MFLL Program Notes
The French program had a great year in 2012-2013 and this year looks very promising. We continue to teach great students. In recent years, one of our students graduated as a torchbearer; this year, one of our seniors came to UT as a Haslam scholar and one of the Haslam scholars admitted this year will major in French and neuroscience. The program continues to be active: every semester we host a film series; we had a booth in international education week, with cheese and olive oil tasting (among others); we co-organized the inaugural Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures soccer tournament; we also hosted a very successful immersion weekend during which 20 students spoke French while taking part in a variety of activities (board games, sports, cooking, etc.). Last summer we took 18 delightful, inquisitive, and hardworking students on a successful 5-week program in Paris. Our faculty and instructors continue to be at the forefront of foreign language pedagogy by offering a technology-rich learning. Dr. Sébastien Dubreil received tenure and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and Dr. Mary McAlpin was promoted to the rank of Full Professor. Finally, the French section is happy to report that Dr. Rudy Alcocer has been appointed as the Shumway Chair of Excellence in Romance Languages and will be an active member of our section, providing experience and leadership to our students and colleagues
In May 2013, a group of UT students went on a faculty-led study abroad to Berlin. During a 12-day visit, the students explored sites of the city related to their research interests. The German section offers this program every other year.
On September 25 2013, rain-soaked students enjoyed Bratwurst and other gastronomic delights at the German Studies Program Annual Picnic in Tyson Park. The picnic kicked off the series of German Club events for the semester.
Fatima Buchert, Wanessa Martin and Gabriela Parizzi form our competent lower-division team of lecturers. With the help of the CLiP (Clube da Língua Portuguesa), and our teaching staff, Wanessa Martin hosted two fun-filled and educational cultural evenings at the IHouse, a poetry night (Pão e Poesia) in the fall, and a musical soirée (Brasil: Sons e Sabores) in the spring. Wanessa also cooked wonderful Brazilian dishes for both events. In November, Dr. Dawn Duke organized a successful international roundtable, The State of the Art: Writing in Brazil today, Literatura e Afrodescendência. Our distinguished international guest speakers were Dr. Conceição Evaristo, writer and professor from UFFRJ, and Dr. Eduardo de Assis Duarte, a literary critic and professor from UFMG. Dr. Eurídice Silva and Dr. Duke also contributed to the panel. Our Portuguese soccer team, Santos, won the first international soccer tournament organized by MFLL and the Italian Club in the Spring 13.
In 2010 the Spanish Ph.D. Program was ranked 16th in the nation among public universities by the NRC. This ranking is a great recognition of the Program’s contribution to achieving the goal of the College of Arts and Sciences to become a Top 25 college within a public research university. It is also a reflection of the outstanding work done by the Spanish faculty both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. We are deeply committed to teaching the language, literature, and culture of all twenty nations that make up the Spanish-speaking world.