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MFLL Newsletter


Janelle Coleman

Janelle Coleman (Hispanic Studies) successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, “Compositions in Black and Brown: Manifestations of Afro-Latinity in U.S. Black Latino/a Literary Discourse” March 25. Her dissertation director is Dawn Duke.

Sébastien Dubreil

Sébastien Dubreil (French and Francophone Studies) was invited to give a lecture, “From Student to Social Actor: Teaching Culture from a Multiple Literacies Perspective” as part of the Vanderbilt Center for Second Language Studies Speaker Series. The event took place February 7.

He also gave a presentation, “The Path of Most Resistance: The Imperative of Foreign Language Education in the Tension between Local Institutional Realities and Global Contexts” as part of a colloquium on “The Role of Foreign Language Instruction in the Context of Institutional Globalization" at the annual convention of the American Association of Applied Linguistics in Portland, OR, March 24.

Finally, on March 29, he gave the plenary address, “It is all fun and games until -- and especially after -- someone learns another language” as well as a workshop on advocacy for French departments in the K-12 system. Both events were part of the East Regional Workshop for the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association.

Millie Gimmel

Millie Gimmel (Hispanic Studies) presented a paper, “Exotic or Invasive: Botanical and Medical Practices in 16th Century Mexico,” at the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science Conference in St. Louis in February.


Douja Mamelouk

Douja Mamelouk (French and Francophone Studies) presented “‘Gaze’ as Unnatural Narrative in a Tunisian Woman’s Novel: Re-reading Fethia Hechmi’s Mariam Falls from the Hands of God (2009)” at MIT’s 2014 International Conference on Narrative (March 27-29).

She is also chairing and presenting at NeMLA April 3-5 at a History of the Arabic Novel Roundtable: “When a Whisper Becomes a Scream: Tunisian Oral Culture Resurfaces in Women’s Texts.”

Natalia Pervukhin

Natalia Pervukhin’s (Russian) article “Notes of a Young Country Doctor by M. Bulgakov: The Haven in the Limelight” published in Slavic and East European Journal, was chosen to be included in in one of the Gale Group’s Literature Criticism volumes (TCLC 288) that appeared in January.

In addition, her interview on issues of American education, crossing borders by emigration, and reaching for new cultural patterns was published in the Moscow journal Okno v Rossiiu (Window to Russia)

Maria Stehle

Maria Stehle's (German) article, “Pop, Porn, and Rebellious Speech. Feminist politics and the multi-media performances of Elfriede Jelinek, Charlotte Roche, and Lady Bitch Ray”, from Feminist Media Studies, is included in the 2014 International Women’s Day collection.

Dolly Young

Dolly Young (Hispanic Studies) presented at a session , “Another ‘C’ for Creative; Putting the Creative into Culture,” durng the SCOLT conference March 13-16 in Memphis. In the presentation she showcased the current cultural tasks implemented this semester, titled "Exploraciones culturales," which students have consistently assessed as "transformative."



Italian Opera Night! Join us to watch Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte. April 12th @8:00 pm at UT’s Carousel Theatre.



Presentations on Afro-Brazilian Women’s Movements Today. Dr. Joselina da Silva, University of Cariri and Ana Cristina Conceição Santos, University of Alagoas. Wednesday April 2.  Hodges Library Room 213, 3:30-5:30 p.m.



Presentation: the Afro-Cuban Women’s Movement. Gisela Arandia from the Juan Marinello Cuban Institute for Cultural Research, Havana, Cuba. Thursday April 3, Hodges Library Auditorium, 3:30-5:00 p.m.


Paige Scrivener, a Chinese minor, has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship to study in China this summer. With an acceptance rate of less than 10%, the CLS is one of the most competitive scholarships in the U.S. and the most prestigious language program for U.S. citizens.

The Chinese Culture Club will host the 1st Chinese Singing Contest on Wednesday April 19th at 6:30 in the I-House Great Room, in which Chinese-learning students will showcase their language and singing talent. Chinese refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public. (Sponsored by the Department of MFLL, LWB Program, Asian Studies, and the Confucius Institute)



The French Immersion Weekend will take place April 4-6 at the Grace Point Retreat Center. There will be culinary activities (regional cooking from Alsace, the Mediterranean, and Languedoc), sporting events (hiking, petanque, Kayak, soccer, etc) and cultural activities (treasure hunt, films, and dancing). A few spots remain! 40$/participant. Contact: lzunino@utk.edu. The French Immersion Weekend was recently awarded $2300 by the Ready for the World Global Action Committee.

The second MFLL intramural World Cup of Soccer will take place at 4:00 pm, April 9, at Regal Stadium. MFLL Department Head Adrian Del Caro will open the tournament. All are invited. Bring your friends and family and cheer for teams from our nine different languages and cultures as they face off in a thrilling, but friendly tournament! Kudos to the winning team and to all who participate! Contact: lzunino@utk.edu



The I-House UTK World Showcase featuring Japan took place during the March 3–7 week.

The attendance for the 8th Annual Japanese Speech Contest was as high as usual, with over 130 in the audience. We were also honored by the presence of Dr. Del Caro. In addition to song competition, speech presentations, Japanese refreshments and door prizes, we had guests. One was a UT graduate who is a freelance Japanese-English translator. Students had a lot of questions after his talk. His wife, also a UT graduate, demonstrated tying the Japanese obi (sash for a kimono) in various ways, including a beautiful rose and iris. The event is a culmination of the school year for our program. One student sent a video message of apology for not being able to join his class for singing. We had the surprise presence of a student who was injured in a car accident and had to withdraw from school this semester. He was brought in by his mother in a wheelchair to join us! The winner from our advanced level will be competing at the Tennessee Area Speech Contest at the Middle Tennessee State University in April. Photos are available here.

The week ended with a friendly soccer match on Friday between the UT Ghana student group and the Japanese students. The whole week was a result of wonderful collaboration between the I-House, students from Japan, and the students and faculty of Japanese Program.



The next and final MFLL newsletter for the 2013-2014 academic year will be published Monday, April 28, 2014. The deadline for submission of news items is 6:00 p.m., Sunday, April 27. Please send news items to John Romeiser (jromeise@utk.edu).

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