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Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures

MFLL Monthly Newsletter


Stephen Blackwell’s (Russian) new book, Fine Lines: Vladimir Nabokov’s Scientific Art, co-edited with Kurt Johnson, just released by Yale University Press, was recently reviewed in The New Yorker Magazine.
Stephen Blackwell
Chris Holmlund

Chris Holmlund (French and Francophone Studies) will chair a panel on the Seventies’ Cinematic “Underbelly” at this year’s Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Atlanta. As part of that panel she’ll give a talk on “The Trouble with Female Trouble.” Her co-edited issue of and introduction to the Journal of Scandinavian Cinema’s (5.2) special number on “Sexuality in Scandinavian Cinema” has just appeared in print.
Daniel H. Magilow (German) has recently received three grants: a Library Research Grant from the Getty Research Institute, a Professional Development Award to conduct archival research in Germany, and a Fellowship for the 2016-2017 Academic Year at the Tennessee Humanities Center.
Daniel H. Magilow
Gregory Kaplan
Maria Stehle (German) will present a paper at this year’s Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in Atlanta on a panel titled “Gender, Media, and the Euro Crisis.” Her paper, “Andrea Staka’s Das Fräulein (2006): The Politics of Intimacy in Contemporary European Cinema,” is part of her new research project on Intimacies in European Cinema.

As part of the ICOS (Intersectional Community of Scholars) at UT she also presented at the Symposium “New Horizons in Intersectionality,” March 24 with a talk titled “Intersecting Racism and Sexism: The Confusing Politics of the New Year’s Eve Attacks in Cologne, Germany.” In February, she participated in an invited workshop at the University of Texas, Austin, on Popular Music in post-1945 Germany. She shared a paper, “Joy and Trouble: The Politics of Popfeminist Musical Performances in the 21st century.” The paper was based on her grant-funded research in collaboration with Carrie Smith-Prei.
The French Program is pleased to announce that Joanna Merkel, a doctoral candidate in MFLL specializing in French studies, has accepted a position as a tenure-line assistant professor of French at Concordia University of Edmonton, in Canada, beginning fall 2016. Joanna will defend her dissertation on the image of the foreign woman in French literature and culture from the eighteenth to the twentieth century this May.

Sophomore Step Up

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At the event held March 3 at Thompson-Boling Arena representing the department were Euridice Silva, Steve Blackwell, and Kathi Wong. Representing Language and World Business were Sébastien Dubreil and Lisa Parker. Representing Linguistics was Dolly Young. And representing Global Studies was Michael Handelsman.

MFLL Soccer Tournament

Digital Flyer for the MFLL Soccer Tournament
Here is the link to the digital flyer for the MFLL Soccer Tournament 2016

This is the fourth year of the tournament, and we are excited to see how this beautiful project the Italian program started is drawing more participation and collaboration. Please share the link and ask everyone to RSVP – if we have a sufficient number, the concession stand will open on the evening of the game.

We hope to see you there!!

News from the Chinese Program

Chinese Game Night
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On March 8 the Chinese Program and the Chinese Culture Club at the University of Tennessee held our semester Chinese Game Night. This includes both traditional and modern Chinese games such as Chinese Checkers, Chinese Pictionary, Mahjong, Chinese Chess, as well as our very own Jeopardy trivia game. This was the first time the Chinese Culture Club had our own form of trivia and it turned out to be a great success. We provided free Chinese snacks and tea to all who came as well as gave prizes to the Jeopardy winners. Chinese Game Night was a fun and interactive way for American students to meet Chinese students outside of the classroom.

News from the Italian Program

UT Early Learning Center
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On March 3, Italian minors and Club members volunteered at the UT Early Learning Center, to teach toddlers age 4 the basics! They learned colors, how to say their names, how to count to ten, and about Italian foods. As our group left, the children were looking for that boot-shaped country on the map!

The Italian Club is hosting a Dinner and Movie Night on April 18, 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the I-House. Watch for soon-to-come flyers.

Italian Club is every Wednesday afternoon, from 2:15-3:15 pm in Hodges library, Starbuck's area.

Upcoming Events and News @

VoiceThread Basics 4 – VoiceThread and your LMS (Wed., March 30, 7PM - 8PM online) In this workshop, you will work on integrating VoiceThread into Blackboard Learn. With Blackboard integration you can create and share VoiceThreads and grade student work. You will learn how to use the assignment builder feature to assess student work during this hands-on segment. Click here to register
Game Based Learning and VoiceThread (Wed., April 13, 7PM - 8PM online) In this interactive session, you will discuss various ways to blend gaming into your lessons with VoiceThread. A variety of games will be showcased that you can create with VoiceThread and you will brainstorm other ways to begin game-based learning. You will also have pre-workshop access to an interview with Greg Toppo, the author of The Game Believes in You. Click here to register
VoiceThread and Storytelling (Wed., April 27, 7PM - 8PM online) SLA research suggests that storytelling is a great way to help your message stick in the minds of students. Our minds are fine-tuned to remember information shared within a narrative structure, not a broadcast lecture. In this workshop, you will learn how to use VoiceThread to create engaging stories with your students. Click here to register
Coming Soon: Request & Support Ticketing In order to track MFLL requests to the LRC and respond to them in a timely manner, we will begin transitioning to a ticketing solution in the Summer that will allow the LRC to track all requests no matter how you choose to contact us. More information to come next month!

Deadline for Submissions

The final MFLL Newsletter for the 2015-2016 academic year will appear Monday, May 2. Deadline for submissions will be 6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 1, and should be sent as follows: jromeise@utk.edu.

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