The LCWA World Cultures Fair was a huge success this year! Check out some photos below and TONS more on the Facebook Page!
As we start to hear about the Fulbright recipients LCWA would like to congratulate the following students!
Haley Moore, graduating this year with a major in Psychology and Spanish and a minor in Linguistics. Received the Fulbright to go to Colombia.
Jolie Hiers, graduated last year with degree in Foreign Language Education in Spanish. Received the Fulbright to go to Colombia.
Sophie Kreutz, graduating this year with a major in Marine Biology, a minor in Spanish, Chemistry, and Studio Art. Received the Fulbright to go to Mexico.
Alexandra Helfgott, graduating this year with double major in Spanish and Poli Sci. Received the Fulbright to go to Mexico.
Hillary McLaurin, graduating this year with a double major in German and Computer Information Systems. Received the Fulbright to go to Germany.
The College Today wrote an excellent article of the upcoming German-American Business Summit!
Check out the full article HERE!
The School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs welcomes James D. Melville Jr., a retired U.S. ambassador, as associate dean for international and community outreach! This is one more highlight moment for LCWA in our work to be the hub for global education at the College.
James D. Melville Jr., a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, was nominated by President Obama as the next U.S. Ambassador to Estonia on May 7, 2015, and confirmed by the Senate on August 5, 2015. He was sworn-in on September 18, 2015. He presented his credentials to President Ilves on December 8, 2015. He recently resigned (Sept. 30, 2018) his position in Estonia and retired from the foreign service after 33 years of distinguished accomplishments.
Ambassador Melville’s most recent position with the State Department, prior to Estonia, was as the Deputy Chief of Mission in the U.S. Embassy Berlin, Germany. From 2010 to 2012, he served as Executive Director of the Bureaus of European and Eurasian Affairs and International Organization Affairs. As Executive Director of EUR and IO, Ambassador Melville directed support for all of EUR and IO’s 79 overseas posts, as well as the domestic requirements for both bureaus.
Prior to that assignment, he served as Minister-Counselor for Management Affairs at Embassy London from 2008 to 2010 and at Embassy Moscow from 2005 to 2008. In Moscow, London and particularly in Berlin, Ambassador Melville frequently served as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Ambassador Melville’s first Foreign Service assignment was in the U.S. Embassy to the German Democratic Republic from 1986-1988. He has also served in Seychelles, St. Petersburg, at the U.S. Mission to NATO, and in Paris. In Washington, he has worked in Legislative Affairs, as a Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center, and at the Foreign Service Board of Examiners.
Mr. Melville speaks Russian, German, and French. He graduated from Boston University with an honors degree in history, has a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, and is a member of the bars of New Jersey and New York. He is originally from Bradley Beach, New Jersey.
Ron Menchaca with The College Today posted an outstanding article about Ambassador Melville and his new responsibilities here in LCWA. Check out the full article HERE.
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.
Don’t miss out on all the exciting events and news happening in the Jewish Studies Program this Fall!
Martinez studied Chinese here at CofC among many other things and credits his success in Chinese to professors Piotr Gibas and Lei Jin.
Check out the full article here.
In 2013, the remains for 36 likely African and African-descendant individuals were found during renovations at the Gaillard Center. These burials date to the 1760s-1800. Dr. Ade Ofunniyin (African American Studies) and Joanna Gilmore (Sociology and Anthropology), adjuncts at the College of Charleston and Gullah Society staff, are now working with Prof. Theodore Schurr and Raquel Fleskes, molecular anthropologists at the University of Pennsylvania, to explore the ancestry of the Anson Street individuals, prior to their reburial and the construction of a monument.
The Gullah Society is supported by the City of Charleston in this project and, with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, has applied for a grant from the National Geographic Society, to conduct ancient DNA research to learn more about the individuals buried at Anson Street and to take DNA samples from 36 living individuals to try to find any ancestral ties between those buried at the site and those living in Charleston today. The Gullah Society is currently researching 18th century property owners for the land at George and Anson Street to try to identify and offer DNA tests to living descendants of the deceased.
This summer, a student from the College of Charleston, Adeyemi Oduwole, will complete a four-week internship with Dr. Theodore Schurr & Raquel Fleskes at the Laboratory of Molecular Anthropology, at the University of Pennsylvania. Adeyemi is a junior, majoring in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry – Pre-medicine. During his time in Pennsylvania, Adeyemi will learn how to characterize the mitochondrial DNA diversity of 36 contemporary individuals from Charleston.
Miss Olivetti Posy was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship Program, 2018. Miss Olivetti is a intelligent and hard working students. She has been taking Chinese language courses for four semesters. She majors in mathematics with a concentration in actuarial studies. She would like to apply her language skill in work with the numbers used to calculate currency exchanges, money transfers between businesses in China and the United States, or analyze the data of the Chinese and United States economies. Posy will enroll in a program in Shanghai this summer.
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains.
On Monday, March 12th the Asian Studies program hosted Dr. Daniel Hsieh. He is Chair of the East Asian Language Department and Associate Professor of Chinese at the School of Languages and Cultures at Purdue University. He presented the lecture “Love and Women in Chinese Records of the Strange.”
More than fifty students and faculty attended the event, which was more than was expected. It was a successful and wonderful event!