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Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures E-Newsletter: October 27, 2015

Good News

Nuria Cruz-Cámara Hispanic Studies) presented a paper “Deporte y feminismo en la España de principios del siglo XX” (Sport and feminism in early 20th-century Spain) at the AILCFH XXV International Conference — “Equality, Difference, Inclusion”, Marquette University, 8-10 October. AILCFH is the International Association of Hispanic Women's Literature and Culture.

Nuria Cruz-Cámara

Adrian Del Caro (German) has published his new translation of Arthur Schopenhauer’s Parerga and Paralipomena: Short Philosophical Essays, Volume 2, in The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Schopenhauer. Ed. Christopher Janaway and Adrian Del Caro, trans. Adrian Del Caro. Cambridge UP, 2015. 699 pp.

This last book of Schopenhauer (1788-1860) was published in 1851, and its two volumes of philosophical essays won for him the fame and admiration that had eluded him earlier in the century when German philosophy was dominated by Fichte, Schelling, Hegel and Feuerbach. Schopenhauer himself considered Parerga and Paralipomena (Greek for “subordinate works” and “works left aside”) to be his most accessible work. A major inspiration to both Richard Wagner and Friedrich Nietzsche, as well as a profound influence on philosophy, literature and the arts since the end of the nineteenth century, Schopenhauer was a polyglot of extraordinary scholarly ability; he engaged the scientific and artistic writings of his day, and he was one of the earlier Western thinkers to infuse his own writings with the religion and philosophy of the East.
Catherine Greer (German) attended a week of seminars related to the Digital Humanities as part of the University of Trier's inaugural Digital Humanities Autumn School. The program was entitled "Methodological Intersections," and Greer was one of thirty international participants chosen. Sessions were held at the Universities of Trier and Luxembourg, and over 30 countries were represented between the students and lecturers!

This past week she presented a paper, ‘“This was not the world with the Nazis”: Deconstructing The Defiant Requiem’ at the International Holocaust Studies Conference held at Middle Tennessee State University. Her panel was titled “Varieties of Commemoration.”

Catherine Greer

Gregory Kaplan
Gregory Kaplan (Hispanic Studies) presented an invited plenary lecture, “The dissemination of Sephardic sectarianism via Sem Tob’s ‘Proverbios morales’” at “The Cleric’s Craft” conference held at the University of Texas, El Paso, October 21-25. His article, The Biblia Hebraica of Menasseh ben Israel: Imparting the Text, appeared in the University’s recent Library Development Review.
Mary McAlpin (French and Francophone Studies) gave an invited talk October 14 as part of the Table Ronde series organized by the Department of French & Francophone Studies at Pennsylvania State University. The talk, “Representing Rape in the French Enlightenment,” is part of her new book project.

Catherine Greer

Rossy Toledo
Rossy Toledo's (Hispanic Studies) translation of five poems by Billy Collins, from the collection The Trouble with Poetry, has been accepted for publication in the journal Revista de Estudios, published by the department of General and Humanistic Studies of ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México). The peer-reviewed journal publishes philosophy, history and literature articles and reviews, and distributes the printed journal to major universities in Mexico and abroad.

MFLL 199 Visit to DeRoyal Industries

On October 14, students from Lisa Parker’s (Hispanic Studies) MFLL 199 class were invited to a presentation offered by DeRoyal Industries, a very prominent local medical device company with extensive global presence. Students had the opportunity to engage in a productive Q&A session with members of the International Marketing Group, as well as touring one of the production facilities. This past summer for the first time, DeRoyal hosted an internship for one of the LWB students, Laura Lauder. We look forward to strengthening the relationship with the global company, and to foster more internship opportunities for our LWB students. We appreciate Sébastien Dubreil (French and Francophone Studies) and Lisa Parker for accompanying the students on this trip.

FREN 223: Adding to the French Wikipedia

In order to complete the lack of information about the French version of the Knoxville page on Wikipedia, Nicolas Portugal, Graduate Teaching Associate (French and Francophone Studies), is working with his FREN223 Intensive Intermediate class to add more content in French. The students will focus on culture and history in Knoxville (museums, UT, Fort Sanders, the Smokies...) and aim at delivering a simple but solid explanation about the town they live and study in on Wikipedia, targeted for a French-speaking audience.

MFLL Soccer Scrimmage

MFLL played a soccer scrimmage October 23. Click here to see the Daily Beacon article.

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.

Upcoming Events

UT AuthorFest presents the 2015 Goethe Festival November 12 & 13, 2015
For more information, visit http://mfll.utk.edu/goethe.
15 Minutes of Fame International Talent Show
15 Minutes of Fame International Talent Show

News from the Italian Program

Immersion Weekend 
Italians hosted the Immersion Weekend Oct. 2-4. It was a successful weekend of fun, activities, and Tailgating Italian style!

Italian Table 
Italian Table is every Wednesday from 2:30-3:30 in Hodges Library – Starbucks area.
Farragut Intermediate School Culture Day 
November 10th from 4:30 to 5:30. The Club will host an hour of Italian activities for the children!
Jason's Deli Percentage Night
The Italian Club is participating in Jason's Deli Percentage Night, Nov. 19 from 5:00-10:00 pm. Come out and have a bite, all funds will go to Children's Hospital.
Angel Tree at Children's Hospital
The Italian Club will hand out gifts during the holiday season and read some stories to the children in Italian.

News from the LRC

MFLL VoiceThread Training and Resources Online

Many thanks for all those who were able to attend the synchronous training session for our instance of VoiceThread! For those of you who were unable to attend, a recording of the session can be accessed here. You also have access to the following resources:

In Memoriam: Carmen Montes Cumming

Carmen Montes Cumming, a former lecturer in the Spanish progam, died May 27, 2015. For further information, please see her obituary in the Oak Ridger or the article by David Hunter in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Next MFLL E-Newsletter

The next MFLL newsletter for the 2015-2016 academic year will be published Monday, November 30. Submissions should be sent to John Romeiser (jromeise@utk.edu) no later than 6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 29.

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