Sophomore, Professors Part of Archaeology Research Team in Greece

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June 14, 2013


College of Charleston sophomore Jami Baxley is the only student participating in an archaeological project in Greece during the 2013 summer months. She will join two College of Charleston professors and other researchers for a month in Greece collecting archaeological data on more than 1,400 objects from the ancient Palace of Nestor in Pylos. Over the next year, the team, led by Classics Professor Kevin Pluta and Dimitri Nakassis of the University of Toronto, will compile a traditional print volume and a searchable online database of their findings. Jim Newhard, College of Charleston Professor and Director of the Archaeology Program, will also a researcher on the project.

“I am absolutely thrilled to accompany two of my professors on this project in which I will gain hands on experience that will directly relate to my career aspirations,” says Baxley, a classics and archaeology major from Beech Island, S.C.  “Being the only student is a bit nerve-racking (and exciting!), but I am ready for the challenge and look forward to all I will learn.”

The project will to document via Reflexive Transference Imagery (RTI), 3D imagery, X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF), and traditional illustration the administrative archives of the Palace of Nestor at Pylos, Greece. The publication and corresponding spatial database would effectively compile the scholarship of several generations of Linear B scholars into a concise, organized system, useable by scholars, students, and interested lay communities; and expand use of this dataset to broader cross-cultural comparative applications.

The online database, in development at the College of Charleston, will be searchable by tablet, fragment, word, or geochemical signature. The documentation via multiple imaging formats will also provide an archiving component to a valuable dataset that is of a fragile nature. The final images and data will reside at the College of Charleston on a dedicated server.

“This project is an excellent example of the ways in which the expertise and research of the faculty are leveraged for high impact experiences for students, while at the same time move the discipline of archaeology forward in exciting ways,” explains Jim Newhard, Classics professor and incoming director of the archaeology program. “I am looking forward to seeing this collaboration develop for the benefit of all the cooperating institutions, researchers, and students.”

The project currently has funding from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, the Institute for Aegean Prehistory, the Michael Ventris Foundation, and the College of Charleston.

For more information, contact Jim Newhard at



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Two LCWA Students Win Critical Language Scholarships

The School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs is proud to announce that two of our students were awarded Critical Language Scholarships.  Elizabeth Burdette will be studying advanced Hindi in India and Madeline Edwards will be studying Arabic.

The two-year Hindi Program at the College of Charleston is in its 3rd year and is directed by Leena Karambelkar. Ghazi Abuhakema has been directing the Arabic Program since 2008. The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers fully-funded summer language institutes for U.S. university students and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

Professor of Italian Studies Wins Poetry Award


Massimo Maggiari, Professor of Italian Studies, received a poetry award from the Il Mondo delle idee, an Italian cultural association. His poem won the 3rd Edition of the ‘Rodolfo Valentino Award – Dreaming with open eyes”.

The award was “For having created images suspended between dream and reality with a suitably poetic language. A language aimed at evoking a feeling of belonging to a single order of universal assembly.” The association described his poetry as “a successful interpretation joining nature and mankind in an empathetic breath, full of vital exhale. His verses embody a powerful silent voice that mystically spans all of nature.”

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Theodore B. Guérard Lecture Series: Modeling Connectivity: Cultural Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean


Classical Charleston

Modeling Connectivity:
Cultural Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean

New approaches and technologies for interpreting space – “the spatial turn” — are having a profound impact on human communication, and the structures of social, economic, and political systems. This colloquium will model three perspectives for social networking and connectivity, bringing together the past and future.

On Thursday, February 21
“The Character of the Inhabitants:
Environmental Theory in Classical Antiquity”
Prof. Michael Maas | 4:00 p.m., Randolph Hall, Alumni Hall


“How Romans Saw the World through Portable Sundials”
Prof. Richard Talbert | 5:30 p.m., Randolph Hall, Alumni Hall

On Friday, February 22
“Deep Mapping Archaeology:
Qualitative GIS, Citizen Science, and Immersive Sensual Worlds”
Prof. Trevor Harris | 3:30 p.m., SSMB, Rm. 129

The College Co-sponsors: School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs;
of Department of Art History; Department of Political Science /Geography Program;
Charleston Historic Preservation & Community Planning Program; Classics Club

Words at Work and Play: Three decades of literacy research

Words at Work and Play: Three decades of literacy research

Wednesday, April 4 at 6PM in the Robert Scott Small Building,  Room 237

Featuring Dr. Shirley Brice Heath
Dr. Shirley Brice Heath first introduced us to the Piedmont towns of Trackton and Roadville in Ways with Words, her classic study of children learning to use language at home and at school in two communities only a few miles apart in the southeastern United States. Heath raised fundamental questions about the nature of language development, the effects of literacy on oral language, and the sources of communication problems in schools and workplaces.

Research thirty years in the making

What happened to those original 300 families?
By following her subjects into adulthood, as well as including the next generation, Words at Work and Play not only picks up where their story left off (in the early 1980s), but also traces the radical changes working class families made in terms of their daily habits, life-choice values, and perceptions of identity; many of this same group would identify themselves as middle class by the start of the 21st century. Along the way, Heath also notes significant shifts in family and community life, including: the use of electronic media; the impact of community organizations and after-school programs (what Heath calls the “out-sourcing” of care); and the vital role of play.

World Cultures Fair Features Authentic Food, Entertainment

World Cultures Fair Features Authentic Food, Entertainment

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On March 29, 2012, the Charleston community will be able to sample dozens of cultures from around the world without leaving the College of Charleston campus. The annual World Cultures Fair, hosted by the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs, will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Stern Center Garden (rain location, Stern Center Ballroom).

Hundreds of attendees are expected for food and entertainment that will take them on a trip around the world. Nearly every culture and language taught at the College of Charleston will be represented. Throughout the day, student clubs and faculty and staff will serve authentic foods and provide cultural experiences. Back by popular demand, each hour of the festival will highlight a different culture. Eleven a.m. to 12:00 p.m. is South American hour and attendees will enjoy green onion pancakes with chorizo sausage and salsa verde and Llapingachos (Ecuadoran cheese and potato patties) with peanut glaze. The following hour will be Asian Hour, then from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. will be European Hour and Moroccan Hour will end the festival.

Entertainment will include belly dancers, an African dance group, and a Chinese Dragon dance, just to name a few of the day’s events. Come out and enjoy a day of different cultures, food, dance, student talents and more!

The School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs prepares students to become knowledgeable, engaged citizens in an increasingly complex and interdependent world.  Home to one of the largest and most comprehensive language programs in the Southeast, as well as in-depth programs in international and cultural studies, the school presents courses that are global, multicultural, interdisciplinary and comparative.  Students here develop an understanding of other societies and help us develop the kind of society in which we would like to live, and in which we would like our children to live.  Study-abroad programs and specialized work in critical languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Hindi and Russian, enhance the school’s academic offerings.

For more information on the World Cultures Fair, contact Georgia Schlau at 843.953.7136 or by email: