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Rudyard Alcocer and Haley Osborn (both Hispanic Studies) have published “Big-Screen Adaptations of Two Gabriel García Márquez Novels: A Reappraisal,” in Gabriel García Márquez in Retrospect (Lexington Books), edited by Gene Bell-Villada. November 2016, 213-29.
Rudyard Alcocer
Stephen Blackwell

Stephen Blackwell's (Russian) co-edited book, Fine Lines: Vladimir Nabokov’s Scientific Art (Yale University Press, 2016) was named a “top-20 book of 2016” by the international science journal Nature's books and arts blog, “A View from the Bridge”.
Adrian Del Caro’s (German) “Intertextuality, Gender, and Teaching ‘German’ in English,” has been published in Translation and Translating in German Studies: A Festschrift in Honour of Raleigh Whitinger. Ed. John L. Plews and Diana Spokiene. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016, 77-96.
Adrian Del Caro
Maria Gallmeier
Maria Gallmeier (German/Russian) participated in a three days advanced training workshop “Project Based Learning in the German Classroom” at the Goethe–Institute in Chicago and received a grant from the institute to offset the cost of the teaching materials connected with the implementation of a project based learning unit in her second-year German language course. Maria completed the two-years term as the president of the TN-AATG chapter but will continue serving on the TN-AATG board as the membership chair.
Chris Holmlund (French and Francophone Studies) has published two essays on independent film: “Casing ‘Indie’ Acting” appears in Wiley-Blackwell’s A Companion to Indie Film and “Mutual Muses in Independent Film: Women Directors, Female Stars,” appears in Indie Reframed: Women in American Independent Film.
Chris Holmlund
Thorsten Huth
Thorsten Huth (German) presented, along with two other panelists, “Talk-in-interaction as learning target? How language ideologies and resources for teaching methodology inform language teacher training” at “Interactional competences and practices in a second language”, held at the University of Neuchatel (Switzerland) January 18-20.

His book chapter, “Playing with turns, playing with action: A social-interactionist perspective”, has been published in Nancy Bell (Ed.), Multiple perspectives on language play, Mouton DeGruyter: 2017, 47-72, and his journal article, co-authored with Bendig and Betz, “Teaching variant types of weil and obwohl structures in German”, appeared in Die Unterrichtspraxis/Teaching German 49 (2), 214-227.
Bernard Issa (Hispanic Studies) presented a talk titled “Grammatical gender as a predictive cue in real-time language processing: The case of heritage speakers” at the October 2016 Hispanic Linguistic Symposium at Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
Bernard Issa
Andrew Lubben (PhD candidate in Modern Foreign Languages and a 1st concentration in German) is the recipient of a “Contact Fellowship funded by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) in accordance with the DAAD scholarship program (‘STIBET-Doktoranden)” that will support his dissertation research at the University of Mannheim from for the calendar year 2017.
Daniel H. Magilow (German) is giving several talks this semester in Knoxville and beyond to both academic audiences and the broader public. This next weekend (on Saturday, January 28), he will be delivering the closing keynote address “Objects and Things: Albert Renger-Patzsch’s Photography of Interruption” for the conference Launen der Sachlichkeit / Vagaries of Objectivity at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Closer to home, he will be speaking on Tuesday, March 21 on the topic of “Using and Abusing the Memory of the Holocaust” at Holly’s Gourmet’s Market & Café as part of the UT Humanities Center's Cocktails and Conversations series, and on Wednesday, April 26, he will be introducing Peter Hayes’s book Why? Explaining the Holocaust for the Knox County Public Library’s “Books Sandwiched In” Monthly Lunchtime Book Discussion.
Daniel H. Magilow
Harrison Meadows
Harrison Meadows (Hispanic Studies) has published, with co-editor John Slater (UC Davis), an edition of two plays by Spanish playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca titled, En la vida todo es verdad y todo mentira and Sueños hay que verdad son (Newark, DE: European Masterpieces, 2016). During the fall, his review of William Egginton’s The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered in the Modern World (New York: Bloomsbury, 2016) appeared in eHumanista, vol. 34, 2016, pp. 578-580.
An article by Mary McAlpin (French and Francophone Studies), “The Virtues of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Marital Infidelity in Marie-Jeanne Roland’s Private Memoirs (1795),” originally published in the Journal of the History of Sexuality (2012), was reprinted in volume 258 of Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800, for which she also served as academic editor. McAlpin also published a review essay of Sabine Arnaud’s On Hysteria: The Invention of a Medical Category between 1670 and 1820 (Chicago, 2015) in H-France Forum 11.6.
Mary McAlpin
Anne Hélène Miller
Anne Hélène Miller (French and Francophone Studies) has been elected to serve for five years on the MLA executive committee of the Forum LLC Medieval French.
Stefanie Ohnesorg (German) received the “Goethe–Institut / AATG Certificate of Merit” during the AATG Awards Ceremony at the ACTFL/AATG Annual Conference in Boston on November. This national award honors achievement in furthering German teaching in the US and recognizes recipients for outstanding teaching, creative and successful activities promoting German, innovative curriculum and successful course design, successful interdisciplinary cooperation, and/or significant contributions to the profession. She also gave a presentation on her research at ACTFL/AATG (Boston, November 2016), at the Women in German Annual Conference (Banff, October 2016), and at the World Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association (Vienna, August 2016).
Stefanie Ohnesorg
Silke Seibold
Silke Seibold (M.A. candidate in German) received the 2016 award for the best German radio-play for children (Deutscher Kinderhörspielpreis) for her radio-play “Gib’s zurück!” [Give It Back!]. She was honored with this national award on November 12, 2016 at the ZKM (Center for Media Art) in Karlsruhe Germany, and the award ceremony was broadcast on German TV.
Dolly Young and Gabriela Parizzi (both Hispanic Studies) presented “Rethinking the Intermediate Spanish Curriculum: What is it about the Subjunctive that is so important at these levels?” at the TFLA Conference November 4-5 in Nashville.
Dolly Young
Rossy Toledo
Francisca Chaudhary
Jae Resendes
Rossy Toledo, Francisca Chaudhary and Jae Resendes (Hispanic Studies) presented a roundtable panel titled: Languages for the Professions at the TFLTA Conference in Nashville, Tennessee this past November. As the current instructors of Spanish for the Business World (Chaudhary), Medical Spanish (Resendes), and Spanish for the Communication Majors: Advertising, Broadcasting, Journalism and New Media (Toledo), they shared their individual course objectives, format, strategies and outcomes as well as the advantages and disadvantages on the subject of Language Learning for the Professions.
Nicole Wallenbrock (French and Francophone Studies) presented “The Screen Geography of the Algerian Revolution: Evolving towards a transhistorical, transnational, film cartography” at the Modern Languages Association Conference, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Nicole Wallenbrock


The German Program in collaboration with the Goethe Center Atlanta and the UT Center for Career Development organized a “German Career Day” at UT on October 25, 2016. This “German Career Day” entailed an outreach component with local high schools and community colleges in the morning and in the afternoon, culminated in an interactive on-campus event with presentations from representatives of the Goethe Center Atlanta and East-Tennessee employers who have an interest in hiring students with German language skills.


Jan.25th 1:00-3:00 pm Mary Greer Room in Hodges Library The Italian club hosts: Italian Coffee House Come sip some coffee and taste some savory tarts and biscotti! Free and open to the public.

Feb. 10th at 7:30 pm at Tennessee Theater
Join us for a Night at the Opera to see “La Bohème” by Puccini
For more info contact amariani@utk.edu

Feb.13 11:30-1:30 on pedestrian walkway
Bake for Hearts Valentines sale
Buy some tasty cookies to share with your loved ones!
Funds raised go to Italian Club UTK

Italian Table Wednesdays, 2:20-3:20 pm, Hodges Library, Starbucks area.


CLIP – the Portuguese Language Club took part in the Student Organization Engagement Fair on the Pedestrian Walkway. A big thank you to the president of the club, Raven Bailey, and the four other students – Ra’Tia Blackmon, Zack Ott, Kamden Ivy, and Darius East who donated their time and energy to let other students know about Portuguese at UT and the ways to get involved.
Wanessa Velloso
Wanessa Velloso (Portuguese) will be leading monthly training sessions for the volunteers who are in charge of the language tables at the International House. One of the initiatives discussed with Lauren Longino, the coordinator of the I-House, was to create a resource center so that the language leaders have access to different games and ideas that can engage students more easily. The Language Practice is a program sponsored by the I-House, and it offers students the opportunity to interact with a native speaker of a given language in a relaxed environment. Spanish, French, and Arabic do not have a leader yet. If you would like to recommend someone, please contact Lauren at llongino@utk.edu The language practice will start on the week of January 23, and the schedule is available here. Please encourage your students to participate!

Upcoming Events @

Office Hours with Doug and Mark: A reminder that Doug's office hours are M-F from 10AM-12 noon and Mark will have office hours from 1PM-3PM M-F until May 9. Cancellations and postponements will be announced at the LRC Support site. Of course, other hours are always available by appointment.
VoiceThread moderated comments and private threads (Tues., Jan. 24, 7PM - 8PM online) You will learn how to use comment moderation to formatively assess student work, give private feedback, use threaded commenting, and copy VoiceThreads for use with multiple groups. Click here to register
VoiceThread in Canvas (Tues., Jan. 31, 7PM - 8PM online) In this workshop, you will work on integrating VoiceThread into your Canvas course. With Canvas integration you can create and share VoiceThreads and grade student work. You will practice using the assignment builder to assess student work. Click here to register
Prezi Tips for Conferences (Wed., Feb. 8, 3:30PM - 5PM in Greve 520) This workshop will prepare you to use Prezi for conference presentations. Prezi allows you to zoom to different views on a virtual canvas and makes your presentation more visually appealing. You will learn how to share your Prezi with other collaborators, download a Prezi for use when you have limited access to the internet, and see how to create infographics using Prezi. Click here to register
Creating Video with a Mobile Device and SWIVL (Thurs., Feb. 23, 1PM - 3PM in Greve 520) The LRC has several SWIVL devices available for checkout to instructors. Using a mobile device to record audio, and the SWIVL robot to track movement, you can record just a segment or an entire class lecture, create a short instructional video, or practice your content/presentation delivery. You will learn to create your own video, apply minimal editing, and then upload content to a video sharing site. Bring your own tablet or smartphone, or an iPad will be provided. Click here to register
Vote for February's (un)Workshop — We offer time monthly in which instructors, researchers, and the LRC can get together and in a short period of time, create something useful and meaningful for our classrooms and communities. In November, we were able to discuss Kahoot and Google Street View 360° and even talked about 360° experience creation with the Theta S and HTC Vive! Our loosely structured workshops emphasize the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, and each session topic will come from the most popular request during the selection period. Please fill out the Google Form to express your preferences for topics of the (un)workshop and the Doodle to give us your date and time preferences.  The time, place, and topic(s) will be announced on the 1st, so get your comments in before then. Don't miss what promises to be another energizing and freewheeling exchange! Make your voice heard for February's (un)workshop!

Deadline for Submissions — February Newsletter

The next MFLL Newsletter will be published Monday, February 27, 2017. Deadline for submissions will be 6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 26, and should be sent to jromeise@utk.edu. Please be prompt in submitting items.

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