LCWA Colloquium presents Ambassador Harry Thomas

On Tuesday, October 20th, LCWA held their 3rd LCWA World Affairs Colloquium of the semester! It was held virtually using zoom and went great! They are excited to share the event with you if you missed out.

The International Lab is READY

The International Lab (JC Long 401B) has been a long time coming but you will find that it was worth the wait. It is a great teaching space with high-end functionality. The investment and ingenuity in the Lab is evident – cutting edge acoustics with easy remote capability.

We are starting a process now and moving as quickly as we can to introduce the Lab to faculty use.

Vol. 5, No. 1 of Hispanic Studies Review

Hispanic Studies is proud to present to you Vol. 5, No. 1 of Hispanic Studies Review for your perusal and enjoyment:

http://hispanicstudiesreview.com/menu/currentissue.html

Congratulations to the HSR editorial team for their hard work in bringing this edition to press.

LCWA World Affairs Colloquium: Featuring Hon. Gil Kerlikowske

On Thursday, September 10th, LCWA held it’s first LCWA World Affairs Colloquium of the semester! It was held virtually using zoom and went great! They are excited to share the event with you if you missed out.

COVID-19 in Sierra Leone

Dr. Kristen McLean is undertaking a new study of Community-based Experiences of Covid-19 in Sierra Leone. While many countries around the world are witnessing a decline in coronavirus cases, rates of infection continue to climb across the African continent, prompting one scientist to refer to the situation as a “ticking time bomb.” This is concerning for a number of reasons. First, system challenges—such as limited testing and diagnostic capacity and poor monitoring and data collection systems—will make it difficult for many African countries to effectively respond to the pandemic. A rise in treatment needs and mitigation efforts targeting COVID-19 will also divert already limited resources needed to tackle existing health issues in the region, such as HIV, TB, malaria, malnutrition, and maternal health.

In Sierra Leone, where McLean has worked since 2013, a rise in Covid-19 cases will likely lead to substantial disruption. As exemplified during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone’s healthcare system has been severely weakened due to its history of civil war, followed by years of underinvestment in public health services. This created obvious problems during the epidemic, when hospitals and clinics quickly became overwhelmed and local populations avoided public facilities. At the same time, given their history and experience with Ebola virus disease, Sierra Leoneans may be uniquely positioned to respond to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

It is with an appreciation for the need to engage with local communities that this study seeks to understand what has been referred to as “the view from below” in the midst of a global humanitarian response. This project will rely upon phone-based qualitative interviews to assess individuals’ greatest concerns regarding the pandemic, what they are doing to protect themselves and their families from infection, and how people are coping with the indirect economic ramifications that social distancing and other containment measures pose.

If you are interested in learning more about the study, or would like to pursue this topic for your bachelor’s essay, please email mcleanke@cofc.edu for more information.

Adelante! (Crossing the Cistern), LCWA

Adelante! is a one-year scholarship/momentum program designed to help improve academic standing as well as support, challenge, and celebrate students along the path to graduation. The primary goals of Adelante! are the inclusion, retention and well-being of all students. The program features academic advising, professional mentoring, scholarship support, extracurricular programming and interactive peer communities as ways to support students as they navigate the academic experience. Adelante! offers $500 of scholarship support for successful completion. We want to help you CROSS THE CISTERN!

AALANA students are especially encouraged to apply.

Click here for the application! 

International Studies Major receives Fulbright Award!

International studies major Aaron Aldstadt ’20 received the highly competitive award from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program this spring, allowing him to study, research and teach overseas.

“My career goals include engaging as a responsible global citizen, as well as to become a U.S. foreign service officer or to serve in a cultural diplomatic role,” says Aldstadt, adding that he first became interested in international studies in an introductory course with faculty member Sarah Wuigk. “It really sparked my interest in the major and fostered an appreciation for a global perspective.”

Aldstadt will be broadening that perspective through his Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in South Korea, where he’ll be teaching secondary school students.

“My focus as a Fulbright ETA will be to strengthen English language abilities and knowledge of American culture,” he says. “By focusing on the importance of communication, I hope to make a positive impression with the Korean people and to serve as a positive bridge builder between our cultures.”

Check out the full article in The College TODAY.

Spring 2020 Hispanews

Have you checked out the latest edition of the official magazine of Hispanic Studies, Hispanews.

As you will see, the department packed a lot into this past academic year of 2019-2020.

Global Ambassador’s Program in The College TODAY

Students from Ambassador Melville’s Global Ambassador’s class. From left to right Morgan Rice, Madison Daniel (front row), Lydia Cook (back row), Nicole Simon, Jennifer Smith-Pickering and Grace Parker. Not pictured – Morgan Eppley.

The College TODAY writes, “Global Ambassadors Program Shows Students the World

Check out the full article HERE! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambassador Jim Melville and Ambassador’s Corner guest Deborah James, former Secretary of the Navy talks to students from Melville’s Global Ambassador’s class.