Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival in the College TODAY

Check out this great article in the College TODAY about the Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival!

Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival, in partnership with the Dante Alighieri Society and Italian Consulate of Miami, is proud to announce the 14th edition of the annual celebration of contemporary Italian cinema and culture.”

Alliance Fracaise Cine-Club: “2 Automnes, 3 Hivers”

Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Time: 7-9pm
Location: MUSC Basic Science Building, Room 100, 173 Ashley Avenue

Admission:  $3.00 for members and students under 25, $5.00 for general public.

This will be our last Ciné-Club film presentation until September!

This Friday evening we will see a 2013 Cannes Film Festival Selection, 2 AUTOMNES, 3 HIVERS (2 Autumns, 3 Winters) 2013, written and directed by up-and-coming Sébastien Betbeder.

Sébastien Betbeder was born in 1975 in Pau in the South West of France and attended the prestigious Ecole des Beaux Arts in Bordeaux.  He has been making shorts since 1999, this is his second feature, Nights With Theodore (2012) which won the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Award at the San Francisco Film Festival, was his first.

Sébastien Betbeder is part of this new generation of French filmmakers recognized by Les Cahiers du Cinéma who think French cinema has become very academic, using conventional structures and very very expensive. They felt it was time to invent.

Betbeder chose 21st century 30-something characters because he felt people love differently in 2013, they think differently about death, they are less and less neglectful and careless, they worry more. He thinks that in the contemporary world there is a pre-disposition to accidents and he wanted to show characters with the optimism of youth but facing difficult situations.
With a light budget of $400,000 he filmed over one year from Bordeaux to the Auvergne region and Paris.

“American Memories in France: Exploring Normandy and other American War Sites in France”

The Department of French, Francophone and Italian Studies presents

Gary Lee Kraut, “American Memories in France:Exploring Normandy and other American War Sites in France”

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 7 pm in the College of Charleston’s Wells Fargo Auditorium, Beatty Center, 5 Liberty Street

Free and open to the public

 Co-sponsored by the Alliance Française de Charleston

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landing and the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, Gary Lee Kraut’s insightful illustrated lecture examines the war sites in France and why visiting them is pertinent to Americans of all ages, though they live far removed from the old battlefields of Europe. He will explain how war tourism can be a uniquely personal form of travel and will speak of some of the fascinating people he’s met during his work as a travel writer and traveling lecturer, including WWII vets and their children and grandchildren.

Travel writer and journalist Gary Lee Kraut has lived in Paris for 25 years. Author of five guidebooks to Paris and France and of hundreds of articles about travel and culture, he is the editor of the online travel and culture magazine France Revisited,

Chris Jackson to Study in Scotland as Part of the Fulbright Summer Institute

Original article:

College of Charleston Honors College student Christopher Jackson will spend his summer studying at the University of Dundee and the University of Strathclyde in Scotland on one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide. Jackson is one of 50 students from the U.S. and UK chosen to participate in the five-week Fulbright Summer Institute. This year is the first year a program in Scotland has been offered and the program is themed around identity formation via politics, technology, and the media.

“To be given such a rare and valuable opportunity reinforced my desire to give back,” says Jackson, a double major in political science and international studies. “As excited as I am to grow my intellectual and personal development, I look forward to sharing my experience with friends and family upon return to the U.S. It will be very rewarding to see how my experience in Scotland will connect to my work and studies back home.”

Jackson is minoring in Japanese studies and Latin American and Caribbean studies, while also a member of the International Scholars Program and William Aiken Fellows Society. He teaches Spanish and will tutor fellow students through the College’s REACH program. While at home in Huntersville, N.C., he still avidly teaches swim lessons at his life long swim club.

Created by treaty in 1948, the U.S.-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK University. The Commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients and summer program participants will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the US and UK. Fulbright Summer Programs cover all participant costs.

The Commission selects participants through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Program, and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.

College of Charleston students interested in Fulbright Scholarships or other nationally competitive opportunities, please contact Anton Vander Zee, director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards at

“Dance the Seasons Round: A Celebration of Traditional English Dance and Song,” performance by Hexham Morris troupe

Date: May 30, 2013

Time: 7pm

Location: Physician’s Auditorium, College of Charleston

Event info: free and open to the public.  They will be giving a free concert entitled, “Dance the Seasons Round:  A Celebration of Traditional English Dance and Song,” which will trace through the performance the 500 years of the England’s oldest surviving dance tradition.  The will also be performing at the opening of the exhibition “England, the English, and English Culture in North America” on May 28 @ 6pm at the Addlestone Library as well as in the Piccolo Spoleto Arts festival.

Hexham Charleston Poster

Exhibition Opening of “England, the English, and English Culture in North America”

Date: May 28, 2013

Time: 6pm

Location: 3rd Floor Addlestone Library (corner of Calhoun and Coming streets)

 The exhibition runs to June 10 but will be available permanently through the Lowcountry Digitial Library. The opening will feature a performance by the Hexham Morris troupe, a group of 32 folk dancers and musicians from the Northeast of England.

The forces of His Majesty’s Government left Charleston in 1782 at the end of the American Revolution, never to return.  Yet, the city retained a lot of its English character and culture including, among many other things, its King and Queen Streets. It also retained the oldest St. George’s Society in North America (founded in 1733) which is still active today.  In light of its continued Anglo affinities, the Locating the Hidden Diaspora Project at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, in conjunction with the Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World at the College of Charleston, the South Carolina Historical Society, and the Charleston Library Society, have organized a number of English cultural events to coincide with the 2013 Spoleto fortnight (or in American English two weeks!). 

For more information please see the English Diaspora Facebook page, English Diaspora, Hexham Morris, and Events and Programs at the Charleston Library Society. Or contact David Gleeson by email at  or @englishdiaspora on twitter  If you plan to come to the exhibition opening please rsvp to David Gleeson by email or twitter @dgleesonhistory