Department of Languages

Film Screening “The Zone of Interest”

Join us for a screening of Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest on Wednesday, April 3rd, at 5:30 p.m. in the Main Auditorium of Watt Family Innovation Center. Panel discussion to follow.

The Zone of Interest focuses on the life of Auschwitz commandant Rudolf Höss and his wife Hedwig, who live with their family in a home in the “Zone of Interest” next to the concentration camp. The film won the Best International Film at the 96th Academy Awards and the Grand Prix at Cannes.

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Spring Highlights: German and Spanish Programs Host Conference for International Business in Mexico

On February 14, the Spanish and German programs hosted the Conference for German and Spanish in International Business and Engineering: Investment in Mexico.  Faculty members Daniel García, Magdalena Matúskova and Lee Ferrell collaborated together in organizing this event with publicity and social media coordinated by Anna Grace Araiza.  Events for the day were moderated and organized by student leaders Gwyneth Terry (LAIB Spanish), Derek Dias (Finance), Emiliano Sanchez (Finance) and Anna Schmidt (Management).

Hosted in collaboration with the Department of Management and the Consulate General of Mexico, the conference brought in numerous German companies from the upstate region to speak with our students about the work they do in both the US Southeast and in Mexico. This unique opportunity allowed students to learn about the presence of German businesses in Mexico and the unique benefits they have on the region.

After opening remarks by Dean Nicholas Vazsonyi and an address by the Deputy Consul General of Mexico, the conference showcased a keynote address by BMW representatives on the benefits of conducting business in Mexico. Also featured was a panel discussion with the North American heads of Röchling Automotive and Dräxlmaier Automotive Groups as well as the Mexican Ambassador to Germany about German business and investment in Mexico. Students and attendees were also afforded the chance to participate in roundtable discussions on German business and investment through a broader regional lens.

Attendees listen to a presentation during the Conference for German and Spanish in International Business and Engineering: Investment in Mexico.

The conference concluded with a mini job fair in which students and attendees could network with representatives from various German companies and learn about internship and introductory-level jobs in their companies.

Students speak with representatives from Röchling following the conference. The mini job fair was an opportunity for students to learn about internships and entry-level jobs in German companies throughout the Upstate region.

Language and International Health Society

March 3, 2024

The purposes of the Language and International Health Society shall include:

  • Helping students succeed in the L&IH major and prepare for their future through contact with guest speakers, L&IH graduates, study abroad advisors and other campus and community resources;
  • Serving as a forum where L&IH majors can meet and exchange information, ideas and concerns about internships, study abroad and other aspects related to the major;
  • Providing opportunities where students can network with other students and professionals, explore career paths, and broaden their knowledge of global health issues and their cultural and linguistic contexts;
  • Representing the L&IH major to Clemson University.

L&IH Society Officers (2022-2023)

President: Kate Henry“My name is Kate Henry, and I am a Senior Language and International Health Major with a Spanish concentration. I am expected to graduate in May 2024.”

Vice President: Carley Hitzelberger”My name is Carley Hitzelberger, and I am a freshman Spanish Language and International Health Major. I work for Clemson University Fire & EMS, and I am expected to graduate in May 2027.”

Secretary: Laura Gorissen“Hey everyone! My name is Laura Gorissen and I am a sophomore LIH major with a minor in psychology. I was born and raised in Brazil, and have always loved traveling. I am so excited to be secretary for the LIH society this year!”

Social Media Coordinator: Jenna Gooding“My name is Jenna is Jenna Gooding, and I am a senior Spanish and International Health major! After graduating in May 2024, I hope to go to medical school!”

Treasurer: Lydia Dorroh. “Hi! My name is Lydia Dorroh, and I am a sophomore Language and International Health Major with a Spanish concentration. I am expected to graduate in May of 2026.”

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Arelis Moore, MD, PhD, MPHAssociate Professor of Community Health and SpanishDepartment of Languages


Spring 2024

  1. February 8- Hot Chocolate Social Event
  2. March 8- Every Campus a Refugee (ECAR) Webinar
  3. April 9- Clemson Rural Health Guest Speaker

Two 2023 LIH Graduates Ready to Make their Mark in Public Healthcare

The Department of Languages is proud to acknowledge two LIH graduates, Madeleine Wolfe and Rund Adelnabi, both recently featured in Clemson News.

Both Madeleine and Rund will be receiving degrees in Language and International Health with a Spanish concentration. Their unique passions and talents have led them both in different and equally impressive directions.

Madeleine Wolfe, Language and International Health ’23
Image courtesy of Clemson University

Madeleine plans to focus her future efforts on combatting the health disparities that arise in rural communities. She has already had a positive and tangible impact on the local community. During her time at Clemson, she earned her EMS certification and has been working as an EMT with the Clemson University Fire Department. Her unique background in cybersecurity as related to healthcare systems combined with her research with Clemson Rural Health no doubt will allow Madeleine to continue making her mark as she heads off to medical school.

Rund Abdelnabi, Language and International Health ’23
Image courtesy of Clemson University

Rund’s approach is more language-driven. Fluent in three languages, Rund seeks to help Arabic and Spanish speakers access and navigate the complexities of the public healthcare system. Her firsthand experience working in a public health center in Argentina while completing her study abroad program gave her valuable experience in forging meaningful patient relationships, and her goal of becoming a physician’s assistant will allow her to integrate her talents, skills, and passion to make a difference in the experiences and lives of patients in the future.

The Department of Languages heartily congratulates these talented and impressive graduates as they take the next steps in their healthcare journey!

Remembering D-Day: Clemson in London-Paris-Normandy Info Session to be held September 20

An informational meeting about the study abroad program “Remembering D-Day: 2024 Clemson in London-Paris-Normandy” will be held on Wednesday, September 20, from 5:30-7:00PM in Daniel Hall 113.

The program runs from May 14 – May 24, 2024 and takes participants to historically significant locations throughout the United Kingdom and France, including London, Normandy and Paris. Participants will have the opportunity to revisit the experiences of American soldiers during World War II and reflect on the meaning of these experiences in contexts both historical and current. Students will explore important questions and topics from a broad range of perspectives and academic disciplines. The program fulfills the GLCH (Global Challenge) 3990 and FR 3980 course credits.

For more information, contact Professor Eric Touya de Marenne, Department of Languages ( and Col. (Ret) Lance Young, Clemson Corps Life Emeritus (

More information can be found on the program flyer below. The Zoom link to the information session is provided on the flyer.

Department of Languages Congratulates 2023 Student Award Recipients

The Department of Languages is excited to congratulate our 2023 Student Award Recipients:

Eli Bechtel

Eli Bechtel – Dr. Patricia Walker Wannamaker Language & International Trade Annual Award of Excellence

Kate Henry

Kathryn “Kate” Henry – Hagan Language and International Health Award for Excellence

Sara Miller

Sara Miller – Ann and Lamar Bayne Award for Excellence in American Sign Language

Eli Bechtel – Clemson Chinese Laoshi Awards – Best Achievement

Joseph Imbo – Clemson Chinese Laoshi Awards – Best Beginner

Courtney Glassburn

Courtney Glassburn – Jordan A. Dean, Sr. Annual Award in French Studies

Victoria Ann Dupre

Victoria Ann Dupre – John Bednar Award of Excellence in LAIB/French

Emily Cosgrove – Carlton Moore ’93 Excellence in German

Katelyn Franck

Katelyn Franck – Draexlmaier Language Award for Excellence in German

Austyn Sierra Barjona – JAASC Harry Watanabe Award in Excellence in Japanese

Lexie Colwell – Joan Bridgwood Award for Excellence in Russian

Robert Mitchum

Robert Chase Mitchum – Roger K. Simpson ’76 Annual Memorial Award for Excellence in Spanish

Congratulations to all on their outstanding achievements!