International Scholars “Student Spotlight”

Emilia Olson ‘22
Majors: International Studies and Public Health
Concentration: Latin America & the Caribbean

“I’m from Charleston, SC. I chose CofC because of the liberal art education and ample study abroad opportunities. I also was attracted to the International Scholars Program and the Charleston Fellows Program through the Honors College. I chose International Scholars because I am interested in global health and I wanted to have a diverse education about global issues and solutions. I have enjoyed the cohort experience, study abroad in Estonia, and mentorship opportunities. I have been able to study abroad in five countries across five continents, in part, because of the International Scholars Program. I’ve also been able to engage deeply with faculty and peers in the department.  After college I plan on completing a masters in Global Health at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden and then attend medical school. Ultimately, I would like to work as a physician in Humanitarian Aid.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the International Scholars program check out the website https://intlscholars.cofc.edu/ 

 

World Affairs Colloquium Series with Damon Wilson

Join us for a talk on democracy and democratic renewal around the world. Our guest is Damon Wilson, President CEO of the National Endowment for Democracy, will present his lecture, “Forging a Coalition in Favor of Freedom Around the World.” This talk is a co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Charleston (WACC) and the Mroz Global Leadership Institute.  It’s open to CofC faculty, staff, students and WACC members.

Damon Wilson is President CEO of the National Endowment for Democracy, a private, non-profit, non-partisan foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democracy throughout the world. It promotes political groups, free markets, trade unions and other independent institutions. Prior to joining the Endowment, he helped transform the Atlantic Council into a leading global think tank as its executive vice president. Previously, Wilson served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council helping to enlarge a Europe whole, free, and at peace; to secure freedom through NATO enlargement; to deter and counter Russian aggression; and to work with a united Europe as a leading US partner to support democracy in the world.

When: 6pm, Thursday, January 27, 2022
Where: Arnold Hall, Jewish Studies Center (96 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29424). This is a live in-person event and masks are required during the talk. Space is limited. RSVP to join the in-person event http://shorturl.at/bhyHZ. We will also stream the talk via zoom. Register for live-streaming at http://shorturl.at/hqAQ7.

 

The Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center lobby got a facelift!

In case you missed it, the lobby in Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center has been renovated! The renovation took place over the summer 2021 and it’s looking bright, beautiful and ready to be used. Visit the Center at 96 Wentworth Street.

M.Ed. in Languages Fall 2021 Newsletter

Don’t miss out on the third issue of the newsletter of The M.Ed. in Languages Program at the College of Charleston!

Congratulations to the graduates this semester – everyone is so proud of all of your impressive accomplishments and all your hard work. Despite a global pandemic and all the additional challenges of teaching during the past 20+ months, you completed your degree! You did it! A special thank you to the M.Ed. in Languages Executive Committee: Dr. Shawn Morrison, Dr. Silvia Rodríguez Sabater, and Dr. Antonio Pérez-Núñez for their unwavering support and collaboration. Thank you so much to all who contributed to the newsletter and many thanks to Katie Agile, the Graduate Assistant for our program, for all her hard work in bringing this to fruition.

Students, alumni, and friends: if you have news or updates to contribute or if you’d like to be profiled in the next issue, please let Director Emily Beck know (becke@cofc.edu). She would love to hear from you!

 

International Studies Major Reads to Elementary Students

Dyllon Gunsolus an International Studies major, minoring in Russian Studies and a concentration in Europe, here at CofC, enjoyed a little bit of fame recently when The College Today published a story about his having won a national championship event in bicycling. Evidently, that story led to an invitation from a teacher at Sangaree Elementary School for Dyllon to read “Bonapart Falls Apart” to the primary school grades pre-2nd.  He also got to participate in a meet and greet with the parents that afternoon when they arrived to pick up their children and share his biking and activity initiatives with the Vice Principle and assist in coordinating a ride to school event in the spring.

We’re looking forward to watching Dyllon as he continues to excell in his academics and extracurricular activities!

 

15th Annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival Kicks

The 15th Annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival has been featured in the CofC’s College TODAY!

We hope you will join everyone for the 15th annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival starting Thursday, November 4th through Saturday, November 6th at the Queen Street Playhouse. The festival will feature 10 award-winning films celebrating contemporary Italian cinema and culture. Students, Faculty and Staff can enjoy the festival free of charge, they will only need to show their college id at the box office.

Festival Website: https://nuovocinemaitaliano.com/

Article featured in The College Today: https://today.cofc.edu/2021/10/21/15th-annual-nuovo-cinema-italiano-film-festival-kicks-off-nov-4/

 

Foreign Language Education Alumna Wants to Pay It Forward

Check out this outstanding article in the College TODAY about Foreign Language Education alumna, Martina Abbriano ’19.

“A talented individual with a love for languages, Abbriano knows Italian, Spanish, English and Sicilian fluently and has a strong base of Vietnamese and Ancient Greek. It’s clear the Italian native has a passion for foreign languages, which she decided to put to use when she began thinking about a career. She earned undergraduate degrees in foreign language education and Spanish from the College of Charleston in 2019, where she also minored in linguistics and Ancient Greek.”

“Since graduating two years ago, Abbriano has put those skills to use as a foreign language teacher at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where she teaches Spanish.”

“Her passion for languages and her journey as an immigrant having to learn a new language in a new country has led her back to CofC to help the next generation of English-language-learners as they begin their lives in the United States. Abbriano is now a graduate student at CofC taking an English as a Second Language (ESOL) course to earn ESOL certification, which is available online.”

Jewish Studies Endowed Scholarship! 

The Jewish Studies Endowed Scholarship is an exciting new opportunity for supporters to help offset tuition costs for students pursuing Jewish education at the College of Charleston. The Endowed Scholarship can provide flexible, needs-based awards at any point during a student’s time at CofC. $1,000-$2,000 per year can be the deciding factor for a student and their families when deciding which college to attend. Awards from the Endowed Scholarship can help match offers from other schools and provide the push needed to attract students from all over the country.

We know that the College of Charleston and Charleston Jewish communities are invested and eager to help make our city a destination for motivated young Jew­ish scholars. To that end, we’ve set up the Endowed Scholarship to use a crowd­funding model so that all of us — parents, alumni, and members of the Jewish community — can come together to support this goal. By making a tax-deductible donation of any amount at any time, you would be directly helping to ease the financial burden of tuition for one or more students who are participating in our program. Jewish Studies alumni have become leaders in the Charleston Jewish community and beyond, so a gift to the Endowed Scholarship is an investment in a strong Jewish future.

To donate go to give.cofc.edu/Jewish-Life and select the Jewish Studies Endowed Scholarship from the drop-down menu OR mail us a check with a note that it is for the Jewish Studies Endowed Scholarship. Contact Kim Browdy at ksbrowdy@cofc.edu with any questions.

CofC Faculty and students Discover Slave Badge of Campus!

Read in the College TODAY about the recent discovery of an 1853 slave badge on the College of Charleston campus and how it has offered a profound opportunity to recognize the contributions of the enslaved people who were an integral part of the development of the institution.

You can find the article here cofc-faculty-students-discover-slave-badge-on-campus 

The CLAW program was recently reconisged in the the College TODAY, highlighting the achievements of the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program and how it has progressed from it’s inception.

Hines Prize Puts Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program on the Map

“Every two years, the Hines Prize is awarded to the best first book manuscript relating to any aspect of the Carolina Lowcountry and/or the Atlantic world. Winners receive a $1,000 cash award and preferential consideration by the University of South Carolina Press for the CLAW Program’s book series. Since the first prize was awarded more than 15 years ago, graduate students, tour guides and researchers from all over the world have shared their manuscripts.”
You can read the full article here!