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Greetings and good wishes for the new academic year to all our alums and supporters! We are joined this year by Yen-Chen Hao, Assistant Professor, Chinese (PhD Indiana); Drew Paul, Assistant Professor, Arabic (PhD Texas, starts in January), and Rudy Alcocer, Shumway Professor of Excellence in Romance Languages, Associate Professor (PhD Iowa). New Lecturers in MFLL this year: Megumu Burress, Rachel LaMance, Donald McDowell, Ennio Nuila, Lisa Parker, Abdoulaye Yansane. We’re delighted to have you in MFLL, and we wish you a long and fulfilling career.

Our students distinguished themselves in 2012/13 in a variety of ways. Our Outstanding Graduate in French was Mary Downing, and Helena Chevalier was recognized for Excellence in French Studies. In German our Outstanding Graduate was Hannah Long, and the following scholarships, honors and awards were earned in German: John L. and Elisabeth V. Kind Scholarship: Jeremy Bright, Caitlin Hunter, Matthew Jones, Emily Leturno, Mat Musgrove, Nicole Swartwood; Gerti Wunderlich Scholarship: Eric Gedenk, Anja Seiler; Reinhold and Katherine Nordsieck Scholarship: Christopher Clemmer, Sabina Constantin, Victoria Mitkusevich, Jeremy Murphy, Stephen Palmer, Jared Riggs, Tony Sax, Ulrike Sczesni, Alexander Wade, Michael Wilson, DJ Young; Maria Haan Harris Scholarship: Margaret Cross, Kelsey Ray, Caroline Richmond; John C. Osborne Memorial Fellowship: Eric Johnson, Jodi Miller, Elizabeth Schonagen; Dennis Randall Shockley Award: Stephen Brundige, Brian Conlon; Udall Scholarship (national award): Brian Conlon (double major in Environmental Studies and German). The Outstanding Graduates in Italian were Lindsay Boling, Maria De Lucia. In Language and World Business the Outstanding Graduate was Emilie Hudson (French and Francophone). Kristin Fields was recognized for Excellence in the Study of Portuguese. The Outstanding Graduate in Russian was Mary Davis. In Spanish the outstanding Graduate was Hannah Parks, while Jessica Renfro was awarded the Kirkland Family Scholarship. The Chancellor’s Extraordinary Graduate Teaching Award went to Meg Burress (PhD Education, teaches Japanese). Please join me in congratulating these 2013 graduates for their superior achievements!

Our faculty added to their long records of achievement in teaching, research and service. Sal Dimaria was appointed to a two-year term as Lindsay Young Professor; Greg Kaplan was appointed to a two-year term as Lindsay Young Professor; Michael Handelsman was appointed to a five-year term as Distinguished Professor of Humanities. Professional Development Awards: Profs. Duke, Essif, Gimmel, Horiguchi, Kaplan, Mamelouk, Stehle; Research Seminars: Magilow, Stehle, McAlpin; Faculty Development Leave: Cano, Duke, Essif, Kaplan, Magilow; Chancellor’s Research Grant: Essif, Kaplan; Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award: Essif; Quest Scholar of the Week: Bowden, Cano, Cruz-Camara, Horiguchi; external funding Eldridge (DAAD), Ohnesorg, Gallmeier, and Schonagen (AATG), Stehle (Canadian Tri-Council Insight Grant (Co-PI). Promotions earned in 2012/13: Seb Dubreil (to associate professor with tenure); Mary McAlpin (to professor); Florence Abad-Turner, Beth Bradley, Francisca Chaudhary, Alejandra Galindo, Maria Gallmeier, Mahagi LaCure to senior lecturer.

MFLL faculty will be searching this year for an assistant professor in French. All of us in MFLL are working hard to make the case for majoring in languages, for minoring, and for double-majoring. It helps to hear from our alums and to have your support. We continue to seek 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. Please visit our new website (http://mfll.utk.edu) and click on Friends of MFLL, Dean’s Circle, or Give to MFLL. I welcome your comments, news, suggestions and your support of our initiatives.

All the best, Adrian.

Adrian Del Caro, Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Department Head.



Augustin Bocco (French and Francophone Studies) has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of French (full time and tenure track) and Coordinator of International Students at Tennessee Wesleyan College beginning this Fall.

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Les Essif’s (French and Francophone Studies) new book, American ’Unculture’ in French Drama: Homo Americanus and the Post-1960 French Resistance, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, has been published. He has also published a review essay of French Theatre Today: The View from New York, Paris, and Avignon. By Edward Baron Turk. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2011, in H-France Review 13.75 (June 2013). 1-5. A recent article, “Reimaginations of ’America’ and Cultural Identity in the Expatriate Drama of Koffi Kwahulé,” is in press with Comparative Drama, Fall 2013.

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Noriko J. Horiguchi (Japanese), gave a book talk in August at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Horiguchi's talk was based on her 2011 book, Women Adrift: The Literature of Japan's Imperial Body.
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Thorsten Huth (German) presented a paper, “Success and failure in documenting instances of interactional development,” at an international conference, “Thinking, doing, learning: Usage-based perspectives on Second Language Learning,” organized by and held at the Second Language Research Center (SELC), Odense, Denmark, April 24-26, 2013.

A paper appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of a peer-reviewed journal: “Action or reaction, learning or display: Interactional development and usage-based data.” Novitas ROYAL (Research on Youth and Language) 7 (1), 17-35.

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Annachiara Mariani’s (Italian) book, La frattura del palcoscenico. Il teatro di Luigi Antonelli, Pirandello e i grotteschi, was recently published in Italy by Cassandra editor. The book, which considers psychoanalytical and linguistic perspectives, addressees the fractured twentieth-century Italian theatre as caused by the works of Luigi Pirandello and the "Grotesque" playwrights.

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Maria Stehle’s (German) article “Pop-Feminist Music in Twenty-First Century Germany: Performance, Authenticity, and the Body” appeared in a special issue titled Contemporary German Pop, of The Journal of Popular Music Studies (25:2; 2013). She co-edited the special issue with her colleague Dr. Corinna Kahnke from Duke University.

She also explored the history and culture of Berlin with a faculty led-study abroad program during mini-term in May.

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Rossy Toledo’s (Hispanic Studies) poetry collection Pregonero despertar de voces was published by Abismos Editorial, Mexico City, July 2013. The collection is comprised of thirty-one poems inspired on the Tianguis, the street markets in Mexico City. The collection was completed while pursuing her MFA at New York University.



A French film with English subtitles, L'Auberge Espagnole, by Cédric Klapisch, France (2003), 6:00 p.m.,Hodges Library Auditorium, September 17. Contact Florence Abad-Turner (fabadtur@utk.edu) for more information.


UT Ready for the World, the Italian Program, and MFLL will present a lecture by Dr. Ferdinando Fasce (University of Genoa, Italy):

Advertising and Consumption in the American Century

On Monday, September 30, 11:15 a.m., Hodges room 212 “The U.S. as a ’Material Nation’ Between the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries”. The event is organized by Dr. Flavia Brizio-Skov as part of the linkage program between UTK and UNIGE.




Many of the production, digitization, and support rooms in the LRC are now available to MFLL faculty and instructors after hours with your VolCard. MFLL instructors with AMB offices now enjoy 24-hour access to these production facilities. For more information or to test your VolCard in preparation for anticipated after-hours visits, please contact Doug at dcanfie1@utk.edu.


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. The schedule of workshops for the month of September is as follows:

Thursday, September 5 at 12PM: Digitization Basics and "LRC at Night".

Thursday, September 12 at 12PM: Pinterest, Snapchat, Twitter...Blackboard?

Thursday, September 19 at 12PM: From Google Voice to Google Earth.

Thursday, September 26 at 12PM: Using Vimeo/Youtube and Blackboard for video assignments.


Your language has its own webpage now! Just try typing your language followed by .utk.edu and take a look. We need you to help us with information for your personal bio on the site and with your favorite language-specific links toadd to the "helpful links" page that students will access. Please send your information and links to lrc@utk.edu.


The next MFLL newsletter will be published September 30. The deadline for submission of news items is 6:30 p.m., September 29.

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