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Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures E-Newsletter: September 28, 2015

Good News

Lori Celaya (Hispanic Studies) and Rossy Toledo (Hispanic Studies) published the bilingual anthology of transborder texts, Nos pasamos de la raya/We crossed the line (Abismos, 2015). The anthology was presented September 24 during the Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations at Casa HoLa (Emporium on Gay Street) with a commentary by Michael Handelsman (Hispanic Studies). In addition, the anthology will be presented during October at the Zócalo International Book Fair in México City, at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

R. Toledo and M. Handelsman

Dawn Duke (Spanish and Portuguese) conducted research on Afro-Colombian Women Writers in Cartagena, Barranquilla, and Bogotá, Colombia in June. She presented “Follow Me and My Footsteps in Baraguá: Jamaican and Haitian Influences in Afro-Cuban Women’s Film and Literature” at the Fifteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations at the University of Hong Kong, July 15-17. She was an invited speaker at MURAP (Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program), UNC Chapel Hill, July 22-25, where she presented on Afro-Brazilian culture.
Sébastien Dubreil (French and Francophone Studies) and Lisa Parker (Hispanic Studies) were invited to present the Language and World Business Program at Farragut High School on September 24. The activity was organized by Farragut’s World Language Chair, Allison Maldonado. There were 120 students from Spanish, German and Business courses, and the respective faculty members. Students and faculty were very engaged in the final Q & A portion of the presentation. We look forward to continue the outreach to K–12 students.

In addition, on September 23, students from Parker’s MFLL 199 class participated in the International Education Week by exhibiting poster presentations with various themes associated with language and business. We thank our guest speakers, Lauren Longino from the International House, and Chris Ahler, a UT alumnus with a passion for language and entrepreneurship. We commend all the students for their diligent research on interesting aspects of language and business in the creation of their posters. A sincere thanks to all faculty members and friends who visited and encouraged the students. After their presentations, the students visited the Job Fair to seek possible employment and/or internship opportunities.

A Special Opportunity!

Generous Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures alumnus and donor Dr. Gustave Becker (B.A., 1962 and Ph.D., 1975) will match gifts made to the MFLL Enrichment Fund. Between now and the year’s end, he will match up to $10,000. That’s a $20,000 total boost for MFLL. Make your gift today!

Click here to give online: Give to MFLL

Or send a check payable to the UT Foundation with “MFLL Enrichment Fund” on the memo line to: Jane Gulley, College of Arts & Sciences Development Office, 137 Alumni Memorial Building, 1408 Middle Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996-1331.

...and another one!

MFLL will play a soccer scrimmage October 23 at 7:00 PM during the half time of UT Vols - Ole Miss. We need a lot of fans to support our nine languages, so please join us at Regal Stadium!!!

News from the German Program

German Studies Annual Picnic
With the promise of beautiful weather and Bratwurst on the grill, undergraduates of all levels of German enjoyed the German Studies Annual Picnic at Tyson Park on September 16. The picnic provided students a chance to meet faculty and members of the German Club. Some even worked off the feast with a bit of Fußball. The event was organized by Beth Bradley with the help of the German Club.

News from the Portuguese Program

Portuguese Language Table
For Fall 2015 the Portuguese Language Table will meet at the I-House on Tuesdays 6-7 pm. It will be coordinated by Glauber Soares, Vice President of CLIP (Clube de Língua Portuguesa). Join us!
Brazilian Coffee House
The date for the Brazilian Coffee House is Wednesday, Spetember 30 from 1 PM to 3 PM in the Mary E. Greer room of Hodges Library. Coffee from Brazil will be highlighted as well as a small taste of Brazilian food. This program provides a casual atmosphere for students, staff, and scholars to come together and enjoy a terrific cup of coffee and snacks while chatting with new friends. Join us!
Welcoming Danielle de Luna e Silva
MFLL welcomes Brazilian Fulbright Scholar Danielle de Luna e Silva, professor of English at the Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Campus IV - Litoral Norte and Doctoral Candidate at the Universidade Federal da Paraíba, main campus. Her research focuses on Toni Morrison and Afro-Brazilian writer Ana Gonçalves. Danielle will be affiliated with the department during Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, under the guidance of Dr. Duke.
Congratulating Wanessa Martin
Congratulations to Portuguese lecturer, Wanessa Martin, who was just promoted to Senior Lecturer.

News from the Russian Program

Russian Culture Night
Russian culture night, organized by the Russian language and culture club, is scheduled October 8 at the International House. Admission is $5.

New Journal — Call for Submissions

Vernacular Accepting Submissions
Vernacular, MFLL’s new graduate-student journal is now accepting submissions. You will find a call for papers by clicking on the image to the left. Haley Osborn (Hispanic Studies), is Vernacular's Editor-in-Chief.

Please help spread the word by clicking on the CFP to the left and widely sharing it with your contacts.

News from the LRC

Scheduling MFLL Training from VoiceThread

VoiceThread is now up and running in the Blackboard environment! Voicethread representatives have graciously extended a couple of training options to us. The first is a synchronous training session for all interested MFLL instructors that will cover the basics as well as anything else you would like to see. We need to give VoiceThread an idea of who will be attending and when, so I have created a Doodle scheduling query I'd like for you to fill out if you are interested in training.

Click here to give your availability for VT training: VoiceThread Doodle

In addition, VoiceThread is offering a series of workshops that all MFLL instructors are welcome to attend. These are pre-scheduled, and VoiceThread will send out the recordings to anyone who signs up, even if you can't attend the live session. A description of the events for the next month is below:

VoiceThread Basics 2, Wednesday September 30th, 7pm ET: In this workshop, you will learn how to create groups, set sharing permissions within those groups and privately share VoiceThreads with individuals.
Register Here
VoiceThread Basics 3, Wednesday October 7th, 7pm ET: You will learn how to use comment moderation to formatively assess student work, re-order comments and copy VoiceThreads for use with multiple groups.
Register here
VoiceThread for Assessments, Wednesday October 21st, 7pm ET: In this workshop, you will learn how to create groups, set sharing permissions within those groups and privately share VoiceThreads with individuals.
Register Here
VoiceThread in Blackboard, Wednesday October 28th, 7pm ET:In this workshop, you will work on integrating VoiceThread into Blackboard in a way that will allow you to create and share VoiceThreads and grade student work. You will learn how to use the assignment builder feature to assess student work during a hands-on segment.
Register Here

Next MFLL E-Newsletter

The next MFLL newsletter for the 2015-2016 academic year will be published Monday, October 26. Submissions should be sent to John Romeiser (jromeise@utk.edu) no later than 6:00 p.m., Sunday, October 25.

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P: 865-974-2311
F: 865-974-7096
E: mfll@utk.edu

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