Dr. Gómez Becomes Chair of HISP, Dr. Del Mastro Transitions to Associate Provost

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.

College of Charleston’s Chapter of National Collegiate Hispanic Society Wins National Award

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.

Hispanic Studies Faculty Participate in 101st Annual Conference of the AATSP

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.

Professors Hanahan and Hetrovicz Earn Campus-Wide Awards

Professor Devon Hanahan, Senior Instructor of Hispanic Studies, and Professor Lauren Hetrovicz, Adjunct Lecturer of Hispanic Studies, were recipients of the campus-wide Distinguished Service Award and Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award respectively at the College of Charleston’s “Celebration of Faculty” ceremony on Wednesday, April 24.

College of Charleston Celebrates Faculty

For additional pictures and the related details, click here for The College Today article.

Dr. Christina García’s Essay Published in _Cuban Studies_

Professor Christina García’s article “Baroque Revolutionaries, Communist Fags, and Risky Friendships: Reading the Politics of Friendship in Fresa y chocolate” has been published in Volume 47, 2019 issue of Cuban Studies.

Hispanic Studies Professors Collaborate in the 72nd Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference

Several faculty members of the Department of Hispanic Studies participated in the 72nd Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference on April 11-13, 2019 in Lexington, Kentucky:

Professors Raúl Carrillo Arciniega, Mark P. Del Mastro, Susan Divine and Daniel Delgado were panelists in the 3rd annual “Strategies for Academic Journal Publishing” session hosted by Hispanic Studies Review

Dr. Antonio Pérez-Núñez presented his study “Developing Intercultural Competence through Online Face-to-Face Interaction with Native Speakers.”

Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro organized, chaired and presented in the 17th annual General Informative Session of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society and the 2nd annual Sigma Delta Pi Graduate Research Symposium.

Professor Hanahan Conducts Workshop in Seattle, WA

On March 1, 2019, Professor Devon Hanahan conducted a four-hour workshop entitled “Connecting with Generation C in the Language Classroom” with faculty from the University of Washington and Everett Community College in Seattle.