“From a Holistic & Integrated Approach, Conservation in India is “not full of holes!”

With the generous support of the Quattlebaum Artist-in Residence Endowment,

the Historic Preservation and Community Planning Program in the Department of Art History presents the first lecture in a new series featuring

international practitioners of architectural preservation and conservation.

Nalini Thakur, Dean of Studies

School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

“From a Holistic & Integrated Approach,

Conservation in India is “not full of holes!”


Wednesday, October 1, 2014 @ 7:00PM

Simons Center for the Arts, room 309

54 Saint Philip St.

The lecture is free & open to the public.

Study Abroad Fair for Affiliate Programs: September 25

Passport Services* Affiliate Programs Fair

September 25th, 10:00 am—2:00 pm in the Cougar Mall

*Representatives from the Charleston Passport Center will be accepting passport applications (new and renewal) during the Affiliate Programs Study Abroad Fair (see attached on details). This service is open to the public!

2015 Study Abroad Fair Flyer

BB&T Market Process Speaker Series: “The Political Consequences of Islam’s Economic Legacy”

September 30 at 6pm

Wells Fargo Auditorium (Beatty Center Rm. 115), 5 Liberty Street, Charleston, SC

Timur Kuran, Professor of Economics and Political Science, and Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University will discuss the impact of the Middle East’s traditional institutions on poor political performance, measured by democratization and human liberties.

Co-sponsored by the Initiative for Public Choice and Market Access and the Bastiat Society

Chinese Professor Brings Ancient Flavor to Celebration of Charleston’s Super Moon

Chinese Professor Brings Ancient Flavor to Celebration of Charleston’s Super Moon

When the next super moon brightens the sky September 9, 2014, you might find College of Charleston professor Lei Jin eating a moon cake to celebrate. That’s because the extra-large-looking moon is celebrated in Chinese culture with the Moon Festival.

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Jin has become a go-to expert on all aspects of Chinese culture in Charleston. As president of the Chinese Association of Greater Charleston, she’s organized a Moon Festival event on Saturday, September 6 at the Palmetto Island County Park in Mt. Pleasant.

“The Chinese Moon Festival is equivalent to the American Thanksgiving holiday,” says Jin, director of the college’s Asian Studies Program. “In China, it’s a national holiday.”

Like Thanksgiving, the Moon Festival focuses on food and family, moon cakes and large gatherings of relatives. The annual festival dates back more than 3,000 years to a time when people paid tribute to the moon, believing that would bring a better harvest.

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Originally from southwest China, Jin moved to the U.S. to study literature and fell in love with the Lowcountry.

Today, she teaches Chinese language, literature and cinema at the College and serves as a mentor for the Asian Students Association and Chinese Club. She also has plenty of non-Chinese students who want to learn about the ways of the most populous country in the world.

“We have more and more students majoring in international studies or international business,” says Jin. “They need to prepare themselves in terms of language and culture. China plays an important role in the world’s economy.”