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MFLL Monthly Newsletter


Flavia Brizio-Skov (Italian) read a paper in June at the American Academy of Rome – International Conference of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media. She has recently published two articles: “Visioni circolari di Antonio Tabucchi: Per Isabel. Un mandala,” in Tabucchi Postumo (Peter Lang, Bruxelles) and “Il passo del diavolo di Anthony Mann e la ‘questione Indiana,’” in Iperstoria - Testi. Letterature, Linguaggi, Sezione monografica: Native American Studies ieri e oggi: una prospettiva transdisciplinare, Italy. She has contributed with other cinema scholars to A Companion to Italian Cinema (Blackwell, edited by Frank Burke) in “Forum: The Present State and Likely Prospects of Italian Cinema and Cinema Studies.” She also published a review of Male Anxiety and Psychopathology in Film: Comedy Italian Style, on Italian Culture. Currently, she is completing a manuscript on western cinema.
Flavia Brizio-Skov
Catherine Greer
Catherine Greer (German) was one of four Ph.D. candidates from the U.S. and Canada selected to participate in a joint workshop offered by the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation and Yad Vashem’s International Institute for Holocaust Research in June 2017. As part of the workshop, she gave a talk on her dissertation project at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, Israel. 
She will be in residence at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC during the fall semester as the 2017–2018 Margit Meissner Research Fellow for the Study of the Holocaust in Czech Lands at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.
Thorsten Huth (German) presented Conceptualizing, integrating, and assessing interactional learning targets in the L2 curriculum at the 15th International Pragmatics Conference (IPRA) in Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 16-21.
Thorsten Huth
Gregory Kaplan
Gregory Kaplan Gregory Kaplan (Hispanic Studies) has published a book in which he employs a transdisciplinary approach traditionally used in the sciences in order to reach groundbreaking conclusions regarding the birth of the Castilian language, La lingüística transdisciplinaria. El caso del origen del castellano (Linguistic Transdisciplinarity. The Case of the Birth of Castilian).
Annachiara Mariani’s (Italian) book chapter, “The Empty Heterotopic (Non-)Space of Sorrentino’s Female Characters in The Great Beauty and The Consequences of Love,” just came out in Female Identity and Its Representations in the Arts and Humanities, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017: 168-184. It can be viewed in Google Books.
Also, she accepted to be the editor for a special edition of the Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies, dedicated to the Oscar awardee film director, Paolo Sorrentino. 
Annachiara Mariani
Drew Paul
Drew Paul (Arabic) has had the following articles published over the summer: “The Grandchildren of Yūnis: Palestinian Protest Camps, Infiltration, and Ilyās Khūrī’s Bāb al-shams.” The Journal of Arabic Literature 48(2), 177-198, and “Blurring the Journalism-Literature Divide in Palestine: The “Literary Journalism” of Qadita.net.” Alif: A Journal of Comparative Poetics 38, 118-140.   
Dan Wang (Chinese) published a book chapter titled Self-and Peer Assessment of Oral Presentation in Advanced Chinese Classroom: an Exploratory Study in the book Chinese as a second language assessment, which was published by Springer in 2017. She was invited to give a presentation on Chinese sound system to faculty of English Language Institute (ELI) at an ELI retreat May 8. Dan Wang also presented Cultural project based learning: concepts and practice at the 3rd International Conference on Teaching Chinese as a Second Language in Hong Kong on June 24.
Dan Wang


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The Italian Table meets every Monday at the International House from 11:00-12:00, and every Wednesday, from 2:20-3:20 in Hodges Library, Starbucks area.

As many other languages in MFLL, we will participate in the September 29th International Festival on the Pedestrian Walkway from 10:00 to 2:00, and will have lots of good food! The Italian Club invites all to come visit our stand! 


LWBSA News — Congratulations to the following new LWBSA officers, who are eager to promote this unique major as well as getting involved with campus and community support activities during the next academic year:
President- Michael Ostrander, LWB-Hispanic Studies, Senior
Vice-President- Shannon Perrone, LWB-Hispanic Studies, Sophomore
Treasurer- Brooklyn Battle, LWB-Chinese, Junior
Secretary- Kayla Norman, LWB-Hispanic Studies, Sophomore
Public Relations and Media- Tori Lambert, LWB-Chinese, Sophomore Coordinator
We appreciate Hunter White, LWB-French, who has been an active VP and will continue to provide support and guidance for the new officers during this transition phase.

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Service Learning in Costa Rica — Lisa Parker was awarded a Ready for the World Grant to visit her Service Learning class in Costa Rica during the last week of June 2017. She was able to visit all students in their respective placements of service learning at Children’s Hospital, Medical Clinic Durán, Museum of Jade, and the National Park of La Libertad. In addition, Lisa became one of the twenty-five faculty members chosen as the first group of Experience Learning Faculty Fellows that participated in the 2017 Experience Learning Summer Institute from May 22 to June 12, 2017. She received a grant to redesign the SPAN 346 Language and Culture of the Hispanic Business World course to fit the requirements of Experience Learning by introducing internship, simulation, game playing and role playing.

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LWB News — This year, students have had an opportunity to study abroad in countries such as Spain, Costa Rica, Japan, China, France, and Morocco. Even after meeting the practical requirement for the major by studying abroad, students are also choosing to conduct internships. The summer of 2017 saw our largest group of LWB students doing internships in California, Colorado, Wisconsin and throughout Tennessee. With our lasting relationship with VW, we were able to place the first LWB-Hispanic Studies intern this summer, as the purchasing group has recognized the need for Spanish language to deal with many of their suppliers around the world. Moreover, we are thankful for the new internship opportunities that developed this summer with world renown companies like DENSO and Vanderbilt Mortgage (Clayton Homes) in Maryville, as well as FedEx Trade Network in the Memphis area. We are also appreciative for the steady partnerships with local companies like DeRoyal, Centro Hispano, HolaHora, StayBridge Suites, and others. Our students are striving to prepare themselves with language and business as well as practical skills inside and outside the classroom which will offer them the best opportunities in the global market.

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Brazilian Film Series — Fall 2017: Hodges Library Auditorium - 4:00 pm.
Operações Especiais (Special Operations) - Dir. Tomás Portella (2015) - Sep 6 (Wed)
Ponte Aérea (Air Shuttle) - Dir. Júlia Rezende (2015) - Oct 12 (Thu)
O Duelo (The Duel: A Story Where Truth Is Mere Detail) - Dir. Marcos Jorge (2015) - Oct 24 (Tue)
Hoje (Today) - Dir. Tata Amaral (2011) -- Nov 19 (Sun)


Submit your slides! — We are acquiring Hypersign (the University’s standard platform for digital signage) for our digital message boards in the VOLS Room and the Language Assessment Center. If you have an announcement that you would like to get in front of hundreds of students, here are some suggestions:
  • Priority is given to events hosted, sponsored or cosponsored by MFLL or information of vital interest to LRC patrons such as safety information or announcements from the university administration.
  • We reserve the right to reject or alter your slide for reasons of clarity and readability, or to conform to our physical specifications.
  • Information should be presented so important information stands out (time, date, place, and name of event and have high contrast and readability)
  • Consider that the viewing time of slide will be about 5-10 seconds, so keep textual information brief.

Email slide submissions (JPG file, 2020 x 1170 pixels @ 72 pixels per inch) to lrc@utk.edu.
Plex is here! — We are moving our analog media collection to our new Plex Media Server (@UTKLRC PLEX). We are sharing a growing number of movies, music, and pictures from our extensive collection to our Roku devices (available for checkout to teachers), to your computer, or on a smart TV in your classroom and beyond! If you are interested in the possibilities that this opens up for your classroom and your students, email lrc@utk.edu to let us know you are interested!
Cynap Upgrade
Cynap Office 365 Feature Pack now available! We have acquired the Office 365 Feature Pack for our Cynap machines in AMB 2 and 3. It incorporates access to your popular Office 365 apps such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Calendar, and Mail. Files are easy to access, work on, and share with your classes using Cynap. Come by the LRC and try it out for yourself!


Tips and Tricks for Using Interfolio’s Dossier(Thurs., September 4, 2:30PM - 3PM online) MLA JIL Applicants receive a free Dossier & Portfolio Account with Interfolio. Don’t know what Interfolio is? Are you seeking faculty jobs, fellowships, or other professional opportunities in higher education? Please join us for a free 30-minute webinar on how to get the most out of Interfolio's Dossier. We will show you what tools Dossier gives you to store and categorize your own academic materials in your Dossier, good practices for sending and managing your Interfolio recommendation requests, and what the experience is like for your recommendation letter writers.
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Cynap Basics (Fri., September 8, 2:30PM - 4PM in Hodges Library 220E) Bring your own device (BYOD) using the Wolfvision Cynap, available in AMB 2 and 3. The Wolfvision Cynap allows instructors and students to wirelessly connect to the Cynap device to present, annotate, record, and take notes. The Cynap works with most devices including Android or iPad tablets, smart phones, and laptops. The Cynap includes an onboard web browser for those days you forget your laptop and the ability to have multiple devices connected at a time, making it easier to switch between different inputs, like the document camera and your computer. Instructors can control who can connect, making student presentations easier to arrange. Come learn about the future of a class session in the LRC or anywhere these devices are installed on campus. Click here to register

Deadline for Submissions for the Next Newsletter

The next MFLL Newsletter for Fall Semester 2017 will be published Monday, October 2, 2017. Deadline for receipt of submissions will be 6:00 p.m., Sunday, October 1, and should be sent to jromeise@utk.edu. Please be prompt in submitting items in time to meet the deadline.

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