Spring 2018 – AAST200 Video Projects

Each semester, Professor Roneka Matheny assigns group projects to all of her students. This semester’s videos from her Introduction to African American Studies (AAST 200) classes were very well done!

She tasked the students with creating an engaging, educational video about an assigned topic.  Many of these videos were created with iPads from the Addlestone Library as a part of the College’s Program to Bring iPads into the Classroom.

Congratulations to all the students and their outstanding work!

All of the videos are available to view on Professor Matheny’s YouTube page: www.YouTube.com/ProfessorNeka.

Patrick Crotty – Boren Scholarship recipient

The Asian Studies Program would like to congratulate Patrick Crotty on being awarded a Boren Scholarship. Boren Scholarships are initiative of the National Security Education Program, provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Patrick will be spending his time in China learning Chinese until his return in August. His future plans are to work for the United States working to establish positive U.S. – China trade polices.

Deirdre Cooper Owens Wins the OAH’s Darlene Clark Hine Award

Professor Deirdre Cooper Owens, who delivered the 2017-2018 Conseula Francis Emerging Scholar Lecture in March, received the Organization of American Historians’ Darlene Clark Hine Award for her book, Medical Bondage: Race, Gender, and the Origins of American Gynecology (2017). The OAH also selected her as a speaker for the upcoming academic year’s OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program. Congratulations, Professor Owens!

We will be announcing the invited speakers for the African American Studies Program’s 2017-2018 Conseula Francis Emerging Scholar Lecture Series in the coming months.

Hispanic Studies’ Student Focus, April 2018

Le’ah Griggs, a double major in Music Theory/Composition and Spanish ’18, is a member of the College of Charleston’s Concert Choir, the Latin American Ensemble Otro Sur, the Spanish Club, and she serves as Librarian-Student Team Leader for Addlestone Library.  She has also served as the Assistant Director of the Children’s Choir at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, and she is a private piano instructor.  Le’ah spent her spring 2017 semester studying abroad in the College of Charleston’s program in Trujillo, Spain, with support from the Jean and Tap Johnson Study Abroad Award courtesy of the School of the Arts.

In Le’ah’s own words:

The Spanish language and Hispanic studies department at the College of Charleston is a close-knit, engaging, and welcoming community that I am proud to be a part of. Thanks to the dedicated professors and rigorous course work offered by this department, I have drastically improved my Spanish language skills, broadened my knowledge of Hispanic culture on a global scale, and have grown immensely as a person. The most rewarding experience I have gained as a student of Hispanic studies comes from my time abroad in Trujillo, Spain. So much so in fact, that after graduation this Spring, I will be returning to Spain to pursue a Masters in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language at the University of Alcalá where I have received a full scholarship. I plan to be a music teacher in a Spanish language immersion school in the future.  

Dr. Pérez-Núñez’s Study to Appear in _Heritage Language Journal_

Professor Antonio Pérez-Núñez’s article “The Acquisition of Spanish Gender Marking in the Writing of Heritage and Second Language Learners: Evidence from the Language Classroom” has been accepted for publication in Heritage Language Journal.

Olivetti Posy – Critical Language Scholarship recipient

Miss Olivetti Posy was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship Program, 2018. Miss Olivetti is a intelligent and hard working students. She has been taking Chinese language courses for four semesters. She majors in mathematics with a concentration in actuarial studies. She would like to apply her language skill in work with the numbers used to calculate currency exchanges, money transfers between businesses in China and the United States, or analyze the data of the Chinese and United States economies. Posy will enroll in a program in Shanghai this summer.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.

 

HISP Faculty Focus, April 2018: Professor Lauren Hetrovicz

Professor Lauren Hetrovicz

An Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Hispanic Studies since 2015, Professor Hetrovicz completed doctoral coursework at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also earned her M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics and her B.A. in Spanish and Linguistics.  She is a faculty-favorite among students at the College of Charleston where she has taught all levels of basic Spanish language, Spanish Composition and Conversation for Spanish majors and minors, and curriculum in the Linguistics program.  Outside of the classroom, Professor Hetrovicz has also collaborated in various capacities at both the departmental and campus-wide levels, to include the Hispanic Studies Distance Education Committee and as faculty panel member for newly admitted students, among other activities.  In her own words:

Working at the College has been such a pleasure these past three years; I have been surrounded by exceptional students and colleagues who have inspired me to continue growing and learning. Campus involvement opportunities have also enriched my experience, such as being a member of the Linguistics Studies committee, Linguistics Club Advisor, Adjunct Senator and Global Scholar.  

The Department of Hispanic Studies congratulates Professor Lauren Hetrovicz for her admirable commitment to students, her academic unit, and the College of Charleston, and for being selected for our April 2018 “Hispanic Studies Faculty Focus.”

Stay tuned for May 2018’s feature…

10th Annual World Cultures Fair

On Thursday, March 29th the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs hosted the 10th Annual World Cultures Fair. People got to enjoy great food, music, live performances, and learn about a variety of other cultures. Here are just some of the photos taken at the event. You can find many more at the CofC World Cultures Fair Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1593702730708166&type=3