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Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures

MFLL Monthly Newsletter

GOOD NEWS

Flavia Brizio–Skov (Italian) wrote a review entitled Spaghetti Westerns at the Crossroads – Studies in Relocation, Transition and Appropriation by Austin Fisher, ed. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2016) that has appeared on the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, Vol. 7:1, Nov. 2018. Pp. 164-167. (2,000 words).
Professor Brizio–Skov was invited to peer review Maria Escobar’s Allied Encounters: The Gendered Redemption of World War Two Italy, 2018, for Fordham University Press.
Prof. Brizio–Skov was also a silent reader for McFarland & Company for an unpublished manuscript entitled Redeeming Reality: The Cinema of Ermanno Olmi, 2018.
Flavia Brizio-Skov
Anne-Hélène Miller
Anne-Hélène Miller (French) presented “Philippe de Mézières’ Crusade and the Frankish Identity” in a panel on “Lessons from the Crusades” at the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) that met in Nassau, The Bahamas (Nov 8-10, 2018) on the Theme of “Diaspora: Identity, Migration, and Return.”
Dolly Young (Hispanic Studies) participated in a panel titled “Cohesion from Kindergarten to College: K-16” at the Tennessee Foreign Language Teachers Association (TFLTA) Conference in Nashville this past November 2nd and 3rd, 2018. Professor Young also participated in providing recruitment material for the Spanish section and helped staff the MFLL recruitment table at the TFLTA conference.
Dolly Young

NEWS FROM THE CHINESE PROGRAM

Chinese Cooking Night —On Wednesday, November 14, the Chinese Culture Club (CCC) and the UT Confucius Institute co-hosted a Chinese Cooking Night event at the International House. This is an event held each semester for students to learn how to make traditional Chinese dishes. This semester we made Beef Noodle Soup and Spring Rolls. Around 40 students, faculty members, and people from the community attended this event. This is always a fun, entertaining, and truly cross–cultural experience.

Chinese Cooking Night


Chinese Cooking Night
Photo Contest Winners — Students from the Chinese Program participated in the 6th “Chinese Culture in My Eyes” photo contest, which is sponsored by the Confucius Institute at UT. Conny Zhao (Chinese Minor) won the 1st place, Melissa Loo (Elementary Chinese) won the 2nd place, and Selena Xue (Intermediate Chinese) won the Honorable Mention. These original photos were taken when they traveled to China..

Photo Contest Winners

Photo Contest Winners

NEWS FROM THE GERMAN PROGRAM

On November 28, 2018, Beth Bradley (German) and the German Club co-hosted the third annual Lebkuchenhäuschen Party. Over 70 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


Lebkuchenhäuschen Party


Lebkuchenhäuschen Party
Exhibit – Mapping ‘Knoxville’ Across Time, Media, and Cultures: Tracing Unexplored Connections between the Work of Cormac McCarthy, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, and Buddy and the Huddle. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Hodges Library. Organized by Dr. Stefanie Ohnesorg (German).

Exhibit


Exhibit


Exhibit

NEWS FROM THE HISPANIC STUDIES PROGRAM

On Monday, Nov. 19th, the Spanish Faculty Advisor to Sigma Delta Pi, Prof. Dolly Young (Hispanic Studies), coordinated, along with the President, Teryn Dixon and Treasurer, Iker Sedeno, the new member induction ceremony for Sigma Delta Pi, which was held in the LRC. A reception followed the ceremony.

Sigma Delta Pi Induction
Experience Learning project — Rossy Toledo's Spanish Honors Students presented their semester–long projects to the University Community and the Knoxville Community at large with their Story Corps interviews with East Tennessee Hispanic immigrants about their journey in the United States. This Experience Learning project paired each student with a community member for them to get to know each other and record an interview to be uploaded to the Story Corps archive. Then the students presented in Spanish in class, and in the library in English to share their learning experience.

Story Corps Project


Story Corps Project


Story Corps Project


Story Corps Project

NEWS FROM THE ITALIAN PROGRAM

The Italian Club has a new face! Check out the new webpage here:
https://italianclubutk.com

Italian Angel Tree — The Italian Club collected over $300 for the Italian Angel Tree for Children’s Hospital. Students bought books, games, and toys for the children, and will deliver the presents before Christmas. In the picture below: President Jared Smith and Chair of Events Marcella Tocco.

Italian Angel Tree


Italian Angel Tree


Italian Angel Tree

Pausa Studio was the Italian Club’s last event for the semester. Many students took a study break and came to the International House on Dec. 5th for coffee and treats.

Pausa Studio


Pausa Studio

NEWS FROM THE JAPANESE PROGRAM

The Japanese Language Table was organized by UT student Mari Koguma and her friends this semester. They met every Monday at the I-House and had a lot of fun playing word games and chatting in Japanese.

Japanese Language Table Studio

NEWS FROM THE LWB PROGRAM

MFLL 199 Class Trip to Clayton Homes in Maryville, TN — On November 28th, students and faculty from the MFLL 199 class were invited to a presentation and company tour at Clayton Homes, the country’s biggest producer of manufactured housing. Clayton Homes, a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. company, employs over 1,800 people at its headquarters in Maryville, TN. The company offers internships for students during the summer with opportunities to work in areas of finance, marketing, customer service, etc. We are grateful for the opportunity to maintain this partnership with Clayton.

MFLL 199 Class Trip to Clayton Homes in Maryville, TN
5th Annual MFLL 199 Group Poster Presentation — Lisa Parker’s MFLL 199 class conducted their 5th Annual Group Poster Presentations during the International Education Week on Wed, Nov 14th in the Great Room of the I-House. Mr. Clay McDonald, Head of Sales and Global payments at INTL FCSTONE Inc. in New York City, an LWB Spanish alum (00’), shared his personal experiences with language and business opportunities both locally and abroad. Faculty and other UT support personnel, as well as outside Knoxville companies and organizations were present to meet and listen to the students presenting their research on business and language in the global market.

5th Annual MFLL 199 Group Poster Presentation


5th Annual MFLL 199 Group Poster Presentation

LWBSA–KARM Baskets of Hope — For the last three years, members of the LWBSA and the MFLL 199 class have joined together to donate food items to filled Baskets of Hope for needy families during Thanksgiving. Two baskets were delivered to Knox Rescue Area Ministries (KARM) for distribution. Thanks to all who cheerfully contributed to support families in our community.

NEWS FROM THE LRC

Ana George


Barcelona in our eyes
Spanish students seeing “Barcelona in our eyes” — This semester, Ana George took her students on a tour of Barcelona, Spain...and they never left Knoxville! Virtual Reality (VR) transports students to remote destinations and immerses them in a digital environment so real that it is almost like being there. The students experienced the sights and sounds of the beaches of Port Olimpic, Barceloneta Park, Boqueria Market and the famous church Basilica de La Sagrada Familia. The lesson was designed to enhance interpersonal and interpretive modes of communication. During the tour, students took turns describing the places they were visiting and interesting things they saw along the way. This immersive experience was made possible through the use of the Lenovo Mirage Solo headsets available at the Language Resource Center. Click here if you would like to participate in a short workshop next semester based on this emerging technology!
Vote for the LRC Suggestions
Vote for the LRC suggestions to OIT! — The LRC has made two suggestions to the OIT Suggestion Box that you can vote up to make a reality. We suggested that OIT join the Apple Device Enrollment Program (which will make it easier for MFLL to support your University-owned devices remotely), and that they bring Alexa-enabled devices to campus and support the creation of skills that can be deployed on each device. If you search "Apple Device Enrollment Program" and "Alexa", you will find our suggestions and can vote for them. We would appreciate it!

FINAL NEWSLETTER FOR FALL 2018

This is the final MFLL Newsletter for the Fall Semester. We will resume publication in the Spring Semester.

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