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MFLL Newsletter


Nuria Cruz-Cámara

Nuria Cruz-Cámara’s (Hispanic Studies) article, “Cuadros, marcos y regeneración moral: La mujer moderna en Ana Maria (1934) de Federica Montseny,” was published in Ámbitos Feministas 3(2013), 29-47.

Dawn Duke

Dawn Duke (Hispanic Studies and Portuguese) has published the following articles:

“Beyond the Quilombo. The State of Zumbi’s “Palmares” According to the Poets.” Obsidian III. Literature in the African Diaspora. Vol. 13, No. 1, 2012. Released February 2014.

“Literatura afro-femenina en la República Dominicana. ¿Una indefinitud que la define?” Revista Iberoamericana. Vol. LXXIX, Núm. 243, abril-junio 2013. 559-576. Released February 2014.

Greg Kaplan

Greg Kaplan (Hispanic Studies) has been named a Humanities Center Fellow for 2014-15.


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Laura Trujillo-Mejía (Hispanic Studies) is the recipient of a grant for the Faculty First Program 2014. She's developing a series of annotated reading modules for a textual analysis course (Span 330).




Reproductions of the Fellini Mystique in Anglo Popular Culture
Dr. Frank Burke, University of Queens, Canada
Hodges Auditorium, March 5, 3:30 pm

As the number of Fellinian terms and phrases (felliniesque, la dolce vita, paparazzi) that have come to circulate in English would suggest, Federico Fellini has been assimilated into English-speaking culture in a way that exceeds and is in some ways irrelevant to the impact of his films. Fellini has become “Fellini” in the sense of acquiring a kind of mythic status in certain sectors of Anglo-American culture. Dr. Burke will be exploring various extra-filmic meanings of “Fellini" through a discussion of how his media- and self-generated persona have intersected with historical moments and cultural issues in the English-speaking world over the past 40 or so years. He will focus on relatively recent appropriations of Fellini--episodes of Northern Exposure and 3rd Rock From the Sun, the homage/parody by French and Saunders, R.E.M.’s Everybody Hurts music video -- in order to speculate on what “Fellini” had come to signify within our culture at the end of the second millenium.

(Event organizer Flavia Brizio-Skov, sponsored by Cinema Studies)


Italian Night at I-House presents diverse cultural performances.


The Italian Table meets Mondays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm, outside Starbucks in Hodges Library, and on Fridays from 2:30-3:30 pm.



UTK World Showcase features Japan March 3–7, 2014

Join us for a four day event organized by the I-House and our Japanese Program featuring:

1. Coffee House, Monday March 3, 6:00 pm @ I-House — Screening of film Tokyo Sonata, by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
The movie will be presented by Dr. Jon LaCure. Green tea will be served.
2. Cooking Demonstration, Tuesday March 4, 6:00 pm @ I-House — learn how to make okonomiyaki, a savory Japanese pancake and taste it!
3. Culture Night, Wednesday March 5, 6:00 pm @ I-House — come to an evening of food and entertainment! Menu offers delicious donburi (chicken and egg mixture over rice) and yakisoba (fried noodles). Vegetarian version available. Entertainment includes Kendo, The Way of the Sword demonstration, song and dance, and a trivia quiz show on Japan.
4. The 8th Annual Japanese Speech Contest, Thursday March 6, 6:00 pm @ I-House — This popular event will appeal to a wider audience this year. We will have speeches and songs by students and in addition a kimono demonstration by a professional teacher, a talent show, door prizes, and Japanese refreshments. The door opens at 5:30 pm for calligraphy and origami. Contest begins at 6.



Dan Hickman (Hispanic Studies) will defend his doctoral dissertation in Modern Foreign Languages. The public is cordially invited.

Ibn Hazm; the Islamic Source of Courtly Love
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
2:00--4:00 pm
McClung 613


The Spanish program is proud to announce its very first language / culture Immersion Day. The event will be on March 8 at the Tennessee School for the Deaf, Cottage #311 (2725 Island Home, Knoxville) from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm. Students and MFLL faculty are all invited to take part in this unique event. It’s going to be a wonderful day filled with activities, games, cooking, eating, singing and a Salsa and Bachada party. All participants will be completely immersed in Hispanic culture and Spanish Language for a day-long learning experience. For more information, please contact: Annachiara Mariani, amariani@utk.edu.




Perhaps you have seen the ads on campus encouraging you to "Tame the Beast" that is Microsoft Word. We have one thing to ask: Do you really want to wrestle with a beast when you are trying to put your amazing scholarship and research to paper? The LRC invites you to come and learn how to Slay the Beast that is Microsoft Word with Scrivener, a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft. We will spend the first half of the meetings on February 27 and 28 introducing Scrivener and answering questions. The second half we will concentrate on your personal questions about any topic.

On March 13 and 14, we will introduce TouchCast, a tool that allows anyone to easily create professional-quality videos combined with all the interactivity you expect to find inside a browser. Click here to see a demonstration. We will spend the first half of the meetings on March 13 and 14 introducing TouchCast and answering questions. The second half we will concentrate on your personal questions about any topic. Bring your lunch and be ready to ask and share!


The next MFLL newsletter will be published March 31, 2014. The deadline for submission of news items is 6:00 p.m., Sunday, March 30. Please send news items to John Romeiser (jromeise@utk.edu).

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