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"We value the humanities, the truths in literature, the nuances of grammar, the lessons from history, and the evolution of languages.  We value communication and the power of spoken words.  The languages we teach are alive and are used every day all over the world.  We are global citizens." Salvador A. Oropesa, Ph.D.

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Languages Student Spotlight

Languages Student Spotlight

Congratulations to Kristin Buhrow (Anthropology and Chinese major)!

Senior Clemson student Kristin Buhrow, graduating in May 2016 with dual degrees in Anthropology and Modern Languages with an emphasis in Mandarin Chinese, has been selected to receive the University of Oxford’s Ertegun Graduate Scholarship in the Humanities. Offered to sixteen students across Oxford’s ten humanities institutes, the Ertegun Scholarship provides full financial support for all periods of the student’s graduate studies at the Master’s or Doctoral level, access to an office in the city center specifically for Ertegun Scholars, as well as membership in one of Oxford’s most exclusive academic communities. Buhrow will begin studying for a Masters of Philosophy in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies with Oxford’s Oriental Institute in the fall.

Languages Faculty Spolight

Languages Faculty Spotlight

The Department of Languages mourns the death of Roger Simpson, a retired Senior Lecturer of Spanish. He passed away on February 4, 2017 at the age of 62.

Roger was a graduate of Clemson University, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages and M.Ed. After having taught Spanish at the high school level for fourteen years, Roger began teaching at Clemson University in August of 1999. His teaching responsibilities included Elementary Spanish for which he was a course coordinator.

CAAH Dean Richard Goodstein said that Roger was actively engaged in the life of the Department of Languages and was loved by colleagues and students alike. “The College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities will long feel his loss,” he said. Roger was the Foreign Language Placement Test Coordinator, Hospitality Director for the Department of Languages, and co-editor of the Clemson Polyglot (the department’s newsletter). Additionally, he served 17 years on the Declamation Contest Committee; this contest is an annual poetry recitation contest for high school students. He retired in December 2016.

The 45th Declamation Contest, October 22, 2017, is dedicated in loving memory of Roger K. Simpson. Roger’s unwavering dedication and commitment to the contest, to his colleagues and to his students will always be appreciated and remembered.