2019 College of Charleston MLK Humanitarian honoree Dr. Anthony Greene

LCWA is excited to congratulate Dr. Anthony Greene, Associate Professor in African American Studies, has been nominated as a MLK Humanitarian honoree by the Black History Intercollegiate Consortium. He will be recognized on January 29th at the MLK Celebration!

The Black History Intercollegiate Consortium represents students and staff who are committed to improving cultural and ethnic diversity. It consists of four area colleges and universities —The Citadel, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Charleston Southern University, College of Charleston and Trident Technical College.

LCWA Welcomes Retired U.S. Ambassador James D. Melville Jr.

The School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs welcomes  James D. Melville Jr., a retired U.S. ambassador, as associate dean for international and community outreach! This is one more highlight moment for LCWA in our work to be the hub for global education at the College.

Ambassador Melville

James D. Melville Jr., a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, was nominated by President Obama as the next U.S. Ambassador to Estonia on May 7, 2015, and confirmed by the Senate on August 5, 2015. He was sworn-in on September 18, 2015. He presented his credentials to President Ilves on December 8, 2015. He recently resigned (Sept. 30, 2018) his position in Estonia and retired from the foreign service after 33 years of distinguished accomplishments.

Ambassador Melville’s most recent position with the State Department, prior to Estonia, was as the Deputy Chief of Mission in the U.S. Embassy Berlin, Germany. From 2010 to 2012, he served as Executive Director of the Bureaus of European and Eurasian Affairs and International Organization Affairs. As Executive Director of EUR and IO, Ambassador Melville directed support for all of EUR and IO’s 79 overseas posts, as well as the domestic requirements for both bureaus.

Prior to that assignment, he served as Minister-Counselor for Management Affairs at Embassy London from 2008 to 2010 and at Embassy Moscow from 2005 to 2008. In Moscow, London and particularly in Berlin, Ambassador Melville frequently served as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Ambassador Melville’s first Foreign Service assignment was in the U.S. Embassy to the German Democratic Republic from 1986-1988. He has also served in Seychelles, St. Petersburg, at the U.S. Mission to NATO, and in Paris. In Washington, he has worked in Legislative Affairs, as a Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center, and at the Foreign Service Board of Examiners.

Mr. Melville speaks Russian, German, and French. He graduated from Boston University with an honors degree in history, has a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, and is a member of the bars of New Jersey and New York. He is originally from Bradley Beach, New Jersey.

 

Ron Menchaca with The College Today posted an outstanding article about Ambassador Melville and his new responsibilities here in LCWA. Check out the full article HERE.

LCWA World Affairs Colloquium Spring 2019

On January, 14th LCWA will host Dr. Steven Lee, Associate Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley
Author of The Ethnic Avant-Garde: Minority Cultures and World Revolution, to present the lecture, “Beyond Interference: Soviet and Russian Lessons for
American Multiculturalism.”

Russian interference in the 2016 elections included the manipulation of U.S. identity politics: for instance, fake social media accounts promoted rallies both for and against the Black Lives Matter movement, apparently with the intent of exacerbating social discord. The new Cold War here merges with our new culture wars.
This circumstance finds a hopeful precedent from the old Cold War, when Jim Crow was a favorite topic for Soviet propaganda, which indirectly led to U.S. civil rights reform. Building on this precedent, my talk focuses on how Soviet and Russian discourses on race, ethnicity, and nationality might open new ways of conceptualizing multiculturalism here in the U.S. I’ll be arguing that in the Soviet Union, one’s identity as a minority subject could be simultaneously essential yet irrelevant, eternal yet absent—a phenomenon I trace back to both official nationalities policy and avant-gardist performance. The result was a layered, estranged approach to identity, one that possibly contributed to the USSR’s collapse but which also provides, I think, a useful complement to contemporary U.S. discourses of “otherness” and “intersectionality.”
As a case in point, I will then discuss the half-Korean, half-Russian rock star Viktor Tsoi (the Kurt Cobain of late socialism), the difficulty of ascribing any fixed identity to him, and his 1990 visit to the Sundance Film Festival.

Co-sponsored by the Russian Studies Program and European Studies Program.

CofC’s 23rd President

The College Today has written an excellent announcement of the College’s new 23rd president Andrew T. Hsu!

Check out the full article HERE!

Also check out an interview that the College Today did with him HERE!

 

The School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs would like to congratulate Andrew T. Hsu on being selected to be the new president of the College of Charleston.

Exciting events in Hispanic Studies

Check out some of the exciting things that have been happening in Hispanic Studies!

Global Foodways in Skirt Magazine

Professor Lauren Ravalico, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of French and Francophone Studies and a member of the executive committee for Women’s and Gender Studies at the College of Charleston. In this article she discusses her research and passion for the Global Foodways program.

“This stew of intellectual interest and personal connection to the kitchen has simmered for a long time and ultimately inspired me to attempt coordinating a yearlong program of courses and events at the College of Charleston called “Global Foodways.” Besides having the opportunity to teach my own “Culture of the French Table” course as part of the program, it has been amazing to see the range of disciplines in which food takes the spotlight. Students can learn about the history of tea in China, the sociology of food, food culture and sustainability in Italy, food as medicine, and dozens of other options.”

“It is my hope that Global Foodways will serve as a virtual table around which members of the academic community and beyond can engage in conversations and sensory experiences that open our hearts and minds.”

Check out the full article here!

https://www.skirt.com/global-foodways/ 

 

 

Job Announcement: Instructor of Classics

Porter’s Lodge, Gateway to the College of Charleston

The Department of Classics at the College of Charleston invites applications for a permanent position at the rank of Instructor, beginning August 16, 2019. We are seeking a dynamic and dedicated teacher-scholar with a committed career track emphasizing language pedagogy who is willing to work closely with undergraduates and to promote the study of classics across the campus and the region (e.g., liaison with the South Carolina Junior Classical league and regional secondary programs). Teaching responsibilities will include Latin (and possibly Greek) at all levels, classical mythology, classical literature in translation, and classical civilization.

Promising candidates will have thorough training in both Latin and ancient Greek, extensive experience and demonstrated expertise in teaching Latin, a deep familiarity with established and emerging approaches to language pedagogy, and a strong interest in pedagogical innovation. Excellent collaborative work skills are essential as the person holding this position must be an effective team leader, able to work productively with all members of the department and with other language faculty at the College of Charleston.

This is a full-time permanent position with a teaching load of 4 courses per semester.  While the position is non-tenure track, the position is renewable for up to five years, at which time the individual would be eligible for promotion to the rank of Senior Instructor. The PhD in classics or related discipline must be in hand by 15 August, 2019.

For full consideration, applicants are asked to submit online to http://jobs.cofc.edu/postings/8181 all of the following: (1) a letter of application, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) unofficial transcript (official transcript required at time of hire) (4) teaching statement and portfolio, and (5) contact information for three reference providers who will submit letters of recommendation online by the date provided below. Teaching statements and portfolios should include course evaluations and syllabi and may include discussion of accomplishments in and future goals for working with underrepresented groups and contributing to the growth and support of a diverse community of students and scholars on campus. We are especially interested in applicants with a record of successful teaching and mentoring of students from diverse backgrounds. Review of applications begins on December 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Select candidates will be invited for preliminary and then on-campus interviews. Questions regarding the position can be directed to Dr. James Newhard, search committee chair, at newhardj@cofc.edu.

The Department of Classics has 8 full-time faculty members and enjoys strong enrollments in Latin, Greek, Greek and Roman culture, history, and archaeology. Further information about the Classics Department is available at http://classics.cofc.edu. The College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of historic Charleston, SC.  Since its founding in 1770, the College has maintained a strong liberal arts curriculum. The student body numbers approximately 12,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs combined. The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.