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22 May 2014 | 1:50 pm By:

The College of Charleston announced today that Antonio D. Tillis has been named the new dean of the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs. Tillis will join the College on July 1.

Tillis comes to the College of Charleston from Dartmouth College, where he has served as Chair of African and African-American Studies. While at Dartmouth, he also served on the Faculty Strategic Planning Advisory Committee and associated working groups on pedagogy, teaching and mentorship, and global Dartmouth.
“Dr. Tillis brings to the College of Charleston an exceptionally strong record of scholarly accomplishments complemented by outstanding leadership experiences in Latin American and Latino Studies and African and African-American Studies,” says College of Charleston Provost George Hynd. “His wide-ranging international experience, particularly in regard to facilitating study abroad opportunities for students, will serve him well as he works with the faculty, students, staff and advisory board members in the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs. His experience, collaborative energy and vision will serve him well as he begins his tenure as the new dean of the School of Language, Cultures, and World Affairs.”

Prior to Dartmouth, Tillis served as the inaugural director of Latin American and Latino Studies and as Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies and Study Abroad for African-American Studies at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

An active and engaged scholar, Tillis has published a monograph, Manuel Zapata Olivella and the ‘Darkening’ of Latin American Literature, a critical bilingual work, Caribbean African, Upon Awakening, the Poetry of Blas Jiménez, and two edited volumes. His first book has been translated into Portuguese and published by the State University of Rio de Janeiro Press, Brazil, and he is currently completing a book-length manuscript on the works of Dominican-American writers Angie Cruz, Nelly Rosario, Loida Martiza Peréz, and Junot Diaz.

“I am simply delighted to join students, distinguished colleagues, staff and administrators at the College of Charleston,” says Tillis. “I look forward to adding my competencies as a teacher-scholar-administrator toward making an already intellectually dynamic College and School, even more stimulating.”

Tillis is past president of the College Language Association, founded in 1937 for African-American scholars of English and foreign languages, and serves on numerous editorial boards in his field. He is a former Fulbright Scholar to Brazil and is co-editor of the series “Black Diaspora Worlds: Origins and Evolutions from New World Slaving” with Lexington Publishing, a division of Rowan and Littlefield. He holds a B.S. from Vanderbilt University, an M.A. in Spanish literature from Howard University and a Ph.D. in Latin American literature with an Afro-Hispanic emphasis from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

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5 May 2014 | 2:10 pm By:
Contact: Katie Dean Williams, assistant director for student life media & marketing, 843.953.5289

There’s a moment just before a competition dive when everything goes silent. That’s the part College of Charleston junior Nicole DeMarco loves most. The tense stillness, the sense that everybody is watching her, the pressure to perform.

Nicole DeMarco
Nicole DeMarco

“You’re standing up there and you get nervous,” DeMarco says. “It’s a rush.”

The pursuit of that “rush” propels DeMarco in many areas of her life. Student-athletes are famously time-crunched, but DeMarco has redefined the student experience by trying as many different activities as she can, including athletics, student media, student government, and a sorority.

And she’s no slouch in the classroom either. DeMarco is a double major in international studies and French with a minor in political science. She’s set to venture overseas this summer for a prestigious internship –– the third international trip of her college career.

As editor-in-chief of Cistern Yard News, the College’s student media organization, DeMarco oversees the content and publication of Cistern Yard Magazine and news website cisternyard.com.

DeMarco says she has always thrived under deadline pressure –– the rush that is synonymous with journalism.

At her high school newspaper in Shelton, Conn., the fluffy stories weren’t for her. She gravitated toward international news and weightier topics like gay rights and bullying. At the College, she has worked her way up through the news staff – from writer, to news editor, to managing editor, to her current position.

“Nicole is the type of student who is always busy, but you would never know it,” says Katie Dean Williams, assistant director of student life marketing and media. “She is dedicated to her staff.  Courteous, but a natural leader, she always meets deadlines and follows up with everyone to make sure they are on track.”

Along the way, Demarco has tried her hand at student government (a senator during her freshman year) and Greek life (Zeta Tau Alpha) because “it was something else to be involved in.”

She’s already completed two study abroad experiences – Paris during her freshman year and Morocco in the summer of 2013.

RELATED: Learn more about study abroad opportunities at the College.

“I’ve always been someone who has to be busy, doing as much as I can,” she says. “That can be good and bad.”

It’s good, because she’s always challenging herself with new experiences. It’s bad, because she can overcommit. To keep herself on track, she swears by the simplicity of a Moleskine calendar. Her friends tease her about this old-school calendaring method, but DeMarco finds that the act of writing things down on paper makes them stick.

Nicole DeMarco
Nicole DeMarco in competition dive.

Earlier this year, having published her first issue of Cistern Yard Magazine in February 2014 followed by the conclusion of the diving season in March 2014, DeMarco had been settling into a rhythm with her courses. That’s when she was struck by the urge to take on a new commitment.

She found it on the United Nations’ online career portal. What the heck, she thought, as she clicked the submit button on an application for an internship with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, a United Nations court of law that deals with war crimes.

RELATED: Read more about the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

And what do you know? The life of this busy student-athlete just got a little busier. DeMarco ships out for the three-month internship in The Hague in May 2014.

She has a lot to do before then. But she welcomes the challenge.

“I work really well under pressure,” she says. “When I have too much time on my hands I can’t get things done. The pressure helps.”

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“Waging Peace” Thursday, April 24 from 5:30-7:30pm

Posted by: Lauren Saulino | April 22, 2014 | No Comment |

“ Waging Peace”


Come one come all!

What:  A Peace Corps Celebration at the College of Charleston


All citizens interested in the Peace Corps experience are invited to a special showing of “Waging Peace” by acclaimed documentarian Allen Mondell  (RPCV, see link below)who is coming to town from Dallas to introduce and discuss this new documentary.

When:  Thursday April 24–  5:30 to 7:30 PM

Where:  School of Science and Math Building ,202 Calhoun St. –  College of Charleston


5:30  Showing of “Waging Peace” with discussion by Allen Mondell

6:30   RPCV Panel Discussion  –  Panelists   led by our SC recruiter Charles Portney

7:00   Send off for our new Peace Corps Masters International  group heading to the Philippines, Sierra Leone and Peru

Social and lots of Snacks & finger food

The Graduate School
The School of Science and Math
The Environmental Studies Program
The Peace Corps Masters International Program
The CofC Career Center
Masters of Environmental Studies Student Association

Questions:  E-mail or call Dave Owens (953-5626)     Please let me know if you can make it.
Dave Owens
Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Coordinator Peace Corps Masters International Program
RPCV FIJI 1968-1971

Allen Mondell’s Studio

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“Homenaje a Octavio Paz”

Posted by: Lauren Saulino | April 13, 2014 | No Comment |

SDP Poetry Reading Octavio Paz 4 18 14

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Celebration of Asian Heritage Month, April 15

Posted by: Lauren Saulino | April 11, 2014 | No Comment |

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Alliance Fracaise Cine-Club: “2 Automnes, 3 Hivers”

Posted by: Lauren Saulino | April 9, 2014 | No Comment |

Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Time: 7-9pm
Location: MUSC Basic Science Building, Room 100, 173 Ashley Avenue

Admission:  $3.00 for members and students under 25, $5.00 for general public.
WEBSITE:  http://a-f-Charleston.com

This will be our last Ciné-Club film presentation until September!

This Friday evening we will see a 2013 Cannes Film Festival Selection, 2 AUTOMNES, 3 HIVERS (2 Autumns, 3 Winters) 2013, written and directed by up-and-coming Sébastien Betbeder.

Sébastien Betbeder was born in 1975 in Pau in the South West of France and attended the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts in Bordeaux.  He has been making shorts since 1999, this is his second feature, Nights With Theodore (2012) which won the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Award at the San Francisco Film Festival, was his first.

Sébastien Betbeder is part of this new generation of French filmmakers recognized by Les Cahiers du Cinéma who think French cinema has become very academic, using conventional structures and very very expensive. They felt it was time to invent.

Betbeder chose 21st century 30-something characters because he felt people love differently in 2013, they think differently about death, they are less and less neglectful and careless, they worry more. He thinks that in the contemporary world there is a pre-disposition to accidents and he wanted to show characters with the optimism of youth but facing difficult situations.
With a light budget of $400,000 he filmed over one year from Bordeaux to the Auvergne region and Paris.

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