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Flavia Brizio (Italian) delivered a lecture, "For a Fistful of Movies: How Italians Won the Western," October 9, during a forum at the University of Las Vegas.

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Luis Cano (Spanish) was recently selected QUEST Scholar of the Week. His book Intermitente recurrencia: La ciencia ficción y el canon literario hispanoamericano [Intermittent Recurrence: Science Fiction and the Spanish American Literary Canon] has become an indispensable reference for understanding the development of Spanish American science fiction in the past 150 years.
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Michael Handelsman (Spanish) was invited to deliver a keynote address about Latin America, Literature, and Alternative Globalizations at the International Book Festival in Guayaquil, Ecuador, in October. The Festival was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture.

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Thorsten Huth (German, Linguistics) is presenting a paper titled "A Vocabulary Centered Approach to L2 Classroom Acquisition" at this year's ACTFL conference in Philadelphia, November 16-18.

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Gregory Kaplan (Spanish) gave a linguistics-related talk October 26 as part of a Symposium in the International House: "España - A New Periodization of the Birth of the Spanish Language.”
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Daniel H. Magilow's (German) review essay about amateur photography and the Holocaust and Frances Guerin’s Through Amateur Eyes: Film and Photography in Nazi Germany was published on the College Art Association’s caa.reviews website.

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Annachiara Mariani (Italian) will present a paper at the annual SAMLA conference in Durham, NC, on November 11. The title is "Incomunicabilitá" and ineptitude in Michelangelo Antonioni's 'Red Desert' and in Giuseppe Piccioni's 'Giulia Does Not Date at Night' ". She is also the organizer of two panels, "The Malaise in Contemporary Italian Literature and Film".
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Maria Stehle's (German) co-written article "Made in Germany: The Politics of Teaching German Pop Culture in the Twenty-first Century" has been voted by the Editorial Board as the Outstanding Article in Unterrichtspraxis for 2011.

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A multitude of hungry students enjoyed Bratwurst and other gastronomic delights at The German Studies Program annual picnic in Tyson Park. Several Lower-Division students helped with the picnic, including, William Beck (see photo), who grilled more than a couple of hundred Bratwurst. The winners of the cooking contest included a range of students from undergraduate to graduate: Jennifer Rushing, Cameron Buck, Laura Beeler, Kacy Aslinger, Karoline Mikolajewski, Megan Plaag, and Grant Wilder. The event was organized by Beth Bradley with the help of Maria Gallmeier.



On Wednesday, October 31 from 2:30PM to 4 PM, the Research Seminar on Modern Germany and Central Europe will convene for an afternoon discussion of work-in-progress by two PhD students in MFLL (German Studies): Joanna Broda-Schunk (Title: "Be a Man, Comerade! Constructing the "Socialist Male Personality" in GDR Youth Literature and Visual Arts") and Noah Soltau (Title: "Under the Lights: Germany, Translated for the Broadway Stage").

We are meeting in the library conference room on the 5th floor of Hodges Library. Coffee and snacks will be provided.


Silvio Torres-Saillant, Professor of English at Syracuse University, will deliver a public lecture, "Creolization and Re-Humanization in the Caribbean", on Thursday, November 8 at 7 pm at the Auditorium in Hodges Library. This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Africana Studies Program, the Visiting Scholar Program in the Office of Research, and the Ready for the World Initiative. Contact Dr. Dawn Duke at dduke1@utk.edu for more information.


On Wednesday, November 14, the French section will have a presence in the Starbucks Room of the University Center as part of International Week. There will be activities ranging from tastings of various delicacies (olive oil, madeleines, and pastries) to discussions of immersion weekend, our exchange program with Lille and a look at the francophone culture of Togo. For more information and a complete schedule, contact Laurent Zunino at lzunino@utk.edu.




Ready to move beyond PowerPoint? In this interactive workshop to be held on Thursday, November 1 from 1PM to 3PM, you'll learn the basics of Prezi, a fascinating new non-linear presentation program which has earned rave reviews.

We'll also analyze successful Prezis to learn how to create ones of your own, so you can zoom around your points and graphics, without making your audience seasick.

Feel free to drop in unannounced if you find the time, but if you are already planning to be there, drop Doug a line and let him know.


The LRC has embraced QR ('quick response') codes as a means of delivering additional information to patrons via their mobile devices.

QR codes are two dimensional codes that can be scanned with a mobile device's camera and a reader application to link to various resources such as websites, apps, text, or video. This workshop to be held on Thursday, November 8 from 1PM to 3PM will introduce QR codes and explore how they can allow you to connect your students to the information they want at the point of need. The LRC is currently using them to link to Web sites, bring up maps to the LRC, use digital learning objects, promote workshops, and guide users to specific library locations. Participants will learn how to use and create their own QR Codes in class. Come learn about the next generation bar codes and see how they can be useful to you!

Feel free to drop in unannounced if you find the time, but if you are already planning to be there, drop Doug a line and let him know.


The workshop to be held on Thursday, November 15 from 1PM to 3PM will provide you with a detailed introduction to Blackboard Collaborate Voice Authoring as a technology and an aid to both instruction and assessment, as well as other technologies housed in the LRC that can be used to assess and foster student speech in the target language. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to create Blackboard Collaborate Voice Authoring modules within their own Blackboard sites and practice posting and reviewing oral prompts.

Feel free to drop in unannounced if you find the time, but if you are already planning to be there, drop Doug a line and let him know.


The workshop to be held on Thursday, November 29 from 1PM to 3PM will provide a detailed introduction to digital materials development in the Hybrid Suites housed in the LRC. From video creaton and editing to podcasts and apps, workshop participants will have the opportunity to practice authoring new media using tools found in the Hybrid Suites.

Feel free to drop in unannounced if you find the time, but if you are already planning to be there, drop Doug a line and let him know.



The next MFLL newsletter will be published December 3. The deadline for submission of news items is 6:30 p.m., December 2. Please send news items to John Romeiser (jromeise@utk.edu).

Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures
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E-mail: mfll@utk.edu
Phone: 865.974.2311 | Fax: 865.974.7096
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