Having trouble viewing this e-mail? View it in your browser.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
This is an example of a departmental identifier


Sidebar graphic or photo

Chris Holmlund (French and Francophone Studies), as president of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, led, presented and spoke at five events at the 2013 Chicago conference. She participated in three other official meetings as well. 1700 academics from 50 countries attended the academically rich, exhilarating (if exhausting) six-day conference. SCMS is the largest international association devoted to the study of film and media. Former UT undergraduate, College Scholar and Normandy Scholar Jennifer Jones also presented, as did English's Chuck Maland and a former UT film/theory/English graduate student, Jerod Hollyfeld.

Sidebar graphic or photo

Renée D'Elia-Zunino (Italian) was the recipient of a grant for the Faculty First Program 2013. She's developing an online language tool called Impara l'italiano con l'Ispettore Zunicchi.

Sidebar graphic or photo

Maria Stehle’s (German) article, “German Soccer, the World Cup, and Multicultural Belonging”, in collaboration with Beverly Weber, was published in German Studies Review (February 2013).



Augustin Bocco (French and Francophone Studies) will defend his doctoral dissertation, “Kossi Efoui ou la perspective d’un nouvel engagement: le pouvoir d’exorcisme de l’écriture dans Solo d’un revenant et L’ombre des choses à venir.” The defense is scheduled for April 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm, in 1210-1211 McClung Tower.

Mariana Roxana Segovia (Hispanic Studies) will defend her doctoral dissertation, “Relaciones complejas: lucha y cooperación en las novelas de Benito Pérez Galdós”. The defense is scheduled for April 4, 2013 at 9:00 am in 613 McClung Tower. Director: Alvaro Ayo.

Rebecca Gail Howes (Hispanic Studies) will defend her doctoral dissertation, “Antonio Preciado and the Afro Presence in Ecuadorian Literature.” The defense is scheduled for April 3, 2013 at 2:30 pm, Hodges Library, Room 605. Director: Michael Handelsman.

Abdoulaye Yansané (French and Francophone Studies) will defend his doctoral dissertation, “La problématique de l'engagement de Léopold Sédar Senghor dans Chants d'ombre et Hosties noires: critique d'une certain critique contemporaine”. The defense is scheduled for April 3, 2013 at 1:00 pm in 613 McClung Tower. Director: John Romeiser.


On Monday, April 8 from 5:30-7:30 in the International House Great Room the Language and World Business Student Association (LWBSA) and the Study Abroad Alumni Organization (SAAO) will host a Networking Night. Guest speakers Tyler d’Andrea, a representative from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and a representative from the UT PAO will present a short program on “Marketing the study abroad experience.” Following, participants may enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres during a networking in which students will have the opportunity to mingle with faculty, alumni, and representatives from local international businesses and impact careers to put into action what they learned from the presentations.

The Language and World Business Student Association will also host a table on behalf of LWB and MFLL at the UT International Festival on April 19. Stop by to interact with LWB students on the Pedestrian Walkway from 10am -3 pm. If you would like to help represent LWB at this event, please contact LWBSA Student President, Amanda Suffridge (asuffri3@utk.edu) or LWB Assistant Director, Allison Weems, jweems2@utk.edu. This event is free and open to all UT students, alumni and staff. Please encourage your students to participate. For more information, contact LWBSA President, Amanda Suffridge, or Allison Weems, LWB Assistant Director.


The Italian Club invites all faculty and students in MFLL to participate and cheer for their language affiliation at the MFLL Soccer Tournament, April 5th at 4:00 pm at Regal Soccer Stadium on campus. The event is open to the public, and free.

The Italian Table is so popular and crowded that we now offer it twice a week, Mondays at 2:30 pm in the area near Starbucks, at Hodges Library, and Fridays at 11:00 am, same place.

Our next film for the Italian Cinema Series is:
April 1st - Gomorra- 130 min, 2008 by Matteo Garrone Based on the book by Roberto Saviano. It deals with the Casalesi clan, a crime syndicate within the Camorra — a traditional criminal organization based in Naples and Caserta, in the southern Italian region of Campania. Room 212 3:00-5:00 pm.


The German Club and their advisor, Beth Bradley, hosted Wochenende in Helen, GA, March 8-10, 2013. Helen is a Bavarian-inspired town and sister city to Füssen. The club indulged in typical gastronomic delights, learned vocabulary and culture, hiked trails, and experienced Fahrvergnügen in the North Georgia Mountains.


The Department faculty is invited to attend this semester’s MFLL faculty research seminar, which will be presented by Greg Kaplan: “Saul Levi Morteira: Spinoza’s Radically Enlightened Rabbi” Thursday, April 25, 2013, 3.30-5:00, BEC 203.

Light refreshments will be served.




The LRC has Swivl, which is especially adept at providing learning artifacts of classes for students. There are active, learner-centered pedagogical strategies teachers can use both inside and outside of the classroom with Swivl as well. On Thursday, April 4 from 1PM to 3PM in AMB 3, the LRC will present, discuss and share ways to use Swivl in the classroom, including, but not limited to, having students and teachers create bite-sized tutorials and individual or small-group presentations; showcasing ways teachers and students can give feedback on projects; building student-created digital resource libraries; and much more.

Feel free to drop in unannounced if you find the time, but if you are already planning to be there, drop Doug a line and let him know.


Blackboard Mobile Learn is now available for free to all UTK students, faculty, and staff. On Thursday January 11 from 1PM to 3PM in AMB 3, we will focus on the features of the new Blackboard Mobile Learn app, which includes Dropbox integration, mobile quizzes and tests, a Grades tool, and access to course content, discussion boards, blogs, and tasks.

Feel free to drop in unannounced if you find the time, but if you are already planning to be there, drop Doug a line and let him know.


If you can plug a thumb drive into a USB port, you can capture and broadcast your course to your students in a variety of formats. On Thursday, April 18 from 1PM to 3PM in AMB 3, the LRC will help you create an account on our 323Link server, walk you through the features of the capture system, and set up your "key" (the thumb drive) to operate the capture system for your courses in AMB 2 or 3.

Feel free to drop in unannounced if you find the time, but if you are already planning to be there, drop Doug a line and let him know.



The next MFLL newsletter, the last one for this academic year, will be published April 22, 2013. The deadline for submission of news items is 6:30 p.m., April 21. Please send news items to John Romeiser (jromeise@utk.edu).

Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures
701 McClung Tower | Knoxville, TN 37996-0470
E-mail: mfll@utk.edu
Phone: 865.974.2311 | Fax: 865.974.7096
Big Orange. Big Ideas.