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MFLL Newsletter


Florence Abad Turner

Laurent Zunino

Florence Abad-Turner and Laurent Zunino (French and Francophone Studies) will participate in the Summer Teaching Institute organized jointly by OIT and the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center. Florence will develop modules for teaching phonetics and phonology for French 334 (Intermediate Conversation), and Laurent will develop an online game for mobile devices, which will allow students to discover both online and through place-based mobile learning Knoxville’s connections with French culture and the French language.

Stephen Blackwell

Stephen Blackwell’s (Russian) book The Quill and the Scalpel: Nabokov's Art and the Worlds of Science (2009, Ohio State) was announced winner of the 2013 Nabokov Online Journal's prize for Best Scholarly Contribution in the area of Nabokov Studies, for books published between 2006 and 2011.

Also, he has been named Interim Editor of The Nabokovian, the bi-annual small journal of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society, for 2014.

Flavia Brizio-Skov

Flavia Brizio-Skov (Italian) will be at the University of Genoa in May to select the new Ready for the World candidate for the academic year 2015-16. The selected scholar will come to UT to do research and deliver two lecturers in fall 2015. She will also be signing the renewal of the Linkage agreement between UTK and UNIGE, she will participate in a seminar, and she will attend the AAIS International Conference at the University of Zurich, Switzerland where she will read a paper on the national and transnational in popular Italian cinema.


Charles Beck Cochran (German) passed the German M.A. exam and successfully defended his master’s thesis, “The Mechanics of Franz Kafka’s ‘In der Strafkolonie’: A Reading through Verbal Associations,” April 28. He will be graduating with the M.A. in German in summer 2014.


Douja Mamelouk

Adrian Del Caro (German) has published his translation, with an Afterword, of Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil / On the Genealogy of Morality in The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche. Vol. 8 of 19. Ed. Alan Schrift and Duncan Large. Stanford University Press, 2014. 525 + X pages. The Stanford UP edition is based on Friedrich Nietzsche: Sämtliche Werke. Kritische Studienausgabe in 15 Bänden (1980), ed. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari. Volume 8 includes two books, notes, variants, indices, Colli’s Afterword, and a Translator’s Afterword of 56 pages. Jeremy Murphy (Civil Engineering/German) is currently assisting Adrian with the completion of volume 16, Unpublished Writings from the Period of Beyond Good and Evil, for which he has been awarded an Undergraduate Summer Research Internship for 2014. These unpublished writings representing the bulk of Nietzsche’s output were made famous by the controversial editorial creation of the so-called “Will to Power,” and by Jacques Derrida when he featured an isolated and enigmatic quote in his book Éperons. Les Styles de Nietzsche/ Spurs. Nietzsche’s Styles (1979): “Ich habe meinen Regenschirm vergessen” (I have forgotten my umbrella).

Natalia Pervukhin

Mary Downing (French and Francophone Studies) successfully defended her MA thesis, "Isolation Nation: Representation of the United States in the photographs of Rémi Noël, Pascal Aimar, Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre,” April 9.

Maria Stehle

Les Essif (French and Francophone Studies) was recently named Quest Scholar of the Week.

Maria Stehle

Eric D. Gedenk (German) passed the German M.A. exam and successfully defended his master’s thesis, “Framing Urban Change: Gentrification Discourses in the Media Coverage of the Gübol Eviction in Berlin,” April 25. He will be graduating with the M.A. in German in summer 2014.

Kyle Goodrick phas been accepted into the UAS7 scholarship program which is sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to study in Munich in 2014-15. Kyle is a student in Electrical Engineering Honors, and he is simultaneously pursuing a minor in German. Kyle will be studying at the Munich University of Applied Science during the winter semester, and he will intern with a German company for the remainder of his time in Germany. The program comes with a scholarship that will partially cover his travel expenses, and it will provide a housing stipend during the study phase.

Maria Stehle

Michael Handelsman (Hispanic Studies) received the 2014 Ready for the World award at the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet April 23.

Maria Stehle

Thorsten Huth (German) gave a 1-hour workshop titled “Doing being German: Teaching compliment-responses at the beginner's level” at the 6th Regional Workshop of the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association (TFLTA), March 29, at Farragut High School, Knoxville.

Maria Stehle


Stefanie Ohnesorg and Maria Gallmeier (German) were jointly awarded a 2014 Faculty First Grant from the UT Office of Information Technology (OIT) in support of their project “A STEM-based German Language Sustainability Curriculum Unit for Student Success in the 21 Century Global Marketplace.”

In addition, Stefanie has been invited to teach an honors course, “Understanding and Negotiating Worlds through Maps,” at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China from June 29 – July 12. Courses for the summer program in the Honors College at Sichuan University are determined in an international competition process, and Dr. Ohnesorg’s course proposal was the only one from UT that was accepted into this program.

Maria Stehle

Maria Stehle (German) has been awarded the inaugural Wanza Sharp Humanities Faculty Fellowship for 2014, a new award made possible by a gift to the College as part of the Chancellor's Faculty Salary Support Challenge. The award carries a stipend of $4,500. In her letter to Maria, Dean Terri Lee emphasized Maria’s “superb scholarly record” and “highly regarded publications in a wide variety of venues.”

Maria Stehle

Please see the article that came out in the Daily Beacon about the recent MFLL soccer tournament.

The final was between Italy and France, and France won 3-1…. Allez les Bleus!


Chinese Culture Club, a new student association mainly composed of Chinese-learning students, has organized a few events this semester to promote Chinese language and culture at UT campus. We had our first general body meeting on 2/27, made dumplings and bubble tea on 3/12, participated in the International Festival on 4/11, and held the 1st Chinese singing contest on 4/16. Being the major event of this semester, the Chinese Singing Contest attracted about 100 attendees, who enjoyed the performance by 20 Chinese-learning students and one professor. It was a fun night with music, food, laughter, and some tears of joy at the end. Most of these events were supported by the Department of MFLL, LWB Program, Asian Studies, and the Confucius Institute. We are deeply grateful and look forward to a more fruitful year ahead.



Julia Baker (Assistant Professor of German, Tennessee Tech) gave a presentation on “‘Blut ist dicker als Wasser’: Reflections on the Family Story in German(ic) Life and Literature” at this year’s German Honors and Awards Evening, April 24.


The second annual MFLL soccer tournament provided the Lower Division German classes a special opportunity to learn about the federal states of Germany. The official rules for the tournament stated that each team had to consist of sixteen players. Since Germany has sixteen federal states, Dr. Maria Gallmeier decided to have the undergraduate students in German investigate these sixteen states. After the students researched these states thoroughly, they designed for each state a poster. We would like to thank the 100 and 200 level course instructors as well as Dr. Eldridge, who had the students in her 300 level course also design a poster. Thanks to A.J. Hall and Ulli Sczesni for the photos from the tournament. An additional thank you goes out to Volkswagen Harper of Knoxville, who sponsored the tricots for the German soccer team. For the German map we thank Ryan Linger.

The Lower Division instructors and students of German would also like to thank the Hodges Library and the librarian Allison Sharp for the possibility of displaying their work on the German federal states. We are now displaying them at the Hodges Library (behind Starbucks in the hallway). Many thanks to Anja Seiler, Ulli Sczesni, Maggy Brown, and Rudy Saliba for organizing the exhibition.



This will be the last newsletter of the 2013-2014 academic year. We will resume publication in August for 2014-2015.

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