The MFLL Spanish Ph.D. Program Achieves One of Highest PhD Program Rankings at UTK. As indicated by the most recent (2010) National Research Council (NRC) rankings, the Modern Foreign Languages PhD program in Spanish maintains a high level of success in an area closely linked to the UT Top 25 initiative of training graduate students effectively and providing them with opportunities to complete their doctoral degrees in a timely manners.

The overall "S" ranking received by the Spanish PhD program (which was ranked in the 10-33 group) was, in fact, one of the highest of any PhD program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and is higher than Spanish programs at peer and aspirational peer universities such as the University of Texas, the University of Florida, and the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).

Lisa Dicker, sophomore in second year Chinese, has been awarded the extremely competitive and prestigious United States Department of State's Critical Language Scholarship (CLS). Lisa has been selected to study Mandarin Chinese in mainland China this Summer. The intensive program is all-inclusive, and all expenses are paid by the Department of State. After a brief orientation in Washington, DC, Lisa will be assigned to one of three Intensive Summer Institutes in China where she will spend over two months in Chinese language studies.

Dawn Duke (Spanish and Portuguese) published "The Triumph Within: Carolina Maria de Jesus and Strategies for Black Female Empowerment in Brazil" 185-205, in: Critical Perspectives on Afro-Latin American Literature. Editor: Antonio D. Tillis. New York, Oxford: Routledge, 2012. 84-205. She will be presenting conference papers at the 72nd Annual Convention of the College Language Association in Atlanta in March and at the 54 International Conference of Americanists in Vienna in July. She plans to spend Spring Break in Managua to conduct short term research on women's writings and movements.

Maria Stehle's (German) article "Money, Mobility, and Commodified Bodies: The Politics of Gentrification in German City Films of the Late 1990s" was published in German Quarterly 85:1 (2012). In addition, she, along with Dan Magilow, also in German, are organizing the fifth annual Southeast German Studies Workshop will be held March 1-2 in the John C. Hodges Library on this campus. See article below for more information.


The fifth annual Southeast German Studies Workshop will be held March 1-2 in the John C. Hodges Library at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The event is dedicated to fostering creative, interdisciplinary dialogue among faculty members and graduate students interested in the history, society and cultures of German-speaking Central Europe.

Topics for this year's workshop include authority, family and violence, issues of growing interest to the German-studies scholarly community. Scholars from more than 15 institutions in the region, including Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, are scheduled to attend.

The keynote lecture, set for 3:15 p.m., Thursday, March 1, is free and open to the public. It will feature Alon Confino, professor of History at the University of Virginia, whose lecture is titled "Why did the Nazis Burn the Hebrew Bible? Nazi Germany, Representations of the Past, and the Holocaust." Panel sessions are dedicated to discussions of 1 to 3 page "position papers," submitted by participants in advance, on one of the workshop themes. No formal papers will be delivered at the workshop.

Sponsors include the German Academic Exchange Service, UT's Haines-Morris Endowment, the departments of History and Modern and Foreign Languages and Literatures at UT, and the Department of History and the Laney Graduate School at Emory University.

The International House is holding a Brazil Week March 12-16, 2012. All events will be held at the International House.

  • Monday, March 12th
    Movie Night (Brazilian film: Caramuru. A Invenção do Brasil)
    At: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 13th
    Coffee House (and cooking demonstration by Brazilian students)
    At: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 14th
    Culture Night (full Brazilian meal and a program on pop culture)
    At: 6-8 p.m.
    Fee: $5.00 at the door

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