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

 

 

10th Annual World Cultures Fair

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

LCWA World Affairs Colloquium Series w ith the World Affairs Council of Charleston presents “The Dust of Kandahar”

April 5th
6:30pm
Wells Fargo Auditorium

Ambassador Addleton will talk about his most recent book, The Dust of Kandahar: A Diplomat Among Warriors in Afghanistan. Providing a personal account of one diplomat’s year of service in America’s longest war, he describes the everyday human drama of the American soldiers, government officials, religious leaders and others with whom he interacted in southern Afghanistan. His is a firsthand account of the April 2013 suicide bombing attack outside a Zabul school that killed his translator, a fellow Foreign Service Officer and three American soldiers. His memory of this tragedy offers a heart-felt tribute to the soldiers with whom he served as well as providing poignant glimpses into the interior life of a U.S. diplomat stationed in harm’s way.

 

Fall 2017 LCWA World Affairs Colloquium Series

The Fall 2017 LCWA World Affairs Colloquium Series will be held on November 30th. Dr. William J. Parker III will be presenting the lecture in the Wells Fargo Auditorium beginning at 4:00pm.

William J. Parker III, PhD
EastWest Institute
Chief Operating Officer

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 World Affairs Colloquium Series – Dr. William Parker

LCWA has announced the Fall 2017 LCWA World Affairs Colloquium Series will be held on November 30th. Dr. William J. Parker III will be presenting the lecture in the Wells Fargo Auditorium beginning at 4:00pm.

 

William J. Parker III, PhD
EastWest Institute
Chief Operating Officer

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.

Known for his ability to explain complicated international issues clearly and concisely and to provide coherent solutions, Dr. Parker has lectured at renowned international venues including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Hague, the International Counter-Terror Symposium at Windsor Castle in London, Columbia University, Tufts University, Columbia Law School, New York University, Harvard University, Bard College, the College of Charleston, the Armed Forces Staff College, the University of Moscow, the Spanish War College, numerous Turkish universities, and other institutions worldwide. Dr. Parker is a featured panelist on Strategic Post Conflict Investment for the 2017 Concordia Global Summit in New York and a guest speaker for Bloomberg Investments in Paris, Istanbul and Colombia in 2017. He is a life member and former Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dr. Parker is a retired senior U.S. naval officer who is a qualified military parachutist and Surface Warfare Officer with a long list of awards, including the Bronze Star, three Legions of Merit and the Department of State Meritorious Honor award. During nearly three decades in uniform, he commanded three warships, and later, a squadron of warships. He was the 2009 recipient of the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership. He served as the Chief of Staff for U.S. Naval Forces and as the U.S. Navy’s Military Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations. In addition to multiple combat tours, he held the post of senior advisor and strategist with U.S. Embassies in Iraq and Pakistan.

Dr. Parker holds a PhD from George Mason University’s Department of Molecular and Microbiology, an MPA from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy, where he was a distinguished military graduate and class president.

Mayaway to China 2017

The ten students of the International Scholars Class of 2020 accompanied by Professors Blake Stevens and Bryan Ganaway completed their Mayaway to China this summer.  The students took at course at Suzhou University in southern China on traditional Chinese music and modern Chinese national identity.  They learned that the Communist Party first suppressed traditional musicians in the 1950s as part of their effort to totally remake people’s identity.  Starting in the 1980s, however, the Party slowly redefined itself as more Confucian than Communist and they rehabilitated traditional music and musicians as markers of Chinese cultural greatness.  The ten students had the opportunity to see a Chinese opera and to see live performances by graduate students and faculty performing with traditional instruments.  After completing the course portion of the trip, the students and their faculty took high speed trains to Shanghai and Beijing where they explored the Bund, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall.  In her thank you letter to the Samuel Freeman Trust, one of the students wrote, “This has experience has opened my mind and change my outlook on the world…I [will work] to use my experiences in China as a way to enhance my studies and make the College of Charleston proud.”

 

In May of 2018 the next International Scholars Mayaway will be to Ghana.  The students will take a class on issues of development and  democratization in post-colonial societies.  This trip will be led by Associate Provost Andrew Sobiesuo and Professor Bryan Ganaway.

 

Students in class at Suzhou University

Tiananmen Square with the Forbidden City on the right

View of the Great Wall north of Beijing

Professor Blake Stevens at the Great Wall