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MFLL Monthly Newsletter

September 2020 Newsletter



Dr. Flavia Brizio-Skov’s (Italian) single monograph, Ride the Frontier: Exploring the Myth of the American West on Screen, will be published by MacFarland in Fall 2020.
Her chapter, “L'universo tabucchiano tra letteratura e tempo,” will appear in a book published by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Fall 2020, Lisbon, Portugal.
Professor Brizio-Skov is continuing to be a referee reader and member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Italian Cinema Studies, the Journal of Studies in European Cinema, and other international journals. She is the director of the University of Genoa/UTK Exchange Program, and is also working on the organization of various events for the academic year 2021-22.
Dr. Flavia Brizio-Skov
Dr. Michael Handelsman Dr. Michael Handelsman (Hispanic Studies, Emeritus) has recently published the following articles:
“Eternamente Medardo Ángel Silva, o la contemporaneidad de un pensador centenario”. Pie de página, 3 (II semestre 2019), 17-35.
Ecuador and the Ebb and Flow of Migration. A Retrospective Reading.Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture, vol. 11, no. 11 (2020), 91-104.
“Ponderando distancias entre la sobrevivencia y la existencia. Una reseña de Gabriel(a), novela corta de Raúl Vallejo.” ANALES de la Universidad Central del Ecuador, 377, vol. 1 (2019), 279-306.
The two 2019 publications came out in 2020.
Dr. Daniel H. Magilow (German) has contributed the invited lecture “Holocaust Photographs” to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s “Studying Primary Sources From the Holocaust” collection, a resource for educators and the general public.
Dr. Daniel H. Magilow
Annachiara Mariani

Dr. Annachiara Mariani (Italian) published an article entitled “Viral (Per)Versions of Power in Paolo Sorrentino’s Diptych Loro,” in Modern Italy, Vol 25. 3, Cambridge University Press, Summer 2020: 299 – 315.

Dr. Mary McAlpin (French) has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the PMLA (2020-2022).
Dr. Mary McAlpin
Dr. Harrison Meadows

In July, Dr. Harrison Meadows (Hispanic Studies) participated in the 2020 Association for Hispanic Classical Theater Virtual Symposium, presenting a paper titled, "Failing Beyond the Pillars: Allegory, Empiricism and Empire in Bances Candamo's La piedra filosofal (1693)."
In August, Dr. Meadows also began in the role of Graduate Coordinator for Spanish, so please contact him ( with any questions or concerns related to our graduate programs in Hispanic Studies.

Dr. Anne-Hélène Miller (French) published an essay entitled “Mythes et exempla de la Grèce antique ou la reconfiguration des sources et de la vérité dans La Fontaine amoureuse de Guillaume de Machaut et La Prison amoureuse de Jean Froissart.” Figures de la Grèce ancienne en France et en Italie aux XIVe et XVe siècles. Ed. Catherine Gaullier-Bougassas.Turnhout: Brepols, 2020.
Dr. Miller also published a review/essay for H-France of Joël Blanchard, Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski and Antoine Calvet (eds), Philippe de Mézières, rhétorique et poétique, Genève, Droz, 2019. H-France Review, The Society for French Historical Studies, n.44. January 2020.
Professor Miller presented a paper entitled “Jean Gerson and the French Language: Reflections on Lay Devotion and Vernacular Literacy in Late Medieval France” for the French Historical Studies, University of Auckland, NZ (virtual conference on H-French Salon) July 2020.
Dr. Miller was promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure in June 2020, and was appointed Associate Director of the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee, beginning August 2020.
Dr. Anne-Hélène Miller
Dr. Oscar Rivera-Rodas

Dr. Óscar Rivera–Rodas (Hispanic Studies) recently published a new book: La poética semiológica de José Pascual Buxó. México: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2020. 303 pp.

Dr. Maria Stehle’s (German) co–written monograph, with Beverly Weber, University of Colorado Boulder, entitled Precarious Intimacies: The Politics of Touch in Contemporary Western European Cinema, was published with Northwestern UP in August.
Dr. Stehle was promoted to full professor of German Studies in June 2020.
Dr. Maria Stehle


Dr. Dawn Duke (Hispanic Studies/Portuguese) is glad to report the accolades of two Hispanic Studies graduate students.

Catalina Rojas is the recipient of the 2020-2021 "MFLL Course Release Award," in recognition of her excellent performance as a student.

Catalina Rojas

In-coming Ph.D. student Cecily Bernard, in addition to her graduate teaching assistanceship, was awarded a fellowship from the J. Wallace and Katie Dean Graduate Endowment for the AY 2020-2021. Cecily will be pursuing her doctorate in Hispanic Studies.

Congratulations to Catalina and Cecily!


Chinese Culture Club interest meeting — On August 26, 2020, the Chinese Culture Club held its first virtual 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 Weds from 5:00 PM ~ 6:00 PM.

CChinese Culture Club interest meeting


The Italian Language table is offered on Wednesdays, 4 PM — 5 PM on Zoom

The Italian Club meets bi–monthly on Tuesdays starting August 25th on Zoom.

The International House is showcasing Italian Culture in October 19–21, on Zoom:

  • Day 1 opens with an evening dedicated to Spaghetti Western
  • Day 2 hosts a culinary event
  • Day 3 is Italian culture Trivia night

Keep an eye out for that Trivia Night, it is open to everybody, and there are wonderful cash prizes!


Great news and testimonial by Portuguese alumnus, Terrel Carter:

Six years ago, I never would have imagined that I would be in the position that I am now. I never would have imagined that a benign curiosity for the Portuguese language would develop into a lifelong love for learning languages, mathematics, and science. I never would have imagined that those passions would lead to perhaps the greatest opportunity of my life as one of seven scholars in the 2020-2021 cohort of the University of South Carolina’s Post-Baccalaureate Research and Education Program (UofSC PREP). UofSC PREP is a year–long program sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH) that prepares recent graduates for Ph.D. programs by providing training in a biomedical research laboratory, graduate–level coursework, and experience in conducting and presenting scientific research. With this amazing opportunity, I feel as if my career goal of being a scientist is becoming realized. In the future, I intend to utilize my language skills that were honed at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to communicate scientific research to a wider audience and to collaborate on international projects. I have deep gratitude for all my mentors and professors in UTK’s Departments of Biological Sciences and Portuguese. I would like to issue a special thanks to Drs. Brad Binder, Dawn Duke (Hispanic Studies/Portuguese), Daniel Roberts, Jennifer Schweitzer, and Euridice Silva (Portuguese) who profoundly impacted my life both during my years at UTK and in the years that follow. Muito obrigado, Terrell Carter

Terrel Carter



LRC Coronavirus Guidelines LRC COVID-19 Guidelines — The LRC is currently open from 8AM to 5PM, Monday to Friday. We have implemented guidelines to maximize safety that are available here. The following are some highlights from the document:
  • ALL use of rooms in the LRC (including public spaces) will be BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, with staggered hours to allow for sanitizing in between sessions.
  • The hallways in the LRC are one-way to prevent cross traffic.
  • While the Digitization Room (AMB 4) is closed to the public, we can still digitize your materials. Simply put your media in Doug's mailbox; you will need to allow some lead time to allow us to disinfect your analog media.
  • There will not be any “drop-in” troubleshooting or pedagogy consultations in AMB as these can be resolved with a virtual meeting:
  • Doug:
  • Mark:

iPad for character instruction Your iPad IS your document camera! — On August 18th, Doug discussed the affordances and limitations of both the Whiteboard function in Zoom and the use of the front camera of an iPad on an tablet stand for document display and character instruction. The tablet stands are on their way...drop us a note if you are interested in receiving one!


Canvas: Getting Started with Canvas Studio (Mon., Sept. 14, 2–3:30 PM, Zoom session link: This workshop will provide an overview of the Canvas Studio video platform, which allows you to seamlessly create media interaction and active learning experiences in your online classroom. Learn how Canvas Studio can engage both you and your students, provide insightful viewing analytics, generate captions, and turn video and audio content into conversation.
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QuestionPro: Introduction (Wed., Sept. 16, 10 AM – 12 PM, Zoom Link: In this hands-on workshop, you will create and deploy a web-based survey using QuestionPro. You will learn basic question construction as well as how to add in features that allow respondents to skip questions that do not pertain to them, thereby shortening their response time. An overview of the reporting tools and how to export data will also be presented.
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Instructor Training for LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Online Exams (Thu., Sept. 17, 3 PM, online) The training will cover:
  • How to use LockDown Browser to prevent digital cheating in proctored testing environments
  • How to use Respondus Monitor in non-proctored environments, to protect exam integrity and confirm student identity
  • The student perspective using each application
  • Efficient review of the assessment data collected, including the Review Priority system, timeline, and milestone features
  • Best practices and tips for success with both applications

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Online Training of the Month: Microsoft Teams Essential Training We all love Zoom, but what if Zoom isn't working? Before you need to use a backup, discover the core features of Microsoft Teams and see how you can bring together students, create conversations and content, and collaborate more effectively. This course will walk you through the essentials of using Teams, starting with basic setup, creating new teams, and having students join those teams. You will also learn how to organize students within a team and how to conduct conversations. Next, you'll learn how to create scheduled meetings or initiate impromptu meetings, and learn how to share files. Finally, you'll see how to customize user settings and how to use Teams on mobile devices.
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Nine Ways Online Teaching should be Different from Face-to-Face — In Episode 149 of The Cult of Pedagogy Podcast, Jennifer Gonzalez  interviews Melanie Kitchen, a Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Staff Development with years of experience working with teachers on developing blended learning who has now shifted to helping teachers develop best practices for remote learning. She discusses three differences that are specific to community building and communication and six that focus on instructional design. Along with these differences, she also shares a few things that should stay exactly the same.
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Texting Story TextingStory: Chat Story Maker — TextingStory allows you and your students to write conversations just like any messaging app, but you can then create a video from your story and share it with your class. This is a great way to practice a language and create student videos in a time of social distancing. Available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play.


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