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GOOD NEWS

Nuria Cruz Cámara (Hispanic Studies) organized and chaired a roundtable at the 49th NeMLA Annual Convention (University of Pittsburgh, April 12-15, 2018): Meta-retro considerations: Our first graduate papers and what they tell us today. Her presentation at this roundtable was entitled “How much can graduate students read? Secondary sources and the question of original research.”
Nuria Cruz Cámara
Flavien Falantin
Flavien Falantin (French and Francophone Studies) published an article entitled “De Marcel à Françoise et de Proust à Sagan. Réflexions sur une signature proustienne et son empreinte littéraire,” Pardailhan, vol. 4, April 2018: 47-58.
Millie Gimmel (Hispanic Studies) attended the annual meeting of the Association of Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies in Portland, Oregon April 5-7. She gave a paper “Conflicting Agendas: Genre and the Early Natural Histories of Mexico” and moderated a panel on Early Modern Scientific Cultures. Her article “Exotic or Invasive: A brief study of botanical and medical practice in 16th Century Mexico” was accepted for publication in Eä — Journal of Medical Humanities & Social Studies in Science and Technology.
Millie Gimmel
Yen-Chen Hao

Yen-Chen Hao, Wenying Huang and Yan Fan (Chinese) presented Student growth and attrition in Chinese classes: challenges and potential solutions at the TFLTA-EAST mini-conference on April 7 at Oak Ridge High School.

Noriko Horiguchi’s (Japanese) article, “The Devouring Empire: Food and Memory in Hayashi Fumiko’s Wartime and Narratives and Naruse Mikio’s Films,” was published in Devouring Japan: Global Perspectives on Japanese Culinary Identity, ed. Nancy K. Stalker (Oxford University Press, 2018). She also presented a paper, “The Strong, Milk–White Japanese Bodies in 1950s–1960s Japan,” at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., in March 2018. Horiguchi also gave a keynote lecture titled “Feeding the Devouring Empire of Japan: Food, Fiction, and Film” at the 71st Annual KFLC: The Languages, Literatures and Cultures Conference at the University of Kentucky in April 2018. In addition, she gave an invited lecture, “Food, Fiction, and Film in the Devouring Empire of Japan,” at the University of North Georgia in March 2018.
Noriko Horiguchi
Daniel H. Magilow
The College of Arts and Sciences publication Higher Ground recently featured an article on the Normandy Scholars Program. Daniel H. Magilow (German) taught the Normandy Scholars Seminar this past Spring semester and will direct the May mini-term trip to the UK, France, and Germany. The students in the program will be blogging about their study abroad experience through the program website, normandy.utk.edu.
Jodie Miller (French and Francophone Studies) successfully defended her MA thesis, “Espaces littéraires et mémoire culturelle autour de la Chanson de la Croisade albigeoise au tournant du XIIIe siècle.” She will be presenting in Leeds this summer at the International Medieval Congress on literary tradition as a form of cultural memory. This coming year, she will be teaching at the University of Lille, France as an English lecturer.
Jodie Miller
Maria Stehle
Maria Stehle (German) has published “Precarious Intimacies and Narratives of Non-Arrival: Refugees on Screen in a Changing Europe,” co-authored with Beverly Weber, in TRANSIT, special issue Reflections on (a) Changing Europe, 11:2. 2018.
She also published “Popfeminism,” with Carrie Smith in the Special Forum on “Feminism in German Studies” of The German Quarterly 91.2 (2018) and a blog post on the reviewed open-access website Digital Feminist Collective (with Maggie McCarthy).
Klayton Tietjen (French and Francophone Studies) will be participating in a panel on prosopography at the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan in May. He will be presenting his paper “Encounter with the Alien in Nithard's Histories.” He has also received fellowships for summer research: the 2018 SARIF research assistantship and the 2018 Barrette Fellowship through the MARCO institute. This support will allow him to locate manuscripts at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, aid in editing Dr. Miller's forthcoming monograph, and attend the Semaines d'Études Médiévales in Poitiers, France.
Klayton Tietjen
Rossy Toledo
Rossy Toledo (Hispanic Studies) presented a talk, Publish a book with your Students: Modifying Learning Objectives to Achieve Student Engagement, at the Regional TFLTA Conference in Oak Ridge, TN.
Dan Wang (Chinese) presented Motivating Students’ Foreign Language and Culture Acquisition Through Project–Based Learning at 2018 Chinese Language Teachers Association Annual Conference in Washington DC on April 7. She was also invited to present on Chinese Culture at the International Festivals at Pond Gap Elementary School on March 8 and at L&N Stem Academy on March 24.
Dan Wang
Béatrice Flamenbaum
Béatrice Flamenbaum (French and Francophone Studies) presented Freeze Frames on Ourika, the Anomaly in the Tableau, during the March ASECS (American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) 2018 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Euridice Silva-Filho (Portuguese) and Beth Bradley (German) received the Alumni Outstanding Teacher Award from Chancellor Davenport at the Chancellor's Honors Banquet on April 24, 2018.

Beth Bradley and Euridice Silva
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UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Iker Sedeno and Julia Goncalves are 2018 recipients of the Critical Language Scholarship. Iker Sedeno is currently pursuing the M.A. in Spanish, and Julia Goncalves is a sophomore majoring in Modern Foreign Language and Literature with a dual concentration in Russian and German. The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) summer program 2018 is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Iker will be studying Korean at Pusan National University in Busan, South Korea from June 10 to August 9 (including the pre-departure orientation in Washington, DC, June 10-11). Julia will be studying Russian at the KORA Russian Language Institute in Vladimir, Russia from May 31 until August 3. They will be living with local roommates in university dorms or at host families within the city.
The Critical Language Scholarship is an intensive language program with the main purpose of learning within a full language immersion. The US State Department fully funds about 600 students each summer to fly across the globe to learn these critical languages and serve as cultural ambassadors to the host country. It includes 20 hours of language classes per week with 3 additional hours to study each day while they also partake in culture-based activities in the afternoons. During the weekends, the program will take them on several trips around South Korea and Russia with the purpose of better experiencing the local culture.
Iker and Julia write: “We applied and waited for months to get accepted into the prestigious CLS network. We are thankful for many reasons but I, Iker, must highlight the enormous support provided by UTK Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships, we want to thank ONSF Director, Andrew Seidler and Harrison Akins for your tips and hosting the CLS workshop and the multiple emails sent by the MFLL department staff last semester. This might not be the first time two UTK students got accepted into the CLS Program, but we will put our time and effort so next time more UTK students can become recipients of this great scholarship. We highly encourage current UTK students to consider applying to the CLS program.” Visit clsscholarship.org.


Iker Sedeno and Julia Goncalves
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CONGRATULATIONS!

The following doctoral students successfully defended their dissertations:

Gerard Keubeung (French and Francophone Studies), “De l’indigène au banlieusard: figures de l’altérité dans le roman africain francophone”

Lavinia Horner (French and Francophone Studies), “Cultural Heritage Superimposition in the novels of Emmanuel Roblès and Maïssa Bey”

Béatrice Flamenbaum (French and Francophone Studies), “La critique de l’aristocratie et du libertinage dans les romans sentimentaux des auteures de l’âge classique au début du romantisme”

Haley Osborn (Hispanic Studies), “From Faking It to Making It: The Art of Cultural Adaptation in the Caribbean”

NEWS FROM CHINESE

Student honors — Katie Plank, a Biology major with a Chinese minor, was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English in Taiwan for the 2018–2019 year. Conny Zhao, a Music major with a Chinese minor, was awarded a Fulbright Research scholarship to study Mongolian long–song performance at Inner Mongolia Arts University for the 2018–2019 year.
Chinese Career Night — The Chinese program hosted a Chinese Career Night on March 1st. This session provided practical information for students who are interested in gaining work experience in China after they graduate. Dave Pariseau (Former Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain), Dr. James Hudson (Faculty from the History Department), Dr. Rachel Rui (Assistant of the Chancellor) and Emily Brooks (graduate student in the School of Education) joined us to share their working experience in China with our students. This event was sponsored by Asian Studies.

Chinese Career Night
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Chinese Career Night
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Chinese Hot Pot Night — On Wednesday, March 7th, the UTK Chinese Culture Club and the Chinese program held their first Chinese Hot Pot dinner in the Black Cultural Center. Hot Pot is a traditional Chinese soup containing a variety of different foods and ingredients. CCC Hot Pot night attracted nearly 60 American and Chinese students, who mingled together and learned about each other’s food cultures. This event was sponsored by the Confucius Institute.

Chinese Hot Pot Night
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Chinese Hot Pot Night
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Chinese Karaoke Competition — The Chinese Karaoke Competition is an annual event held on April 13 by the UTK Chinese program and the Chinese Culture Club (CCC). At this event, students taking Chinese classes at all levels competed singing Chinese songs. Their teachers, classmates, and friends all came to this event to support them. This year's Karaoke Competition reached far beyond just the UT community. Multiple L&N and Hardin Valley students joined the competition, and a total of about 120 students attended our event. This event was a great opportunity for our organization to recruit prospective students to MFLL and the Chinese program at the University of Tennessee.

Chinese Karaoke Competition
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Chinese Karaoke Competition
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NEWS FROM FRENCH & FRANCOPHONE STUDIES

French Immersion Weekend — French students and faculty met at Grace Point Camp and Retreat Center in Kingston, March 23-24, to enjoy an immersion weekend. French cooking, dancing and Karaoke, Yoga, hiking, Iron Chef Food Competition, and a Scavenger Hunt were among the activities on the program. Despite the cold and rainy weather, everybody had a lot of fun!

French Immersion Weekend: Ready for the hike!
French Immersion Weekend: Ready for the hike!
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French Immersion Weekend: Ready for the hike!
French Immersion Weekend: Students play the game "Devine Tête."
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NEWS FROM GERMAN

German Coffee House — On March 28, 2018 the German Club hosted the German Coffee House in collaboration with the International House. The event was in the Mary Greer Room of Hodges Library. They offered coffee, and freshly baked Streuselkuchen and Brötchen with Marmelade. The club baked the cakes and rolls the night before in the I–House kitchen.

German Coffee House
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NEWS FROM JAPANESE

The 12th Annual UT Japanese Speech Contest — The 12th Annual UT Japanese Speech Contest was held March 21 at the International House. In addition to our students, we welcomed many others who came to cheer for their friends.
The contest began with songs performed by each class. They practiced these songs diligently inside and outside of class. A total of 14 contestants were chosen by their fellow classmates to compete for the best presentations at each level. The 100–level students shared stories of special persons in their lives, ranging from family members to friends. The 200–level students presented their most memorable experiences, including getting lost in Tokyo and visiting grandparents for the first and last time. The 400–level students gave PowerPoint presentations on controversial issues in Japan, such as stereotypical views on women.
Thanks to support from the MFLL, Asian Studies Program, and Center for International Education, contest participants and guests enjoyed various Japanese foods and door prizes (inari–zushi, yukata, etc). There was also a live performance from Japan by Takuya Hamatani, a shamisen instructor. Student volunteers helped coordinate and host the event. Many thanks to all who came and made it such a great success!


12th Annual UT Japanese Speech Contest
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12th Annual UT Japanese Speech Contest
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12th Annual UT Japanese Speech Contest
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12th Annual UT Japanese Speech Contest
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Japanese Language Table — The Japanese Program was very fortunate to have Haruna Sakaguchi, an exchange student from Japan, lead the Japanese Language Table at the I–House every Thursday this semester. Haruna is studying marketing at UT. Thanks to her great energy and charm, everyone enjoyed practicing the language and learning about aspects of Japanese culture that are not covered in the classroom.

Japanese Language Table
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NEWS FROM HISPANIC STUDIES

Spanish Honors Students (218) Present their Story Corps® Interviews during a poster presentation session at Hodges Library: Recording the Lives of East Tennessee Hispanic Immigrants.

Story Corps® Interviews
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Story Corps® Interviews
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Spanish Students win 1st Place in the 2018 Talent Show singing the Marc Anthony song “Vivir Mi Vida”.

2018 MFLL Talent Show
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2018 MFLL Talent Show
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The Spanish Team earned Second place in the MFLL Soccer Tournament.

Spanish Team at the MFLL Soccer Tournament
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Spanish Team at the MFLL Soccer Tournament
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NEWS FROM LANGUAGE & WORLD BUSINESS

Shannon Perrone, President, and Sarah Hoffmann, VP, of the Language and World Business Student Association attended the JUMP Overnight Visit Program on Saturday, March 24, 2018. They were able to meet with a number of UT admitted multicultural students and their parents to present the LWB Program. Thanks to both for their dedication!
We would like to congratulate Yuki Minami, an LWB–Japanese Senior student, who has been awarded the prestigious 2018–2019 Fulbright Research Award to Japan. Yuki’s research will focus on the role of Japanese women during the Meiji and Taisho periods in Japan and overseas under the ideology of modernity and forced policy of being a “good wife and wise mother.” Yuki will be conducting her research at Waseda University where she also studied abroad in 2017. Congratulations, Yuki!
On Monday, April 2, members of the LWBSA and Lisa Parker, advisor for the organization, volunteered to read children’s books in different languages during the International Children’s Book Day at Inskip Elementary School in Knoxville. Shannon Perrone, Sarah Hoffmann, and Hanna Bain–Selbo read books in Spanish. Brooklyn Battle and Tori Lambert read books in Chinese, and Yuki Minami in Japanese. We are looking forward to continuing to bring more LWB students to read and encourage children to learn new languages.

French Immersion Weekend: Ready for the hike!
Pictured from left to right front: Yuki Minami (LWB-JAPA), Hanna Bain-Selbo (LWB-HS), and Tori Lambert (LWB-CHIN); from left to right back: Lisa Parker (Advisor LWBSA), Shannon Perrone (LWB-HS), Brooklyn Battle (LWB-CHIN) and Hannah Hoffmann (LWB-HS)
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On Monday, April 16, Lisa Parker, Assistant Director of LWB, visited Omega Plastics LLC in Knoxville, a state–of–the–art plastic extrusion facility, to discuss possible internships for LWB students. Lisa met with Andrés Fletcher Huidobro, CEO, and Roberto Martínez, Accounting Analyst/Accounts Payable Manager. Omega Plastics is one of the manufacturing plants for DVP Corporation, with headquarters in Santiago, Chile. This is one of the original companies that Lisa visited during her fall 2017 visit to Chile. We expect to position the first intern this summer, with possibilities of continuing in the fall.

French Immersion Weekend: Ready for the hike!
Pictured from left to right: Chris Allen (Distribution Manager), Roberto Martínez (Accounting Analyst/Accounts Payable Manager), Lisa Parker (Assistant Director LWB) and Andrés Fletcher Huidobro (CEO)
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NEWS FROM THE LRC

LTR Workshop–Susan Edmundson and Renée D'Elia-Zunino
LTR Methods Workshops — The MFLL Language Teaching Resources Methods Workshop series continued on March 1 and April 5. On March 1, Susan Edmundson (French) and Renée D'Elia-Zunino (Italian) presented on “Creating Communicative Activities for an Online Environment: Using Technology for Class Interaction”. Then on April 5, Professor Cary Staples (School of Art) introduced attendees to the design thinking process used to empower students to create a game where students seek language learning as the result of creating (and playing) Bonne Chance (playbonnechance.com), a French learning game created by UTK students for UTK students. Doug Canfield facilitated a Facebook live-feed of both events which brought in a virtual audience as well. A big “Thank you!” to all who contributed and/or attended. Edited videos of both events along with the Powerpoint and handouts from the presentation will be available on the LTR website. Have an idea for a presentation for the Fall Semester? Contact the Methods Workshop organizing team! [Laurent, Mia, Thorsten, Doug]. All are welcome.
Plex additions — Here is a small list of some of the LRC Video Collection videos that have been digitally added to our Plex Media Server this month:
Plex

LRC TRAINING EVENTS — SUMMER 2018

Introduction to NVivo (Tues., June 12, 2 PM - 4 PM, 520 Greve Hall) At this workshop, you will focus on using NVivo (a qualitative data-analysis tool) to organize, query, visualize, and summarize data for a literature review. Additionally, you will learn how to annotate literature, add research notes, and integrate NVivo with bibliographic software packages such as Endnote and Zotero.
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Adobe InDesign Basics (Tues., June 19, 9:40AM - 11:40AM, 520 Greve Hall) InDesign can be used to create works such as posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, and books. This is an introductory workshop that will give you a basic understanding of InDesign and how to use the different tools available. Click here to register
Cloud Storage Options (Wed., July 11, 10:10AM - 11:10AM, 520 Greve Hall) Comparison of T-Storage, Microsoft OneDrive, and Google Drive with emphasis on uses for faculty and staff. Click here to register
Online Training of the Month: Teaching Synchronously Online Explore tools, tips, and techniques for leading real-time virtual instruction. No matter what teaching tool you use, from Zoom to Google Hangouts, this workshop will help you use your digital classroom to increase collaboration and connection with students. You will discover the elements of creating virtual synchronous learning, including selecting the right tools, implementing instructional strategies, and managing learner interactions and engagement. Find out how to apply the flipped classroom model to online teaching and get tips for engaging learners and assessing learning. Click here to view

LAST NEWSLETTER FOR 2017–2018

This is the last MFLL monthly newsletter for the 2017–2018 academic year. We will resume publication in August.

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