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Harriet Bowden’s (Hispanic Studies) multi–authored study, “Native-like brain processing of syntax can be attained by university foreign language learners,” (Harriet Wood Bowden, Karsten Steinhauer, Cristina Sanz, & Michael T. Ullman) has been published online in Neuropsychologia in advance of its print appearance.

Michael Handelsman (Hispanic Studies) was invited to give a keynote lecture in October at Purdue University titled “From Domination to ‘Buen Vivir’. Latin America and Contested Globalizations.

Thorsten Huth (German) gave an invited lecture titled "Doing the transcultural: Applied linguistics and second language pragmatics." at the University of Waterloo, ON (Canada) October 10. As part of the visit, he also conducted two workshops, one on teaching German pragmatics, and one on materials development.

Mary McAlpin’s (French and Francophone Studies) essay “‘Accablé de tant de vêtements’: Climat et désir dans les Lettres persanes” appeared in Les Lettres persanes en leur temps, ed. Philip Stewart (Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2013): 69-93.

Stefanie Ohnesorg (German) presented a paper titled “Selling Science Through ‘Science Fiction’: Johannes Kepler’s ‘Somnium’ (1609) and Its Legacy in Modern (German) Culture” at the Annual Meeting of the German Studies Conference in Denver, CO, on October 6.

Rossy Toledo’s (Hispanic Studies) second poetry collection Azules sueños naranjas was published by Editorial miCielo, Mexico City, August 2013. In addition, her short story Vaciarse was published on the Fall 2013 issue of Label Me Latina/o, a peer-reviewed journal of twentieth and twenty-first centuries Latino literary production.



Alberto David Rivera Vaca will defend his doctoral dissertation, “Poesía e historicidad en Ernesto Cardenal y Roberto Fernández Retamar,” at 2:00 p.m., November 13, in 252 Hodges Library. The public is invited.


Presentation by Professor Douja Mamelouk (French and Francophone Studies) “Apple of my Eye: Redirecting Gazes, Shifting Masculinities in Contemporary Tunisian Women’s Novels.” Light refreshments will be served.Tuesday, November 19, 3:30-5:00, McClung 1210.


French Cooking Demo and Dinner Night — Pi Delta Phi and UT Exchange students will be hosting a French Cooking Demo and Dinner Night, Tuesday, November 5 in the I-House Kitchen and Great Room from 6-8 p.m.! It will only be $3 for the demo and dinner, but we have limited room, so be sure to email smullan1@utk.edu to reserve a spot! Hope to see everyone there!

French and Francophone Activities during International Week — Come to the I-House Community Room between 9 and 3 on Wednesday, November 13, to sample French and Francophone-related treat, music, and culture.

French Film Series — The French movie, Les Petits Mouchoirs, a comedy by Guillaume Canet, 2010, will be shown November 19th at 6 PM at the Hodges Library auditorium. Contact info Florence at fabadtur@utk.edu.


The UT Italian Club is celebrating Homecoming with a tailgating position along the Pedestrian Walkway on Saturday, Nov. 9th. The event is sponsored by GO@UTK. Come by the tent for a panino!

Italian Immersion Weekend, Nov. 15-17 — We are completely booked, and this promises to be a great fall weekend of Italian fun!

Film series (Sponsored by the UT Italian Club)Benvenuti al Nord by Luca Miniero, 2011, 106 min. Nov. 25th 4:00-6:00 pm. Room, 129 in Hodges Library. An Italian Southerner is sent to the North of Italy where his preconceived notions about Northerners are put to the test.

UT/UNIGE Lectures — As part of the Linkage agreement between UT and UNIGE (University of Genoa), and thanks to two grants from Ready for the World this semester, two visiting professors delivered lectures: Dr. Fasce, a cultural historian, and Dr. Susanna Delfino, who also spoke in a 400-level course about Blacks and Whites In Italy today, explained the newest developments in Italian laws on Immigration and the differences between the mechanisms of racism in the American Antebellum South and in Italy since the Unification.


The CLiP (Clube da Língua Portuguesa) and the Portuguese section will host a series of events during the International Education Week at UT in November. All events are free and open to the public.

Waste Land — An uplifting award-winning documentary portraying the power of art and the dignity of the human spirit showing on Tuesday, November 12th, 7:30pm, in the Hodges Library Auditorium.

Cooking demonstration: Brigadeiro Join Wanessa Martin and learn how to make the popular Brazilian chocolate dessert. It is fast and easy to make, and it tastes delicious. Tuesday, November 12th, 3:30pm – 5:00 pm, International House Kitchen.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu presentation with Samuel Braga, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and six-time world champion. Samuel is a member of the Gracie Barra competition team and currently owns and runs an academy in Knoxville. Join us Thursday, November 14th, in the HPER, 9:30 – 11:00 am.

Brazil the 2014 World Cup — Nathaniel Sprouse (Political Sciences/Portuguese) and Kevin O’Neill (Language & World Business/Portuguese), two UT students who have lived in Brazil will talk about the international soccer event that Brazil is hosting next year on Friday, November 15th, 11:00am – 12:30 pm, International House Community Room.

The Brazilian Film Series will wrap up the semester with the screening of the feature VIPs (Dir. Toniko Melo, 2010), a look at the life of a real conman, and one of the biggest frauds in Brazilian history. Portuguese with English subtitles, 95 min. Join us Sunday, Nov. 24th, 5:00pm, Hodges Library Auditorium.




The LRC Workshop Series continues in October with tools of interest for both instruction, assessment, and research:

Thursday, November 7 at 12PM: Oral Practice and Assessment Tools in and Beyond Blackboard.

Thursday, November 14 at 12PM: Creating Learning Modules for/in Blackboard.

Thursday, November 21 at 12PM: Free Research Tools!


If you teach in a Technology Enhanced Classroom and ever have an emergency arise (missing audio/video cords, equipment malfunction) you can have a technician solve many issues within minutes by contacting the Helpdesk at help.utk.edu or 865-974-9900.


The last MFLL newsletter for Fall Semester 2013 will be published December 9. The deadline for submission of news items is 6:30 p.m., December 8.

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