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Arabic Studies professor Garrett Davidson was honored in the College of Charleston Magazine this summer. Professor Davidson strives to foster connections with a part of the world that students might otherwise now know.

“This is a region that’s very misunderstood,” says Davidson, adding that 21st-century American cinema hasn’t helped the matter. “Arabs tend to be villainized and dehumanized in Hollywood films. So, one of the goals is to humanize them for these students – to connect them to these societies in a way that challenges their perceptions.”

“This course explores political and social issues that are very foreign to students – and in a very foreign environment. So, using a medium that they are so familiar with – that they are comfortable with – makes it more approachable,” says Davidson, noting that the course includes films from all over the Arabic world, from Morocco to Iraq, providing the perfect channel for exploring any number of political, historical and cultural issues. “These films are exposing them to important themes in modern Arab societies and cultures in ways they really connect with.”

The full article can be found here: http://today.cofc.edu/2017/06/16/arabic-studies/

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Asian-Pacific Islander Unity Celebration 2017

Posted by: smithcn1 | July 6, 2017 | No Comment |

On Tuesday, May 2, 2017 the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services and student organizations Asian Student Association and the Chinese Club honored the accomplishments of our Asian-Pacific Islander Graduates. Our very own Dr. Karambelkar was the key note speaker of the event.

http://msps.cofc.edu/multiculturalgraduationcelebrations/asian-pacific-islander-unity-celebration.php

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On April 11, 2017 the Goose Creek City Council honored Professor Leena Karambelkar, Director of the Hindi Program, with this year’s Goose Creek Artist Guild Purchase Award for her mixed media painting “Nirvana”.

The painting was presented during the meeting and will be on display at City Hall.

You can find the announcement of the award in The Berkeley Observer or at the link below.

http://www.berkeleyobserver.com/2017/04/12/goose-creek-city-council-honors-award-winning-artist/

 

 

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Shout out to professor Leena Karambelkar

Posted by: smithcn1 | March 27, 2017 | No Comment |

Professor Leena Karambelkar, Director of the Hindi program, was highlighted in a special feature of the Office of Institutional Diversity’s monthly newsletter. This month OID’s newsletter celebrates women’s history, women in higher education.

You can find the newsletter here
http://diversity.cofc.edu/OID%20Newsletter/March%20Newsletter.pdf

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On February 25, 2017 at The Citadel students participated in the Chinese Performing Arts Show & Speech Contest.

The event included
Ming Ke / Traditional Instruments Pipa & Guzheng
Chen Lan / Ancient Poetry Operatic Singing
Li Huang / Classical & Poetry Dances
Jia Jia / Chinese Flutes
Tu Shuai / Guqin
Haijing Zhuang / Guzheng
Classical Chinese Dances by City Art Center
& Mama Dance Group

The event was sponsored by:
Project GO

The event was coordinated by:
The Citadel
The College of Charleston, School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs
Charleston Chinese Culture Center
Poetry & Beyond

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TLT “Shout-Out” to Professor Karambelkar!

Posted by: smithcn1 | November 17, 2016 | No Comment |

We’re so proud to share the exciting “Shout-Out” that TLT gave to Professor Leena Karambelkar on November 2nd. TLT gave the “Shout-Out” to Professor Karambelkar for inspiring her students’ creativity with problem-based learning (PBL). She attended TLT’s Faculty Technology Institute in 2012 and learned about PBL from D. John Peters. According to Professor Karambelkar, “PBL makes students the decision-makers and active participants in the process of learning while the instructor’s role is of a facilitator, guide, and mentor.” Examples of student projects included poetry, teaching materials about Indian scientists, and a book written in Hindi for young girls.

“It is pure joy to see how these enthusiastic students create beautiful pieces of knowledge using critical thinking, intuition, and an urge to learn more,” says Professor Karambelkar.  And students appreciate her approach to teaching: “Ms. Leena is a fantastic teacher. Going from Hindi 101 to Hindi 202, I have learned so much. By the time you get to 202, she customizes the work to each student so that we are all working on material that matters to us.”

 

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Anjali Naik, ExCEL Award recipient for LCWA!

Posted by: smithcn1 | April 18, 2016 | No Comment |

1599438_10102640523167327_347418261816614106_oThe ExCel Award honors more than 30 students, staff, faculty and community members for their commitment to creating a campus environment that promotes diversity and excellence. Anjali Naik is the recipient of the ExCEL Award for the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs. She was nominated by Hindi instructor Mrs. Leena Karambelkar. Mrs. Karambelkar saw in her tremendous awareness of the community and a wish to help others.

Anjali Naik is a junior at the College studying Computing in the Arts with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She is a member of the Bonner Leader Program, and has been a member of at least 5 other student organizations over her college experience. Her involvement in the community is of a change maker, a reformer, a role model.

Her exceptional work is for “Girls Rock Charleston” where she has already spent more than 800 volunteering hours. Anjali is also a co-founder, organizer and a daily mentor at the Girls Rock After School Program that builds power with prominently at-risk girls and trans youth to creatively collaborate with peers and use art and music as a platform to promote social change.

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This is just a reminder that the Addlestone Library and the Charleston Tibetan Society cordially invite you to watch the construction of a Tibetan sand mandala.

 

Here is an updated schedule of events associated with the sand mandala.

 

What: Chenrezing Sand Mandala

When: May 26th – June 6th

Where: Addlestone Library Rotunda

 

Details: Addlestone Library will be hosting the Charleston Tibetan Society as they construct a sand mandala, an ancient, sacred form of Tibetan Buddhist art, in the Addlestone Library rotunda.

 

Venerable Lobsang Tsering from the Drepung Loseling Monastery Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Practice, and Culture in Atlanta, Georgia, will be constructing a mandala devoted to Chenrezig, the Tibetan name for Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. This particular mandala illustrates, in two dimensions, the divine palace, residence, or celestial abode of Chenrezig. The finished mandala will be approximately four feet in diameter and will take a week or so to complete.

 

There are several events associated with the sand mandala. Listed below are the dates for the opening and closing ceremonies and the daily hours Venerable Tsering will be working on the mandala.

  • Opening Ceremony
    • Tuesday, May 26th at 10:00 am
      • Venerable Lobsang Tsering and Geshe Dakpa Topgyal will consecrate the site of the mandala with approximately 30 minutes of chanting and mantra recitation. Immediately following Venerable Lobsang Tsering will begin to draw the lines for the design of the mandala on the table.
  • Mandala Daily Viewing Hours
    • Tuesday, May 26th – Saturday, June 6th
    • Monday through Friday –  9 am-12 pm and 2 pm-5 pm
    • Saturday and Sundays – 10am-12 pm and 2 pm-5pm
  • Chenrezig Sadhana Practice
    • Wednesday, June 3rd and Thursday, June 4th – 10 am-11 am and 5 pm-6 pm
    • Friday, June 5th – 10 am-11 am and 3 pm-4 pm
      • Venerable Lobsang Tsering and Geshe Dakpa Topgyal, Spiritual Director of the Charleston Tibetan Society, will perform the Chenrezig Sadhana meditative practice including the recitation of the Chenrezig mantra.
  • Closing Ceremony
    • Saturday, June 6th at 10:30 am
      • During the closing ceremony there will be a 20 minute power point presentation about the mandala. Afterwards there will be chanting and the mandala will be dismantled by being swept up (symbolizing he impermanence of all phenomena) and distributed to anyone who would like to take some, and the rest being dispersed in the nearest body of water.

Additionally the Division of Marketing and Communications will be doing a time lapse recording of the mandala for The College Today news site.

 

We hope you can join us!

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The API Unity Celebration is a culturally-focused event that celebrates and recognizes the achievements of our graduating Asian, Pacific Islander, Indian, Arabic, and South Asian American communities on campus.

 

Graduating students, including undergraduates and graduates, are invited to take part in the celebration, which occurs each academic spring term; the days prior to college-wide commencement events. This year we have three (3) special 2015 Asian-Pacific Unity graduates: Aimi Nguyen, Andrea Nillas & Monica Patel. Please join us tonight!

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“Uncovering Early Islam: The Role of Archaeology”

Posted by: Lauren Saulino | April 17, 2015 | No Comment |

Islam in Archaeology

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