Millie Gimmel (Hispanic Studies) delivered the paper "When Pictures Mean Less than Words: Cognitive Disconnect in the Florentine Codex" at the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing Biennial conference in July in Washington, DC. She also attended the National Academic Advising Association regional conference in May.

Douja Mamelouk (French and Francophone Studies) gave a talk at the George Washington University conference hosted by the Solidarity Committee to Protect the Iranian People's Will (SCPIPW), September 17, "Towards a Democratic Middle East." The title of her talk was "Tunisia's Stumbling Toward Democracy: From Dictatorship to Constituent Assembly."

Natalia Pervukhin (Russian Studies) recent publications include a review of Russkaia sem'ia "Dans la tourmente déchaínée..." Pis'ma O.A. Tolstoy-Voeikovoi 1927-1930 gg. Publikatsiia V.P. Jober in the Russian Review, and an article, "Homeland Through a Looking Glass, Darkly: Recreation of Ukrainian Space in V.S.Pecherin's Memoirs," in Dvesti let Gogolia (200 of Nikolai Gogol) Jagiellonian University Press, Krakow.

Maria Stehle's (Germanic Studies) article, "The Sound of the Ghetto: Representations of German Spaces in Rap and Hip-Hop," has been published in Germany in the Loud Twentieth Century: An Introduction, by Oxford University Press. This month, she will give a talk, "German Soccer, the 2010 World Cup, and Constructions of Multicultural Belonging," and deliver a commentary on a panel, "Rasse und die Kulturnation: Hearing Blackness in Postwar Germany," at the German Studies Association Annual Conference, Louisville, Kentucky.


Italian Cinema Series, Fall 2011
Hodges Library, Room 253
6:30 pm, Tuesday, September 20

La doppia ora (The Double Hour), by Giuseppe Capotondi In Italian, with English subtitles; 95 min.

The Double Hour won a trio of major awards at the Venice Film Festival, including Best Italian Film and Best Actress/Actor awards. Directed by first-timer Giuseppe Capotondi, it is a thriller with a full 180-degree twist, in the tradition of Alfred Hitchcock. It's the story of Sonia (Rappoport), an Eastern European immigrant woman who works as a maid in a Turin, Italy hotel. The night after she walks in on a chillingly determined suicide in progress, Sonia meets Guido (Filippo Timi) at a speed-dating session. The two hit it off, but there's something going on behind her rather wary expression and hesitant manner...

For questions contact UT Italian Club at, or

The Italian Table takes place every Friday from 2:30-3:30 at the Starbucks in Hodges Library!


La tarea (Cuba) 2009, September 22, Discussant: Dr. Lynn Sacco
Sayné, 8 years old, decides to write a story about her family for her homework, a process that leads her to observe and re-discover her nucleus - father, mother, and her mother's girlfriend. Although she understands that her family is different, she does not want to be seen as different.

Y tu mamá también (Mexico) 2001, October 20, Discussant: Leonel Glees
A coming-of-age story about two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.The film is known for its controversial, unabashed depiction of sexuality. It went on to gain nominations for Best Original Screenplay, as well as a nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globe Awards that year.

Do Começo ao Fim (Brazil) 2009, October 27, Discussant: Dr. Euridice Silva
From Beginning to End (Portuguese: Do Começo ao Fim) deals with two types of relationships that are often considered taboo: incest and homosexuality. The storyline tells of two half brothers who are very close when they are kids, and as they grow up an incestuous relationship develops. The director, Aluizio Abranches said that his sole intention was to show a love story, regardless of conditions.


LRC Workshops
As we continue the Fall semester, The Language Resource Center offers additional workshops to show how the various rooms and technologies of the LRC can be used to enrich your classes and your research. E-mail to register for these courses, or to suggest one of your own!

Test Drive Workshop : Wimba Voice Tools - Thursday, September 22 @ 1PM, AMB 02
Wimba Voice is a Blackboard-based voice solution that facilitates and promotes vocal instruction, collaboration, coaching, and assessment. This session will teach you how to use this powerful instructional tool.

Test Drive Workshop : Internet TV, NetFlix, MacGyVeR, and LRC Radio - Friday, September 23 @ 10 AM, AMB 03
The LRC has expanded the ability for you to narrowcast culture to your students. This session will introduce you to new media services available to you and to your students, as well as discuss the future of these services as we continue to expand them.

Test Drive Workshop: The Language Assessment Center - Wednesday, September 28 @ 10 AM, AMB 03
Have you always wanted to move assessments out of the classroom, but thought you couldn't? Think again! The Language Assessment Center provides online assessment services for any MFLL course. This session will provide an overview of our assessment services, walk you through the student experience, and show you how to get started on the path to moving your tests online.

Test Drive Workshop : Mendeley Research - Thursday, September 29 @ 1PM, AMB 02
It's time to change the way we do research. Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. This session will get you up and running on Mendeley so you can enjoy the productivity enhancement with minimal time investment. We'll discuss topics such as:

  • What Mendeley is (and what it's not)
  • Writing with Mendeley
  • How Mendeley works with your existing programs
  • Organizing, sharing, and discovering research with Mendeley
  • Mendeley's role in the future of research

If you have any questions about the LRC, please contact Doug at

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