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October 2019 Newsletter



Dr. Stephen Blackwell (Russian) published a peer-reviewed article, “Nabokov’s Cryptic Triptych: Grief and joy in ‘Sounds,’ ‘The Circle,’ and ‘Lantern Slides,’” in Vladimir Nabokov and the Fictions of Memory (Warsaw, eds. Irena Księżopolska and Mikołaj Wiśniewski), in July 2019.
Professor Blackwell also received two prizes for his research in September 2019, from the International Vladimir Nabokov Society: The Gennady Barabtarlo Prize, for the best academic article or book chapter on Nabokov of 2018, for his article “Calendar Anomalies, Pushkin and Aesthetic Love in Nabokov,” The Slavonic and East European Review , Vol. 96, No. 3 (July 2018), and the Brian Boyd Prize, for the best book of 2016 – 2018 by someone who has previously published a book predominantly on Nabokov, for the edited edition Fine Lines: Vladimir Nabokov’s Scientific Art (Yale, 2016), co–awarded with Kurt Johnson.
Dr. Stephen Blackwell


2019 Student Engagement Fair

2019 Student Engagement Fair

CCC participation in the Student Engagement Fair — The Chinese Culture Club (CCC) participated in the 2019 Student Engagement Fair, where CCC members volunteered to help at a booth and introduce the club as well as other events we host to students who have an interest in learning more about the Chinese culture.

Chinese Mid–Autumn Festival Celebration

Chinese Mid–Autumn Festival Celebration

Chinese Mid–Autumn Festival Celebration

Chinese Mid–Autumn Festival Celebration

Chinese Mid–Autumn Festival Celebration — UT students had a great opportunity to participate in the celebration of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, organized by the UTK Chinese Culture Club in collaboration with the Asia Platform. During the festival, they hosted a moon cake making event where students were able to make beautiful and delicious moon cakes, and celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival with their friends and teachers.

CCC participation in the International Festival — During the University of Tennessee’s 2019 International Festival, the Chinese Culture Club organized a culture tent and sold bubble tea and t–shirts to raise funds for the club’s future events. The bubble tea sale was a success, and everything sold out in less than three hours. Additionally, through the promotion of the organization at the culture tent, the CCC introduced the club to new students who were unaware of CCC’s presence on UT campus. The success of the event would not have been possible without the collaborative effort of CCC members, including newly joined freshman members. It is important that the CCC continues its participation in UT’s annual International Festival for the positive impacts it has on both the club and the UT community.

International Festival

International Festival


UT summer program in Paris

UT summer program in Paris — Distinguished Lecturer Florence Abad Turner (French), with the help of teaching assistant Allison Becha (French), led a very successful program in Paris this past June. This year, the program counted 20 students who experienced French culture and Parisian life while completing their second–year foreign language requirement.


Hispanic Film Festival — Dr. Betsabé Navarro (Hispanic Studies) is organizing the inaugural Hispanic Film Festival (every Tuesday in October at 7pm, Lindsay Young Auditorium at 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


The Italian Table meets at the International House on Mondays, 6-7pm.
The Italian Club is meeting bimonthly in the Mary Greer Room at Hodges Library. The next meeting is scheduled for Mon Oct.7 at 2:30 pm.
The Italian booth was a huge success at the International Festival.

Hispanic Film Festival

October is Italian-American Heritage Month! The Italian Program invites all to attend our Italian American Heritage Night, Mon Oct. 28, 5:00-7:00pm at the International House. There will be presentations on emigration through Ellis Island, and student recounts of their Gift of Discovery 2019 trip to Molise this summer. Music and food will be provided. The event is sponsored by the NIAF (National Italian American Foundation).

JCA at the Knox Asian Festival


Mark your calendars for the next feature of the The Brazilian Film Series: O Caseiro (The Caretaker), Dir. Julio Santi, 2016 (1h 29min). This semester the BFS is celebrating Suspense the Brazilian Way. The event is free and open to the public, and the films have English subtitles. Click on the BFS poster for upcoming features.
LWBSA Officers for Fall 2019 LWBSA Officers for Fall 2019

The Portuguese Table (Bate-Papo) is meeting on Fridays, 6:00-7:30 pm. at the Golden Roast Café, 825 Melrose. For more information, please contact



Annual Picnic

The Russian Program held its annual picnic at the UT Gardens on September 20; much delicious food was consumed by all!

Russian Students / Alumni News

AJ Culpepper (Russian, 2020) was awarded a summer research internship from the Office of Undergraduate Research to develop her project, “Accessing the Third Translation: Nabokov’s Zashchita Luzhina and Nabokov’s The Defense,” which she also presented at Discovery Day on August 28.

AJ Culpepper (Russian, 2020) has also been named editor/co-translator for a project led by Dr. Adrea Oppo of the Pontifical University of Sardinia, Pavel Florensky’s “Imaginaries in Geometry.” This translation will mark the first time this fascinating philosophical–mathematical text will be available in English.

Chabelie Gracie (Russian/Linguistics, May 2019) enrolled in the Arizona State University MA program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Alex Tullock (Russian, 2010) completed his Ph.D. at Harvard University’s Slavic Languages and Literatures department in May. His dissertation, “Matters of Life and Death: The Living Corpse in Early Soviet Society,” won the Setchkarev Doctoral Dissertation Prize; he is now Resident Director of the American Councils Flagship Program in Almaty, Kazakhstan.



Timecenter for appointments with Doug and Mark REMINDER: Appointments with LRC Staff — Remember, 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, or you can use these:
LTR Methods Workshops — The MFLL Language Teaching Resources Methods Workshop series started the Fall Semester with Doug Canfield (Coordinator of the LRC) presenting on the use of emerging technology in the classroom, with a focus on immersive technologies and voice technologies. Our Facebook live-feed experienced some technical difficulties (our apologies!), but the recording and a link to the Prezi presented during the workshop will be on the LRC's Facebook page early this evening. Have an idea for a presentation? Contact the Methods Workshop organizing team! [Laurent, Mia, Thorsten, Doug]. All are welcome. LTR Workshop–Doug Canfield


Instructor Training: One-Shot Video (Thurs., October 3, 10 AM, Communications 43) One-Shot video is a simple way to produce a short (5 minutes or less) single-topic video using your own available video capture technology (e.g., mobile phone, tablet, etc.). You will learn to prepare props and script, record your video with very little editing, upload the video to YouTube, check and edit accessibility, and embed the video link into Canvas.
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Using Student Digital Devices for Active Learning (Wed., October 9, 1:30 PM, Communications 43) You will learn to take student digital device features into consideration when selecting learning activities, plan a polling assignment for a specific teaching goal, select a learning activity that targets higher-order thinking, and discuss challenges and opportunities of using student digital devices for active learning in class.
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Online Training of the Month: Creating Screen Capture Training Screen capture is a cost-effective and efficient way to create on-demand training. You can record videos to educate students on complex topics. In this course, you will learn all the steps to prepare, record, edit, and deploy custom screen-capture training. You will learn instructional design—planning and scripting your training—as well as the technical details of recording and editing the videos. You will also learn how to upload the final videos to a learning management system or an online platform like YouTube and Vimeo. To follow along, you can download a free trial version of Camtasia or use any other screen capture software.
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