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MFLL Monthly Newsletter


Stephen Blackwell (Russian) was keynote speaker at the international conference “Vladimir Nabokov and the Fictions of Memory,” held at the University of Humanities and Social Sciences in Warsaw, Poland, September 22-23. He presented the lecture “Weaving in Time: Nabokov's Magic Carpet”.
Stephen Blackwell
Catherine Greer

Catherine Greer (German) presented a paper, “Commemoration or Exploitation? The Defiant Requiem Project”, November 5 at the Lessons and Legacies XIV conference sponsored by the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University. The conference was held at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, CA.
Greg Kaplan (Hispanic Studies) has been invited to present “From Monarchy to Democracy: Ets Haim’s Converso Legacy” at a symposium, “Tradition and Modernity in Ets Haim,” November 24 in Amsterdam at the Jewish Historical Museum. The symposium will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Portuguese synagogue’s Ets Haim library, which is the oldest Jewish library in the world.
Greg Kaplan
Annachiara Mariani
Annachiara Mariani (Italian) attended the SCMLA (South Central Modern Language Association) conference in Dallas November 5 and presented a paper on Paolo Sorrentino’s recent films titled “Spectacular Illusions in Sorrentino’s Cinematography”.
Florence Abad Turner (French and Francophone Studies) presented “IPA, Food and French Comedies” at the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference (MIFLC) held at James Madison University, Virginia October 14 and gave a one-hour workshop on the same topic at the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association (TFLTA). November 5, at the Marriott in Franklin, TN. To better serve the community, she just started teaching ESL weekly to Hispanics at Centro Hispano — a non-profit entity in Knoxville.
Florence Abad Turner


Alina Clay (College Scholars-- Russian/Hispanic Studies) has been chosen to receive a Pickering Fellowship Internship with the Office of Russian Affairs at the US Department of State for summer 2017.
Erika Knowles and Ryan White (both Russian) received Goldman/Pendleton Travel Abroad Scholarships to support their studies in Moscow and Yaroslavl, Russia this fall semester.
Lydia Dowdy received a Mossman Study Abroad Scholarship to support her studies this Fall in Tarragona, Spain.


Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society extends an invitation to all the members of the MFLL Department to see the film, Las venas abiertas de la Amazonía (The Open Veins of the Amazon),Monday, November 14, at 3:30, Hodges Auditorium. This documentary explores the natural disaster caused by Texaco’s and Chevron’s oil exploitations of the Ecuadorian Amazon.

News from Language and World Business

You're invited...

Application of the Language and World Business Concentration in Today’s Market.

Wednesday, November 16
1:30 - 3PM
International House, Great Room
1623 Melrose Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996


News from the Chinese Program


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Monsters & Myths Event: Halloween is largely unpracticed and unrecognized in China. In fact, the Chinese even find it odd that Americans would dress up as monsters and go around asking for candy. In effort to bridge this misconception of Halloween, the UTK Chinese Culture club held the second Monster & Myths event on October 20. The purpose of this event is to educate non-Chinese students on different Chinese folklore and wives tales as well as provide Chinese students the opportunity to recognize the similarities Chinese culture has with Halloween.


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Chinese Cooking Night: The UTK Chinese Culture Club is continuously seeking fun and creative ways to share Chinese culture with the community. On October 27, the Confucius Institute and Chinese Culture Club co-hosted Chinese Cooking Night. This event taught students how to make Jiaozi, also commonly known as dumplings. Students prepared ingredients, prepped for cooking, made and ate their very own dumplings. Chinese Cooking Night is a great way to learn how to cook authentic Chinese dishes as well as get to know others in the community.


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Lunch at Asia Kitchen: To give students the opportunity to practice Chinese in real–life contexts and experience Chinese culture, Dr. Hao and Ms. Wang from the Chinese program took their students to Asia Kitchen, one of the most authentic Chinese restaurants in Knoxville. Students from each of the four levels attended and sat around two large tables. Food was placed in the middle of the table and shared with everyone, just as it would have been done in China. Students practiced their language skills by communicating with the waiters in Chinese. The higher-level students were also speaking in Chinese most of the time. Afterwards, students all went next door to the Sunrise Market for the bubble tea. Sunrise Market is the largest Chinese supermarket in Knoxville. Lunch at Asia Kitchen is a great way to interact with other peers studying Chinese as well as provide students the opportunity to practice their speaking skills and learn about authentic Chinese cuisine.

News from the French Program

La Cage Aux Folles: Come see La Cage Aux Folles (the original one) on Tuesday, November 29 at 6PM. See the flyer here.

News from the German Program

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Jeff Mellor (German) received the TFLTA Hall of Fame award for a lifetime of service to the profession.

News from Hispanic Studies

Public Presentation by Enrique Chacón, Ph.D., Postdoctoral fellow in Latin American Literature & Culture “In Praise of Violence: The Joy of Crime in the Music of El Movimiento Alterado”. 4pm Wednesday, Nov 30—HSS 114

News from the Italian Program


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Italian Immersion Weekend: October 16-17 we hosted our annual Immersion Weekend at Grace Point Camp in Kingston, TN.  It was a successful weekend of fun, activities, dances, and linguistic achievements!


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Movie & Spaghetti Night: Wednesday, November 16 at 5:30 pm at the Black Cultural Center the Italian Club hosts a Movie&Spaghetti Night. Students will view “Benvenuti al Sud”, a comedy by Luca Miniero. The film is the story of a postal employee from northern Italy who feigns disability to get transferred. When he's shipped to a tiny village near Naples, he brings his prejudices about the South with him.
Italian Angel Tree: The Italian Club sponsors once again, this year, The Italian Angel Tree for Children’s Hospital.  Italian students fundraise and purchase Italian-themed gifts that are donated to the hospital and handed out during the Christmas Holidays.

Upcoming Events @

Office Hours with Doug and Mark: A reminder that Doug's office hours are M-F from 10AM-12 noon and Mark will have office hours from 1PM-4PM M-F until December 9.  Cancellations and postponements will be posted at the LRC Support site. Of course, other hours are always available by appointment.
VoiceThread in Canvas (Tues., Nov. 8, 7PM - 8PM online) In this workshop, you will work on integrating VoiceThread into your Canvas course. With Canvas integration you can create and share VoiceThreads and grade student work. You will practice using the assignment builder to assess student work. Click here to register
Using VoiceThread for Student Portfolios (Tues., Nov. 22, 7PM - 8PM online) If you are interested in learning how to use VoiceThread as a portfolio tool to showcase student work or to provide feedback for their work in progress, this workshop is for you! A variety of student portfolio examples will be featured as you collaborate on a shared brainstorm discussion. Click here to register
VoiceThread Mobile (Tues., Nov. 29, 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 for November's (un)Workshop — Each month we offer time in which instructors and the LRC can get together and in a short period of time, create something useful and meaningful for our classrooms and communities. In October, we were able to discuss Smore and Quizlet and even talked about Kahoot! Our loosely structured workshop emphasizes the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, and each session topic will come from the most popular request during the selection period. On Wednesday we will send a Google Form and a Doodle to figure out what topic you would like November's (un)workshop to cover and when it will be. The time, place, and topic will be announced on the 14th. Don't miss what promises to be another energizing and freewheeling exchange! Make your voice heard for November's (un)workshop!

Deadline for Submissions — January Newsletter

The next MFLL Newsletter will be published Monday, January 23, 2017. Deadline for submissions will be 6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 22, and should be sent to jromeise@utk.edu.

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