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March 2021 Newsletter



Dr. Flavia Brizio–Skov (Italian) published a review of Frank Burke’s new book, entitled Fellini’s Films and Commercials: From Postwar to Postmodernism, on Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, Issue 20, January 2021.
Dr. Brizio–Skov has been invited by the American Association of Teachers of Italian (AATI) to be on the selection committee for the first AATI Book Award for 2021. She continues to work as a referee reader for various journals of cinema and literature.
Professor Brizio–Skov’s monograph Ride the Frontier — Exploring the Myth of the American West on Screen has just been published by MacFarland.
Ride the FrontierRide the Frontier
Dr. Flavia Brizio-Skov
Dr. Adrian Del Caro Dr. Adrian Del Caro (German) and the Stanford University Press editorial team of The Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche have published volume 9, The Case of Wagner, Twilight of the Idols, The Antichrist, Ecce Homo, Dionysus Dithyrambs, Nietzsche Contra Wagner (Stanford UP, 2021, 791 + xiv pages). Volume 9 includes all of Nietzsche’s works from his final year of writing, 1888, under one cover for the first time in English translation. The afterword was contributed by Andreas Urs Sommer. In addition to serving as one of the general editors of this series, Adrian Del Caro completed the translations of The Antichrist and Nietzsche Contra Wagner.
Renée D’Elia–Zunino’s (Italian) article “The Decameron’s Lessons, and My 100 Days of Seeking Ways to Alleviate the Pain of COVID-19 in My Italian Classes” was chosen to be part of a collection of articles that are now a book entitled Teaching During Covid, Special Issue Fall 2020, published by the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College CUNY. Renée D'Elia-Zunino
Dr. Michael Handelsman Dr. Michael Handelsman (Emeritus, Hispanic Studies) published an essay in Colombia with the Universidad Central en Bogotá: “Juan Montaño, el jazzman de los 8 minutos 42 segundos de Black Lives Matter”. Nómadas, 53 (julio-diciembre 2020), 87-103.
Dr. Yen-Chen Hao (Chinese) and her co-author have published a book chapter, “English obstruent perception by native Mandarin, Korean, and English speakers”, in R. Wayland (Ed.), Second Language Speech Learning: Theoretical and Empirical Progress (pp.195-212). Cambridge University Press. Dr. Yen-Chen Hao
Dr. Harrison Meadows Dr. Harrison Meadows (Hispanic Studies) contributed a book chapter titled, “The Poetics of Tragedy and Justice in Vélez de Guevara’s La serrana de la Vera (1613)” to the edited volume: Social Justice in the Spanish Comedia (U of Toronto Press, published 2021).
Dr. Harrison was also recently elected to the board of the Association for Hispanic Classical Theater for a term beginning in 2021.
Social Justice in Spanish Golden Age Theatre


Chinese New Year Celebration — On Feb 12th, The Chinese Culture Club invited students to celebrate the Lunar New Year with fun games, cultural presentations and prizes. The events included a presentation on Chinese New Year traditions, an online wuziqi (five in a row) tournament, and a trivia game focusing on the knowledge about Chinese New Year. There was a special 红包 (red envelope) prize for the winners of each event. The event was sponsored by the Office of Asia Engagement. It was a great opportunity for students to learn about the Chinese New Year traditions and customs.

Chinese New Year Celebration Chinese New Year Celebration

Chinese Movie Series — The Chinese Cultural Club is going to host a Chinese Movie Series in March. We are screening one movie every Monday from March 8 to March 22. We would very much appreciate if you could help us spread the word on this. Register to attend:

Chinese Movie Series

Chinese Culture Club community on Discord — Hang out with 61 other members and enjoy free voice and text chat.
Join the Chinese Culture Club Discord Server!
Here is a YouTube video explaining how to access discord, and a quick tour around the CCC server:


Hispanic Film Fest Spring 2021 — The online edition of the Hispanic Film Fest will be featuring five independent award–winning films in Spanish with English subtitles. The Hispanic Film Fest seeks to enrich the moviegoer experience by presenting UT professors as guest speakers before the screenings. The festival was granted with a Pragda Grant, a Haines Morris Grant, as well as with the sponsorship of multiple departments on UT campus. Films available online:

Contact Dr. Betsabé Navarro (Hispanic Studies) for more info (

Speakers from UT: De Ann Pendry, Jana Morgan, Solange Muñoz, Graciela Cabana, Jordi Torrent
Username: SFC@UniversityofTennesseeKnoxville
Password: UTFEST2021
Link: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Hispanic Film Festival | Pragda

Hispanic Film Fest Spring 2021

Other cultural events supported by Hispanic Studies in Spring 2021:

Hispanic Cultural Event Series Spring 2021


Carnevale — The Italian Club hosted Il Carnevale di Zoomezia on Feb.16, attracting a nice crowd. We had the opportunity to learn about the history of il Carnevale di Venezia, its masks and costumes, a few interesting recipes, and the Carnival traditions in different Italian regions. We enjoyed the performance of Italian jazz composer Margherita Fava, who played Black Orpheus by Luiz Bonfá on the piano, creating connections to the Brazilian Carnaval. The students of Italian showcased the many colorful masks they created at home.

Carnevale di Zoomezia Carnevale di Zoomezia

April 2021: Ecofoto contest —The Italian Club has announced a photo contest open to all students in MFLL:
Concorso di Eco–Fotografia: Being Eco–Friendly with Nature. In theme with the environment, protection of the planet, and Earth Day, the Italian Club invites everyone to submit pictures of nature to be judged by an Italian club rep, an expert of ecology/nature, and a photographer. There are three categories:

  1. Tennessee Today: Go out and take pictures of nature in Tennessee at this moment.
  2. Nature of the Past: Submit any photos of nature that you may have taken in the past.
  3. How Covid Has Changed the Environment: Show through photography how the pandemic, and the lack of human activity has impacted nature.
The event is on April 8th on Zoom. Submission of photos is due by April 6th at noon, along with a short blurb about your photo. Winners will receive a gift card. Submit photos here:
Join us on Zoom on April 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm:
Ecofoto contest
Ecofoto contest

The Italian Table is meeting every Thursday at 5:00 pm. Join us here:


Brazilian Cultural Night: Sarau Cultural OnlineJoin us March 16th, Tuesday, 6:00 pm. for a night of live music with the talented André and Gabriela Parizzi (Portuguese). They will perform songs from the Cancioneiro Romântico Brasileiro. Portuguese students from UT and special guests from Brazil (PUC Minas) will also perform. Join us for a fun and exciting evening hosted by Dr. Eurídice Silva (Portuguese)!
More info:

Sarau Cultural Online

The Portuguese Language Club (CLIP) is planning several exciting events for the semester. They are meeting on the first Monday of the month, at 6:00 p.m. The next two meetings are March 1, and April 5. Zoom:

The Portuguese Language Club (CLIP)

The Bate–Papo (The Portuguese Table) — You are all invited to chit chat with our Portuguese faculty and students, native speakers of Portuguese from the UT community, and invited guests directly from Brazil. We are meeting on Zoom the last Friday of the month, 6:00-7:00pm. - Mar 26, Apr 23.
Check our poster:

The Bate-Papo

Brazilian Film Series Spring 2021 Online — Romantic Comedies Brazilian Style! Check our first features (with English subtitles):

Brazilian Film Series Spring 2021 Online
Brazilian Film Series Spring 2021 Online

Link to the films:

All films will be available at the link above until the end of the spring semester. Check the BFS poster for more information about the films!

Brazilian Film Series Spring 2021 Online

Methods Workshop - Annachiara Mariani Methods Workshop on GimkitThe MFLL Language Teaching Resources Methods Workshop Series began the Spring Semester on February 11 with a Zoom workshop by Annachiara Mariani (Italian) on using Gimkit to keep students engaged and excited about language learning. Click here to watch the workshop on demand at the LRC's Facebook page.

Methods Workshop - Laurent Zunino Fun collaborative writing — The MFLL Language Teaching Resources Methods Workshop Series will continue on March 25 at 1PM with a Zoom workshop by Laurent Zunino (French) on using Mindmup and Genially to diversify class writing activities. Laurent will discuss experiences in his Experiential Learning French Game Design class, where students work together to write a compelling story used to create a placed-based or an escape game. In his course, students must figure out how they can include the 212 French vocabulary and grammatical content into ludic instructional practices. Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm a short task with the objective of improving structure writing in their courses.

MARCH 2021

Instructor Training: LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor (Wed., Mar. 10, 2–3 PM, online) This comprehensive training is intended for instructors who use LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor with online exams. The session provides a detailed demonstration of both applications, including recent enhancements that make Respondus Monitor even more effective and easy to use.
Click here to register
Microsoft Bookings: Overview (Tue., Mar. 16, 1:10–2:10 PM, via Zoom) This workshop will walk you through the basics of setting up Microsoft Bookings. Bookings is an online app that makes scheduling appointments a breeze. Bookings can be setup for single use or for your entire class.
Click here to register
Instructing: Leveraging Student Devices for Active Learning (Wed., Mar. 31, 2—3 PM, online) This workshop will allow you to explore the challenges and opportunities for active learning presented by student digital devices and brainstorm some practical ideas and strategies for managing digital distractions and using student devices for active learning.
Click here to register
Online Training of the Month: Nvivo Fundamentals This online workshop will provide an overview of Nvivo. The interface and features are demonstrated, along with examples of research projects utilizing the software. You will import and organize data in NVivo, add research notes and annotations, and code qualitative data in a variety of ways. You will also understand the potential of NVivo as a tool for organizing, questioning, visualizing, and reporting qualitative research data.
Click here to enroll

MARCH 2021

High-Leverage Teaching Practices: Building a Classroom Discourse Community — In the second podcast of the High-Leverage Teaching Practices series released by the NFLRC in 2020, Nicole Naditz interviews Toni Theisen, 2013 ACTFL President and 2009 ACTFL Teacher of the year, on building a learning envirnment in which both the teacher and students actively participate in meaningful conversations in a learning environment that nurthures the exchange of ideas.
Click here to listen

MARCH 2021

audiolingua Amara: Caption, Subtitle and Translate Video — Amara, available at, is award-winning technology that enables you to caption and subtitle any video for free. For larger subtitling projects, the platform makes it easy to manage teams of translators.


The next MFLL Newsletter will be published Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Submissions should be sent to prior to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, April 4, 2021. Please follow these guidelines as you submit your items:

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