For the 8th time since 2011, the College of Charleston’s Nu Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, has been selected as an Honor Chapter for its noteworthy activities during the academic year. Of the 625 chapters nationwide, the Executive Committee selects 12-15 Honor Chapters yearly for this prestigious distinction. In July 2019, the College of Charleston was one of only 16 institutions to receive this honor for activities realized during the 2018-19 academic year, during which time Drs. Susan Divine and Carmen Grace served as chapter advisers, and Adriana Velasquez (’19) as student chapter president.
On July 8-11, 2019 at the Town and Country Hotel in San Diego, CA, four faculty members of the Department of Hispanic Studies participated in the 101st Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP).
In the session “Innovative Curriculum II,” Professor Claudia Moran gave her presentation “Launching a Successful Conversation Class Program” along with talks by faculty from Bowling Green State University and the Unviersity of Southern California respectively.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Portuguese in the AATSP, Dr. María Luci De Biaji Moreira presented on a special panel entitled “Setenta e cinco anos de Português na AATSP: Um olhar para o passado. Reflexões para o futuro.”
Anchoring her own academic session, Dr. Silvia Rodríguez Sabater gave her talk “Food for Thought: Building Socially Conscious Writers through Eating Practices and Sustainability Perspectives.”
Finally, Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro was the plenary speaker for a session entitled “A Century of Recognizing Student Excellence: Sigma Delta Pi (1919-2019) and the Honor Society” that focused on select stories from his upcoming book on the 100-year history of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. Dr. Del Mastro also organized and chaired the “Sigma Delta Pi Best Practices and Informative Session,” and he organized and co-moderated Sigma Delta Pi’s 28th Triennial Convention.
Click the link below to hear the 7th episode of HispaCasts created in collaboration with Dr. Mike Overholt from the Teaching and Learning Team.
Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, Chair of Hispanic Studies, interviews Esther Ferguson, philanthropist, community leader and founder of the College of Charleston’s program in Trujillo, to share Esther’s story behind her and her late husband James Ferguson’s donation of their historic properties in Trujillo, Spain to the College of Charleston in 1996.
Thanks to Daniel Delgado Díaz, Editor, and Associate Editors Mark Del Mastro, Claudia Moran, Laura Moses, Ricard Viñas de Puig, and Carl Wise, we are pleased to offer you the latest issue of HispaNews, the annual newsletter of the Department of Hispanic Studies..
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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.
Professor Carmen Grace’s article “Encuentros retóricos en las artes: la pintura y la predicación áureas” will be published in volume 42 of eHumanista.
Professor Devon Hanahan, Senior Instructor of Hispanic Studies, and Professor Lauren Hetrovicz, Adjunct Lecturer of Hispanic Studies, were recipients of the campus-wide Distinguished Service Award and Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award respectively at the College of Charleston’s “Celebration of Faculty” ceremony on Wednesday, April 24.
For additional pictures and the related details, click here for The College Today article.
Professor Christina García’s article “Baroque Revolutionaries, Communist Fags, and Risky Friendships: Reading the Politics of Friendship in Fresa y chocolate” has been published in Volume 47, 2019 issue of Cuban Studies.
Several faculty members of the Department of Hispanic Studies participated in the 72nd Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference on April 11-13, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky:
Professors Raúl Carrillo Arciniega, Mark P. Del Mastro, Susan Divine and Daniel Delgado were panelists in the 3rd annual “Strategies for Academic Journal Publishing” session hosted by Hispanic Studies Review.
Dr. Antonio Pérez-Núñez presented his study “Developing Intercultural Competence through Online Face-to-Face Interaction with Native Speakers.”
Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro organized, chaired and presented in the 17th annual General Informative Session of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society and the 2nd annual Sigma Delta Pi Graduate Research Symposium.