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MFLL Monthly Newsletter


Flavia Brizio-Skov (Italian) has published an article “Antonio Tabucchi, la letteratura e il tempo,” which functions as an introduction to the works of Antonio Tabucchi in a volume titled Antonio Tabucchi: Un baule di personaggi by G. Gallotta published in a collection, Éditions Chemins de Traverse, directed by Sylvain Trousselard (Neuville-sur-Saône, France, 12-32).
Flavia Brizio-Skov
Bernard Issa

Bernard Issa (Hispanic Studies) presented a talk, “Examining second language practice through a different lens: An eye-tracking study,” at the 2016 Second Language Research Forum at the Teachers College of Columbia University in New York, September 23-25. The talk was well attended and well received by the audience!
Greg Kaplan (Hispanic Studies) recently published his latest conclusions concerning the origins of the Spanish language in a study, “The Impact of Bilingualism and Diglossia in Cantabria (Spain) during Late Antiquity,” published in a volume titled Multilingualism (ed. Albrecht Claussen [Berlin: De Gruyter]: 65-84).
Greg Kaplan
Dan Magilow
Maria Stehle
Dan Magilow and Maria Stehle (German) are the department’s latest recipients of the Lindsay Young Professorship, effective August 1, 2016 for a period of two years.
Jeff Mellor (German) has been selected to receive the TFLTA Hall of Fame award for a lifetime of service to the profession.
Jeff Mellor
Anne-Hélène Miller

Anne-Hélène Miller (French and Francophone Studies) will be a new Marco Steering Committee representative, serving a 3-year term on the committee.
Natalia Pervukhin (Russian) has published “Leonid Chertkov in Search of Lost Time”. Toronto Slavic Quarterly, 56, 1-29.

Natalia Pervukhin
Stefanie Ohnesorg
Stefanie Ohnesorg (German) has been selected as one of the 2016 recipients of the AATG/Goethe-Institut Certificate of Merit for outstanding achievement in furthering the teaching of German in schools of the United States..
Nicole Wallenbrock (French and Francophone Studies) presented: La déterritorialisation et la reterritorialisation de la Révolution Algérienne en France : Hors-la-loi (Rachid Bouchareb, 2010) at the CIEF (Congrès du Conseil d’Études Internationales de Francophones (Dakar, Sénégal) and has published “An apology for French torturers: L'Ennemi intime”, in Mark de Valk, ed. Screening the Tortured Body: Cinema as Scaffold. Palgrave Macmillan.

Àngela Pérez del Puerto

News from Language and World Business

Drs. John Romeiser and Lisa Parker were invited to present the Language and World Business Program at Farragut High School on September 13. The activity was organized by Farragut’s World Language Chair, Allison Maldonado. There were over 100 students from Spanish, French 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 this outreach to K-12 students.

News from the Chinese Program


Chinese Game Night: On September 7th, the Chinese Culture Club and Chinese program held its annual Chinese Game Night. This not only served as their first event of the fall semester but also as an introduction to all the Chinese Culture Club has to offer. Chinese Game Night included traditional Chinese games such as Mahjong, Wei Qi, Xiang Qi, Chinese checkers, and more. The intercultural exchange that took place at this event is the exact type of atmosphere the Chinese Culture Club strives to provide for members. Chinese Game Night is always a fun, creative, and effective way to spread Chinese cultural awareness to the community.

News from the French Program

Anne Azéma
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Anne Azéma, a world-renowned French soprano, invited to the university by the School of Music, participated recently in Anne-Hélène Miller’s 410 class and taught a session on the music in manuscript 146 from the French National Library of the Roman de Fauvel.
French film: “Les Garçons et Guillaume, A Table!” by Guillaume Gallienne. Thursday, October 27th at 6 PM in the Hodges library auditorium. See flyer for more info See this electronic flyer for more info.

News from the Italian Program

Dr. Catanzaro from the University of Genova will give a lecture on October 4 (Hodges 253 at 11:10) on “Science fiction, dystopian and apocalyptic cinema as modern narrations of political theory.” He gave a lecture on Sept. 29 on “Hobbes’s Iliad and Odyssey: from Poetry to Politics?” On October 25 (Hodges 212, 9:40) Dr. Delfino (University of Genova) will talk on “ITALIAN SOCIETY BETWEEN TRADITION AND INNOVATION: NEW PERSPECTIVES.” These events have been organized as part of the Linkage Program with the University of Genova.

News from the Portuguese Program

Lispector Fest: Celebrating the writing of Brazilian author, Clarice Lispector — October 18-21, 2016

Film Screening: The Hour of the Star (Dir. Suzana Amaral) Tuesday, October 18, Hodges Library, Auditorium, 6:00 PM. Discussion to follow led by Eurídice Silva-Filho, Ph.D., MFLL.

Keynote Lecture: Rediscovering ClariceWednesday, October 19, Hodges Library, Auditorium, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM. Katrina Dodson, PhD, Translator of The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector and winner of the 2016 PEN Translation prize.

“Performance & Interpretation: A Workshop on Translating Clarice Lispector”Thursday October 20, 1210 McClung Tower 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM . Katrina Dodson, PhD, Translator of The Complete Stories by Clarice Lispector.

A Closed-Mouth Canticle, à baratear — October 19-21, The Central Collective (923 N. Central Street, Knoxville, TN 37917). Art Exhibit by UT Artist Rubens Ghenov and his students. Reception on Friday, October 21, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Weekly Lispector ReadingsMondays (October 3, 10, 17), 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, International House TV Room. With Wanessa Velloso, MFLL.

Lispector Feminist Reading GroupMonday, October 3 and Wednesday, October 12, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, 1210 McClung Tower. For faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates, focusing on Lispector's short stories. Conducted by Professor Mary Papke (English). Contact Dr. Papke for a copy of the story or more information.

Knoxville Public Library: Guided readings and discussions — A series of guided readings and discussions of Lispector’s short stories. Attendees will receive copies of each evening’s stories when they arrive. Wanessa Velloso, Senior Lecturer of Portuguese, MFLL, will facilitate the discussions. Discussion #1: Thursday, October 6, 6-7:30pm. Discussion #2: Thursday, October 13, 6-7:30pm.

Knoxville Public Library: Special event for children on October 15. — Families are invited to a special program at the Lawson McGhee Branch at 11 a.m. on October 15. An interactive reading of Lispector's children's book “The Mystery of the Thinking Rabbit” and a fun rabbit craft. Presented by Jae Resendes and Wanessa Velloso, MFLL.

Upcoming Events @

Office Hours with Doug and Mark Fall Semester 2016: Doug's office hours are M-F from 10AM-12 noon (will be out of state between October 10th and the 14th), 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 Mobile (Tues., Oct. 4, 7PM - 8PM online) Online course design has changed a lot in the last 10 years. Over 80% of students now use smartphones and tablets for academic work. In this workshop, you will learn how to design lessons with mobile learners in mind. You will explore the differences between VoiceThread’s mobile app and the traditional browser version, and participate in hands-on activities. Click here to register
Vote Now for October's (un)Workshop — Each month we will be offering time in which instructors and the LRC will get together and in a short period of time, create something useful and meaningful for our classrooms and communities. Our loosely structured workshop will emphasize the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, and each session topic will come from the most popular request during the selection period. Please send email to lrc@utk.edu letting us know what topic you would like October's (un)workshop to cover. We will send out a Doodle this week to determine the best time for us to get together. The time, place, and topic will be announced on the 17th. Don't miss what promises to be an energizing and freewheeling exchange! Make your voice heard for October's (un)workshop!
VoiceThread and Universal Design for Learning (Tues., Oct. 18, 7PM - 8PM online) In this workshop, you will learn how VoiceThread can help you provide multiple means of engagement, representation, action and expression for your courses. You will learn how to use VoiceThread’s multi-modal communication platform, closed captioning feature, and VoiceThread Universal to design accessible lessons. Click here to register

Deadline for Submissions — November Newsletter

The next MFLL Newsletter will appear Monday, November 7. Deadline for submissions will be 6:00 p.m., Sunday, November 6, and should be sent to jromeise@utk.edu.

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