The American University in Cairo and the College of Charleston have recently partnered on a new academic cooperation and student exchange program for both undergraduate and graduate students for a period of five years.
Students from AUC and CofC will receive a scholarship to spend a semester or year abroad at the other institution, providing students with a unique international experience and strengthening East-West cultural ties.
AUC Trustee Jonathan Wolf (YAB ’75), founder and president of Wendover Housing Partners, LLC who was a study-abroad student at AUC, and his wife Nancy were instrumental in making this program a reality. They will provide funds for AUC students to spend a semester or year abroad at CofC, while Hilton and Catherine Smith, who serve on the College of Charleston’s School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs advisory board, will fund CofC students to study at AUC.
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.
Alicia Lutz from The College Today interviewed Irina Erman, assistant professor of German and Russian studies, who also teaches a course on vampires for their article, ” These Professors Study the (Real) Monsters Among Us.” The article features four professors from CofC who are studying and teaching about monsters!
The Post and Courier article “In Banned Books class at College of Charleston, Salman Rushdie meets Captain Underpants” was posted on September 26th. It discusses the importance of CofC’s course on banned books in the United States taught by Professor Marjory Wentworth.
INTL 390-02 ST: Africa and China MW 2:00-3:15 Instructor: Dr. Julius Mutwol
(counts towards: INTL major – Africa and Asia concentrations, INTL Minor, the African Studies minor, and the POLI major)
This course examines China’s role in African economic development. Topics include historical and contemporary relationship and expanded commercial ties, trade, assistance and investment, as well as China’s policy of non-interference in Africa’s domestic affairs. We will also examine China’s investment and aid by sub-regions of Africa, and in specific sectors of African economies, especially in infrastructure development, oil extraction, mining, and agriculture. The course will also highlight controversial areas of China’s engagement with Africa, especially concerns about human rights, labor issues, and the environment.
Dr. Mutwol is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Charleston Southern University. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), as well as a B.A. in Political Science from Cleveland State University. He is the author of Peace Agreements and Civil Wars in Africa (2010) and previously taught at Johns Hopkins and Wilberforce University before joining CSU. Originally from Kenya, Dr. Mutwol has also worked as a commentator for KASS FM International, a Kenyan radio station, and as a consultant for a variety of international organizations. He was honored by the Black History Intercollegiate Consortium with the Martin Luther King Jr. Award in 2015.