Foreign Language Conference Recap

Kathryn Murphy-Judy, associate professor in the School of World Studies, shared some news with us from a recent conference hosted by the Foreign Language Association of Virginia.   

          It’s with great pleasure that I’m letting you know about VCU @ the FLAVA 2014 Conference. The Foreign Language Association of Virginia (FLAVA) hosts an annual conference in the fall. This year over 800 world language professionals met in Williamsburg from Thursday, 9/26 to Saturday 9/27. As the past president, I was thrilled to see the breadth and depth of VCU participation.

I gave a Thursday workshop on basic online language education with Marlene Johnshoy of the national language center, CARLA, and two colleagues from Virtual Virginia. Betsy Louis studied at VCU and Brianne Moore-Adams is a PhD student currently in our SOE. We had well over twenty workshop attendees.

Randa Annous gave a well-received presentation on teaching Arabic to the recently formed Virginia Teachers of Arabic (VATA), to which she belongs.

Dr. Anton Brinckwirth (Director SWS Media Center), Greg Hellman (Associate Director WSMC) and Maria Panbechi (Coordinator of Spanish) presented on their internationally recognized work in teletandem language exchanges.

Dr. Patricia Cummins (PI of the French West Africa Grant), Brahima Koné (Instructor of French and organizer of the Ivory Coast trip), along with the six students Minsun Kim, Amanda Radke, Taron Ware,  Luke Nelson, Samantha McCartney, and Lindsey Fitzgerald, who participated in this summer’s Africa trip, presented the sights, sounds and deep linguistic and cultural acumen gained during their study abroad. Attendees were impressed by the students’ command of the language and the depth of their cultural knowledge.

Natalia Boykova attended a meeting to help launch a Russian language association formation in Virginia, where none currently exists. She follows in the recent footsteps of our Arabic faculty who helped institute their Virginia association.

Recent alumni, Michael Moore and Catherine (Shehane) Mazzola are serving on the Virginia Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French. Mr. Moore also serves on the FLAVA Board.

Other VCU colleagues were present gaining professional development in the Commonwealth’s number one venue for world language faculty.

For more information about the conference, visit the website –> flavaweb.org.
       

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Anthropology Speaker Series Spring 2014

“Adventures in Paleoanthropology”

verrelliFeaturing Amy Rector Verrelli, assistant professor, School of World Studies.

Friday, February 7
3 – 4:30 PM
Student Commons Theater

 

 

“South American Paleopathology”

Dr Enrique Gerszten_pathologyFeaturing Dr. Enrique Gerszten, Paleopathology, Professor Emeritus (MCV).

Friday, February 21
3 – 4:30 PM
Student Commons Theater

 

 

Honoring the Ancestors: Historical Reclamation and Self-Determined Identities in Rio de Janeiro

Featuring Autumn Barrett, adjunct instructor of anthropology in the School of World Studies.

Friday, April 4
3 – 4:30 PM
Student Commons Theater

A Labor of Love: Surrogacy, American Families, and The Language of Gift Giving

Featuring Kelsey Irvin grants administrator in the VCU Massey Cancer Center.

Friday, April 11
3 – 4:30 PM
Student Commons Theater

 

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the School of World Studies

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Anthropology Speaker Series Fall 2013

“Recent Excavations at Colonial Williamsburg.”

kostroFeaturing Mark Kostro, staff archaeologist at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and field school instructor for Colonial Williamsburg’s Department of Research and Historical Interpretation.

Friday, September 27
3 – 4:30 PM
Student Commons Theater

 

Sociocultural factors contributing to violence in Mexico.”

munoz_arturoFeaturing Dr. Arturo Munoz, a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation.

Friday, October 25
3 – 4:30 PM
Student Commons Theater

 

Prior to joining RAND as a Senior Political Scientist in February of 2009, Munoz, served 29 years at the Central Intelligence Agency, both in the Directorate of Operations and in the Directorate of Intelligence.  He created successful counterterrorism, counterinsurgency and counternarcotics programs, from initial planning to full implementation in the field.  As an analyst, he wrote ground-breaking intelligence assessments on insurgent movements in Latin America, which pioneered the application of anthropology to intelligence.   At the other end of the spectrum, as a certified case officer overseas, he recruited and handled agents clandestinely, producing disseminated intelligence reports significant to US foreign policy interests.  In various supervisory positions, both at headquarters and in the field, he managed innovative covert action campaigns with verifiable impact in Latin America, Southwest Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa.  At RAND he has participated in diverse academic and government conferences and lectures, to include lecturing on Afghanistan at the Foreign Service Institute.  He travelled to Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2009, 2010 and 2013, meeting a wide range of civilian and military officials, as well as Pashtun tribal leaders, arbakai commanders and former Taliban members.

 

“The International Forensic Expert: Social Authority Without Cultural Accountability?”

Featuring Dr. Richard Harrington, forensic and medical anthropologist.

Wednesday, November 6
3 – 4:30 PM
Student Commons Theater

 


“Human Disease and Adaptation:  It’s All in Our Genes.”

Verrelli bio photoFeaturing Brian Verrelli, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Biology.

Friday, November 15
3 – 4:30 PM
Student Commons Theater

 

 

All lectures are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the School of World Studies

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Through the Voices of Men by Christopher Brooks

Christopher Brooks book Christopher Brooks is a Professor of Anthropology in the School of World Studies and author of Through The Voices of Men: South African Men Speak About HIV. Dr. Brooks has recently released the second edition of his book. This edition includes a new introduction and additional material providing a continued platform for South African men and women to discuss the sensitive issues surrounding HIV. In 2011 Dr. Brooks traveled to South Africa  to speak about the book. During this time he had the opportunity to speak to major news outlets,  government officials, academics, and practitioners about South African men whose lives have been affected by the virus.

Through the Voices of Men presents the unscripted stories of twenty men from different ethnic groups represented in the country. Brooks has charted the life-changing effects of the virus–on Zulu, Tswana, Xhosa, Afrikaner, Pedi, Venda, Tsonga, Shangaan, and Colored men. As well, he has profiled the life stories of several Muslim and Asian men–among the least willing to reveal their anguish and despair. (more…)

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Khirbet Qeiyafa Excavation

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The 2013 VCU Study Abroad Archaeological Team

A group of students recently participated in a study abroad program just outside of Jerusalem, Israel through The Global Education Office and the School of World Studies, in collaboration with the Khirbet Qeiyafa Archaeology Project. The trip was led by Jon Waybright, an adjunct instructor of religious studies in the School of World Studies. Waybright has been involved in excavation projects in Israel for the past twenty years. Waybright described the experience saying, “From dusk till dawn, excavating Khirbet Qeiyafa, requires students to learn, live, and work together as a group, while contributing to the success of a long-term archaeological research project in Israel…Class and field instruction provide students with a practical hands-on learning environment in which to learn and apply the basic methods and tools of archaeological investigation.”

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Ishita Purohit Wins French Embassy’s LabCitoyen Youth Travel Grant

Ishita Purohit

Ishita Purohit

French minor Ishita Purohit is one of four winners from America who will be attending the French Embassy’s LabCitoyen Youth Travel Grant Program this summer. Every year, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs invites the young people of the whole world to gather and interact to promote the French language as language of debate and action on the big questions of our time. Only four students from the U.S. were chosen; those who have learned French and displayed a public commitment and interest in human rights were selected to attend a ten day cultural stay in France from Saturday, July 6th to Tuesday, July 16th, 2013.

This year’s theme is “Human Rights in the 21st Century: Act now to shape tomorrow.” The program will focus on the rights of women and girls, political freedom, freedom of speech, and minority rights. As Europe celebrates in 2013 the 30th anniversary of the abolition of death penalty in the Union, the LabCitoyen program will also emphasize the issues of capital punishment.

Ishita is passionate about social justice and fluent in French. Her certification at the B2 level on the Paris Chamber of Commerce exam in Fall 2011 was a factor in the decision to award her the grant. Dr. Patricia Cummins, a professor in the School of World Studies, was instrumental in helping Ishita with the application process. Congratulations to Ishita on her prestigious award!

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Written by Denise Johnson

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Spring 2013 Anthropology Speaker Series

Anthropology Spring 2013 Lecture series

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“50 Years Since Vatican II: We’ve Only Just Begun”

The Second Annual Bishop Walter F. Sullivan Catholic Studies Symposium, “50 Years Since Vatican II: We’ve Only Just Begun“, will be held on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm in the Commons Theater. The symposium features Dr. Anthony Padovano, author, theologian and worldwide lecturer, Sister Simone Campbell, social activist, and Bill Huebsch, educator and publisher.

PRESENTATIONS

10:15 AM
THE PHENOMENON OF VATICAN COUNCIL II: Where it came from, what happened at the Council, what has happened since
by DR. ANTHONY PADOVANO, Author, Theologian, and Worldwide Lecturer
Dr. Anthony Padovano was ordained a priest in 1960, and later became first president of CORPUS, a reform movement in the Catholic Church. He is a Founding member and distinguished professor of literature and philosophy at Ramapo College of New Jersey. He has authored 29 books and three plays. Since 1986 he has served as pastor of The Inclusive Community where Catholics and Protestants worship together.
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