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Flavien Falantin (French and Francophone Studies) gave a presentation on November 3rd at the 31st International Colloquium François Mauriac in Rabat, Morocco (University Mohammed V). This presentation was titled: “François Mauriac lecteur de Françoise Sagan”. The proceedings of this colloquium will be published by Bernard Grasset Editor (Paris) in Les Nouveaux Cahiers Mauriac (vol. 26, April 2018). His article was already submitted in October and accepted by the committee.

On December 2017, he also published an article titled “Généalogie du Bovarysme. Retour sur le pouvoir de se concevoir autre” in ALKEMIE French and International Biannual Literature and Philosophy Journal, (vol. 20, pp. 265-276), published in Paris by Classiques Garnier.
Flavien Falantin
Millie Gimmel
Millie Gimmel (Hispanic Studies) presented the paper “Hybrid maternity: Transatlantic women’s health in the 16th-century Iberian world” at the Sixteenth Century Society Conference in Milwaukee, WI in November. Her article “Exotic or Invasive: A Brief Study of Botanical and Medical Practices in 16th Century Mexico” is forthcoming in Eä - Journal of Medical Humanities & Social Studies in Science and Technology.
Joy Hancock (German) successfully defended her dissertation, “Blood and Snow: Conservative Nationalism and Ice Spaces in Weimar Germany’s Science Fiction,” on Thursday, November 30.
Joy Hancock
Margaret Keneman
Margaret Keneman’s (French and Francophone Studies) article “Le Pouvoir du Théâtre: Foreign Languages, Higher Education, and Capturing the Notion of Symbolic Competence” was recently published in a special issue of L2 Journal (Volume 9, Issue 2, pp. 84-106).
Stefanie Ohnesorg (German) presented a paper on “Promoting German Studies through Theme-Based Study-Abroad Program” and organized a session on “Mapping Identities through Mobilities”(together with Liesl Allingham, Univ. of the South) at the Women in German Conference in Banff (Alberta, Canada) on Oct. 27, 2017. Together with Anne Gladitz (U of Bielefeld, Germany), she also organized and chaired the multi-day session on “German as a Foreign Language and STEM” (DaF und MINT-Fächer) at the Internationale Deutschlehrertagung (IDT) that took place from July 31 – Aug. 4, 2017 in Fribourg, Switzerland. At this conference, she also presented a paper (together with Maria Gallmeier, UT) on “Brückenbau basierend auf fachübergreifenden Synergien: ‘Nachhaltige’ Strategien zur Stärkung von Deutschprogrammen durch MINT-Inhalte.”

She also organized several events in fall 2017: a multi-disciplinary panel discussion on Martin Luther at UT (Sept. 21) in conjunction with the exhibit “#HereIStand: Martin Luther, the Reformation and its Consequences” that was on loan from the Goethe-Zentrum and displayed at Hodges Library from Sept. 5 – 21, 2017, a “German Career Day & Intercultural Workshop” at UT on Nov. 6, 2017 (see News from German below) with the support of with the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta, the UT Office of Career Development, and various business representatives with an outreach component to local schools, and she also facilitated the Knoxville visit of the German band DieLochis who performed at the Tennessee Theatre on Nov. 29 and joined her German 411 class in the LRC on Nov. 30, giving students an opportunity to interact with the band on various workshop sessions.
Stefanie Ohnesorg
Florence Abad-Turner
Florence Abad Turner (French and Francophone Studies) presented “The French Graphic Novel: Culture and Feminism” at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages conference in Nashville, November 17-19.
Three colleagues will receive College of Arts and Sciences awards this month:
Sarah Eldridge, College Convocation Research Award
Millie Gimmel, James R. and Nell W. Cunningham Outstanding Teaching Award
Laura Trujillo, Lecturer Excellence Teaching Award
They are being honored at the annual Arts and Sciences Faculty Awards Dinner on December 7.
Sarah Eldridge
Millie Gimmel
Laura Trujillo


Chinese Cooking Night — On Thursday, November 1st, the Chinese Culture Club (CCC) and the UT Confucius Institute co-hosted our very own Chinese Cooking Night in the Black Cultural Center Kitchen. Chinese Cooking Night is an event held each semester for students to learn how to make traditional Chinese dishes. This semester we made Braised Pork with Rice and Bok Choy as well as Chinese Sesame Balls with Red Bean Paste. This event always proves to be a fun, entertaining, and truly cross-cultural experience. The CCC looks forward to hosting many more successful Cooking Nights.

Chinese Cooking Night
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Chinese Cooking Night
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Creative China Contest — Students from the Chinese Program participated in the Creative China contest hosted by the Confucius Institute. Sean Eastham ( 1st-year Chinese ) and Georgia Channing (4th-year Chinese) won the second prize, and Sue Choi ( 4th-year Chinese ) won the third prize.

Creative China Contest
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Creative China Contest
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Martin Luther Exhibit at UT and Panel Discussion — From September 5 – 21, 2017, the exhibit “#HereIStand: Martin Luther, the Reformation and its Consequences” that was on loan from the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta was on display at UT Hodges Library. October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, and the exhibit delved into the time prior to the Reformation, the biography of Martin Luther, and the context and dynamics of the movement that unfolded after Luther’s posting of his 95 theses. A panel discussion was held in conjunction with the exhibit, and faculty members from across the Humanities at UT highlighted various aspects of Luther’s work, influence, and legacy: Edie Johnson (School of Music) focused on Luther’s role in music and worship, Tim Hiles (School of Art) highlighted Luther’s influence on the art world, Stefanie Ohnesorg (MFLL) focused on Luther’s efforts to shape a language that ‘all’ Germans would understand, while Adrian DelCaro (MFLL) traced connections between Luther and Paul Celan through the lenses of philology and translation. Tina Shepardson (Religious Studies) and Maria Stehle (MFLL) shed light on some of the darker aspects of Luther’s legacy by focusing on the anti-Judaic and misogynist traits in his writings and teachings, while Robert Bast (History) focused on how Luther revolutionized how printed materials were produced and disseminated during his life-time. Sarah Eldrige (MFLL) guided a lively panel discussion that was well attended by students, and Emmett Merrill and Alex McKenzie from the UT Letterpress Studio did a shop printing of cards with expressions by Martin Luther that were distributed to participants of the panel discussion. The digital version of the “#HereIStand” exhibiton can still be viewed online.

Martin Luther Exhibit at UT
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German Career Day and Intercultural Workshop at UT on Nov. 6, 2017 — With the support of the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta and the UT Office of Career Development, the German Program held its second annual “German Career Day and Intercultural Workshop” on Nov. 6, 2017 at the Panhellenic Building. During this event, UT students and high school students from our area could learn about study-abroad, internship and scholarship opportunities, meet with business representatives, find out more about the German program at UT and also about ways to connect German with other disciplines and interest areas (for example through the Language and World Business major). Throughout the event great prize that were raffled off to those who participated.

The main program for the German Career Day was provided by representatives from the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta who also visited German classrooms at local high schools and community colleges during their 2-day visit (Nov. 6 and 7, 2017). As part of the UT German Program’s outreach efforts, they discussed with high school students how studying German enhances their career opportunities, promoted study-abroad programs, and they, at the same time, pointed at the many exciting options that the German Program at UT can offer to those students who opt to continue their study of German at the college-level.

German Career Day and Intercultural Workshop
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On November 27, 2017, Beth Bradley and the German Club co-hosted the second annual Lebkuchenhäuschen Party. Over 90 German students came to the International House Great Room to build gingerbread houses, and to cook authentic hot chocolate with whipped cream, spiced cider, and gebrannte Mandeln (candied almonds). The event was supported by MFLL and the German Program.

Lebkuchenhäuschen Party
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Lebkuchenhäuschen Party
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Lebkuchenhäuschen Party
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LTR Methods Workshops
LTR Methods Workshops — The MFLL Language Teaching Resources Methods Workshop series continued on November 9. Rodica Frimu (French) presented on review practices in the language classroom. Justifying why review is important and what to focus on before a test, Rodica then discussed using "Kahoot!" for review and introduced the concept of stations to review different types of material. A recording of the livestream is available on the LRC Facebook page, and will be made available on the MFLL Language Teaching Resources page soon. Have an idea for the Spring? Contact the Methods Workshop organizing team! [Laurent, Mia, Thorsten, Doug]. All are welcome.


Online Training of the Month: Redefining Powerpoint — For those of you not using Prezi, PowerPoint is a common classroom technology. However, your students expect more than bulleted lists. If you are guilty of "death by Powerpoint", it's time to rethink your presentation style, and redefine what PowerPoint can do. In this workshop, you will learn how to create more interactive and dynamic lessons by reimaging how PowerPoint can be used. Learn what presentation styles are most valuable to students, and how key theories support an advanced use of PowerPoint for cognition and knowledge transfer. Then explore the many different uses of PowerPoint, from archiving to screencasting. You will see principles of effective slide design, including recommended use of color, space, text, and animation. You will see some "before and afters" that demonstrate how presentations for different types of college classrooms can be optimized and redesigned for specific audiences. Click here to view

Deadline for Submissions for the Next Newsletter

The first MFLL Newsletter for Spring Semester 2018 will be published Tuesday, January 16, 2017. Deadline for receipt of submissions will be 6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 14, and should be sent to jromeise@utk.edu. Please be prompt in submitting items in time to meet the deadline.

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