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Rudyard Alcocer, Associate Professor of Spanish at Georgia State University, has accepted the offer of the Shumway Chair of Excellence in Romance Languages.

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Dawn Duke (Hispanic Studies, Portuguese) completed field research on Garifuna and Afro-Guatemalan women writers and movements in Livingston, Guatemala, March 23-31. She presented “Women’s Writings and Negritude in the Dominican Republic. An Identity in Question?” at the College Language Association Conference, University of Kentucky, April 10-14. Her article, “Beyond the Quilombo? Democratization, Literary Modernization, and Black Writing in Brazil” was accepted for publication in Obsidian III. Literature in the African Diaspora.

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Michael Handelsman (Hispanic Studies) presented an invited paper at a symposium devoted to the general theme of cultural nationalism in the works of Mexico’s José Vasconcelos and Ecuador’s Benjamín Carrión.  The event was sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.


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Stefanie Ohnesorg (German) organized a session on "The Picara in/and German Literature: Subversions, Transformations, Continuities" for NeMLA (March 21-24, 2013) in Boston, MA, and she will be presenting a paper entitled "Transgressing Boundaries and Confronting Matters of 'Faith': Lilian Faschinger's Magdalena, the Sinner Revisited" at the upcoming Austrian Studies Conference on "Glaubenssysteme/Belief Systems" to be held May 2-4, 2013 at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada).

She is one of 15 US educators who, in recognition of their contributions and work as AATG Chapter Testing Chairs for the German for the National German Exam, were invited by the Pädagogische Austauschdienst (German Pedagogical Exchange Service) to participate in their "Sonderprogramm USA 2013" which comprises of a 10-day trip to Germany in July 2013. This trip includes meetings in Bonn and Berlin with staff of the German Pedagogical Exchange Service (PAD), the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the German Federal States (Sekretariat der Kultusministerkonferenz), and the German Ministry of the Exterior. Participants will also meet with National German Exam Study Trip Prizewinners at their host schools in Nürnberg.

Stefanie was also elected onto the Steering Committee for the "Coalition of Women in German" (WIG) for a 3-year term starting in 2012 and ending in 2015.

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Alberto Rivera Vaca (Hispanic Studies) participated in the “Best practices in teaching program for Graduate Teaching Assistants and Associates, Postdoctoral Lecturers, and New Faculty,” The Graduate School, University of Tennessee, Spring 2013, as well as the “Certificate in Grant Writing & Proposal Development,” The Office of Research & Engagement, University of Tennessee, Spring 2013.

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Maria Stehle (German) along with Dr. C. Smith-Prei (University of Alberta), is a 50% collaborator on a 3-year “Insight” grant from the SSHRC (Canadian equivalent of  the NEH) for a joint research project on “Technologies of Popfeminist Activism”.

She also published a collaborative essay: “From Sex Shacks to Mega-Brothels: the Politics of Anti-Trafficking and the 2006 World Cup” by Kirsten Isgro, Maria Stehle, and Beverly Weber, European Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 13, 2013.

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Rossy Toledo’s (Hispanic Studies) poems, “Rup tu ras” and “El corazón de la corolla” have been accepted for publication in the Summer 2013 issue of Letras Femeninas, published by the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica (AILCFH).

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Dolly Young (Hispanic Studies) presented a paper titled  “What Does FL Multi-Section Blended Learning Look Like?  Are We Listening to Student and Instructor Perspectives?” at the American Association of Applied Linguists on March 16-19, Dallas, Texas.

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Hispanic Studies GTAs Tamara Centis, Eda Cogburn, and Julie Deyrup have been accepted to present together at this fall’s ACTFL conference in Orlando. The title of their presentation is: Engaging FL Students in the Meaningful Online Project.

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Laura Trujillo-Mejía (Hispanic Studies) and Allison Hope Weems (French and Francophone Studies) were selected to participate in the UT Summer Teaching Institute 2013.

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Two MFLL colleagues earned awards at the recent Chancellor’s Honors Banquet:

Meg Burress, Graduate Student Teaching Award

Les Essif, Excellence in Teaching

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The 7th annual Japanese Speech Contest was held April 17 at the International House.  In addition to our current students, we also welcomed some parents and former students from out of town.  Each class sang a song they had been practicing and a total of 15 contestants from 3 different levels competed for the top prize.  There was calligraphy and an origami table.  Entertainment included singing and break dancing by students.  Door prizes consisted of donated Japanese items.  120 Bento lunch boxes prepared by the teaching staff and volunteer students were distributed to those present.  A great time was had by all.

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News from the Portuguese Program

- Brazilian Culture Evening

On April 4th, the Portuguese section and the student organization CLiP (Clube da Língua Portuguesa) organized another successful Brazilian Cultural Evening at the International House. The theme proposed for the event was “Brasil: sons e sabores” (Brazil: sounds and flavors).  Each Portuguese class (lower and upper-division) sang and danced to several Brazilian music styles and tunes, ranging from Bossa-Nova to the more recent “sertanejo universitário” (country music with a university flair).  The cheerful crowd at the International House also had the opportunity to enjoy a real “feijoada”, expertly prepared by our Portuguese lecturer Wanessa Martin.  Our thanks and congratulations to Ms. Martin and the CLiP for such an enjoyable evening !  Check here the “sertanejo universitário” presentation by Dr. Silva's Portuguese 400 class: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnA6XWFpk9I

- Go go go alley alle alle!!!

Congratulations are due to the “Santos”, the Portuguese section team that won the Spring 2013 MFLL Soccer Tournament organized by the UT Italian Club April 5 at the UT Regal Soccer Stadium.  Special thanks and kudos to Renée D’Elia-Zunino and Annachiara Mariani for putting together such fun tournament!

Click for a look at the Santos victory celebration.



Joanna Broda-Schunk (German) will defend her doctoral dissertation, “Be a Man, Comrade! -- Construction of the 'Socialist Male Personality' in the GDR Youth Literature of the 1950s and 1960s.” The defense is scheduled for Monday, April 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM, in Alumni Memorial Building Room 02.


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

Light refreshments will be served.



Sidebar graphic or photoTake a load off your shoulders: Leaving your laptop behind -- Instructor use of the iPad (exclusively) in class.

On Monday, April 29 at 10AM to 3PM in AMB 3, Kathi (now an iPad veteran) will be showing you the apps she uses to conduct and manage class and exactly how she uses them. She will provide you with a list of the apps she uses, costs, and advantages/disadvantages of each app. Included will be an app that shows a lot of promise for paperless student feedback as well as other (classroom) applications, and you are invited to contribute with your ideas as well. She will also talk about other features of the iPad and iPhone that she uses frequently that can enhance teaching.

Kathi's presentation is timely as OIT has launched an iPad loaner program. While the OIT iPads will likely not have the apps Kathi will be talking about, if anyone is interested in borrowing one of the OIT iPads and trying out the apps Kathi will be describing, she has graciously agreed to work with OIT to see if her suggested apps can be loaded on to the loaners.

Refreshments will be served, and loaner iPads will be available if you do not have one to bring with you. We invite all to attend, as the 29th is the "study day" for Spring Semester 2013, and the roundtable will be followed at 11:30 by the instructor potluck lunch in HSS-205A and the meeting with Dr. Del Caro in HSS-205A from 1-2 p.m. Make it a day of learning something new, socializing with your peers, and talking about instructor issues with our department head!

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 so we can plan to have refreshments there for you!



This will be the last newsletter of the 2012-2013 academic year. We will resume publication in August for 2013-2014.

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
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