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.
Global Ambassadors is an academic enhancement program offering mentoring, extracurricular and international experiential learning designed for students interested in careers in international service organizations, including the Foreign Service. This program will create meaningful interaction between the students and distinguished professionals in such organizations who are working on global questions and challenges.
The program will be directed by Ambassador Jim Melville, the Associate Dean of International and Community Outreach for LCWA. He will meet regularly with the students and create appropriate learning opportunities, such as presenting materials appropriate for an introduction to the career interest, setting up and participating in advising and discussion sessions, arranging interactions with other eminent professionals, and assisting the student-ambassadors in executing projects on a global challenge.
A cool tool for students and faculty. Check out Radio.Garden!
The green dots on this Google Earth represent a radio station anywhere in the world. Click on any one of the dots and you will immediately listen to that station with very good sound. http://radio.garden/live/
Professor Lauren Ravalico, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of French and Francophone Studies and a member of the executive committee for Women’s and Gender Studies at the College of Charleston. In this article she discusses her research and passion for the Global Foodways program.
“This stew of intellectual interest and personal connection to the kitchen has simmered for a long time and ultimately inspired me to attempt coordinating a yearlong program of courses and events at the College of Charleston called “Global Foodways.” Besides having the opportunity to teach my own “Culture of the French Table” course as part of the program, it has been amazing to see the range of disciplines in which food takes the spotlight. Students can learn about the history of tea in China, the sociology of food, food culture and sustainability in Italy, food as medicine, and dozens of other options.”
“It is my hope that Global Foodways will serve as a virtual table around which members of the academic community and beyond can engage in conversations and sensory experiences that open our hearts and minds.”
Deniz Houston ’16 jumped at the opportunity to spend five weeks working at the FIFA World Cup Russia in Sochi this summer. This international studies major who double-minored in political science and Russian Studies at the College, got to be front and center at the games – and got to use her Russian language skills, as well.