LCWA World Affairs Colloquium Series: Film Screening and Discussion of “One of Us” with Fraidy Reiss

On October 8th LCWA will be welcoming Fraidy Reiss on campus for a film screening and discussion of “One of Us”.

Fraidy Reiss is the Founder and Executive Director of Unchained At Last, the only nonprofit in the US dedicated to helping women and girls leave or avoid arranged/forced marriages and rebuild their lives. Fraidy is recognized internationally as an expert on forced and child marriage in America. Her writing on the subject has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post and countless other publications in the US and beyond. Legislation she helped to write to end or reduce child marriage has been introduced and, in some cases, already passed in multiple US.

Free and open to the public! 

6:30pm in the Simons Center for the Arts, room 309. 

Larry Diamond on Campus in October!

Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. For more than six years, he directed FSI’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, and he continues to lead its programs on Arab Reform and Democracy and Democracy in Taiwan. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and also serves as Senior Consultant at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy. His sixth and most recent book, In Search of Democracy (Routledge, 2016), explores the challenges confronting democracy and democracy promotion, gathering together three decades of his work on democratic development, particularly in Africa and Asia.  He has also edited or co-edited more than 40 books on democratic development around the world. At Stanford University, Diamond is also professor by courtesy of political science and sociology, and is a Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education. He also served from 2010-2016 as Faculty Co-Director of the Haas Center for Public Service. He teaches courses on comparative democratic development, democracy promotion, and US foreign policy, and advises many Stanford students. In May 2007, the Associated Students of Stanford University named him “Teacher of the Year” for teaching that “transcends political and ideological barriers.”


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Learning is what goes on in colleges and Jewish Studies is at its heart a vibrant academic program, with community outreach a prominent feature of its identity, from the Program’s inception more than thirty years ago. This semester Jewish Studies will re-introduce serious mini-seminars, essentially condensed courses (or highlights of courses) consisting of class sessions devoted to a single topic. Mini-seminars are free and open to the public. Enrollees are expected to secure the required reading, complete all assignments, and to attend all of the class sessions, thereby creating a genuine learning community. The class discussions will assume that enrollees have done the required assignments. The reading assignments will be made available on-line prior to the first class meeting.

Contact Mark Swick for details at or 843-953-4930.

This fall, Jewish Studies will offer three mini-seminars; (1) a weekly immersive ulpan class by Professor Noa Weinberg which introduces students to Hebrew, both as a spoken language and as a written one; (2) a three-session exploration by Rabbi Moshe Davis of contemporary issues which help define Modern Orthodoxy; and (3) a three-session “highlights” of Professor Joshua Shanes’ course on Jewish Mysticism.

Perlmutter Fellows Program

Jewish Studies has a number of new initiatives on the horizon. They will launch the Perlmutter Fellows Program this Fall in order to cultivate students “who embody academic excellence, community involvement, and leadership.”

Learn more about the program in the Jewish Studies Fall 2018 newsletter.

Special thanks to JSP Advisory Board past-Chair Anita Zucker for her lead gift in support of the Perlmutter Fellowship.

Check out what German program alumna Dona Totova Lacayo is up to now!

Dona Totova Lacayo ’05, the chief commercial and public affairs officer at the Port of Hueneme (wy-NEEM-ee) in California, minored in German along with her major in International Business at CofC. She is featured in this summer’s edition of CofC’s magazine discussing what she’s been up to since graduation!

Check out the article here:

Alumna Runs a Tight Ship


2018 LCWA Awards Ceremony

On May 10, 2018 the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs hosted their annual Awards Ceremony honoring distinguished students. Congratulations to the following students

Graeser Memorial Award – Rachel Nichols

Harold A. Mouzon Award – Sophie Naughton

Robert H. Duryea, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Award – Kayla Souders

Josef Modzelewski Memorial Award – Megan Carpenter

Conseula Francis Outstanding Student Award – Joshua Mack

James F. Snyder European Studies Award – Kelly Lifchez, Justin Theilig

Ludwig Lewisohn Prize – Lisa Thompson

Norton Seltzer Awards in Jewish Studies – Marni Sapolsky, Michelle Myers

Tim Carmichael African Travel Award – Hannah Dee, Katharine Salter, India Miraldi, Grace Isabella Lee

African American Studies — Dr. Kameelah Martin
Community Activism Award – La’Nasa Clarkson
Rising Scholar Award – Ayana Walker
Outstanding Senior Scholar Award – Chantelle Lebeau
Capstone Project Award – Chantelle Lebeau
Bernard E. Powers Writing Award – Isabel Johnston

Archaeology — Dr. Scott Harris
Golden Marshalltown Award – Molly Van Ostran

Classics — Dr. Trish Ward
Outstanding Student Award (Classics AB) – Ehren Wilder
Departmental Honors – Sophie Naughton

French, Francophone, and Italian — Dr. Lisa Signori
Departmental Honors – Catherine Dadmun
Outstanding Student Award – Johan Crisanti, Wiebke Mason, Rachel Nichols
French Club Award – Caroline Carmichael

Dr. Giovannd De Luca and Dr. Michael Maher —presenting Italian Program Awards
Outstanding Student – Christa Bello, Charlotte Isaacs, Emily Schlapp
Italian Club Award – Christa Bello
Friedgen Family Study Abroad Scholarship – Kelsey Balm, Jenna Ferreri, Jorge Orozco

 German and Russian — Dr. Morgan Koerner
Outstanding Student—German – Caitlin Billard, Abigail Zurawski
Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Fellowship – Brianna Mawra
LCWA Russian Studies Award – Liza Talantova

Hispanic Studies — Dr. Mark Del Mastro
Most Accomplished Spanish Major – Katherine Murchison
Distinguished Spanish Major – Le’ah Griggs
Outstanding Spanish Major – Ana Camila Bailey, Kimberly Meighan, Andrew Costa, Katharine Murchison, Le’ah Griggs, McCathern Painter
Departmental Honors – Jolie Hiers

International Studies— Dr. Malte Pehl
Departmental Honors – Alexandra Astor, Kimberly Meighan, Annsley Banks, Katherine Murchison, Morgan Godfrey, Rachel Nichols, Madeline Leibin
Outstanding Student Award – Alexandra Astor, Kimberly Meighan, Annsley Banks, Katherine Murchison, Jalen Brooks-Knepfle, Rachel Nichols, Kelty Carson, McCathern Painter, Meredith Grant, Katherine Salter, Natalia Hardee, Eric Singleton, Reilly Kilpatrick, Sylvia Skerry, Julie Kramer, Nicole Woolcock, Madeline Leibin

 Latin American and Caribbean Studies — Dr. Lola Colomina-Garrigos
Outstanding Student Award – Brooke Bazemore