SC State conducts inaugural Spanish language summer camp for middle, high school students

Saturday, June 02, 2007

ORANGEBURG – This summer, a new SC State program is using music, dance and art in place of verb wheels and flashcards to provide 23 middle and high school students with an intense immersion in Spanish language and Hispanic culture.

The 23 Orangeburg area students will participate in the two-week Foreign Language Advantage Program (FLAP), June 4-15. FLAP is sponsored by SC State’s Department of English and Modern Languages.

This year’s focus is on the music and dances of the Hispanic world. Presentations, lectures and workshops include a lecture entitled “The African Cultural Presence in Caribbean Poetry” by Dr. Arturo Ortiz Veloz from Lenoir-Rhyne College; a five-day dance workshop given by Anabella Gonzalez and Juan Ignacio Echazarrela of the Anabella Gonzalez Dance Theatre of New York; and a presentation on the origins of Caribbean music, tracing its roots to West Africa and Spain.

In addition, a new mixed media art exhibit will debut at the I.P. Stanback Museum on Thursday, June 7, at 6 p.m. The exhibit, open to the public, features photography, paintings, sketches, sculpture and more. The public is invited to attend the opening and the conferences.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Rubén Silvestry, Foreign Language Advantage Program director, at (803) 536-8821 or rsilvest@scsu.edu.