Dr. Ben Fraser Publishes with Juan de la Cuesta and in _Hispania_

Professor Benjamin Fraser edited a collection of essays entitled Capital Inscriptions: Essays on Hispanic Literature, Film and Urban Space in Honor of Malcolm Alan Compitello that has been published by Juan de la Cuesta Hispanic Monographs.

Also, Dr. Fraser’s article “On Nocilla and the Urbanization of Consciousness: Multiplicity and Interdisciplinary in Agustín Fernández Mallo’s Fragmented Trilogy” has been published in the March 2012 issue of Hispania.

CofC’s and The Citadel’s 2012 S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year Program Launched

The College of Charleston’s and The Citadel’s Chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, are pleased to announce their 2012 South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year Program. Eligibility and the downloadable nomination form are found at www.scspanishteacheroftheyear.org.  Nominations of our outstanding K-12 teachers of Spanish in the Palmetto State are strongly encouraged.

Words at Work and Play: Three decades of literacy research

Words at Work and Play: Three decades of literacy research

Wednesday, April 4 at 6PM in the Robert Scott Small Building,  Room 237

Featuring Dr. Shirley Brice Heath
Dr. Shirley Brice Heath first introduced us to the Piedmont towns of Trackton and Roadville in Ways with Words, her classic study of children learning to use language at home and at school in two communities only a few miles apart in the southeastern United States. Heath raised fundamental questions about the nature of language development, the effects of literacy on oral language, and the sources of communication problems in schools and workplaces.

Research thirty years in the making

What happened to those original 300 families?
By following her subjects into adulthood, as well as including the next generation, Words at Work and Play not only picks up where their story left off (in the early 1980s), but also traces the radical changes working class families made in terms of their daily habits, life-choice values, and perceptions of identity; many of this same group would identify themselves as middle class by the start of the 21st century. Along the way, Heath also notes significant shifts in family and community life, including: the use of electronic media; the impact of community organizations and after-school programs (what Heath calls the “out-sourcing” of care); and the vital role of play.