Gazette Newsletter


The Department of World Languages and Literatures had a table at the November 4 #MEMbound recruitment event for high school students and their families held in the University Center. Pictured are our student ambassadors who helped at the event, Savannah Shelton and Ashley Bradberry. We had a lot of students interested in studying a language at the University of Memphis next year!

The New York Times published an article on November 3, 2017 highlighting six myths about choosing a college major which can be found at the following link:

The Guardian, a British daily newspaper, published an article on November 3, 2017 about language and Brexit which can be found at the following link:


Two short Avant-Garde French films, Le sang d'un poète and La Jetée, will be shown on Tuesday, November 14 at 5:30 pm in Mitchell Auditorium. Films in French with English subtitles. The films will be preceded by a short presentation by Dr. Will Thompson on the French avant-garde movements of the 20th Century.

Latino Memphis will host a panel discussion on The Future of DACA and an analysis about the Dream Act. It will be held at The Halloran Center at 225 South Main St. on Wednesday, November 15th from 5:30-8:00pm. The event is free, but donations are appreciated. See the link for more details about the discussion and the event.

The Italian film Un Boss in Salito will be screened Thursday, November 16 in the McWherter Library, room 226 at 7:00 pm. The film will be in Italian with English subtitles This is part of the Italian film series which compliments the curriculum of ITAL 1010, 1020, 2010, 2020, and 3311. For further information contact Dr. Gaudenzi (

Faculty Activities

Yuki Matsuda published a Japanese translation of Making New Media: Creative Production and Digital Literacies, by Andrew Burn (2009) Peter Lang with her Japanese collaborators published by Kuroshio Publishing Company, Tokyo, Japan.

Cosetta Gaudenzi presented a paper at the Conference Interno 17: Luoghi della interazione sociale urbana, "Urban Housing in Naples as a Setting in Twenty-First Century Italian Cinema: Vincenzo Marra's L'amministratore, Paola Randi's Into Paradiso, and Matteo Garrone's Gomorra,"University of Bergen, Norway, September 25-27.

Benjamin Sparks presented his paper "L.A. Trip: An Exile between Languages and Continents" at the Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies International Conference Stars and Strife: Writing in America in Recent French and Francophone Literature October 25th, 2017 at Florida State University.