Nuria Cruz-Cámara (Spanish) has been granted a Professional Development Award for summer 2011. She will be working at the Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid) on her project (book manuscript) "Visions of the New Woman in Spain (1900-1936)". She has also received a Professional Development Leave for spring 2012.

Greg Kaplan's (Spanish) co-edited book, Marginal Voices: Studies in Converso Literature of Medieval and Renaissance Spain, has been accepted for publication by Brill. In addition to co-editing (with Dr. Amy Aaronson-Friedman) the 14 essays that provide the first comprehensive overview of converso literature through early modern times, Dr. Kaplan also co-wrote the introduction and contributed his own essay, "The Inception of Limpieza de Sangre (Purity of Blood) and its Impact in Medieval and Renaissance Spain."

Daniel H. Magilow's (German) essay "Children's Photos (Early photos of Saddam Hussein and Adolf Hitler)" appeared in Evoking Genocide, an essay anthology in which scholars and activists in genocide studies write about the artworks and media that influenced their engagement in the field. The volume recently won the distinction of Outstanding Academic Title 2010 from the American Library Association's magazine Choice.

Mary McAlpin (French) has been awarded a grant from the Office of Research to bring speakers to campus next fall for a humanities symposium with the title: "Colonial Transfers, 1600-1900: From Climate Theory to Evolutionary Biology."

Undergraduate German majors Ariel Brassil and Amy Hill were recommended to Germany for a grant under the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the academic year 2011-2012.


Chinese New Year Celebration
Saturday, February 5, from 7:00 - 9:30 pm at Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building on the UTK campus. For tickets and more information, please visit or send an email to Jiechun Li at

Chinese Film Night is every Thursday 6:30-8:30 pm at Hodges Library, Room 129. Please contact Jiechun Li at for more information.

Italian and Cinema Studies announces for Feb. 17th the documentary Freeing Silvia Baraldini - Hodges Auditorium - 6:45 pm. Organized by Flavia Brizio.
The story of Silvia Baraldini, the so called Italian 'terrorist', who operated in the United States in the 70's and early 80's, and the turmoil of the 60's, the human rights activism, and the anti-war protests.

The story of Silvia Baraldini is emblematic of an era, but it is also an interesting and unusual personal story. What is fascinating today for the viewer who has not lived through that time in history is, above all, the accurate reconstruction via interviews of the culture that surrounded Baraldini and of the events in which she was involved and that contributed to her life story. The documentary, besides having been successful at different film festivals, is a precious piece of 'cultural archeology.'

After the showing, there will be a Round Table, so to allow the public to pose questions and discuss the film. The round table will also allow the further understanding of the era and the events dealt with in the.

The day after the showing, Margo Pellettier and Lisa Thomas, respectively director and producer of the film will offer a two hours workshop for the students interested in film production in order to give them an insight into the ramifications and intricacies of making documentaries.

Thursday, February 17
6:45 pm Hodges Auditorium
7:00 pm Introduction of directors Pellettier and Thomas by Brizio-Skov
7:15 pm Showing of documentary: Freeing Silvia Baraldini
8:45 pm Round Table

Thomas and Pellettier, directors
Chuck Maland, Chair of Cinema Studies
Mike Whelan, Defense Attorney and Human Rights Activist
(Forum open to the public for discussion)

Friday, February 18
11:30 am- 1:00 pm Hodges 253
Workshop by Pelletier and Thomas : Making independent documentaries


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