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MFLL Monthly Newsletter

November 2019 Newsletter



Dr. Stephen Blackwell (Russian) published a peer–reviewed article on the Nabokov Society web site “A flurry of words about one small dot in The Gift.” Dr. Stephen Blackwell
Dr. Harriet Bowden

Dr. Bernard Issa

Dr. Harriet Bowden (Hispanic Studies) and Dr. Bernard Issa (Hispanic Studies) gave a presentation at the Second Language Research Forum’s annual meeting at Michigan State University on September 20th titled: “Exploring the role of working memory in oral proficiency development during short-term study abroad.”

Dr. Adrian Del Caro (German) has published Unpublished Fragments (Spring 1885—Spring 1886), in The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche. Vol. 16, Translated, with an Afterword by Adrian Del Caro. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2020. 616 pp. Afterword pp. 473-528.
In 2018, Dr. Del Caro became the third member of the editorial team of The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche, joining Alan D. Schrift and Duncan Large. Vol. 16 and the series in which it appears were cited recently by Alex Ross in the October 14, 2019 issue of The New Yorker.
Dr. Adrian Del Caro
Dr. Millie Gimmel

Dr. Millie Gimmel (Hispanic Studies) attended the conference of the American Society for Ethnohistory in State College, PA where she gave a paper entitled “Lactation and Divinity: New mothers and Neonates in 16th Century Mexico.” This paper is part of Dr. Gimmel’s current work on women’s health and general medical practices in Spain and Mexico in the 16th Century.

Rossy Toledo (Hispanic Studies) was awarded a Teaching and Learning Innovation Award for which she will be presenting the workshop: “Fostering Cultural Competency in the Classroom”, on November 12th, at 2:00 p.m. Room 262C of the Student Union. Sign up to attend here.
In addition, Toledo Presented Mexican Female Cinema of the Last Decade: A Reflection on Death and Grieving at the South-Central Modern Language Association Conference at Little Rock, AR last October.
Rossy Toledo


Cross-Cultural Conversation and Fall Party

Cross-Cultural Conversation and Fall Party

Cross-Cultural Conversation and Fall Party

Cross-Cultural Conversation and Fall Party

Cross–Cultural Conversation and Fall Party — On Friday, October 25th, The Chinese Culture Club (CCC), Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), and Project Pengyou jointly organized one of the largest cross–cultural events once again. This event took place in the I–house Great room and was led by CCC. The Chinese Program promoted this event to all the students taking Chinese and Chinese visiting scholar group, the CSSA promoted it to all the Chinese international students. We provided multiple group games designed to encourage communication between Chinese and American students. Each attendee was required to complete a fact card with two people of the opposite nationality as well as participate in at least two games. Many students stayed for over two hours to chat and learn more about their new friends’ culture and experiences.
The Cross–Culture Conversation was an event unlike any other and paved the way for genuine cross–cultural communication here on our campus. Our organizations came together to host one of the most successful events we have seen yet. This event was generously sponsored by the Office of Asian Engagement.

Study Abroad Panel

Study Abroad Panel

Study Abroad Panel — The Chinese Culture Club (CCC) hosted a Study Abroad Panel on Tuesday, October 29. Attendees heard from students who have studied abroad in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong sharing their experience, the application process, and advice.
Dan Wang (Chinese) also talked about the new UTK Study abroad / internship in China programs which will be offered this coming summer. This event was sponsored by Asian Studies.


The German World Showcase

The German World Showcase
The German World Showcase — From October 7th to October 10th, 2019, The German Club hosted the German World Showcase in collaboration with the International House. On the first night, graduate students Katrin Puscher and Isabell Stoll presented a lecture on Germany. On Tuesday the German Club demonstrated how to make pretzels. The next event was the German Coffee House in the Mary Greer Room of Hodges Library and over two hundred students stopped by for coffee, pretzels and cookies. The final event of the four–day showcase was the Culture Night at the I–House. Students enjoyed bratwurst, goulash, potato salad, cake, cookies, and trivia.


The Spanish Honor Students (217) invite you to a poster presentation of their semester-long project: Recording the Lives of Hispanics in East Tennessee through Story Corps. The poster presentation will take place on November 22nd. from 9 AM to 12 noon at the Second Floor Galleria of Hodges library.


Vols Japanese Cultural Association — During the month of October, The Japan Club held meetings on the topics of Shinto, yokai, and the Ainu people’s history and culture. At one of the meetings the participants enjoyed watching the popular Japanese film “Battle Royale.” On Halloween they enjoyed scary Japanese folktales.

Vols Japanese Cultural Association Vols Japanese Cultural Association

Cha no yu Tea demonstration — The Japanese Language Table participants at I—House were treated to a tea ceremony thanks to the tea masters visiting Knoxville.

Cha no yu Tea demonstration Cha no yu Tea demonstration
Cha no yu Tea demonstration


MFLL hosted the second annual Normandy Scholars Reunion on Homecoming, Nov. 2, 10:30-1:30. Co-hosted by Adrian Del Caro (head, MFLL) and Holly Jackson-Sullivan (Director of Advancement, Humanities) in the Great Room of the International House, the reunion featured Professor Margaret Andersen, teacher and director for 2020; Allison Becha (French), GTA and assistant; Professor Martin Griffin (teacher and director of 2019 class); and Connie Schmid, Normandy Scholar 1997. All told we had four different classes of Normandy Scholars: 1997, 2018, 2019 and a group of students who received the scholarship for 2020. A slide show with photos taken by the classes of 2018 (Dan Magilow, German, teacher and director) and 2019 played in the background: kudos and thanks to Alyssa Culp, GTA for 2019, for putting together these slides. We exchanged information about the old and the new iterations of the program, Connie Schmid shared her photos and recollections, and we heard from students about their experiences both in the class and abroad in Europe. Topics of discussion included the content of the course from year to year, how Normandy is remembered by Americans and Europeans, the importance of adding to the Normandy Scholars Endowment, and how innovative and highly competitive programs like Normandy Scholars help to educate about the past and to memorialize the past.
Normandy Scholars is an interdisciplinary program open to undergraduate students from all majors at the University of Tennessee. The goal is to study World War II in the wider context of memory studies, a discipline that examines how social, cultural, political, and technological shifts affect how societies react to and commemorate past conflicts in their national histories. The program includes a 3–hour spring 2020 class and a mini–session study–abroad trip to London, Normandy, Paris and Krakow. All students receive a scholarship of $3,000 to help cover the cost of the mini-session study tour.
Give to Normandy Scholars.


Mark your calendars for the final features of the The Brazilian Film Series:
Nov 10th: As Boas Maneiras (Good Manners), Dir. Marco Dura & Juliana Rojas, 2017 (2h 15min).
Nov 21st: Sem Controle (No Control), Dir. Cris D’Amato, 2007 (1h 30min).

As Boas Maneiras Sem Controle

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


The Portuguese Language Practice at the International House is meeting on Thursdays, at 6:00 p.m.

The Portuguese Language Club (CLiP) is meeting on the first Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in 1210 McClung Tower. For more information, please contact


The Russian Club volunteered at “Boo at the Zoo,” presenting traditional Russian witches (“Baba Yaha”) in the haunted house.



See the World through My Eyes Let us show you the world through our eyes — Rather than allowing new technologies to serve as digital reboots of earlier analog practices, explore the possibilities for new forms of engagement and embodied communication! Give your students embodied and real-world scenarios, allowing them to develop novel problem-solving skills, fostering in them an enduring interest in the target culture, and cementing new sociolinguistic competencies. Arrange a consultation with Doug to explore the possibilities of extended reality and voice assistants in your course!
LTR Methods Workshops — The MFLL Language Teaching Resources Methods Workshop series concluded the Fall Semester with Robert Sauveur (Hispanic Studies) presenting on affective factors in pedagogical practice and adapting classroom techniques based on research on emotional implications in second language acquisition. The recording is available on the LRC's Facebook page. Have an idea for a presentation? Contact the Methods Workshop organizing team! [Laurent, Mia, Thorsten, Doug]. All are welcome. LTR Workshop–Robert Sauveur


Zoom: What's New in LiveOnline@UT? (Tues., November 12, 3 PM, online) This one-hour workshop will explore the latest updates in Zoom. The agenda includes topics such as exploring content sharing and screen layout options, engaging on-screen feedback icons, and managing participants, among others. You must have experience with scheduling and leading Zoom meetings to attend. This workshop is online and you will receive a Zoom meeting link the day before the workshop.
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Avoiding Copyright Issues With Open Educational Resources (OER) (Wed., November 20, 10 AM, Communications 43) This workshop features technologies that can be used to find and create free and copyright-free Open Educational Resources (OER) to use as learning materials for your courses. You will discover sources and technologies for copyright-free images, videos, textbooks, course units, and more. Bring your own laptop or tablet and come prepared to search for specific topics and locate materials that you can use and remix for your courses.
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Scrivener: Rewrite...Reorder...Rejoice (Thurs., November 21, 1 PM, online) This one-hour online workshop will explore Scrivener, the go-to app for long writing projects of all kinds, used every day by students, faculty, translators and more. Holly Gary (French) will demonstrate how Scrivener banishes page fright by allowing you to compose your text in any order, in sections as large or small as you like. Got a great idea but don't know where it fits? Write when inspiration strikes and find its place later. Grow your manuscript organically, idea by idea. Scrivener provides a 30-day trial that Holly suggests you download before the webinar. To facilitate online attendance, this webinar will be broadcast on the LRC Facebook page, YouTube page, and Periscope page. We hope to see many of you online!
Online Training of the Month: Adapting and Scaffolding Online Materials for Different Proficiency Levels Dr. Leslie Baldwin will discuss resources for adapting and scaffolding tasks to allow students to interface successfully with authentic online texts and media no matter the language or proficiency level. She will walk through how specific examples of authentic texts can each be adapted to serve the needs of students at various proficiency levels
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