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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

National Scholars in the Language and International Health (L&IH) major: Breauna Franklin and Carly Malcolm

Breauna and Carly are 2 of 4 National Scholars in the Language and International Health (L&IH) major. Breauna is a junior from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, with a community development and Spanish emphasis, as well as a Chemistry minor. She volunteers at the Sullivan Center, is a peer dialogue facilitator for the CU1000 course, and is currently working on a capstone project addressing LGBTQ issues on campus. Carly is a senior from Highpoint, North Carolina, with a community development and Spanish emphasis, and is pursuing two minors: Political Science as well as Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. Outside of the classroom, Carly has interned with the American Public Health Association in the office of Access and Equity, is involved with interpersonal violence prevention on Clemson’s campus as a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a member of Clemson UNICEF, and Clemson College Democrats.

Why L&IH?

Breauna chose this major because she’s planning on going to medical school after college, and loved how this major allowed her to pursue her passions in both the Spanish language and Health Sciences, a unique combination that will make her medical school application stand out. 

Carly said that L&IH caught her eye due to her interests in health policy and disadvantaged populations, and she liked that it had a modern language component that would enable her to communicate with the people she’s helping. READ MORE

Photo: Carly Malcolm (left) and Breauna Franklin (right)

Languages Faculty Spotlight

Fictions of Legibility

The Human Face and Body in Modern German Novels from Sophie von La Roche to Alfred Döblin

Gabriela Stoicea examines how the incidence and role of physical descriptions in German novels changed between 1771 and 1929 in response to developments in the study of the human face and body. As well as engaging the tools and methods of literary analysis, the study uses a cultural studies approach to offer a constellation of ideas and polemics surrounding the readability of the human body. By including discussions from the medical sciences, epistemology, semiotics, and aesthetics, the book draws out the multi-faceted permutations of corporeal legibility, as well as its relevance for the development of the novel and for facilitating inter-disciplinary dialogue. SEE MORE