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Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures E-Newsletter: December 1, 2015

Good News

Catherine Greer (German) presented a paper, “It was as if I were playing for my life”: Representation of Hans Krása’s Brundibár, as part of the panel “WWII Politics and Resistance” at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society, Louisville, KY, November 12-15.

Catherine Greer

Chris Holmlund
Chris Holmlund (French and Francophone Studies) presented a paper and chaired a session on performance in US independent films at the Wisconsin Film and History Conference in mid-October. The same month she also conducted final interviews with John Waters, Mink Stole, and other members of his cast and crew in Baltimore, towards a book on Waters' 1974 film, FEMALE TROUBLE.
Bernard Issa (Hispanic Studies) read papers at two conferences — The Second Language Research Forum in Atlanta, where he presented “An eye-tracking study on attentional allocation in second language development”, October 31. The second was the Psychonomic Society Annual meeting in Chicago where he presented “Morphosyntactic development in a second language: An eye-tracking study on the role of attention”, November 21.

Bernard Issa

Gregory Kaplan
Gregory Kaplan (Hispanic Studies) presented an invited lecture, “Spinoza’s Rabbi on ‘Democratic Zionism,’” at Princeton University, November 12.

Margaret Keneman and Florence Abad-Turner (both French and Francophone Studies) presented “Students and Their Personal Beliefs: The Environment as a Learning Context in the Foreign Language Classroom” at the 2015 MIFLC, October 15-17, in Charleston, SC. They were delighted to spend time with former and present colleagues, including Rudyard Alcocer (Hispanic Studies & French and Francophone Studies).

Daniel H. Magilow (German) gave two lectures related to the release of his co-authored book, Holocaust Representations in History: An Introduction, November 3 at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and Milwaukee's Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center.

Daniel H. Magilow

Stefanie Ohnesorg

Stefanie Ohnesorg (German) presented “Travel Literature and Tourism,” at a research seminar on “Travel Literature,” German Studies Association (GSA), Washington, DC, Oct. 1 – 4. At GSA she also served as the commentator for the panel on “Narratives of Conflict and the Ethics of Storytelling” (October 4). In addition, she presented “The ‘Deutsche Sprachdiplom’ and German Language Instruction in Tennessee” (together with Jana Engle, Dobyns Bennett High School), TFLTA, Franklin, TN, November 6, and participated in a panel-discussion on “Goethe in your Field of Study” at the Goethe-Fest at UT, November 13, focusing on ‘Goethe and Travel (Literature)’. Most recently, she presented “Teaching German Through Comedy: Bringing Anke Engelke’s ‘Ladykracher’ into the German Classroom” (together with Corinna Kahnke, Duke U), ACTFL/AATG, San Diego, CA, November 22.

Her recent publications include: “Zimmerreisen für Frauenzimmer: Weltenbummel in Luise Mühlbachs Salon.” Almanch der Varnhagen Gesellschaft. Band 3. Ed. Nikolaus Gatter in collaboration with Inge Brose-Müller and Sigrun Hopfensperger. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag (2015), 109-119, and the online module: “Bevölkerung und Bevölkerungswachstum” [STEM and German] (together with Maria Gallmeier). 2015.

Stefanie Ohnesorg
Stefanie Ohnesorg and Maria Gallmeier (both German) gave a presentation on the development of the multimedia modules that simultaneously enhance the knowledge base in the STEM-fields and build students’ proficiency in German and demonstrated their instructional multi-media module on Population Growth in a talk, “MINT und Deutsch: ein Lernmodul zum Thema Bevölkerungsentwicklung,” at the November TFTLA 2015 conference in Franklin, TN. They, along with Ulla Carr (West High School, German), presented at an AATG sponsored session titled “Strengthening German Programs by ‘STEMming’ Against the Tide” at the ACTFL 2015 Convention in San Diego, CA.
Nicole Wallenbrock’s (French and Francophone Studies) essay, “The Screen Student-prostitute, A Twenty-first Century Discourse: Mes chères études (2010), Elles (Suzumowska, 2011), Jeune et Jolie (Ozon, 2013),” was published in French Cultural Studies, Sage November 2015, pp. 415-425.

Nicole Wallenbrock

The following colleagues organized and presented at a special session of the South Central MLA 2015, in Nashville, TN: Annachiara Mariani, Chair; Presenters: Laura Trujillo–Mejía, Reading Strategies and Technology — Helping L2 Spanish Students Understand Literary Texts; Renée D’Elia–Zunino, Italian: It’s a Mystery!; Laurent Zunino, Just Playing Games? Mobile Resources and Languages.

Aftermath of the Paris Terror Attacks

About 80-100 people led by the University of Tennessee’s French honor society, Pi Delta Phi, gathered in downtown Knoxville on Tuesday night, November 17, for a candlelight vigil, but it was not just to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris.

In addition WBIR interviewed students in a UT French class concerning the bloodshed in the City of Light.

News from Language & World Business

The Language and World Business Students Association (LWBSA) participated in various main activities to help the community this semester. On two different occasions, they prepared a delicious meal for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. On November 18, the students delivered three baskets full with food items to feed three separate families sponsored by the KARM (Knox Area Rescue Ministries). Kudos to all the LWB students and faculty for sharing their time, efforts, and enthusiasm to serve those in need in the Knoxville community.

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.

News from the Chinese Program

Monsters and Misfortunes. Nov 4th 2015

In light of Halloween, the Chinese Culture Club (CCC) held an event in relation to the American holiday. Halloween is unrecognized and largely unpracticed in China. In fact, the Chinese even find it off-putting that Americans dress up as monsters and go around asking for candy. In effort to bridge the substantial misconception of Halloween to the Chinese people, the CCC organized our first-ever Monsters and Misfortunes event. The purpose of this event was to educate the non-Chinese students on different Chinese folklore and wives tales as well as provide the Chinese students the opportunity to recognize the similarities Chinese culture has with Halloween. This CCC event was not only educational, but also fun and interactive.

Cooking Night. Nov 18th 2015

The Chinese Culture Club (CCC) is always seeking new ways to appeal to the general student body. We thought, what do people enjoy doing most? Eating! This November the CCC hosted its second Chinese Cooking Night and taught those that attended how to make two traditional Chinese dishes, sesame noodles, and egg drop soup. Both are common dishes that can be found in many homes across China. All ingredients were bought from the Sunrise Market, a supermarket that exclusively sells Chinese goods. We did this to ensure the authenticity of our dishes as well as utilize some of the resources our community has to offer.

News from the German Program

“Deutsches Frühstück” In Lower Division German!

The Lower Division German courses of Ulli Sczesni and Maria Gallmeier had a German breakfast the day before Thanksgiving. More than 60 students participated with great enthusiasm and enjoyed learning more about German culture, practicing spoken German, and listening to German music.

Goethe Festival

On November 12 and 13, between 50 and 200 students, faculty, and community members attended film screenings, panel discussions, performances, and lectures introducing Johann Wolfgang von Goethe to the UT community. The festival provided an opportunity for the German section to showcase its faculty and students and to invite Professor Heather Sullivan of Trinity University in Texas to present a keynote lecture entitled “Goethe and the Anthropocene,” which brought together topics in the humanities and STEM fields. Pictured above: the winners of the poetry contest, in which students at three different levels of language study recited poems by Goethe that they had memorized.

News from the Italian Program

On Saturday, December 12, members of the Italian Club will be at Autumn Care Assisted Living in Knoxville to present Italian Christmas traditions and songs.


News from the Japanese Program

The Vols Japanese Cultural Association concluded their activities for this semester with the showing of a humorous Japanese film. The new club started with 3 members and now has over 60. They organized Japanese language study sessions that were well attended. The club participated in the Diversity Event and International Festival on campus. In October the club was part of the 2nd Knoxville Asian Festival, manning a Japanese cultural information tent. They also led Japanese folk dances for the festival finale, which was joined by an enthusiastic audience.

This is the last MFLL E-Newsletter for the Fall 2015 semester.

We will resume publication in January 2016.

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