Languages and Literatures Division News

Fall 2017 News

Banned Books DisplayThrough an interactive display in the dining hall, students in Eng. 201: Introduction to the English Major promoted Banned Books Week (September 24 – 30) and celebrated the freedom to read. This is the first of several service projects that the students will conduct as part of a new service component in the course. Students involved in the project were Briana Davidson, Amy Hight, Sara Monts, Katie Nix, Courtney Post, Colleen Roach, Hannah Stewart, and Gerlisa Williams. Fall 2016 News

Fall 2016 News

Janet Cotter, Heather Adams, Beth Dinndorf At the annual Holiday Tea sponsored by the Columbia College Alumnae Association, the administrative assistant for the Division of Languages and Literatures, Heather Adams, was recognized for her ten years of service to the College.  Heather began her work as assistant to the Modern Languages Department and more recently became the sole assistant for the entire division, which includes English, French, Spanish, and writing programs.

Human--Official PosterCinéCola, the Columbia Community French and Francophone Film Festival, in tandem with the Tournées Film Festival, kicked off its 2016 event with a special screening of HUMAN, the highly acclaimed documentary by French environmentalist and filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand. HUMAN has been officially screened in the U.S. only in NYC (at the United Nations), in Richmond, Virginia, and here in Columbia. The festival ran October 25 through December 4 and featured seven films and five animated short films. Now in its ninth year, the festival has evolved from an event initiated in 2008 by Dr. Coco Mann as a cultural collaborative between Columbia College and the University of South Carolina with a mission of promoting interest in the French language and exposing students and faculty to the diversity of Francophone cultures across the globe. Its organization now includes an official selection committee composed of faculty from both Columbia College and the University of South Carolina. Dr. Christine Hait of our division is a dedicated member.

On November 17, the division came together to celebrate our community at our annual Thanksgiving Potluck Meal 2016Thanksgiving Potluck Feast. Faculty and staff prepared dishes to feed the majors and minors in our programs.  Everyone enjoyed fellowship, and a time to be thankful for our life together at Columbia College. In September, we gathered for our annual back-to-school picnic, this year held out in front of Edens Library.


Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 News


The Division inducted new members to its three honor societies on Monday, April 4. Dr. Corinne Mann welcomed Kaitlin Fuchs (‘17) into the French honor society, Pi Delta Phi. Joining Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish honor society, were Caitlyn Duffy (‘18), Meda Gause (‘16), and Kayden Reilly (‘16). Dr. Rocio Zalba led the Spanish induction ceremony. Dr. Christine Hait welcomed Ashly Higgins (‘17), Sabrina Ricks (’17), Paige Riggins (’16), and Arin Trainor (’16) into Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society. The English and Writing Programs also recognized graduating seniors Kinsley Hall (’16), Shanirah King-Dunson (’16), Margaret Mendenhall (’15), Alivia Seely (’16), Arin Trainor, Paige Riggins, Jessica Wagoner (’16), and Sydni Wilson (’16).

Dacre Stoker

On Feb. 29, Dacre Stoker, the great-grandnephew of Bram Stoker and co-author of the sequel to DraculaDracula: The Un-Dead, gave a presentation to faculty and students. The presentation, titled “Stoker on Stoker: The Mysteries Behind the Writing of Dracula,” separates fact from fiction in Bram Stoker’s process of writing Dracula. Following the presentation, he met with Dr. Reeves’ Honors Vampire Literature and Film class in the CLC for a private discussion and reception.

Once again this fall, the Division of Languages and Literatures gathered for the annual Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner. Students, faculty, and staff come together to share a feast prepared entirely by the faculty and staff. During the meal, we recognized graduating seniors and new honor society inductees. Pictured here are four Sigma Tau Delta English honor society inductees: Arin Nicole Trainor, Ashly Higgins, Sabrina Ricks, and Paige Riggins.

Thanksgiving Potluck, Fall 2015Trainor, Higgins, Ricks, and Riggins

In the fall of 2015, members of Estamos Unidas, the Latina student association, brought the Mexican celebration of El día de muertos (The day of the Dead) to our campus by putting up an Altar de muertos. Any member of the Columbia College community was welcomed to be part of the celebration.



Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 News

Paris as Text

 In the spring of 2015, Dr. Coco Mann and Dr. Christine Hait co-taught an honors seminar, Paris as Text. In May, in the company of Dr. Hait, Dr. Zubizarreta, and retired Spanish professor Dr. Paula Shirley, nine students from the seminar spent a wonderful week in Paris experiencing the city that had been the subject of their semester-long study.


In the Spring of 2015 the French 418 class translated the website of NIMBAYA!, an internationally celebrated female drumming and dance group from Guinea. Sarah Weir and Bryanna Willis shared the task of translating the site from English to French.

Marjory WentworthThe Maxwell Guest Writers Program hosted South Carolina poet laureate Marjory Wentworth on March 26 and 27, 2015. Her reading was free and open to the public. She also facilitated a poetry-writing workshop for students and met with two sections of English 102 students who are focusing this semester on poetry.

CC students in Spanish 481 Introduction to Translation course have built a strong partnership with the Columbia Museum of Art and provide translation for museum tours as well as educational materials for children. CC students also volunteer as tour guides.

Alexandre Landry, the French-Canadian star of the film Gabrielle visited Columbia in October of 2014 to kick off the 2014 CineCola French Film Festival. During his visit, he had lunch with Columbia College French students. The students were able to practice speaking French with him in a casual and often humorous way.

A profile of the Columbia College Writing for Print and Digital Media program was selected for inclusion in a book published earlier this year: Writing Majors: Eighteen Program Profiles, published by Utah State UP. Program coordinator Claudia Smith Brinson and division head Nancy Tuten co-wrote a chapter describing the forward-thinking program revisions that transformed our traditional professional writing track into a major preparing students for twenty-first century writing careers. Students learn not only the fundamentals of journalistic writing but also the art of telling stories through video, through social media, and on the Web.

At its March 2015 meeting, the Columbia College faculty approved a new public relations minor, housed in our division. Division faculty member Emily Ward will direct the minor. Ward has extensive experience in public relations and is excited about launching the minor and eventually adding a major. The public relations minor will be offered through the Division of Languages and Literatures in collaboration with the Communication Studies program. The minor is designed to equip students for entry-level positions in public relations. The field of public relations has traditionally been of great interest to women, so the minor will also serve as a valuable recruitment tool for the College. In the United States, jobs requiring public relations skills are slated to increase 23 percent from 2010-20.

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