The Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program welcomes new faculty

We are happy to welcome Noa Weinberg to Charleston as our Hebrew Instructor. Noa has a long background in Hebrew instruction, teaching at various ulpanim in Israel. Noa has degrees from the University of Haifa (Media Studies) and Tel Aviv University (Language Instruction). Noa is joined in Charleston by her husband Ori and their young daughter, Ella. Bruchim habaim!

 

Dr. Ezra Cappell is joining the College of Charleston this fall in a joint appointment as Professor of Jewish Studies and Professor of English. Dr. Cappell comes to the College following a career at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he was instrumental in starting a Jewish Studies Program. Dr. Cappell holds degrees from NYU (M.Phil and Ph.D.) as well as City College (M.A.) and Queens College (B.A. magna cum laude). His publications include American Talmud: The Cultural Work of Jewish American Fiction (SUNY Press 2007) and his current project under contract, Off the Derech: Leaving Orthodox Judaism in the Modern World. He is joined by his wife Ilisa and their three young children, Nathan, Aviva, and Liat. Welcome!

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

 

Where are they now? Capers Rumph ’09 (German and History)

When German and History double major Capers Rumph received the outstanding German student award in 2009, the German faculty noted that she was a “poster child for our mission at the school of Language Cultures and World Affairs: she studied a specific language and culture, German, but used that cultural encounter as a springboard to become a responsible and engaged world citizen.”

We caught up with her recently to hear what she has been doign since graduation, and were not in the least surprised that she continues to be an inspiring Paradebeispiel (paradigmatic example) of our misssion here in LCWA. Capers, we are so proud of and inspired by you!

Capers Rumph on the Ganges river in Varanasi, India.

What have you been doing since you graduated and what are you up to now?

Since graduating, I’ve had the privilege of working and/or traveling in 50 countries, sailing across the Atlantic, advocating for an end to the war in eastern DR Congo, managing an ethical textiles company in Ghana, learning to grow vegetables on a farm that is working to dismantle racism in the food system, photograph trips to Burma, India, Sri Lanka, and Japan with a group of radical peace activist Buddhist monks, and a handful of other interesting things.

Right now, I’m living in Portland, Oregon, balancing my time between farming, construction work, resisting the rise of fascism, and making art.

How did studying German in the School of Languages and World Affairs prepare you be a global citizen?

Studying German taught me how to learn a language. It was my first second language, and the experience laid the groundwork to add third and fourth (and hopefully more eventually!) languages to the mix. I think that being able to communicate with people across languages and cultures is an invaluable skill — and this being able to understand/converse with people has taught me to trust people and has fundamentally shaped one of my core beliefs that, “people are good”. This understanding, which for me came by way of “learning how to learn a language,” is essential to contributing to the de-escalation and redirection of the ignorance fueled polarization, fear mongering, and general slide into plutocratic fascism that marks this moment in history.

For more on Capers’ journey and her photography, see her website: www.theoppositeofwar.com

Dr. Del Mastro to Address North American Academy of the Spanish Language

On Wednesday December 5, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Spanish Benevolent Society in New York City, Professor Mark P. Del Mastro will address the North American Academy of the Spanish Language as invited speaker for his formal admission as a “miembro numerario”/full member of the same academy.  Dr. Del Mastro’s presentation “Sigma Delta Pi y su historia en la vispera de su centenario (1919-2019)”/”Sigma Delta Pi and its history on the eve of its centennial (1919-2019)” will be based on his forthcoming book  Sigma Delta Pi: Rediscovering a Century (1919-2019) to be published by Sabio Books in late spring 2020.

German program alumna Dona Totova Lacayo featured in CofC magazine

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 and enjoyed courses with Herr Della Lana and Dr. Baginski during her studies. She is featured in this summer’s edition of CofC’s magazine (see below) and we followed up with her to ask what role German has played in her many career successes.

Her response: “The German minor at the College of Charleston has given me the confidence and ability to use the language on business trips to Germany and while working with clients and business partners that also use the language. Knowing the German language has been extremely helpful throughout my career, connecting with people is key to continued collaboration and great business relationships.”

Congratulations on all of your successes Dona, and we look forward to following your career as it arcs ever upward!

Alumna Runs a Tight Ship

Dr. Viñas-de-Puig’s Article to Appear in the _Southern Journal of Linguistics_

Professor Ricard Viñas-de-Puig’s article “Perception of expletive negation in Catalonian Spanish and Catalan: Evidence of language divergence between two otherwise converging varieties” has been accepted for publication in the Southern Journal of Linguistics.