The vision for the re-imagined International Lab at the College of Charleston is to create a physical hub where students and faculty can engage in global-immersion-learning with native speakers without the financial burden or logistical complexities of travel. Support for the Lab is a collaborative project between philanthropy and the College.
The space will also serve as the physical arm of the newly-established Global Education Initiative, designed to function as both a classroom for use by faculty with larger groups of students, but also as a state-of-the-art lab space with interactive and collaborative pods for smaller group work. This resource is a critical piece to moving the College of Charleston forward into an era where global experiences are within reach for every student and faculty member. It will enhance language exposure and instruction at the College of Charleston, a change that relies heavily on collaboration, group learning, and interacting with native and non-native speakers alike.
The impact of this project will be institution-wide, as we anticipate the majority of students participating in global education utilizing this space at some point during their college tenure.
Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, Chair of Hispanic Studies, interviews Devon Hanahan, Senior Instructor of Spanish, Coordinator of the College of Charleston’s Basic Spanish Language Program, and Director of the Casa Hispana, to discuss the special living-learning residence on campus that affords students of Spanish a unique educational opportunity outside the classroom.
During its August 1, 2019 meeting, the Hispanic Studies Advisory Board elected Professor Mark P. Del Mastro, former chair of Hispanic Studies, as inaugural life member for his role founding the Board and related contributions.
Effective August 5, 2019, Dr. Michael Gómez, Professor of Hispanic Studies, will become Chair of his department. Professor Gómez has served as the inaugural Associate Chair of Hispanic Studies since July 1, 2015, and in his new leadership role he brings a wealth of administrative experience and knowledge.
Professor Mark P. Del Mastro, who has served as Chair of Hispanic Studies since 2010, has accepted a new position as the College of Charleston’s Associate Provost of Curriculum and Academic Administration.
For the 8th time since 2011, the College of Charleston’s Nu Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, has been selected as an Honor Chapter for its noteworthy activities during the academic year. Of the 625 chapters nationwide, the Executive Committee selects 12-15 Honor Chapters yearly for this prestigious distinction. In July 2019, the College of Charleston was one of only 16 institutions to receive this honor for activities realized during the 2018-19 academic year, during which time Drs. Susan Divine and Carmen Grace served as chapter advisers, and Adriana Velasquez (’19) as student chapter president.
On July 8-11, 2019 at the Town and Country Hotel in San Diego, CA, four faculty members of the Department of Hispanic Studies participated in the 101st Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP).
In the session “Innovative Curriculum II,” Professor Claudia Moran gave her presentation “Launching a Successful Conversation Class Program” along with talks by faculty from Bowling Green State University and the Unviersity of Southern California respectively.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Portuguese in the AATSP, Dr. María Luci De Biaji Moreira presented on a special panel entitled “Setenta e cinco anos de Português na AATSP: Um olhar para o passado. Reflexões para o futuro.”
Anchoring her own academic session, Dr. Silvia Rodríguez Sabater gave her talk “Food for Thought: Building Socially Conscious Writers through Eating Practices and Sustainability Perspectives.”
Finally, Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro was the plenary speaker for a session entitled “A Century of Recognizing Student Excellence: Sigma Delta Pi (1919-2019) and the Honor Society” that focused on select stories from his upcoming book on the 100-year history of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. Dr. Del Mastro also organized and chaired the “Sigma Delta Pi Best Practices and Informative Session,” and he organized and co-moderated Sigma Delta Pi’s 28th Triennial Convention.
Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, Chair of Hispanic Studies, interviews Esther Ferguson, philanthropist, community leader and founder of the College of Charleston’s program in Trujillo, to share Esther’s story behind her and her late husband James Ferguson’s donation of their historic properties in Trujillo, Spain to the College of Charleston in 1996.
Thanks to Daniel Delgado Díaz, Editor, and Associate Editors Mark Del Mastro, Claudia Moran, Laura Moses, Ricard Viñas de Puig, and Carl Wise, we are pleased to offer you the latest issue of HispaNews, the annual newsletter of the Department of Hispanic Studies..
Dr. Avendaño took the opportunity to sit down with three LACS majors the week before graduation to find out how the LACS major impacted their lives and what they plan on doing after graduation. The conversation features:
Susan Dempsey is from Clemson, SC. She is graduating in May 2019 with a double major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Spanish.
Jordan Vogt is from Greenville, SC. She is graduating in May 2019 with a double major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Political Science with a Minor in Spanish as well.
Harmony Baggett is from Charleston, SC. She is graduating in May 2019 with a major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
Thank you Michael Overholt for conducting the podcast for us.