Professor Stephen Della Lana Presents at the 2014 ACTFL Conference

At the annual ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) conference in San Antonio, Texas in November 2014, Professor Stephen Della Lana made two presentations:

1) Changes in the Landscape: Study Abroad Programs in the 21st Century 

2) Putting German to work: The Summer Internship Program in Germany 

Professor Rodríguez Sabater Co-presents Digital Poster at Virtual Conference in AZ

Dr. Silvia Rodriguez Sabater co-presented with Laura Plotts of TLT a virtual poster titled “Create, collaborate, and communicate in a second language: digital literacies in a distance education Spanish course” in the conference “Digital literacies in and beyond the L2 classroom: a hybrid symposium on research and practice” organized by the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy of the University of Arizona, October 6-11, 2014.

“Une soirée gourmande” … A success!

On Monday Nov 10, students from Professor Lauren Ravalico’s  course, French 490 (The Culture of the French Table), along with French Club and members of the faculty of the Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies, celebrated “Une soirée gourmande,” a culinary demonstration and tasting with famed Charleston chef, Jill Mathias of Chez Nous restaurant at the state-of-the-art Le Creuset “atelier.”


Professor Ravalico organized this high-impact learning experience with the support of French Club sponsor Professor Robert Sapp. The event was generously funded by the Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies, and French Club. Le Creuset kindly offered use of their “atelier” space for the event.

Students and faculty enjoyed a delicious feast of  “moules au pistou” (mussels in pesto), “poulet au vinaigre de l’estragon” (chicken in a tarragon vinegar sauce), and “clafouti aux framboises” (raspberry clafouti).

Bon appétit!

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Drs. Divine and Vásquez Present Papers at the M/MLA Conference 2014

Professors Susan Divine and Félix Vásquez participated in the 2014 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention in Detroit, MI on November 13-16, 2014.   Dr. Divine presented a paper entitled “Nacho Vigalondo and the Impossible Recovery of Time and Space.”; and she also presented “Writing the Self/Writing the City: Spanish Authors and Social Media” in one of three panels she organized that was entitled “Spanish Cities in Transformation.”  Professor Vásquez presented his paper “Colonial Lima Coming Alive in Esteban Terralla Landa’s Work.”

Drs. Barnes and Viñas-de-Puig Present Research at Hispanic Linguistics Symposium

Professors Hilary Barnes and Ricard Viñas-de-Puig participated in the 2014 Hispanic Linguistics Symposium at Purdue University on November 13-16, 2014.  Dr. Barnes presented her poster “Mid-vowel contrast in Veneto-Spanish bilinguals,” and Dr. Viñas-de-Puig presented his poster “This is not the Case of the Indirect Object: Linguistic and sociolinguistic factors in double object marking constructions in ENC Spanish” and his paper “Pan-Amazonian Spanish: The case of Yagua Spanish.”

CofC and The Citadel Crown the 2014 S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year


On November 13 at 7pm the College of Charleston’s and The Citadel’s chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, crowned their 10th annual S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year for 2014: Ashleigh Berrian of Meadow Glen Middle School in Lexington, S.C.

All three finalists were recognized with award plaques during a ceremony in the Greater Issues Room of Mark Clark Hall at The Citadel.  The two contest runners-up were Adriana Alvarez of A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, S.C and Jessica Fuentes of Dutchman Creek Middle School in Rock Hill, S.C.  Dr. Virgil Alfaro presented the 2014 S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year with a check for $500, and all three finalists enjoyed lodging and breakfast at the Francis Marion Hotel.

“The Night the Berlin Wall Fell and Germany rocked! A 25th Anniversary Commemoration of the Fall of Berlin Wall”


The Department of German and Slavic Studies, the Global Business Resource Center, the Global Awareness Forum  and the Initiative Public Choice and Market Process sponsored a roundtable discussion entitled”The Night the Berlin Wall Fell and Germany rocked!  A 25th Anniversary Commemoration of the Fall of Berlin Wall” on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 7 pm in the Mathematics and Science Building, Room 129.

Moderator, Dr. Peter Calcagno, Professor of Economics, College of Charleston
Dr. Wolfgang Elfe, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of German, University of South Carolina
Dr. Richard Bodek, Professor of History and Coordinator of the Faculty Liberal Arts & Sciences    Colloquium
Dr. Rene Dentiste Mueller, Professor, Director of the International Business Program
Dr. Malte Pehl, Assistant Professor, International Studies Dept.
Dr. Max Kovalov, Initiative for Public Choice and Market Process and Adjunct Instructor, Political         Science Dept.

The panel discussed this monumental event in terms of its place in history and offered first -hand accounts of how Germany’s division has impacted the panel members’ lives. The presenters also highlighted historical memory from post-Soviet economic and political perspectives.

Drs. Avendaño and Colomina Present Research in Cuba

Professors Nadia Avendaño and Lola Colomina participated in the 24th Conference of the International Association of Hispanic Feminine Literature and Culture at the National Hotel of Cuba in Havana on November 10-14, 2014.  Dr. Avendaño’s presentation was entitled “Negociando identidades: una experiencia femenina, judía y mexicana,” and Dr. Colomina’s was “El cuerpo como locus performativo y enunciativo de lo marginal en Impuesto a la carne de Diamela Eltit.”