The Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program welcomes new faculty

We are happy to welcome Noa Weinberg to Charleston as our Hebrew Instructor. Noa has a long background in Hebrew instruction, teaching at various ulpanim in Israel. Noa has degrees from the University of Haifa (Media Studies) and Tel Aviv University (Language Instruction). Noa is joined in Charleston by her husband Ori and their young daughter, Ella. Bruchim habaim!

 

Dr. Ezra Cappell is joining the College of Charleston this fall in a joint appointment as Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of English. Dr. Cappell comes to the College following a career at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he was instrumental in starting a Jewish Studies Program. Dr. Cappell holds degrees from NYU (M.Phil and Ph.D.) as well as City College (M.A.) and Queens College (B.A. magna cum laude). His publications include American Talmud: The Cultural Work of Jewish American Fiction (SUNY Press 2007) and his current project under contract, Off the Derech: Leaving Orthodox Judaism in the Modern World. He is joined by his wife Ilisa and their three young children, Nathan, Aviva, and Liat. Welcome!

Perlmutter Fellows Program

Jewish Studies has a number of new initiatives on the horizon. They will launch the Perlmutter Fellows Program this Fall in order to cultivate students “who embody academic excellence, community involvement, and leadership.”

Learn more about the program in the Jewish Studies Fall 2018 newsletter.

Special thanks to JSP Advisory Board past-Chair Anita Zucker for her lead gift in support of the Perlmutter Fellowship.

Check out what German program alumna Dona Totova Lacayo is up to now!

Dona Totova Lacayo ’05, the chief commercial and public affairs officer at the Port of Hueneme (wy-NEEM-ee) in California, minored in German along with her major in International Business at CofC. She is featured in this summer’s edition of CofC’s magazine discussing what she’s been up to since graduation!

Check out the article here:

Alumna Runs a Tight Ship

 

Dr. Del Mastro to Address North American Academy of the Spanish Language

On Wednesday December 5, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Spanish Benevolent Society in New York City, Professor Mark P. Del Mastro will address the North American Academy of the Spanish Language as invited speaker for his formal admission as a “miembro numerario”/full member of the same academy.  Dr. Del Mastro’s presentation “Sigma Delta Pi y su historia en la vispera de su centenario (1919-2019)”/”Sigma Delta Pi and its history on the eve of its centennial (1919-2019)” will be based on his forthcoming book  Sigma Delta Pi: Rediscovering a Century (1919-2019) to be published by Sabio Books in late spring 2020.

Dr. Viñas-de-Puig’s Article to Appear in the _Southern Journal of Linguistics_

Professor Ricard Viñas-de-Puig’s article “Perception of expletive negation in Catalonian Spanish and Catalan: Evidence of language divergence between two otherwise converging varieties” has been accepted for publication in the Southern Journal of Linguistics.

Hispanic Studies’ Professors Participate in 100th AATSP Conference in Spain

At the Centennial Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) in Salamanca, Spain on June 25-28, 2018, Professors Mark P. Del Mastro, Susan Divine and Devon Hanahan had active roles in various sessions:

On Monday, June 25, Professors Divine and Hanahan co-presented “High impact practices during study abroad: Portfolios of Trujillo, Spain” during a 75-minute session.  This presentation was based on Divine’s and Hanahan’s experiences co-directing CofC’s Maymester program in Trujillo for two consecutive summers in 2017 and 2018.

Dr. Del Mastro organized and chaired the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society’s Best Practices and Informative Session that featured the presentations of student leaders from four different universities from across the U.S.   He also hosted the reception for Sigma Delta Pi members and guests and directed the event’s presentation of various awards and recognitions, to include the initiation of Dr. Frank Nuessel of the University of Louisville into the Order of Don Quijote.  Del Mastro also presented reports to the AATSP’s Board of Directors in his role as AATSP Finance Committee Chair and Executive Director of Sigma Delta Pi, which is a partner of the AATSP.

Dr. Sarah Owens Gives Multiple Lectures in Spring 2018

Professor Sarah Owens was invited to give three different lectures during the first half of the 2018 calendar year:

Plenary Lecture, “Religious Spaces in the Far East: Women’s Travel and Writing in Manila and Macao.” Attending to Early Modern Women. Milwaukee, WI. June 14-16.

Invited Lecture, “La boticas de los conventos peruanos coloniales.” Museo Nacional del Virreinato. El Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia. Tepotzotlán, Mexico, March 15.

Invited Lecture, “El mundo de las medicinas en los conventos femeninos de Arequipa, Perú.” Seminario: Los conventos de monjas, arquitectura y vida cotidiana del virreinato a la postmodernidad. El Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia. Coordinación Nacional de Monumentos Históricos. Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City, March 14.