Dr. Michael McGrath visits Royal Academy of History and Art of Segovia, Spain

Dr. Michael McGrath was invited over the winter break to discuss his scholarship with the members and invited guests of the Royal Academy of History and Art of Segovia, Spain. The visit was chronicled in the Spanish newspaper, El ( Mike has been studying and writing about Segovia for over 20 years, and the city has rewarded his efforts by initiating him into their Royal Academy of History and Art. As a member of this elite community, Mike helps to sustain the centuries-old memories and traditions of one of the most storied cities in Spain.

1. Mike with Rafael Cantalejo, the Director of Segovia‘s Royal Academy of History and Art. The figure in the background is the historian Diego de Colmenares (1586-1651).
2. Mike seated next to Guillermo Herrero, author of the prologue to to Mike’s Teatro y fiesta en la ciudad de Segovia (siglos XVIII y XIX).



17th Annual French Week A Success

The French Section of the Department of Foreign Languages recently coordinated Georgia Southern’s 17th Annual French Week, a national celebration of the francophone world’s culture, history, and diversity.  Approximately four hundred people from the campus community and beyond enjoyed presentations by CLASS faculty on Napoleon (Jeff Burson of History), Manet (Tiffanie Townsend of Art) and the youth of France (Virginie Ems-Bléneau of Foreign Languages), as well as a “Matinée Musicale” (Linda Cionitti, Michael Braz, and Tamara Watson Harper of Music) and a concert of French folk music (Jean-Paul Carton, Professor Emeritus, and Dominique Carton of Foreign Languages).  Other activities included two contemporary French films, a talent show in French (with participants from the United States, France, Morocco, Burkina Faso, and Gabon), a presentation on Haiti’s health care, and daily menus from the Dining Commons of classic French dishes.

Of particular interest this year was the participation of Philippe Broutin, a French avant-garde artist who was in residence for the entire week, thanks to a grant from CLEC.

Broutin mixed media performance (First two photos, L – R: Philippe Broutin, Jeanine Lombard, Tamara Roberts, Isaiah Robinson): 













Berlin concerto






French Art Event with Broutin: Exhibition open, Reception, and Meet the Artist @ Bluprint Studios and Gallery in Statesboro.

Dr. David Seaman and Philippe Broutin
Broutin shows David's portrait







Philippe Broutin and Trish Carter, Bluprint Gallery Owner
Trish & Broutin






Broutin artist talk








Matinée Musicale:

Clarinet group















Tamara Harper and Linda Cionitti
Tamara Harper & Linda Cionitti









Presentation on Haiti’s healthcare (Nancy Waters and the Methodist Church Medical Mission Team):







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Mr. Youssef Salhi awarded Malone Fellowship



Mr. Youssef Salhi, Lecturer in Arabic, was recently awarded the prestigious Malone Fellowship. He is one of only five professors from U.S. universities to receive the Fellowship. The Malone Fellowship is offered by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) in cooperation with the government of the State of Qatar. As a recipient of the Qatar Malone Fellowship program, he will travel to Qatar with a scholarly delegation and will meet with government officials, social and business leaders, educators, students, journalists, and artists. During the 2016-17 academic year, he will engage in a variety of activities, speaking engagements, and events pertaining to Qatari-U.S. relations and to Qatar’s role in regional and world affairs. Congratulations, Mr. Salhi!



Novel by Ms. Teresa Buzo Salas continues to receive praise

Congratulations to Spanish professor, Ms. Teresa Buzo Salas, whose recent novel Las hijas de las horas continues to receive praise from critics around the globe.
Recent reviews:

Dr. Michael McGrath invited to discuss book in Segovia


Recently an article on El spotlighted Spanish professor Dr. Michael McGrath. The author describes the origin of the professor’s passion for the city of Segovia and highlights several of Dr. McGrath’s many publications that focus on the region. As a member of the Royal Academy of San Quirce, Dr. McGrath has been invited to discuss his latest book in the Academy in Segovia in early January. Below is a link to the article:

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