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MFLL Newsletter


Sarah V. Eldridge

Maria Stehle

Sarah V. Eldridge (German)and Maria Stehle (German) attended the 2014 German Studies Association Conference in Kansas City, September 18-20. Maria participated in a roundtable discussion on "Cosmopolitan Spaces, Cosmopolitan Exchanges, and Cosmopolitan Ideals in Contemporary German-Language Literature, Film, and Media.” Sarah participated in an 18th-century seminar on “Conversions,” presenting a paper titled “The Susceptibility of Virtue: Morality, Naïveté, and Conversion in Sophie von La Roche’s Geschichte des Fräuleins von Sternheim.”

Michael Handelsman

Michael Handelsman (Hispanic Studies) was keynote speaker at “Art in Motion/Guayasamíns’s Ecuador Unframed Exhibit”, University of Notre Dame (September 3) with a lecture titled “Modernization and the Project of Mestizaje in a (Con)fused Nation”. He was also keynote speaker in Assumption College’s Latin American Video Conference Series (September 30) with a lecture titled “The Centrality of Afro-descendant Communities: Lessons from Ecuador.”


Chris Holmlund

Chris Holmlund (French & Francophone Studies) published her fourth anthology, The Ultimate Stallone Reader: Sylvester Stallone as Star, Icon, Auteur last March with Wallflower/Columbia Press. Chris wrote the introduction, titled “Presenting Stallone/Stallone Presents,” and one of the 10 chapters, “Adventures in Acting: Stallone the Performer.”


Knox Asian Festival

The 1st Knoxville Asian Festival took place downtown on Saturday, September 20. The festival was a huge success with a great turnout. It was a great opportunity for people in East Tennessee to experience different cultures. It was also a great experience for different Asian nationalities to meet and interact with each other. The Japanese Program contributed by providing a dozen student volunteers for setup, cleanup, and working with the UT Kendo club demonstration. There was also an introduction of Okinawan folk songs by Mahagi LaCure with her sanshin (a traditional three-string instrument).

Click here to see KNS coverage of the festival.

Click here to access video of the performances.


The MFLL Poetry Contest was great fun! It took place Wednesday, September 24th at the International House. Twenty-six students from French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Russian did a great job reciting beautiful and challenging poems. Thank you to all who participated! And the winners were: French: 1. Mara Caoile 2. Lydia Walker 3. Xiaoyi (Nina) Li German: 1. Reiamari Guevarra 2. Jesse Farber-Eger 3. Taylor Stevenson Italian: 1. William Shelton 2. Tim Farren 3. Juliette McGhee Spanish: 1. Jenna Rae Davis 2. Mary Green 3. Jenny Pan.


The MFLL 199 class participated September 24 in the International Education Week with the theme “A Student’s Practical Perspective of the Language and World Business (LWB) Concentration.” Students conducted poster presentations showcasing specific language and business ventures in the international market and discussing cultural business practices in specific countries. Thanks to all the faculty members and the new students who came by to support the presentations. Go MFLL 199 Class!


Russian movie series at Hodges library: September 30 (Tue), October 9 (Thu) and November 13 (Thu), Room 252, 6:30 - 9pm.

October 27 (Mon) – Russian poetry reading contest at the International House, 6pm – 8pm. Contestants will be judged according to their level of proficiency in Russian. Prizes will be awarded for the best reading on each level.



Chiara Mariani and Renée D’Elia-Zunino received a Ready for the World grant for $2,450 towards the Italian Immersion Weekend next Spring.

Italian Table is every Wednesday 11:15 am-12:15 pm and Friday 2:30-3:30 pm in the area around Starbucks in Hodges Library.

Check out the Italian Club website for the latest September events and see pictures: Poetry Contest and International Festival Day.



Russian table meets from 4-6 p.m. on Fridays at Panera Bread on the Strip. The Russian table is a relaxed place to practice new language skills for a while and chat about Russian life, culture, politics, etc.



Alessandro Badella, a doctoral candidate in political science, the University of Genoa, Italy, specializing in US-Cuba relations and Cuban Cinema, will deliver two lectures on October 1 and October 8. Both are at 2:30 p.m., in Hodges Library, Room 213, and are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Ready for the World, MFLL, English and History Departments. Event organized through the LINKAGE between UT and UNIGE (Flavia Brizio-Skov, UT Linkage Director).

‘A Place in the Sun’: Revolution and Cuban Cinema

The filmic texts examined will help the public to understand how Cuban people faced the Revolution, its conquests and its contradictions. The hope for a better future, the relations with the US, the disaffection toward the revolutionary dogmas and the repression of homosexuality are all themes dealt with in this presentation.




Planning an event or want to publicize opportunities (such as a semester abroad, a special talk, movie series, an immersion day, an open house, a new class you want to offer -- and many others)? Create an online poster, embed a form for registrants to enter online, generate a QR code for paper posters, and more! Kathi will walk you through some very simple and fun to use online tools to create an online poster, a form in Google apps that attendees can use to register, get analytics, and much more! Click here for more information, and please come join us for refreshments at noon on the 9th!


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

Thursday, October 2 at 12PM: New Resources for Research and Digital Humanities

Thursday, October 9 at 12PM: Technology Roundtable with Kathi Wong

Thursday, October 23 at 12PM: QR Codes in the FL Curriculum.


The next MFLL newsletter will come out Monday, October 27. Submissions should be sent to John Romeiser (jromeise@utk.edu) no later than 6:00 p.m. Sunday, October 26.

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