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The University of Tennesse, Knoxville. Department of Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures E-Newsletter


Good News


Luis C. Cano

Luis C. Cano’s (Hispanic Studies) article, “Feminización de la violencia en Rosario Tijeras de Jorge Franco Ramos”, was published in Hispanófila (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) 172 (December 2014): 229-245.

Renée D’Elia-Zunino

Renée D’Elia-Zunino (Italian) was featured in OIT’s February Faculty Spotlight.

Alejandra Galindo

Alejandra Galindo (Hispanic Studies) presented a poster during the Faculty Appreciation Week at UTK, February 16 – 20; the poster event was sponsored by the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center to celebrate the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The title of the poster was: “Instructions on How to Cry.” A Reading, Writing, and Grammar Activity in the Second Language class. The poster presents an activity where students read an essay by Julio Cortázar, and then created, and published on Blackboard, their own essays. The students then had to vote for the most interesting essay and to explain their decision. While doing this activity, the students used some of the grammar topics that had been covered during class.


Noriko J. Horiguchi

Noriko J. Horiguchi (Japanese) recently presented invited lectures, “Devouring Empire of Japan: Hayashi Fumiko’s Food Narratives and Memories”, at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. She also gave an invited lecture, “Women Adrift: Narratives and Memories of Empire in Modern Japan”, at the University of London (SOAS). Horiguchi’s recent chapter, “Representations of ‘China’ and ‘Japan’ in Mo Yan’s, Hayashi’s, and Naruse’s Texts”, was published in Angelica Duran and Yuhan Huang, eds., Mo Yan in Context: Nobel Laureate and Global Storyteller (University of Purdue Press, 2014).


Thorsten Huth

Thorsten Huth (German) co–presented with Emma M. Betz (University of Waterloo, CA) and Derek Drake (Saginaw Vallley State University) a 45–minute lecture and workshop titled “Exploring new learning targets: Teaching interaction patterns” at the 16th annual Texas Foreign Language Education Conference in San Antonio, TX.


Gregory Kaplan

Gregory Kaplan (Hispanic Studies) published “Using an Anthology to Teach Don Quixote” in Approaches to Teaching Don Quixote, edited by James A. Parr and Lisa Vollendorf (New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2015), pp. 204-07.

Daniel H. Magilow

Daniel H. Magilow (German) recently presented two papers: “Sharing Cigarette Cards and Worldviews: Cartophily and Ideology during the Third Reich” at the 103rd Annual Conference of the College Art Association in New York City and “Teaching the Book: Holocaust Representations in History: An Introduction” at the fourth Duke German Jewish Studies Workshop in Durham, North Carolina.

Angela Pérez del Puerto

Angela Pérez del Puerto (Spanish Ph.D. Candidate) had an article accepted for publication in Romance Notes: “La duplicidad de Lulú en El árbol de la ciencia.”

Laura Trujillo-Mejía

Laura Trujillo-Mejía (Hispanic Studies) participated in the poster presentation sponsored by the Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center to celebrate the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The event was part of the Faculty Appreciation Week, and took place during the Provost’s Faculty Appreciation Luncheon, February 16th. The poster, Reading Strategies and Technology – Helping L2 Spanish students understand and analyze literary texts, explains how to help students to become active readers through a series of pre–reading activities and annotation of the texts. This process is accomplished by a series of reading modules created by Dr. Trujillo for the Textual Analysis course (Span 330) through the Faculty First Grant.


News from the Russian Club


The Russian Language and Culture Club has received a grant of $1,000 from the Ready For The World program for its Russian Immersion Weekend in March.


News from the Italian Club


The Italian Club was selected to be listed in a manual of volunteers from The University of Tennessee who are of assistance to the local community. The Club volunteers at NHC Fort Sanders Nursing Facility every month, sharing cultural information on Italy with elder patients. On March 2, the Club members will host a Tombola (Italian style Bingo), do presentations on regions, and involve the patients in fun and educational activities.

This past Saturday, February 21, the Club was invited to host a booth at the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge as part of its International Festival. The Club was present to involve families in Italian culture through food and activities for children.

Paige Winter, an Italian minor, is doing an internship under Chiara Mariani’s direction, at the Farragut Elementary School’s after–school program. Both are pictured above.


News from the LWBSA


From left to right: Jae Resendes (Spanish / Portuguese Lecturer), Rebekah Stahr (LWB German), and Rachel Crocker (LWB French)

The Language and World Business Students Association (LWBSA) has been busy promoting the LWB program to students as well as serving the community. Thank you to all who stopped by and purchased pizza and cookies during the fundraiser on January 30 (pictured above). On February 5, the students prepared their second delicious meal for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. On February 10, many participated in the Jason’s Deli Fundraiser. On February 18, Dr. Lisa Parker was the guest speaker presenting the LWB Program to the Spanish Club students.

Kudos to all the LWB students for sharing their time, efforts and enthusiasm to promote the program and serve the Knoxville community. For more details, visit and like them on Facebook.


Upcoming Events


The 2015 Hispanic Studies Symposium at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville will take place March 26-28. The keynote speaker is Dr. Raymond Williams from the University of California, Riverside.

The Italian Club will host a cinema event called “Film al sacco” or “watch a movie and bring your own snack” on Wednesday, February 25, 5:00–7:00 pm, in Hodges Library. The film is Sole a catinelle, a comedy by Checco Zalone:

The second Spanish Immersion Day will be held on March 7th from 10 am to 7 pm at the Tennessee School for the Deaf, cottage 411. It will be an incredible day filled with fun activities immersed in the culture of the Spanish speaking world. We’ll serve food from Colombia, Cuba, Mexico and Spain. We’ll have games, dance, sports and music! Students will also receive many prizes, such as tickets to WonderWorks, the Comedy Barn, and more. Gift certificates will also be given away.

For more information, contact Chiara or read the smore on the Spanish Immersion Day.


News from the LRC


Technology Enhanced Classroom Problems — We are flattered that you come to us or call us when you have a technology meltdown in a smart classroom that is not a part of the LRC. While we will do what we can to assist, your best bet is to call the TEC Helpdesk at 974-9110. Engineering Services maintains classroom technology located at UT campuses across the state and boasts a rapid (10-minute) response to classroom trouble calls.

LRC Training Workshops — The LRC will host several workshops during the remainder of the Spring Semester. Information will be emailed directly to MFLL faculty. The schedule of workshops for the month of March is as follows:

Wednesday, March 4 at 12PM: Interactive Learning Experiences with Zoom, Touchcast and Zaption.

Wednesday, March11 at 12PM: An Introduction to the iPad Mini Classroom.

Wednesday, March 25 at 12PM: What Can Games Teach Us about Assessment?

If you have a technology you want to see training on, feel free to drop Doug a message to let him know!


The next MFLL newsletter for Spring 2015 will be published Monday, March 30. Submissions should be sent to John Romeiser ( no later than 6:00 p.m., Sunday, March 29.

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