Abney Scholars Converse College

The Abney Foundation has established scholarship endowments at fourteen colleges and universities across the state of South Carolina. Converse College is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of Abney Foundation Scholarships: Morgan Bell ‘20 Hannah Blanton ‘19 An Mei Li Campbell ‘21 Mary Caudell ‘22 Hayley Cromer ‘19 Kensley Echols ‘20 Kelly Ferguson ‘20 Kathryn…
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Overhead shot of the city of Madrid

Dr. Stefania Licata attended the Fifth International Conference of the Center for Afro-Hispanic studies in Madrid, where she is an active member. Dr. Licata presented her paper, “Cultura popular y activismo en los cómics de Ramón Nsé Esono Ebalé,” in which she explores how the graphic novel is used as a tool of protest against…
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Spanish professor Dr. Rafael E. Hernández

Dr. Rafael E. Hernández presented his research paper, “Estética y espacios barrocos en la narrativa de Gabriel García Márquez” (“Aesthetics and Baroque Spaces in Gabriel García Márquez’s Narrative”) at the 64th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies, held at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Dr. Hernández also chaired the panel…
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Nisbet Honors student Olivia Haas ’18 is spending the fall semester with the Bard College Globalization and International Affairs Program, a highly competitive national program based in New York City. As part of her program, she is interning with Central American Legal Assistance, a non-profit organization which seeks to protect and defend Central and South American…
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Biology, Chemistry, and Hispanic Studies major Kelsey Barber ’17 (Nisbet Honors) spent her summer shadowing the chief orthopedic surgeon at Wellstar Paulding Hospital in Dallas, Georgia. “I’m hoping students taking the class will have a new appreciation for how science helps explain what is going on in the world around us.” This fall, Kelsey is teaching an…
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Religion Grad and Spanish minor Clair Atkins

Religion major and Hispanic Studies minor, Clair Atkins ’10, is attending Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California. She has a full tuition scholarship to pursue a Masters of Divinity in preparation for ordination to the priesthood through the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska. Learn more about Religion at Converse…

Converse Students visit D.C.

Converse is well represented this summer in Washington, D.C. by three Nisbet Honors students. Chemistry and Politics major Kenda Szczesniak ’19 is working for an educational nonprofit. Biology, Chemistry and Spanish major Kelsey Barber ’17 and Biochemistry major Ciara Steele ’17 visited D.C. for the National IDeA Symposium for Biomedical Research Excellence . This trip,…
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Dr. Hernández presented a research paper, “El Piedracielismo colombiano en la narrativa de Gabriel García Marquez,” (The Colombian Piedracielismo in the Narrative of Gabriel García Márquez) and chaired a panel on Colombian Literary Expressions and Scope at the 63rd Annual Conference of the Southeastern Council on Latin American Studies which met in Cartagena, Colombia. Learn…
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Lidiya Rantsevich ’17 is the recipient of an AIFS Generation Study Abroad Scholarship for her semester abroad with AIFS. The award is $1,000 and is applied to the cost of her program.

Converse Spanish students are volunteering with Arcadia Elementary School and ARCH Ministries of the United Methodist Church in Spartanburg. These 24 students will use their developing Spanish language and cultural skills to help K-5 children and their families “acclimatize” to both school and daily life in Spartanburg. Dr. Nashieli Marcano is the supervising faculty member.