PhD seminar on Afro Hispanic Literature. He also was a presenter at an international symposium held in Quito on Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education in South America.
Noriko Horiguchi (Japanese) was named Quest Scholar of the week in July.
Gregory Kaplan (Spanish) presented an invited plenary lecture, "El papel del prestigio en el nacimiento de una lengua: El caso del nacimiento del castellano," at a conference,"El nacimiento de la conciencia lingüística medieval," held in June at the Universidad de Lleida, Lleida (Spain). In July, Professor Kaplan explained his theory on the Cantabrian origins of the Spanish language during a radio interview on Onda Cero (http://tiny.utk.edu/kaplan) and during the filming of a documentary for Spanish TV (scheduled for release in late 2012 or early 2013). He also published an article, "Rodrigo de Reinosa's Sympathetic Attitude Toward African Slaves," in Ojáncano: Revista de literatura española 41 (2012): 61-88.
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Mary McAlpin (French) published her second book this summer: Female Sexuality and Cultural Degradation in Enlightenment France: Medicine and Literature (Farnham, Surrey, UK, and Burlington, VT: Ashgate Press, June 2012). For more, see: http://tiny.utk.edu/marymcalpin.

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Rossy Toledo (Spanish) received the title of MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University with the poetry collection, Pregonero Despertar de Voces, May 2012.
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Three MFLL Lecturers have been promoted to Senior Lecturers effective Fall 2012: Susan Edmundson (French), Renée Delia-Zunino (Italian), and Laura Trujillo (Spanish).

UPCOMING EVENTS

FRENCH FILM SERIES

"Une hirondelle a fait le printemps" ( The Girl from Paris) by Christian Caron. France. Wednesday Sept. 12th at 5 pm in the auditorium of the Hodges Library. Presentation of the
movie by Florence Abad-Turner. Contact at fabadtur@utk.edu.

ITALIAN CLUB

The Italian Club's first Social gathering of the new academic year is Friday, September 21, at Carabba's, 6 pm. Further information at the Italian Club website, http://web.utk.edu/~clubital/.

The Italian Table meets every Friday, 2:30-3:30, at Starbucks, Hodges Library

On Wednesday, September 12, the Italian Club will present Figli delle stelle. Contact Renée Delia-Zunino for further information, rdelia@utk.edu.

NEWS FROM THE LRC

 

OUR WEBSITE HAS MOVED!

Not only is the LRC in a new location in the Alumni Memorial Building, but our website has also moved! Point your browsers to our new online space at lrc.utk.edu, where you can find information about our services for learners, teachers, and researchers.If you have any questions about the LRC, please contact Doug at dcanfie1@utk.edu.

LRC WORKSHOPS

The LRC offers curricular support for language technology as a method of enriching instruction and encouraging productivity and good pedagogical outcomes for faculty. To that end, the Center offers 13 scheduled workshops for faculty throughout each semester. Visit http://lrc.utk.edu/teach/workshops.shtml for details on these scheduled workshops. These workshops will begin after Labor Day. The LRC will also host several impromptu workshops during the semester. Information will be emailed directly to MFLL faculty, but will also be
available via the website, lrc.utk.edu.

DID YOU KNOW?

In addition to the expanding collection of onsite films used for academic purposes by MFLL instructors and available on a limited basis to students, the LRC subscribes to streaming film sites (Netflix and Hulu) that hold hundreds of international film titles showcased in
MFLL courses and available for viewing by students. We can also rent DVDs from Netflix for professors in a pinch with enough advance notice. Visit http://lrc.utk.edu/learn/media.shtml or contact lrc@utk.edu for details.

NEXT MFLL E-NEWSLETTER

The next MFLL newsletter will be published October 1. The deadline for submission of news items is 6:30 p.m., September 30.

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