During its August 1, 2019 meeting, the Hispanic Studies Advisory Board elected Professor Mark P. Del Mastro, former chair of Hispanic Studies, as inaugural life member for his role founding the Board and related contributions.
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.
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.
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.
Department of Hispanic Studies
Academic Year 2018-19
23% increase in declared Spanish majors
4% increase in declared Spanish minors
15% increase in declared Business Language Spanish minors
120% increase in declared Portuguese & Brazilian Studies minors
Launch of HispaCasts podcast series (6 episodes to date)
New Hispanic Studies Trujillo Scholarship (founded by HISP Advisory Board)
4 Speakers for our HISP Career Seminar Series
9 Featured Students in our Student Focus Series
3 Spanish majors and 1 Spanish minor receive Fulbright Awards
First graduates of our Portuguese & Brazilian Studies Program: George Gabriel and James Riggs
Return/reinstatement of the Casa Hispana/Spanish Language House
10 Featured Faculty in our Faculty Focus Series
Dr. Raúl Carrillo Arciniega inducted into the international Order of José Martí
Professors Devon Hanahan and Lauren Hetrovicz receive college-wide Distinguished Faculty Awards
Dr. Owens receives Dean’s Excellence Award for Faculty Research
This in addition to an astounding array of faculty presentations and publications,
other student achievements and departmental programming as found at our department’s News Blog
and elaborated in our upcoming spring 2019 newsletter: HispaNews (stay tuned!)
On Thursday, May 9, Professor Sarah Owens was presented the 2019 Dean’s Excellence Award for Faculty Research by the School of Languages Cultures and World Affairs.
Professor Christina García presented her research in three different venues during the spring of 2019:
In March she participated in the American Comparative Literature Association Conference at Georgetown University with a presentation “Eat Me: Inhuman Writings and Failed Incorporations.”
In April she was the featured speaker in Sigma Delta Pi’s Faculty Lecture Series with her study “Of Souls, Skins and Leopard Prints: Queer and Animal Creations of Cubanbeings.”
In May she presented her paper “‘Trágame. Pero no me leas’: Inhuman Writings in Ahmel Echevarría’s Búfalos camino al matadero” in the panel “Aesthetics Beyond Nature in Latin America” she co-organized at the Latin American Studies Association conference in Boston, MA.
Click the link below to hear the 6th episode of HispaCasts created in collaboration with Dr. Mike Overholt from the Teaching and Learning Team.
Episode 6 – Dr. Carl Wise – April 25, 2019
Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, Chair of Hispanic Studies, interviews Dr. Carl Wise, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies, to discuss Professor Wise’s work with the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program (CLAW) at the College of Charleston, CLAW’s interdisciplinary impact on campus and beyond, and how you can become involved with this dynamic academic program.