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MFLL Newsletter


Rudy Alcocer

Rudy Alcocer (Hispanic Studies and French and Francophone Studies) published an article titled “When Magical Realism Loses Its Spell: Revisiting Gabriel García Márquez's Of Love and Other Demons” in Magical Realism. Ed. Ignacio López-Calvo. Amenia, NY: Salem Press, 2014. Pp. 67-83.

Greg Kaplan

Greg Kaplan (Hispanic Studies) has been named Quest Scholar of the Week.


Gérard Keubeung

Gérard Keubeung (French & Francophone Studies) presented “Ni d’ici ni d’ailleurs: immigration et impossible quête de soi chez Mouloud Feraoun et Tahar Ben Jelloun,” October 20 at the South Central Modern Language Association, Austin, Texas.


Jon LaCure

Jon LaCure (Japanese and Asian Studies)

Associate Professor Jon LaCure retired from UT as of July 31. He came to the University of Tennessee as an Assistant Professor of Japanese in 1991, when he developed and taught the first 200-level, 300-level, and 400-level Japanese language courses. He also developed and taught 300 and 400-level content courses taught in English on subjects such as Japanese literature in translation and the contemporary Japanese graphic novel.

Professor LaCure created the Japanese minor and strengthened our Language and World Business concentration to include the 400-level sequence and a standardized proficiency test. He has been responsible for chairing the Japanese program, doing all the scheduling, advising, hiring of lecturers and teaching assistants, and interactions with the outside world since 1996 for Japanese and at times for both Chinese and Japanese. Since its inception, he has served on the Executive Committee for MFLL and served on various other department and college committees, including seven search committees. He created and taught the first summer intensive course in Japanese, the first Tennessee Governor’s Academy for Teachers of Foreign Languages for Japanese (1994), and the first Faculty Summer Institute in Japan (1993).

Professor LaCure defended his dissertation at Indiana University in 1991 on traditional Japanese waka poetry, ultimately publishing an extensively revised version of it in 1997. An expanded version of one chapter of the dissertation not included in the monograph was published in Computers and the Humanities (1994), a leading international journal in humanities computing. Over the next ten years he published more than a dozen articles, review articles, and reviews in various literary journals including Modern Haiku, the most prestigious of the literary journals on haiku. He also published poetry and prose pieces in journals such as American Tanka, Frogpond, Persimmon, Bottle Rockets, and Hermitage. In 1998 he was the winner of a Richard R. Imig Award for best essay in Modern Haiku. In 2005, he was the first American winner of the British Haiku Society Nobuyuki Yuasa International Haibun Contest.

In light of the contributions of Associate Professor Jon LaCure to the academic life of our Japanese program, our department and our university, he has been granted the title of Associate Professor Emeritus.

Our heartfelt congratulations and good wishes to Jon!

Adrian Del Caro, Head

Daniel H. Magilow

Daniel H. Magilow (German) presented the paper, “Six Million Paper Clips: A Holocaust Memorial in the American South,” October 23, at “Symbols of Exclusion: The Semiotics of Race in Public Spaces,” a conference co-organized by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the University of Mississippi’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Critical Race Studies Group.

Anne-Hélène Miller

Anne-Hélène Miller (French and Francophone Studies) published “Revisiting Urban Encomia in 14th Century Paris: Poetics of Translation, Universalism, and the Pilgrim City,” in Viator : Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies 45:3, 2014.

Maria Stehle

Maria Stehle

Maria Stehle

Maria Stehle

Maria Stehle (German) guest-edited and contributed an article to the peer-reviewed online journal Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies titled Terrorism and its Legacy in German Visual Culture (Vol 5: 2, Fall 2014). Her contribution is entitled Askew Positions—Schieflagen: Depictions of Children in German Terrorism Films. This issue also includes contributions from three MFLL PhD students:

R. Eric Johnson, “Jedes Herz… ”: The Role of Terror in Hans Weingartner’s Die Fetten Jahre Sind Vorbei (The Edukators)

Anja Katharina Seiler, Aussteigen (getting out) Impossible—Montage and Life Scenarios in Andres Veiel’s Film Black Box BRD

Noah Soltau, The Aesthetics of Violence and Power in Uli Edel’s Der Baader Meinhof Komplex


The Spanish Program, under the direction of Rossy Toledo, will be hosting an Altar competition and a Film festival in celebration of the Day of the Dead on Friday, October 31. The event will take place at the Lindsay Young Auditorium and Atrium (first floor), Hodges Library, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The University community is invited to attend and cast a vote for the best Altars and enjoy the documentaries, short films, full features, and music at the auditorium. For more information, visit: https://www.smore.com/15y99.

Sara Gottardi (Hispanic Studies) will defend her doctoral dissertation at 3:00 p.m., November 3, Hodges Library 252. The title of her dissertation is “Going Gothic: Spanish Unity and Blame in the Legend of Rodrigo and Florinda.” The public is invited.

Noah Soltau (German) will defend his doctoral dissertation, “The Insurgent Spectacle: Spring Awakening, Woyzeck, Mother Courage, and the Politics of the New Broadway Spectacle,” at 12:00 p.m., November 7, 613 McClung Tower. The public is invited.

“LA MAFIA OGGI IN ITALIA” — A LECTURE BY SUSANNA DELFINO, University of Genova, Italy Wednesday, November 5, 11:10 a.m., Hodges Library 252

Dopo i processi dell’anti-mafia, le stragi di magistrati tra cui Falcone e Borsellino e il conseguente arresto di capi mafia quali Totò Riina e altri, che cosa succede in Italia? Che cosa fa la Mafia oggi? Dopo aver dichiarato guerra allo Stato negli anni novanta, è piombata di nuovo nell’anonimato? Chi è al vertice della Cupola oggi? Che cosa hanno svelato le ultime rivelazioni dei pentiti? Dopo il Maxi Processo del 1986-87 che cosa ha fatto la Commissione Antimafia?

Event sponsored by Ready For The World inside the Linkage agreement between UT and UNIGE.

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

The Russian movie series continues at Hodges Library: November 13 (Thursday), Room 252, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

MFLL Dessert Competition – see http://dessertcontestitalianclub.weebly.com



The German Club fired up the grill and served over 130 Bratwürste October 1 at The German Studies Program Annual Picnic in Tyson Park. The winners of the cooking contest were Elise Placher (Apple Krampfen) and Jacob Buford (Sauerkraut and Smoked Sausage). The event was organized by Beth Bradley and co-hosted by the German Club.




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

Thursday, November 6 at 12PM: "Leaning Forward" with video: Zaption.

Thursday, November 13 at 12PM: Tools for Interactive Classroom technology.


The final MFLL newsletter for the Fall 2014 semester will be published Monday, December 8. Submissions should be sent to John Romeiser (jromeise@utk.edu) no later than 6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 7.

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