Sigma Delta Pi Lecture Series Features Dr. Carmen Grace

Dr. Del Mastro, Chair of Hispanic Studies, with Dr. Grace (center) and Julie King, Chapter President.

On October 29, 2012, the College of Charleston’s Nu Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, featured Dr. Carmen Grace of the Department of Hispanic Studies with her presentation ”El púlpito en su función social:Control ideológico y espiritual en la España barroca.”

Carnegie Council’s Trans-Pacific Student Contest, “Ethics for a Connected World”

Carnegie Council’s Trans-Pacific Student Contest, “Ethics for a Connected World”

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its first Trans-Pacific Student Contest, a unique experiment in U.S.-Asia collaboration. The contest is part of Ethics for a Connected World, a three-year global education project to mark the Council’s 2014 Centennial. Winners will receive a trip to New York City.
The contest will be conducted via Carnegie Council’s online Global Ethics Network, a social media platform for people across the world who are committed to exploring the role of ethics in international affairs through joint projects, ongoing dialogues, and the creation of collaborative multimedia resources.

ESSAY OR VIDEO TOPIC: What is the greatest ethical challenge facing U.S.-Asia relations or the U.S. and one of the Asian countries listed below? Please use specific examples or stories to illustrate your points.


Each entry must be a collaboration between an American student and a student from one of the following: Brunei, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, North Korea, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam.

The contest is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students only, and entries must be in English.

The entry can be either an essay or a video.

Essays should be written in op-ed style (not academic, footnoted papers) with a length of 2,000-3,000 words. Videos should not exceed 10 minutes.


CONTEST PRIZE: Contest winners will receive a free trip to New York City in November 2013, to attend a 3-day Carnegie Council Global Ethics Network Annual Meeting.


1. Join the free Global Ethics Network (GEN) website:

2. Post your essay in the blog section and tag it with #ConnectedWorld; or

3. Upload your video here in one of the supported formats and tag it with #ConnectedWorld.

4. Please include your full name, address, email, age, and school affiliation.

Any questions? Please contact Evan O’Neil at

This contest was made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by the late Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc., to honor his parents who were missionary educators in China. The Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of American life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious and art communities

Spanish House Residents Enjoy “Dinner with a Professor” Night

Spanish House residents enjoy dinner prepared by Drs. Beck and Breidenbach.

On Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, Drs. Emily Beck and Carla Breidenbach prepared dinner for Spanish House/Casa Hispana residents for the first “Cena con un profesor”/”Dinner with a Professor” Night of the 2012-13 academic year.  Students enjoyed the following menu representing Spain: Ensalada mixta, gazpacho, albóndigas en salsa de tomate, tortilla española and champiñones al ajillo.

Sigma Delta Pi Celebrates Poetry Night


Coty Hoover recites a poem during Sigma Delta Pi’s Poetry Night.

On October 25, 2012 at 5:00pm at the Blacklock House, the College of Charleston’s Nu Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, sponsored its Noche de Poesía/Poetry Night where faculty and students read select poems in Spanish.

Essay Contest through the National Council for Black Studies


College Student Essay Contest
DEADLINE:  December 14, 2012  (must be received by this date)

 Submit your essay today to compete in the NCBS Annual Student Essay Competition!  Winners will be recognized at the March Conference Student Luncheon.  


1st Place –  $350.00
2nd Place – $250.00
3rd Place –  $125.00

1st Place –  $450.00
2nd Place – $350.00
3rd Place –  $225.00

 Winners will be notified by February 1, 2013.


  • Essays should focus on any aspect of the Africana experience, i.e., art, education, history, literature, politics, psychology, social and policy issues.
  • Must bet typed in MS Word, 12-18 pages in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins left-to-right and top-to-bottom.
  • 8.5″ w by 11″ high standard printing paper
  • Students are asked to document sources using either MLA or APA style guide.
  • Submissions must be mailed to the address below.  Faxed or electronic essays are not accepted!
  • Please include the following information on your COVER SHEET ONLY:
  • Name
  • Class status (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student
  • Mailing addres
  • Telephone number
  • Email Address
  • Name of college or university
  • Name of Faculty Advisor
  • DO NOT include the above information on any subsequent pages of the essay other than on the cover sheet.

 Send all manuscripts to:
National Office, NCBS
Africana Studies Department
University of Cincinnati
P.O. Box 210370
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0370

Street/Overnight Address:
National Office, NCBS
Africana Studies Department/span>
University of Cincinnati
2815 Commons Way, 3514 French Hall, West
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0370

New Course Emphasizes Middle Eastern Culture, Not Conflict

October 24, 2012


In spring 2013, an Israeli professor and a Palestinian professor at the College of Charleston will share the classroom for fourteen weeks, working to break barriers and share alternative perspectives about life in the Middle East. They are coming together to teach a new course, Cultures of the Middle East, which will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. at the Jewish Studies Center in room 100 of Arnold Hall.


The course will focus on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and will highlight history, geography, religion, family structure, gender relations, literature, and cinema. “There’s much more to the Middle East than the conflict. We have beautiful cultures, music and festivals,” says Naomi Gale, Shusterman Visiting Professor of Israel Studies. “This is the first time I will work with a professor who is Palestinian. But we have a lot in common. We were both born in the Middle East and are both refugees of the Middle East.”

“We’re trying to tell another version of the story, more than what the students are familiar with and what they’ve been exposed to in the media,” says Ghazi Abuhakema, a professor of Arabic language and culture. “I want to give the students a chance to think critically about the Middle East and show them the normal life the people have and their traditions and values. We want to show them how Muslims, Jews and Christians are living together and weave those cultures together.”

Originally, Gale and Abuhakema discussed creating a lecture or a film series, and the conversations led to the idea of offering the course. They hope the class will encourage students to continue to learn, share stories with their families and perhaps travel to the Middle East one day.

For more information contact Naomi Gale at or 843.953.3929, or Ghazi Abuhakema at 843.953.3988 or

Advocacy in Action, “A Red, White & Blue Affair” on Friday October 26, 7pm

Each year, the ROAR Scholars Program holds an, “Advocacy in Action Forum,” event that brings students, faculty, staff together to discuss advocacy issues in our modern society. 

Our final event is our advocacy forum “A Red, White, and Blue Affair”, where we will have a speaker who will help vocalize the importance of advocacy and being active as a citizen.

This year our speaker will be Jeff Johnson, a Washington, DC – based, award-winning investigative journalist, social activist, and political commentator. He will be speaking on campus in the Stern Center Ballroom, at the College of Charleston, on October 26th from 7 – 8pm. A pre-event reception will be held from 6-7 pm in the Stern Center. Both events are free and open to the College of Charleston community.

This year’s topic of the talk will be:

 “Unclaimed Legacy: Who Will Lead the Next Social Movement?” 

This program is sponsored by ROAR Scholars Program, Office of Research and Grants Accounting, C.A.B., Office of Institutional Diversity, Multicultural Student Programs and Services, and the Political Science, African- American Studies, and Communications Departments.

If you have any questions regarding this upcoming event please call the ROAR Scholars Program at 843-953-6435 to get more information.



USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Opportunity

This opportunity may be of interest to our recent or soon-to-be graduates:

There is a new international development graduate fellowship being funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to promote excellence and diversity in the USAID Foreign Service.  The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding young people to careers in international development as USAID Foreign Service Officers. 

The application deadline is January 23, 2013. 

For more information:
(202) 806-4367; 877-633-0002

About the Program:

The Payne Fellowship Program provides benefits valued at up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master’s degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at USAID missions overseas, and provides professional development and support activities.  Fellows who successfully complete the program become USAID Foreign Service Officers.  Fellows may use the fellowship to attend a two-year master’s program in a U.S. institution to study an area of relevance to the USAID Foreign Service, including international development, international relations, public policy, business administration, foreign languages, economics, agriculture, environmental sciences, health, or urban planning at a graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program.  

At the end of the two-year fellowship, Fellows enter the USAID Foreign Service. Applicants must be college seniors or graduates looking to start graduate school in the fall of the year they apply, have GPAs of at least 3.2 and be U.S. citizens. The program welcomes applications from those with any undergraduate major and encourages applications from members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the USAID Foreign Service and those with financial need.  Information and application materials for the program are available at

The Program is funded by USAID and managed by Howard University.

CofC Hosts Archaeology Event with Demonstrations, Artifact Identification

October 25-27, 2012
 Includes Lectures, Demonstrations by Primitive Technologists, and Free Artifact Identification
Charleston, SC – For one weekend, it will be all archaeology, all the time at the College of Charleston. The first Archaeology Month Celebration will include demonstrations by primitive technologists, free artifact identification, lectures, and displays.

“Primitive technology is a growing field, one in which we help people to see themselves in prehistory,” says Scott Jones, whose skills range from making rope to starting a fire with a bow drill to making blow guns. “All of our ancestors, regardless of race or geographical origin, were using stone tools just a few thousand years ago. Many of the basic skills were common to everyone.”

The events will kick off on Thursday, October 25 at 7 p.m. when Chris Judge, president of the Archaeological Society of S.C., offers a free public lecture in room 309 of the Albert Simons Center for the Arts (54 St. Philip Street). Judge will talk about the more than 15 years he and his team have spent excavating the KolbSite near Darlington, S.C. The Kolb Site has yielded everything from prehistoric pottery and arrowheads to a chandelier found in an abandoned cellar.

In the Cistern Yard on Friday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be an array of living history demonstrations including the basics of fire, cord, and points, to more advanced skills such as shooting a handmade bow and a discussion of atlatls and their power to early hunters. The public can also bring primitive artifacts for identification by one of the state’s archaeologists.

On Saturday, October 27 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the public is invited to primitive skills classes hosted by the College of Charleston Archaeology Club. The classes will be held at Cathedral of St. Luke and St. Paul (126 Coming Street) and registration at is required. Class topics include sewing buckskin, flint knapping, traditional woodland flute making, and midlands pine needle basket weaving.

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