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Dr. Owens, Guest Speaker at Benedictine University

Posted by: Mark Del Mastro | October 17, 2016 | No Comment |


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The College of Charleston’s and The Citadel’s chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, are proud to announce the finalists for their 12th annual South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year Award for 2016:

Loyda McClellan of Fort Dorchester High School
Stephanie Schenck of Clover High School
Kathleen Stafford of Irmo High School

All three finalists will receive award plaques courtesy of the College of Charleston’s and The Citadel’s chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, and each finalist and their guests (one guest per finalist) will enjoy complimentary lodging the evening of November 10, 2016 and breakfast on November 11 courtesy of the Francis Marion Hotel in historic downtown Charleston.

All questions regarding the contest should be forwarded to Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, Founding Director of Sigma Delta Pi’s South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year Award, College of Charlestondelmastromp@cofc.edu.

The 2016 S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year will receive a $500 cash award courtesy of D. Virgil Alfaro, III, M.D. ’84.
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Professor Mark P. Del Mastro organized, chaired and presented in the academic panel “The State of Publishing Today” during the 66th Annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference (MIFLC) at  James Madison University on October 15, 2016.  Dr. Del Mastro is past president of MIFLC and current member of the MIFLC Executive Committee.

Del Mastro (center) with fellow panelists Drs. Jeremy Cass of Furman University
and Ben Fraser of East Carolina University.

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Dr. Tim Johnson, Chair of Department of Classics, gave a presentation during the August 12, 2016 Board of Trustees meeting concerning the Department of Classics.


You can view Dr. Johnson’s presentation here: Tim Johnson – Board Presentation for Classics

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Archaeologists Report on Summer Research

Posted by: smithcn1 | September 16, 2016 | No Comment |

On Thursday, September 8, the Archaeology Program co-sponsored the opening talk in the South Carolina Society of the Archaeological Institute of America’s 2016-17 lecture series. The evening featured short reports from CofC faculty engaged in research. Dr. Maureen Hays reported on her excavations (involving CofC students) at the original site of St. Paul’s Parish Church and parsonage. Dr. Scott Harris reported on his work in uncovering the submerged landscapes of Greece, undertaken as a Fulbright fellow. Dr. Allison Sterrett-Krause reported on her ongoing work on the funerary practices of late Roman north Africa and daily life in a ‘working man’s’ section of Pompeii via the study glass artifacts in collaboration with CofC students. Dr. Alvaro Ibarra reported on ongoing excavations at the Roman military outpost of Castra Cumidava (modern-day Romania), and Dr. James Newhard spoke of research conducted to date that is leading him to further investigations of the ancient city of Epidaurus (Greece).

For further information on these investigations, please contact the respective principal investigators.

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Dr. Divine, Guest Lecturer at USC-Columbia on 11/9/16

Posted by: Mark Del Mastro | September 16, 2016 | No Comment |

Professor Susan Divine has accepted an invitation on behalf of the Spanish Program and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of South Carolina-Columbia, to give a talk related on her current research as part of USC’s Spanish Speakers Series on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016.

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Summer ’16 Student Spotlight

Posted by: smithcn1 | September 16, 2016 | No Comment |

Summer 2016 was an exciting time for the students of LCWA!

Aisha Gallion, double majoring in African American Studies and Anthropology, participated in the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This program is a graduate-level research experience for highly talented undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing doctorates in the humanities, social sciences or fine arts. Each summer MURAP selects 20 rising juniors and seniors in college to participate in their intensive, ten-week research experience. Aisha decided to research authenticity and masculinity in hip-hop beefs. She specifically, focused on the recent Drake and Meek Mill beef. Aisha submitted a paper titled, “Gettin’ Bodied by a Singin’ Nigga: What’s Really Real? Questioning Authenticity and Masculinity in the Drake and Meek Mill Beef”.  She also presented her work to her cohort and other mentors (professors at UNC Chapel Hill).

Eden Katz, an International Studies and Public Health major, lived in Kampala, Uganda, on a Fulbright Scholarship while continuing to research her bachelor’s essay on early and forced marriage in conflict zones.

Hannah James, double majoring in Anthropology and Archeology, spent four weeks in residence at James Madison’s Montpelier, participating in an archaeological excavation. During this time, she was trained in various lab procedures and excavation methods, in part under the tutelage of Kristina Poston (BS Anthropology, Archaeology minor ’10). The focus for the season included the South Yard of the property, which housed the domestic enslaved individuals until the mid-19th century. The excavation was necessary in order to confirm evidence of a supposed structure and to understand its function and construction materials. The team gathered evidence on what life was like for the enslaved individuals living or working in the structure, and more broadly how that information tied into the lives of those living at Montpelier Plantation. Hannah reports that ‘I was given so many opportunities to excavate everything from brick foundations to delicate and fragile artifacts, trained in both lab and field techniques by some of the brightest minds in the discipline. It was truly a joy to spend a portion of my summer with Montpelier.’

Jonah Crisanti, a French Major and Archaeology minor, spent the summer in southern France, taking part in several excavations dating to the Paleolithic period. The experiences were arranged in collaboration with Evelyne Cregut-Bonnoure, Director of the Musée d’Histoire naturelle d’Avignon, and Drs. Bourdier (French) and Newhard (Archaeology). As a result of these experiences, Jonah developed not only a deep understanding of archaeological methods but also gained experience in the subtle intricacies of working and living within French society. He worked on two prehistoric cave-sites.  The first, Tautavel, dated to 500 kya and focused upon exploring human and animal interactions. The second, Coulet des Roches, focused strictly on understanding the faunal record of the Palaeolithic circa 22 kya. Jonah reports that ‘On any given day, one was expected to dig, sift sediments, clean and mark findings, enter data in the computer, or cook for what was sometimes upwards of 30 people.  Over the course of these internships, the chance to work overseas in a professional setting has been priceless.’

Melaina Castengera, an International Business major minoring in European Studies and German Studies, participated in the Department of German and Russian Studies’ internship program. She found a role for herself with global fragrances firm Symrise where she’s engaged in a variety of duties from financial business planning to technical marketing for aroma molecules. “I’ve been consolidating the company’s competitor profiles,” explains Castengera, “and I have participated in an audit with a Japanese pharmaceuticals client as well. I attend meetings with the technical marketing manager where discussions are held in German regarding the portfolio of products, the planning process and strategies.” Castengera says she sought this internship as a way of distinguishing herself from her peers. “So far, this has been one of the most educational experiences of my college career.”

Morgan Larimer, double majoring in International Studies and Biology as well as minoring in Enviromental Studies, has been awarded the prestigious Rotary Scholarship. After she graduates in May 2017 she will attend King’s College London for an MS. This is the 10th National Competitive Award that members of the International Scholars have received.

Rachel Taylor, an International Studies and Political Science major with a minor in Spanish, lived and studied in Mexico through the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program mentoring local youth.

Sherwan Saraf, an International Studies Major and German Minor, received an internship with Mercedes Benz Vans upon returning from a semester in Bamberg Germany.

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Professor Emily S. Beck’s Spanish 367 class, “Power and Gender in Early Modern Spain,” attended a lecture on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, by Mary Jo Fairchild, Addlestone Library Archivist.

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Dr. Emily S. Beck Co-Founds South Carolina Medievalists Group

Posted by: Mark Del Mastro | September 7, 2016 | No Comment |

Along with Dr. Caroline Dunn of Clemson University, Professor Emily S. Beck has co-founded the South Carolina Medievalists Group, an informal body of professional scholars of all disciplines – faculty and students alike – based in South Carolina. The group meeting provides the opportunity for medievalists and premodernists to connect with other researchers throughout our state and engage in informal conversations about current academic approaches and the state of medieval research and teaching in South Carolina. We welcome professionals in any area or discipline relating to medieval or premodern studies, as well as those engaged in interdisciplinary and pedagogical approaches.

The current group includes researchers in a broad range of academic disciplines. For more information, or to join the email list send a message to: scmedievalists@gmail.com.

The inaugural group meeting will be held in Clemson, SC on September 24, 2016.

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Upcoming LCWA Events Calendar!

Posted by: smithcn1 | September 6, 2016 | No Comment |

LCWA has a new Calendar where events from all majors, minors and programs with in LCWA can be posted. An email will also be sent out on a weekly basis listing the upcoming events taking place that week.

Check out the Calendar here LCWA Events Calendar

Want to receive the Upcoming LCWA Events email? Email Casey Smith, Language Lab Director, at smithcn1@cofc.edu to get added to the email list!

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