Alumni Sergio Martinez is a culinary “Foreign Hero” in China

Alumni Sergio Martinez ’15 has been featured in The College Today for his notoriety at Carrefour in southern China!

Martinez studied Chinese here at CofC among many other things and credits his success in Chinese to professors Piotr Gibas and Lei Jin.

Check out the full article here.

Savannah Nugent – College of Charleston Study Abroad Scholarship recipient

The Asian Studies program congratulates Savannah Nugent, International Business major and Asian Studies minor, has been awarded the College of Charleston Study Abroad Scholarship by CofC’s Center of International Education. She will be studying during the Fall 2018 semester in China.

Patrick Crotty – Boren Scholarship recipient

The Asian Studies Program would like to congratulate Patrick Crotty on being awarded a Boren Scholarship. Boren Scholarships are initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Patrick will be spending his time in China learning Chinese until his return in August. His future plans are to work for the United States working to establish positive U.S. – China trade polices.

Olivetti Posy – Critical Language Scholarship recipient

Miss Olivetti Posy was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship Program, 2018. Miss Olivetti is a intelligent and hard working students. She has been taking Chinese language courses for four semesters. She majors in mathematics with a concentration in actuarial studies. She would like to apply her language skill in work with the numbers used to calculate currency exchanges, money transfers between businesses in China and the United States, or analyze the data of the Chinese and United States economies. Posy will enroll in a program in Shanghai this summer.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

 

Lecturer Dr. Daniel Hsieh

On Monday, March 12th the Asian Studies program hosted Dr. Daniel Hsieh. He is Chair of the East Asian Language Department and Associate Professor of Chinese at the School of Languages and Cultures at Purdue University. He presented the lecture “Love and Women in Chinese Records of the Strange.”

More than fifty students and faculty attended the event, which was more than was expected. It was a successful and wonderful event!

Prof. Garrett Davidson in the College of Charleston Magazine

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/

Asian-Pacific Islander Unity Celebration 2017

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

Goose Creek City Council Honors Prof. Leena Karambelkar

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/

 

 

Shout out to professor Leena Karambelkar

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