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Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures

MFLL Monthly Newsletter


Rudyard Alcocer (Hispanic Studies) has published “Consuming Slavery? Santiago de Cuba’s El Barracón Restaurant.” Caribbean Quarterly: A Journal of Caribbean Culture 62 (2), pp. 193-209. August 2016.

In addition, he has presented two papers at recent international conferences: “The Source of La Source: Jacques Roumain’s Gouverneurs de la Rosée and the Quest for Water in Haiti.” 40th Annual Conference of the Society for Caribbean Studies. Newcastle University. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, GB. July 2016, and “Readers and their Ability to Predict Narrative Conclusions in Stories by Kate Chopin and José Luis González.” 31st Annual International Conference on Narrative. The University of Amsterdam. Amsterdam, NL. June 2016
Rudyard Alcocer
Blake Barton (B.A. Hispanic Studies ’16) is the recipient of the inaugural interdisciplinary/STEM honors thesis award for his essay on the medical themes in the fiction of Argentine writer Julio Cortázar, an essay he wrote under the mentorship of Prof. Rudyard Alcocer. Barton will begin his studies at the UT Medical School this fall.

Flavia Brizio-Skov (Italian) read a paper in June at the American Teachers of Italian International Conference at the University of Naples, Italy. As Director of the Linkage between UT and the University of Genoa, thanks to a grant from Ready for the World, she has planned the visit of Dr. Andrea Catanzaro, professor of History of Political Thought at the University of Genoa, who will come to campus for two weeks to do research and deliver two lectures (soon to be advertised): September 27, Tuesday, Black Cultural Center, 3:30 pm, “Hobbes’s Illiad and Odissey: from poetry to politics?” and October 4, Tuesday, 11:10, in Hodges 253 “Science fiction, dystopian and apocalyptic cinema as modern narrations of political theory.” Brizio-Skov has recently published two essays and a review: one article on Antonio Tabucchi for a French publisher, one long article on Kurosawa and Leone, and a review of a book on comedy Italian style (Italian Culture).
Catherine Greer (German) presented a paper in July titled “Flourishing in Captivity: Remembering Childhood in Theresienstadt” at the Children and War: Past and Present conference, held at the University of Salzburg in Austria. In June, she was a Fellow with the Holocaust Educational Foundation’s Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization. The two-week institute was held at Northwestern University.
Dawn Duke
In recognition of his two books on the origins of the Spanish language, on July 11 Gregory Kaplan (Hispanic Studies) was named a “Persona Ilustre” (Illustrious Person) by the government of the Province of Cantabria at a public ceremony held in Polientes, Spain. Prior to that ceremony Professor Kaplan had a busy summer, during which time he presented “Transforming Teaching Materials into Research for Promotion,” at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies (Western Michigan U) and “La version no popular del Yosifón: el códice M-54 de la Biblioteca de Menéndez Pelayo,” with the latter being the first presentation ever on a heretofore unknown Spanish version of the works of Josephus.
Margarita Hernández de Polaczyk (Hispanic Studies) participated in the conference III Congreso Internacional: Reencuentro con Enrique Gómez Carrillo y el Modernismo, held in Guatemala City (July 14-15). Her paper “El artículo periodístico ‘Sensaciones de estética. El arte de la crítica artística’ (1892) de Enrique Gómez Carrillo: una renovadora mirada a su crítica impresionista” is part of her ongoing doctoral research, under the guidance of Óscar Rivera-Rodas, and it will be published in the conference’s proceedings.
Gregory Kaplan
Anne-Hélène Miller

Chris Holmlund (French and Francophone Studies) presented a paper on “Quality Acting in Independent Film” late June at the SCREEN International Conference in Glasgow. Her essay on the topic (in press) will appear in A Companion to American Independent Film (Wiley-Blackwell) in 2017. In July she began research in Sweden on a new project, “Swedes in Action,” covering two generations of Swedish actors (e.g. Stellan and Alexander Skarsgård, Noomi Rapace, Peter Stormare, Matias Varela, Mikael Persbrandt, Alicia Vikander) in US, Scandinavian and British film.
Peter Höyng and Jeff Mellor have signed a book contract with Boydell & Brewer to publish a translation of Hugo Bettauer’s Novel Das Blaue Mal: Roman eines Ausgestoßenen, which will appear later this year in their Camden House imprint as The Blue Stain: A Novel of a Racial Outcast. Peter is a former member of the German section, Jefferson Award winner and is currently Associate Professor of German at Emory University. Jeff completed his post-retirement teaching in the German section in May and is teaching a course on the structure of the German language this fall.
Àngela Pérez del Puerto
Àngela Pérez del Puerto
Andy Ray (Ph.D, Hispanic Studies) has published La naturaleza en la literatura costarricense: un enfoque eco-cultural (Nature in Costa Rican Literature: An Eco-Cultural Focus), Colección Editoriales Abya-Yala.
Maria Stehle
Oscar Rivera-Rodas (Hispanic Studies) has had two new books published: El Laberinto del Siglo XVI: teología, mito, retórica y colonialismo. (Newark, Delaware: Juan de La Cuesta-Hispanic Monographs, 2016, 344 pages); and Escritura de dios y voz degollada. Orígenes de las letras americanas. (La Paz, Bolivia: Plural Editores, 2016, 329 pages).

Undergraduate Scholarships and Travel Awards

ALina Clay
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Alina Clay, a College Scholars major with emphasis on Russian and Spanish (2017), was awarded the highly prestigious Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship (US Department of State). Aimed to support future entrants into the Department of State’s Foreign Service, the program provides scholarship funding for the final year of undergraduate and first year of graduate school, travel funds, and summer Foreign Affairs internships in Washington, DC. Alina is engaged in research on subnational governments in Latin America and Eastern Europe to determine how decentralization affects women’s political participation
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Russian and History major Desiree Dube (2016) was chosen as a Fulbright fellow with an English Teaching Assistantship for the 2016-17 academic year. She will travel to Penza, Russia and work at Penza State University.
Mossman Scholarship Awards
Aeriel Stephens (Hispanic Studies) and Lydia Dowdy (LWB, Hispanic Studies) both received Mossman Scholars Study Abroad awards, made possible by the Mossman Scholars Endowment. These awards support students studying Romance languages in their academic pursuits abroad. Ariel will spend the fall semester in Madrid; Lydia will be at the Universitat Rovira I Virgili in Tarragona, Spain.
Goldman/Pendleton Travel Abroad Awards
Erika Knowles and Ryan White both received these awards, funded by the Chad Goldman and Brian Pendleton Undergraduate Travel Abroad Scholarship Endowment. Erika will travel to Moscow and study at Moscow State University, while also laying groundwork for individual research on Leo Tolstoy diaries and readings as he wrote War and Peace. Ryan will be in Yaroslavl with Middlebury College's renowned program.

News from the Chinese Program

On June 11 to 25, 12 students from Chinese program at UTK, led by Ms. Dan Wang, bounded for Nanjing, China to participate in the two-week CI@UT Summer Camp in China. Participants were involved in a variety of activities, including Chinese language study, hands-on workshops, social activities with local Chinese students and excursions to places with cultural and historical significance. All of these brought a better understanding of China to all students, as well as a great of fun!

News from the French Program

The French movie TOMBOY by Céline Sciamma (France 2011) will be shown September 22nd at 6 pm in the library's auditorium. See this electronic flyer for more info.

News from the German Program

This summer Beth Bradley took her German 211 class to GruJo’s, a German fast food restaurant in Powell. The event coincided with learning about German, Swiss, and Austrian cuisine and ordering in restaurants. The students not only enjoyed typical German food, but because the owner of the restaurant is German, they were able to complete the experience by ordering and interacting in the German language.

Congratulations to Azsha Treanor (pictured above on the right, second from the front), who has been selected by German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to serve as a Young Ambassador for study in Germany for the 2016/17 academic year. The program gives Azsha, a recent returnee from Germany, a chance to share with fellow students the wonderful experiences she had abroad, and encourage them to take advantage of similar opportunities themselves, in coordination with the Programs Abroad Office. Azsha attended the Young Ambassadors training session in New York City in August. Azsha was also a recipient of the Dennis Randall Shockley award this year.

The German Club is kicking off the International House World Showcase program this semester with three events:
On September 13, from 6:00-7:30 pm, the club is providing a cooking demonstration of German desserts in the Great Room of the I-House. The next afternoon, on September 14, from 1:00-3:00, they are offering coffee and dessert for the German Coffeehouse in the Mary Greer room of Hodges Library. On the evening of September 14, 6:00-7:30, they are hosting Culture Night in the Great Room of the I-House. The German Club will also be participating in the International Fair on September 25.

News from the Italian Program

Italian Immersion Weekend Sept.16-17 2016 at Grace Point Camp, Kingston TN

Italian Club’s Tavola Italiana every M/W 11:15am-12:00pm in Hodges Library, Starbucks area

Italian Table @ International House, hosted by Diego Prioretti, every Monday 6:00-7:00 pm in Conference Room – Tea and Coffee available

Upcoming Events @

Office Hours with Doug and Mark Fall Semester 2016: Doug's office hours will be M-F from 10AM-12 noon, and Mark will have office hours from 1PM-4PM M-F. Cancellations and postponements will be posted at the LRC Support site. Of course, other hours are always available by appointment.
VoiceThread Basics 1- upload, comment and share (Wed., Sep. 7, 7PM - 8PM online) In this interactive session, you will learn how to upload media, comment and annotate on that media, and share it with others. This will be a slow paced, step-by-step, hands-on workshop. Click here to register
How to Get the Help You Need from the LRC (Fri., Sept. 9, 10 AM - 12 noon and then 1PM - 3PM in AMB 13) We have a lot of hardware, software, space and support to help you in your teaching and research. Come take the opportunity to drop in to find out what we have, tell us what you want, and bring your own ideas on what gadgets/software you would like the LRC to buy or what trainings you would like to see !
VoiceThread Basics 2- groups and secure sharing (Wed., Sept. 14, 7PM - 8PM online) In this workshop, you will learn how to create groups, set sharing permissions within those groups and privately share VoiceThreads with individuals. Click here to register
VoiceThread Basics 3- Moderating comments, private and threaded replies, and copying (Wed., Sept. 21, 7PM - 8PM online) In this workshop , you will learn how to use comment moderation to formatively assess student work, give private feedback, use threaded commenting, and copy VoiceThreads for use with multiple groups. Click here to register
VoiceThread Basics 4- VoiceThread and Canvas (Wed., Feb. 10, 7PM - 8PM online) In this workshop, you will work on integrating VoiceThread into the Canvas LMS. With LMS integration you can 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. Everyone who registers will receive the recording of the session the following day for review when you are setting up your Canvas VoiceThread. Click here to register

Deadline for Submissions — October Newsletter

The next MFLL Newsletter will appear Monday, October 3. Deadline for submissions will be 6:00 p.m., Sunday, October 2, and should be sent to jromeise@utk.edu.

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