Dr. Avendaño took the opportunity to sit down with three LACS majors the week before graduation to find out how the LACS major impacted their lives and what they plan on doing after graduation. The conversation features:
Susan Dempsey is from Clemson, SC. She is graduating in May 2019 with a double major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Spanish.
Jordan Vogt is from Greenville, SC. She is graduating in May 2019 with a double major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Political Science with a Minor in Spanish as well.
Harmony Baggett is from Charleston, SC. She is graduating in May 2019 with a major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Thank you Michael Overholt for conducting the podcast for us.
9 Featured Students in our Student Focus Series
3 Spanish majors and 1 Spanish minor receive Fulbright Awards
First graduates of our Portuguese & Brazilian Studies Program: George Gabriel and James Riggs
Return/reinstatement of the Casa Hispana/Spanish Language House
This in addition to an astounding array of faculty presentations and publications,
other student achievements and departmental programming as found at our department’s News Blog
and elaborated in our upcoming spring 2019 newsletter: HispaNews (stay tuned!)
Professor Christina García presented her research in three different venues during the spring of 2019:
In March she participated in the American Comparative Literature Association Conference at Georgetown University with a presentation “Eat Me: Inhuman Writings and Failed Incorporations.”
In April she was the featured speaker in Sigma Delta Pi’s Faculty Lecture Series with her study “Of Souls, Skins and Leopard Prints: Queer and Animal Creations of Cubanbeings.”
In May she presented her paper “‘Trágame. Pero no me leas’: Inhuman Writings in Ahmel Echevarría’s Búfalos camino al matadero” in the panel “Aesthetics Beyond Nature in Latin America” she co-organized at the Latin American Studies Association conference in Boston, MA.
A Foreign Language Education major in Spanish (’20), Jessica Lassiter also earned a BS in Exercise Science with a Spanish minor at the College of Charleston in 2017. Currently she is Assistant Director, Media Manager and Senior Spanish Instructor at WL4K World Languages for Kids; has served as a medical interpreter for three different mission trips to South America; and she is a private Spanish tutor for students at Wando and Philip Simmons High Schools, among other activities.
Jessica believes that a love for languages and culture is vital in education because it provides a lens to see how people besides ourselves live. To be bilingual and multicultural is to have another set of skills in communication with others, and to Jessica that is a beautiful thing. She is excited to employ the skills and insight that she has gained from her experiences at CofC with her future high school students.
In her own words:
My time in Hispanic Studies has been so empowering and the relationships that I have formed with the faculty in this department have been truly impactful. After finishing my degree in Exercise Science and Spanish minor in 2017, and then taking a gap year to teach preschool Spanish classes, my professors from this department invested in me and supported my decision to return and finish my Spanish degree after a two-year hiatus while adding on the Foreign Language Education component in 2018.
The professors from this department in my experience are the most willing to help, support, and provide advice to their students out of all of the 3 departments I will be graduating with a degree from. I am proud to call the Hispanic Studies Department my “home” here at The College and am so thankful for the opportunities that I have been provided during my 6 years with them. I couldn’t have made it this far without their guidance, support, and love! Upon graduating, I plan to teach high school Spanish, where I hope to impart the same love and knowledge that my professors have afforded me during my time as a Hispanic Studies student at CofC.