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4th Annual International Karaoke Night!

The 4th Annual International Karaoke Night on Nov 8th was a raucous event with international food, great music, and prizes! Students sang in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. Our 3 judges, Hiydees Feliciano-Torres C'20, Sewanee citizen, Linda Heck, and Jenna Whitehead C'20 chose the winners based on such factors as voice quality, audience response, and complexity of the song.

Dr. Apgar at TFLTA Conference

At the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association meeting in Franklin, Professor Richard Apgar participated in a panel with colleagues from the University of Memphis, Belmont University, Austin Peay State University, and the University of Tennessee about articulation between language study at high school and college. He addressed the ways language courses differ at the college level and how teachers can help students successfully build on their successes in high school. Other panelists spoke about placement, proficiency-oriented instruction, and training the next generation of language teachers. Later that weekend, Dr. Apgar was elected president of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German, a role he will fill for a two-year term.

Dr. Ramsey Presents Work at TFLT

Laurie Ramsey attended and presented at the Annual Conference of the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association. Her session was entitled "Victor Schoelcher: Abolition and the Martinique-Alsace Connection." Building upon a project linked to her current FREN 350 course, "Crossroads of Europe: Strasbourg and its Region", she reported on her summer research into the life and work of Victor Schoelcher, the great French abolitionist, whose father came from Fessenheim in Alsace.

Dr. Rung & Dr. Preslar Attend Conference of the Society for Utopian Studies

Dr. Rung & Dr. Preslar attended the 43rd Annual Conference of the Society for Utopian Studies, entitled "Disruption, Displacement, and Disorder" November 1-3 in Berkeley, California. Dr. Rung presented a paper called "Starships as Dandelion Seeds: Anti-Utopianism in Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora." Dr. Preslar's paper was called "Knowledge is Power: Technology as Catalyst in Revolution and Worldview Transformation." The author Dr. Rung presented on, Kim Stanley Robinson, actually attended his session.

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