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
Check out the blog from the German and Russian Studies program for the latest info concerning the 2nd CofC German-American Business Summit happening this week!
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Dr. William J Parker III is the Chief Operating Officer at the EastWest Institute, a global NGO committed to conflict prevention and resolution with offices in New York, Brussels, Moscow, Istanbul, San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Dallas.
An award-winning author, Dr. Parker has published over thirty academic articles and co-authored the book Jihadist Strategic Communication. Additionally, his 2016 book, Guaranteeing America’s Security in the Twenty-First Century, is considered a practitioners’ guide to national security.
Dr. Parker is an accomplished speaker and frequent guest commentator in global media on issues of national security and the global economy. He has addressed the media in more than thirty nations, including such outlets as Fox News, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, Patriot Radio, Voice of America and other live radio and television shows. He appears in and consulted on the 2016 Discovery Channel documentary Sonic Sea, which was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Nature Documentary.
LCWA is excited to announce the confirmation of the 2nd German-American Business Summit on February 8, 2018!
The College of Charleston German-American Business Summit targets German companies in South Carolina and the Southeastern US that are seeking to establish stronger ties to undergraduate education in the region and focuses on workforce needs for German industry in the state.
Details on the event can be found here.
The 1st German-American Business Summit was a booming success! It was held on February 2, 2017 and was attended by 186 students and 100 guests from industries and the community! Detail on that even can be found here. Photos from the event can be found here.
Despite the gray skies the 9th Annual World Cultures Fair was held on March 30, 2017. While the rain did come down and the event was cut short there was a great turn out! The fair’s aim is to bring various cultures and traditions from around the world to the Charleston community. The event showcased international cultures with over 30 tables displaying crafts, foods and information about student clubs and international programs at the College. Attendees were entertained by student, faculty, and community musicians and performers.
Ambassador Cameron Munter, Chief Executive Officer and President of the EastWest Institute will be presenting “The New Diplomacy: In the Trump Era“.
Ambassador Munter has been a career diplomat, serving in some of the most conflict-ridden areas of the globe. He served as U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan from 2010-2012, while leading a 2,500- employee embassy. Previously he served as Ambassador to Serbia.
Ambassador Munter also served twice in Iraq, leading the first Provincial Reconstruction Team in Mosul and then overseeing U.S. civilian and military cooperation in planning the drawdown of U.S. troops. In Europe, he served in the Czech Republic and Poland, where he helped manage the American contribution to those countries’ integration into the global economy. He was a Director at the National Security Council at the White House, and had numerous other domestic assignments at the State Department in Washington. Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Munter taught European history at the University of California Los Angeles. He also has been Professor of International Relations at Pomona College in Claremont, taught at Columbia University School of Law, was a Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and has two honorary doctoral degrees.
The event will be held on April 13, 2017 at 4:30pm in the
Alumni Center, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, 86 Wentworth St.
This event is Free and Open to the Public.
The School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs hosted the 65th Annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference on October 15-17 at the Charleston Marriott. Over 250 participants presented their research, collaborated on academic panels and chaired sessions during the 3-day event.
When the College of Charleston launched its study abroad program in Havana, Cuba in summer 2000, travel and relations between the U.S. and Cuba were already difficult. Maintaining the program, which sends about 12 students to Havana each spring, has been challenging and often unpredictable, but it has always been rewarding.
Students studying abroad in Havana. Photo by Britton Holmes.
“My time in Cuba impacted me in more ways than I can count,” said Britton Holmes, a junior international studies and political science double major who studied abroad in Havana during the spring 2014 semester. “The culture is so rich, whether it’s the music, the art, the dance, etc. The people love being Cuban. They’re proud of their culture and they want to share it with everyone.”
The program that Holmes speaks of, though, is vastly different than the program the first 100 students to study in Havana experienced. In 2000, when International Studies Department Chair Douglas Friedman and Professor Emeritus of Hispanic Studies Jose Escobar launched the program with 20 students, participants spent four weeks and lived in what was essentially a hotel. When the embargo in Cuba was tightened in 2004, it required that those visiting with an education license must spend a minimum of 10 weeks. That was when the program went from a summer study-abroad experience to a full semester.
Photo taken in Cuba by Douglas Friedman
These restrictions caused many universities to end their own programs in Cuba, but the College’s commitment to sharing the educational and cultural opportunities in Cuba kept the program alive. “In 2004 there were more than 100 universities with programs in Cuba,” Friedman said. “In 2005 there were three.”
2007 marked the first spring semester in Havana – after attempting a hurricane-filled fall semester in 2005 – and the program has remained in the spring since. Students now live in apartments on the outskirts of Havana, allowing them easy access to the city without the round-the-clock distractions of Havana in such close proximity. It also makes students clean up and cook for themselves, providing them a more immersive experience.
“We’ve progressively tried to make the experience more genuine,” Friedman said. “Now we’re able to rent apartments for short-term use, and students have full kitchens – they’re actually living there. They have to deal with the same food shortages that Cubans deal with, they have to learn the different currencies, and they have to learn to navigate Havana. It’s a much more immersive experience.”
Holmes, who lived in the apartments, is a testament to this. “There is not a better place I could think of to get a full experience of pure Latin American culture,” she said. “I feel like a gained a Cuban family as well as a College of Charleston family.”
Holmes’ account of her time in Havana reflects the many unique opportunities provided through the program – not only is the Cuba program very small, allowing for students to form a tight-knit community, but also living in an embargoed country for 11 weeks is something that few Americans can experience.
Photo taken in Cuba by Britton Holmes
This is unlike any of the other programs we have,” Associate Provost for International Education Andrew Sobiesuo said. “In terms of the experience, the facilities and the adjustment that students have to make. They really learn to appreciate the advantages they have as Americans when they see what Cubans go through on a daily basis. It makes their experience much richer.”
Becoming immersed in the Cuban lifestyle can be jarring for some students. Holmes described ideal participants as “adventurous people who like to experience new cultures.” She went on to say that people interested in political science and/or Latin American history, culture and society as well as those interested in vintage cars, architecture, dancing and nightlife would also enjoy the program.
The next round of students considering studying abroad in Havana have a few months to apply – the deadline is December 1, 2014 – and in the meantime Friedman and Sobiesuo are working to get the program director in Cuba, Humberto Miranda, to Charleston in November for a 15th anniversary celebration and to teach his usual express II courses, Social Movements in Comparative Perspective and Cuban Politics and Society.
During his annual visits to Charleston, Miranda helps recruit students for the program both by providing information on the fascinating classes taught by his fellow University of Havana and Instituto de Filosofia faculty members and telling students about the unique and storied culture that awaits them in Cuba.
For Holmes, the description of daily life and friendly locals in Cuba was the selling point. “Their culture is super inclusive… I feel really lucky to have been able to experience it.”
Andrew Agha will be presenting a lecture at Founders Hall, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site tomorrow, May 20th! He will be talking about some really exciting archaeological work that has been happening at Charles Towne Landing over the last year or so.
Andrew has also recently completed a new display of his findings which will be available for viewing. As always, a wine and cheese reception will follow the lecture. As you know, with Andrew, it will be a great presentation!
There is no fee.