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December 2019 Newsletter



Dr. Matthew Brauer (French) was invited to participate in an international symposium on the Moroccan writer and theorist Abdelkebir Khatibi at Dartmouth College. He presented a paper on gender and sexuality in Khatibi’s work, examining how his writing conceptualizes sexual difference. Dr. Matthew Brauer
Dr. Mary McAlpin

Dr. Mary McAlpin (French) published “Denis Diderot and the Masturbating Girl” in a special issue of the British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies devoted to “The Sexes and the Sciences,” vol. 42 issue 4 (2019), pp. 487-500.

Dr. Daniel H. Magilow (German) has recently published two articles: “Obituary: Claude Lanzmann” in the Fall 2019 issue of Holocaust and Genocide Studies and, for a special issue on contemporary Holocaust film in Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, “The Era of the Expert: Dementia, Remembrance, and Jurisprudence in Atom Egoyan’s Remember (2015).” In October he presented the invited talk “Holocaust Photography in History and Memory” at the University of Pittsburgh.

Professor Magilow’s book Holocaust Representations in History: An Introduction (Bloomsbury, co-authored with Lisa Silverman of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) was officially published in a revised and expanded second edition on November 28, 2019. .
Dr. Daniel H. Magilow
Holocaust Representations in History
Dr. Maria Stehle

Dr. Maria Stehle (German) published an essay entitled “Temporal Tapestries: Transforming Cityscapes in Berlin Music Videos” in Journal of European Popular Culture, Vol. 10:2, October 2019.


ATA conference — Hannah R. Stauffer was the recipient of this year’s award to attend the ATA conference. Here’s Ms. Stauffer’s report:

The American Translators Association Conference was one of the most unique events I will ever experience. From sharing meals with professional translators and interpreters of the Arabic Division, to attending seminars about “Latinx” and Biblical translation technologies, the ATA60 Conference was a humbling experience that brought to light the intricacies, the passion, the detail-oriented work and the life-giving processes behind translation and interpretation in the US. Being a student at the conference was definitely uncomfortable at first, but through the New Buddies Program, I felt safe to admit my confusions and ask my questions that I otherwise would have been too scared to ask. Because of the kindness and generosity of my mentor, Wael, as well as other fellow translators I met from various different countries, I am extremely encouraged by this conference, and it gives me hope that there are people out there that care so deeply about genuine, clear communication and connection between hundreds of different communities across the world.


Chinese Chopped Competition — On Friday, Nov 15th, the Chinese Culture Club and the Office of Asian Engagement co-hosted a Chinese Chopped Competition from 5-7 PM at the I–House Great Room. The competition was based on the television shows “Chopped” and “Cutthroat Kitchen”. Fifteen participants were divided into five teams. Before, during, and after making these dishes, there were “mini–games” in which the participants competed in a series of challenges for either a “reward ingredient” or a “punishment ingredient”. The event had a great turnout of around 80 people, and it was a great opportunity for students to learn about Chinese food culture.

Chinese Chopped Competition Chinese Chopped Competition
Chinese Chopped Competition


The Beaujolais Nouveau Party The Beaujolais Nouveau Party — On November 22nd , a group of 20 French students met at the Concord Yacht Club in West Knoxville to organize the Beaujolais party of the Alliance Française. Laurent Zunino (French), the President of the Alliance Française in Knoxville, made sure there was no wine for students, bien entendu, but all had the opportunity to participate in a traditional French event and make new connections. After setting up the party, our French students welcomed members of the Alliance, introduced themselves, and organized a bingo game. This was a perfect occasion to nurture the link between the Alliance Française (founded in 1956 in Knoxville) and UT.


Pausa Studio — The Italian Club is hosting Pausa Studio. All students of Italian are invited to join the Italian Club on Thursday, Dec 5th from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Black Cultural Center for a cup of tea or coffee, and an Italian holiday treat.

Pausa Studio

Italian Heritage Night — On Oct. 28, the Italian Club hosted the Italian Heritage Night. Over 130 people attended the event that showcased Italian students who won the Gift of Discovery Scholarship sponsored by NIAF (National Italian American Association), and those who shared stories and pictures of their Italian heritage. It was a feast of food and music, and a celebration during October’s Italian heritage month.

Italian Heritage Night

Italian Angel Tree — The Italian Club’s annual Italian Angel Tree has kicked off nicely, and Gamma Sigma Sigma has volunteered to join forces with us this year. Each year the Italian program runs a fundraiser for East TN Children’s Hospital. They ask each student to donate $1, and the Italian Club members purchase gifts with this money for the children who will spend Christmas in the hospital this year. The Vols Services at Children’s will set up their Santa’s Workshop after Thanksgiving and collect items up until Christmas time to be given out by Santa on Christmas Eve. Each child receives a lit tree while they are there, and a wonderful group makes beautiful Christmas pillowcases that they fill with items for the children and tie the sack for Santa to deliver.

Italian Angel Tree


Vols Japanese Cultural Association welcomed Dr. Shigetoshi Eda, who demonstrated Japanese calligraphy. Association members experimented with writing their choice of words with a brush, and everyone did a good job!

Vols Japanese Cultural Association


Pre–Exam Study Session & Festa — Mark your calendars: the end of year celebration/exam study session will be on Sunday, December 8th, 3:00-6:00pm. 1210 McClung Tower.

Pre Exam Study Session and Festa
Brazilian Cultural Night — The Portuguese program brought a staple of the Brazilian culture and cuisine to MFLL students and friends. Feijoada, the national Brazilian dish, was the centerpiece of the event. The dish is made with black beans and different kinds of sausages. It is served with white rice, oranges, sautéed collard greens and farofa, a side dish made with manioc flour and bacon. And, of course, for dessert we had the all-time favorite brigadeiro, the Brazilian chocolate treat our students like so much. Dr. Dawn Duke (Portuguese) welcomed the students and the night proceeded with a fun Bingo that had the feijoada ingredients in Portuguese. Four lucky guests got gift certificates for lunch at the local Brazilian restaurant Brazeiros. This event is only possible because of the collaboration among faculty, community, students, and the support of our department. Thank you and see you next year!



Brazilian Cultural Night
Brazilian Cultural Night
Invited author event — On Thursday, November 14, The Portuguese Program and MFLL sponsored the visit and talk of Brazilian author Cristiane Sobral Correa Jesus (“I Black Woman: Erasures in the canon, writings of transgression, affection and healing”). Cristiane Sobral is a Brazilian writer, professor, theater director, and actress. Although mostly known as a playwright, Sobral has published six books of prose and poetry, including Não Vou Mais Lavar os Pratos (I will no longer do the dishes), Editora Thesaurus, 2010. During her lively presentation at UTK, Ms. Sobral answered questions from Dr. Dawn Duke’s graduate class, recited poems and conducted a singing session with the animated audience. Sobral maintains a blog at

Cristiane Sobral Event
Cristiane Sobral Event



LRC Wrokshop: Scrivener LRC Technology Workshops — The LRC Technology Workshop series concluded the Fall Semester with Holly Gary (French) presenting on using Scrivener as a tool for writing theses and dissertations. The recording is available on the LRC’s Facebook page as well as the LRC’s YouTube Channel. Have an idea for a tech presentation that you want to share with your colleagues? Contact Doug!


Data Collection: Hacks for Social Media Data Collection and Analysis (Thurs., December 5, 12:30 PM, OIT Training Ctr. ) Social media data mining is one popular way researchers gather qualitative data. This 2–hour workshop will introduce a variety of processes to extract, represent and analyze social media data and patterns. Useful direct web scraping tools and application programming interfaces (APIs) will be introduced. Techniques used to gather historical and real–time social media data will be provided. Hands on practice will also be included.
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Canvas: Analytics for Student Success (Mon., December 16, 10 AM, online) Analytics can improve student success by providing insight into student learning behaviors. You will learn how to assess the effectiveness of your online teaching methods, identify areas that need improvement, and identify at–risk students.
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Online Training of the Month: Selecting and adapting online materials for the interpersonal mode of communication Dr. Bobby Hobgood Baldwin will discuss resources for the selection and subsequent adaptation or integration of materials for online, interpersonal communication tasks in both synchronous modes of communication as well as asynchronous modes of communication. You will be exposed to the affordances of a range of online tools and materials that help you develop interpersonal tasks that incorporate listening, speaking, reading, writing, and culture in either synchronous interpersonal tasks or asynchronous interpersonal tasks.
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This is the final MFLL Newsletter for Fall Semester. We will resume publication in February.