HISP Faculty Focus, January 2020: Dr. Emily Beck

By | January 3, 2020

Dr. Emily Beck, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, is HISP’s Faculty Focus for January 2020.

Dr. Beck, a graduate of Columbia University, arrived at the College of Charleston in 2008. Since this time she has contributed immeasurably to the life of the institution.

In her role as professor and scholar, Emily–a specialist in Medieval and Early Modern Spain–has imparted classes on Early Modern Spanish Multiculturalism and (of course!) on the sacred Quijote, while publishing extensively in her field–e.g., “Religious Medievalisms in RTVE’s Isabel” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

She has also provided able leadership in her dual directorship, since 2018, of the College’s M.Ed. Program in Languages (Spanish and ESOL) and ESOL Graduate Certificate Program.

For all these contributions and more, Hispanic Studies is proud to count Dr. Emily Beck among its number.

In her own words:

The best part of teaching at CofC is the close interactions between faculty and students and the ability to share in our curiosity about the world around us. I loving running into students across campus and, even if they haven’t used their Spanish in several semesters, seeing how they can easily jump right back into it while we chat and catch up. It’s also a joy to keep in contact with alums years after they finish and hear the unexpected ways that studying Spanish helped guide their life after graduation. One of the things that Cervantes wrote that I frequently think back on when things seem overwhelming is the quote: “Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be!” Studying cultures helps cultivate my curiosity about the rich variety of human experiences in the world and imagine the other possibilities I’d like for our future.

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