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

“ Waging Peace”

 INVITATION  ——

Come one come all!

What:  A Peace Corps Celebration at the College of Charleston

  PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER   COSTA RICA  1971

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

Events:

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

Sponsors:
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
www.mediaprojects.org

Dr. Gustavo Ogarrio of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana of Mexico Guest Lectures

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Professor Gustavo Ogarrio (2nd from left) of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana was guest speaker of the Hispanic Studies Distinguished Lecture Series on April 17, 2014.  Following his presentation “Narrar el Instante: Políticas y Poéticas de la Crónica en América Latina,” Dr. Ogarrio was inducted into the prestigious Order of the Discoverers of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi.

Avery Receives National Endowment for the Arts grant! Julie Dash to direct the film

We are very pleased to announce that the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston has received a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for theArts to produce a film about the life and works of VertaMae Grovesnor.

Grosvenor is a poet, actress, culinary anthropologist, writer, and a National Public Radiocorrespondent.

A native of Hampton County, South Carolina, Grosvenor has been involved in making several documentary films including Slave Voices: Things Past Telling; and Daufuskie: Never Enough Too Soon.

She is also the author of the autobiographical cookbook Vibration Cooking, also known as The Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl, and of the book Thursdays and Every Other Sunday Off: A Domestic Rap.

The film will be directed by American filmmaker Julie Dash. Dash is best known for her critically acclaimed 1991 independent film Daughters of the Dust.

“I am so thrilled that we have been awarded this prestigious grant,” says Patricia Lessane, Executive Director of the Avery Research Center. “It’s my honor to work with Julie Dash to bring well-deserved attention to VertaMae’s life story and contributions to American culture—her elevation of Gullah culture through her culinary acumen and literary works, but also her role in the Beat and the Black Arts Movements, and her work in American journalism.”

NEA Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, “The NEA is pleased to announce that the Avery Research Center is recommended for an NEA Art Works grant. These NEA-supported projects will not only have a positive impact on local economies, but will also provide opportunities for people of all ages to participate in the arts, help our communities to become more vibrant, and support our nation’s artists asthey contribute to our cultural landscape.”

Drs. Divine, Gómez and Del Mastro Participate in the KFLC

At the 67th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference on 4/10-4/12 in Lexington, KY, three faculty members from the Department of Hispanic Studies participated in various sessions:

Dr. Susan Divine presented her study “Nacho Vigalondo and the Recovery of Time and Space,” and she chaired a panel entitled “The Elemental Topographies of Twentieth-Century Spanish Narrative.”

Dr. Michael Gómez presented his study “Freedom and the Soul within the Mechano-Materialist System: The Bergsonian Presence in Pardo Bazán’s Naturalistic Fictions.”

Dr. Mark Del Mastro organized and directed the 12th Annual Informative Session of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, along with the following reception for chapter delegates, members and guests.

Upcoming at Avery Research Center: “The Souls of Black Comix” | April 18, 2014 at 6:00pm

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Mark your calendars! Avery Research Center, April 18, 6:00 pm, McKinley Washington Auditorium 

“The Souls of Black Comix,” John Jennings, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York 

In the last decade, a new generation of black scholars, publishers, creators, archivists, documentarians, and curators have come forth with a re-imagined vision of what it means to depict the African American experience via the comics medium. An underground movement has been operating unseen, flowing in tandem to the mainstream but showing very different levels of the American experience. The Black Age of Comics is an attempt to shift the paradigm of how black images and stories are portrayed in the medium of comics. In this presentation, Dr. John Jennings discusses the history of Black images in the comics medium, and presents his own recent work, including his upcoming graphic novelization of Octavia Butler’s KINDRED (with collaborator Damian Duffy).