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Dr. Flavia Brizio–Skov (Italian, chair) wrote a review of Attraverso Tabucchi — Viaggio nell’opera di Antonio Tabucchi that is forthcoming in Campi Immaginabili, Fall 2019 (2,401 words), and an essay “Transnationalism and the Italian Western,” (2,669 words) accepted for publication in the MIFLC Review journal that was derived from a paper delivered at the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference (MIFLC) that was held in Knoxville in Fall 2018.
In June 2019, Prof. Brizio–Skov delivered a paper at the Rome International Conference organized by the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, hosted by the American University of Rome, 14–15 June, that is now an essay entitled “Mafia e società: Ammmore e malavita dei fratelli Manetti,” that it is about to be submitted for publication.
Prof. Brizio-Skov’s editorial work has increased substantially in the past academic year:
  • Referee reader for Forum Italicum — Journal of Italian Studies, Stony Brook University. Article: “Pereira traduttore e l’etica della visibilità,” Spring 2019.
  • Reviewer of Maria Escobar’s Allied Encounters: The Gendered Redemption of World War Two Italy, now appeared in volume (New-York: Fordham UP, 2019).
  • Silent Reader of Redeeming Reality: The Cinema of Ermanno Olmi for McFarland & Company Publisher. Fall 2018.
  • Referee reader and active member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, refereed journal, Intellect, UK, from 2012. In May 2019: “Naples for Urban Voyagers: Tourism and the Representation of Space in Gomorrah The Series and My Brilliant Friend,” “Beautiful things: On the aesthetics of becoming in documentary films,” and “Film, Fellini, 8½.”
  • Dr. Brizio–Skov reviewed the official proposal for a new book series entitled “Trajectories of Italian Cinema and Media” for Intellect, UK, February 2019.
  • Referee reader and active member of the Editorial Board of Studies in European Cinema, in the academic year 2018-19: “Arctic Gothic: Genre, Folklore, and the Cinematic Horror Landscape of Dead Snow” (Oct. 2018; Ref.: RSEU-2018-0011); “Aesthetics of Federico Fellini's 8½. Self–reflective structure of the work art”(Jan. 2019, Ref.: RSEU-2018-0017); “The ‘European Film Day’ in Venice: between Film Festival and European Media Policies (1956-1960)” (March 2019, Ref.: RSEU-2018-0028)

  • The participation in the Rome International Conference has inspired Prof. Brizio–Skov to start a new project on some Italian detective TV series that are extremely popular with the viewers: L’Ispettore Coliandro, Il Commissario Montalbano, Rocco Schiavone, I Bastardi di Pizzofalcone , and Maltese, il Romanzo del Commissario. The project could evolve into a series of articles or maybe even a manuscript.
    Prof. Brizio–Skov is organizing a panel on “Italian Contemporary Cinema” at a conference organized by the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) that will take place in Palermo, Italy, in June 2020 where she will be a contributor and chair of panel.
    Dr. Brizio–Skov continues to chair our Italian program, and is currently organizing the activities for the academic year 2019–20 inside the Exchange Program between UTK and the University of Genoa, Italy.
Flavia Brizio-Skov
Nuria Cruz Cámara
Dr. Nuria Cruz Cámara (Hispanic Studies) published two articles:
  • “Cross–dressing and sex change stories in Spanish illustrated magazines (1928–1936).” Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies 25.2 (2019): 295-320.
  • “La Salamanca posmoderna de la última novela completa de Carmen Martín Gaite: Irse de casa.” Hispania 102.1 (2019): 32–34.
Dr. Yen–Chen Hao (Chinese) ) published a first–authored book chapter titled “The effects of tone training on tone perception accuracy in Chinese language classrooms– in F.Y. Yuan & S. Li (Eds.), Classroom–Based Research on Chinese As a Second Language (pp. 21-44). Abingdon, UK: Routledge. Dr. Hao also presented a first–authored paper “English obstruent perception by native Mandarin, Korean, and English speakers” in Hanyang International Symposium on Phonetics and Cognitive Sciences of Language 2019 from May 24 to 25 in Seoul, Korea.
Dr. Yen-Chen Hao
Dr. Daniel H. Magilow
Dr. Daniel H. Magilow’s (German) article, “The era of the expert: dementia, remembrance, and jurisprudence in Atom Egoyan's Remember (2015)” appeared in the journal Holocaust Studies.
Dr. Annachiara Mariani (Italian) guest–edited a special number of the Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies on Paolo Sorrentino’s Cinema. In this number (Vol. 7:3. Bristol UK, Intellect Publishers, June 2019: 129 pp.), she contributed one article on Sorrentino’s Trans–Cultural and Post–National Auteur, two film reviews, and three book reviews.
Dr. Annachiara Mariani
Dr. Anne-Hélène Miller
Dr. Anne–Hélène Miller (French) published in June 2019 an essay entitled “Nicole Oresme’s Cultural Translatio in Question” in the Journal Digital Philology (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, Fall 2018 issue)
Dr. Noriko Horiguchi (Japanese) is on research leave from UT in Fall 2019, and is a visiting scholar at the University of Tokyo (national rankings 2nd; world university rankings 42nd, according to THE). Dr. Horiguchi is conducting archival research and writing her second book manuscript on culinary culture and history in modern Japan.
Dr. Noriko Horiguchi


Dr. Lisa Parker
Dr. Lisa Parker (Hispanic Studies) has been selected as a 2019 recipient of the Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award. The Excellence in Teaching Award specifically seeks to reward those individuals who are uniquely effective in teaching, at any level and in any educational format. Congratulations, Dr. Parker!


Chinese Culture Club interest meeting — On August 28, 2019, the Chinese Culture Club held its first interest meeting to inform new students about what our club does and how students can get involved through volunteering, becoming a member, or running for officer positions. We hope this will be a great year for the CCC. The weekly meeting of CCC is scheduled on Wednesdays from 4:45-5:45.

Chinese Culture Club interest meeting


Laurent Zunino (French and President of the Alliance Française, Knoxville) would like to share a new movie website that the Alliance Française received. It is called telescopefilm.com, a new website for finding international films. Telescope allows users to search and filter films by options including title, director, country, language, and genre, and provides one-click access to all major streaming services. Curation, custom recommendations, and a variety of other features help users discover movies and series from around the world.


Hispanic Film Festival — Dr. Betsabé Navarro (Hispanic Studies) is organizing the inaugural Hispanic Film Festival (every Tuesday in October at 7pm, Lindsay Young Auditorium - Hodges Library) featuring independent award-winning films in Spanish and other indigenous languages of the Hispanic countries with English subtitles. The Hispanic Film Fest seeks to enrich the moviegoer experience by presenting UT professors as guest speakers before the screenings. The festival is made possible with the support of Pragda (Spanish Film Club), Spain Arts & Culture, the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain, and eight departments across UT campus: Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Cinema Studies, Department of History, Department of Political Science, Office of Diversity and Engagement, Office of Multicultural Student Life, Center for International Education, and John C. Hodges Library.

Hispanic Film Festival


UT Summer Program in Japan 2019 — Dr. Noriko Horiguchi (Japanese) developed and led a summer program on the topic of popular culture in Japan in May 2019. Through lectures/discussions and activities in seven major cities — Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe, Hiroshima, Himeji, and Tokyo — this program helped students explore Japanese popular culture through genres such as cuisine, fashion, music, sports, fiction, film (including anime–animated films), television, and advertisements. By examining national and global culture industries, students analyzed various aspects of Japan in changing historical, geopolitical, and economic contexts and gained insight into some of the pressing social and political problems facing contemporary Japan.
Eight UT alumni in the JET Program 2019 — Eight graduating seniors and alumni have been accepted to the prestigious Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) Program funded by the Japanese government beginning in fall 2019. This is a record–breaking number of recipients for UT in a single year.
UT accepted to the Kakehashi Project — With the help of the Consulate–General of Japan in Nashville, the Japanese Program applied for the Kakehashi Project, and UT has been selected as one of the four universities in the US to send 23 students and 2 supervisors to Tokyo for 8 days in December 2019. With all expenses funded by the Japanese government, this is an extraordinary opportunity for UT students to learn about culture, language, history, society, and technology in Japan.

The Vols Japanese Cultural Association supervised by Mahagi LaCure (Japanese) took part in the Knox Asian Festival again this year. The event moved from the Market Square to the World’s Fair Park in downtown Knoxville, welcoming even more visitors. Club members and students from Japanese classes contributed their time and energy to helping visitors learn about Japan and Japanese culture. They also offered a fun traditional game of water balloon fishing, a rubber–band shoot with a chopstick gun, and the opportunity for kimono try–ons. On stage, Mahagi LaCure, the club advisor, played Japanese music (Tennessee Waltz, too!) with her Shamisen Knoxville members and friends, including Takuya Hayakawa, our graduate teaching assistant in the Japanese Program at UT. Our part–time lecturer Keiko Eda (Japanese) served as MC for the performance.

JCA at the Knox Asian Festival JCA at the Knox Asian Festival
JCA at the Knox Asian Festival JCA at the Knox Asian Festival


We welcome the LWBSA Officers for Fall 2019 who are ready and willing to actively promote MFLL/LWB during this semester with several fun activities on campus and the community (in picture from left to right):
Shannon Perrone — returning President, LWB–HS, Senior, just returning from studying abroad one year in Spain.
Hannah Johnson — Vice–President, LWB–JAPA, Junior, returning from studying abroad in the Spring, and doing a summer internship in Japan.
Rachel Barnes — new Treasurer, LWB–HS, Sophomore.
Anna Brawner — Secretary, LWB–HS (with Minor in Portuguese), Junior, just returning from one semester studying abroad in Valparaiso, Chile
Allison Rogers — new Public Relations and Media, LWB–HS, Junior.

LWBSA Officers for Fall 2019


Timecenter for appointments with Doug and Mark

Appointments with LRC Staff — Our reservation system is now equipped to accept appointments for Doug (pedagogical integrations of technology, mini-workshops on technology, Placement Exam questions, research questions, etc.) and Mark (LRC support and technical support) in 30-minute intervals. You can find the link under the "Reservations" tab at lrc.utk.edu, or you can use these:
ID2ID Program — Dr. Doug Canfield (LRC Coordinator) has been selected to participate in the ID2ID Program (a partnership between Penn State University and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative) for the 2019-2020 academic year. In this program, Doug will partner with an instructional technologist from PSU to work on a common project relating to immersive pedagogies in the language curriculum.
Dr. Douglas W. Canfield
LTR Workshop–Robert Sauveur
LTR Methods Workshops — The MFLL Language Teaching Resources Methods Workshop series will start the Fall Semester with a workshop on September 26 from 1PM to 2PM in the Telecollaoration and Seminar Room (AMB 2). Doug Canfield (Coordinator of the LRC) will present on the use of emerging technology in the classroom, with a focus on immersive technologies and voice technologies. We will facilitate a Facebook live-feed of the workshops, and will be experimenting with 360° livecasting as well. We will have more details of Doug’s workshop as we get closer to the 26th. Have an idea for a presentation? Contact the Methods Workshop organizing team! [Laurent, Mia, Thorsten, Doug]. All are welcome.
Plex Server — The LRC Collection continues to grow its digital content, which you and your students can acccess! You can now search the LRC Media Database, and if a movie is on the database, it is already on the Plex server! If you want to learn how to use the Plex server on your computer, with your students for a course, or on one of our media devices for your classes, let us know!
If there are titles you would like to acquire for your classes, please let us know by filling out this form!


Instructor Training: LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor (Wed., September 11, 2 PM, Online) This comprehensive training webinar is intended for instructors who plan to use LockDown Browser and/or Respondus Monitor with online exams. The session provides a detailed demonstration of both applications, including new enhancements that make Respondus Monitor even more effective and easy to use.
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Canvas: Tips & Tricks (Fri., September 20, 9:10AM - 10:10AM, online) During this one-hour Canvas Tips & Tricks session, we will reveal and illustrate for you several lesser-known features and strategies that can help you more successfully and more efficiently manage your Canvas courses, and connect with your students. Click here to register
Online Training of the Month: Teaching Online - Synchronous Classes Explore tools, tips, and techniques for leading real-time virtual classes. No matter what online teaching tools you use, you can apply these lessons to your own digital classroom to increase collaboration and connection with students. You will learn the elements of creating virtual synchronous class sessions, including selecting the right tools, implementing instructional strategies, and managing learner interactions and engagement. Find out how to apply the flipped classroom model to online teaching and get tips for engaging learners and assessing learning. These lessons are a great resource for anyone who conducts real-time pedagogical interventions online.
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