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KindredBy: Octavia Butler
Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning and Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters. Each time, the stays grow longer, more arduous and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.
Octavia Butler (1947-2006) was the author of many novels, including Dawn, Adulthood Rites,Imago, Seed to Harvest, Wild Seed, Fledgling,Parable of the Sower, Parable of the Talents,Patternmaster, Mind of My Mind, Survivor and Clay's Ark, as well as a collection of shorter works, Bloodchild and Other Stories. She was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the PEN American Center, and both the Hugo and Nebula awards twice.
Sept. 2, 6-7 p.m., CLC Ballroom Lamar Nelson, Lead Archeologist of The Foothills Chapter of the Archeological Society of South Carolina, "The Plantation Next Door: Archeological Findings from Walnut Grove Plantation."
September 9, 6-7 p.m., CLC BallroomDr. Cassandra Jones, Assistant Professor of African-American Studies, "Afrofuturism: Re-mixing History.”
September 17 (Constitution Day), 6-7 p.m., Tukey TheaterDr. Dwight Lambert, Professor of Political Science, "The Constitution and Inequality: Examining America's Birth Defect."
September 25, 6-7 p.m., CLC BallroomDr. Carmen Harris, Associate Professor of History, "All Our Kin: Slavery and Family Relations across the Color Line."
September 30, 6-7 p.m., CLC BallroomDr. Keith McDaniel, Instructor of African-American Studies and Senior Pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, "The Bible and Slavery: The Evolution of Black Theological Thought."
October 2-4, 8 p.m. and October 5, 3 p.m., HPAC TheaterUSC Upstate's The Shoestring Players stage "To Kill a Mocking Bird."
October 8, 6-7 p.m., CLC BallroomDr. Jennifer Parker, Professor of Psychology, "Sex, Power and Coercion: Examining the Dynamics of Abusive Relationships."
October 16, 6-7 p.m., CLC BallroomDr. Tracey Weldon, Associate Professor of Linguistics at USC-Columbia, "Talking White, Talking Black: Examining the Links between Language, Class and Racial Identity.”
October 21, 6-7 p.m., URC Great RoomDr. Stephen Fitzmaurice, Assistant Professor of Interpreting at Clemson University,"Unheard Voices: The Deaf Experience over Time."
October 30, 7-8 p.m., URC Great RoomKeynote Address by Nisi Shawl"Octavia Butler's Positive Obsession: Life and the Urge to Create"Award-winning author Nisi Shawl has written extensively on her friend Octavia Butler, and recently co-edited an anthology about her life and work (Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler from Aqueduct Press). Shawl serves on the board of the Carl Brandon Society, administrators of the Butler Memorial Scholarship
November 5, 6 p.m., CLC BallroomShowing of the 2014 Academy Award winning film for Best Picture, "Twelve Years a Slave."
Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow RadioEdited by Candace Chellew-Hodge and Ed Madden
From a small radio studio in the heart of the Deep South, the voices of gay and lesbian Southerners suddenly filled the AM airwaves. “For far too long,” the announcer stated, “talk radio airwaves have been dominated by the people who talk about us. Starting this fall, we speak for ourselves!” What began as an experiment—Rainbow Radio, South Carolina’s first gay and lesbian radio show—has grown into a grassroots-driven community radio show that, since 2005, has offered diverse, accurate, and often unparalleled stories of gay and lesbian Southerners, their families and their friends.
Citadel cadets and drag queens, a slam poet from Columbia and a Spartanburg school teacher, a seminary student in Atlanta and a gay Army vet just back from the Middle East, West Columbia rednecks and rural Texas tomboys, as well as South Carolina’s first lesbian Congressional candidate. A young man talking about his gay uncle and a retired attorney talking about her gay son. Two boys who dare to dance at the prom, a psychic who may be attuned to the gay agenda, and a dying man who makes his last visit to church on Christmas.
These voices have now been collected in a book, Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio, edited by Ed Madden and Candace Chellew-Hodge. This fall, first-year writing students will have the opportunity to read, think, and write about this stories. Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio is an especially appropriate text in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision on homosexual marriage and the constitutional rights involved therein. The events in the Preface series are designed to improve our understanding of the book and help us think in depth about the questions it raises.
About the Editors
The Rev. Candace Chellew-Hodge is a recovering Southern Baptist and founder/editor of Whosoever: An Online Magazine for GLBT Christians (whosoever.org). Her first book, Bulletproof Faith: A Spiritual Survival Guide for Gay and Lesbian Christians, published by Jossey-Bass, is now available at bulletproofbook.com. She currently serves as associate pastor at Garden of Grace United Church of Christ in Columbia,SC. Candace is a media veteran with more than 20 years of experience in radio and television and is the co-host of Rainbow Radio.
Ed Madden is a poet, political activist, and associate professor of English and Women's Studies at the University of South Carolina. He grew up in Newport, Arkansas, got his B.A. from nearby Harding University, and received his Ph.D. in literature from the University of Texas, Austin. He is the author of Signals, a poetry collection that won the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. He teaches English at the University of South Carolina.
PREFACE Events Fall 2013
Aug. 29, 6-7 p.m., URC Greatroom
Roger Michael, "Walking on the other side...can you stand the heat?"
Sept. 12, 6-7 p.m., CLC Ballroom
Rev. Michelle Buhite, Minister of The United Universalist Church of Spartanburg, “Compassion is a moral justice issue.”
Sept. 17 (Constitution Day), 5 p.m., CLC Ballroom
“Constitution USA with Peter Sagal: We the people.” (Courtesy of ETV)
Sept. 24, 6-7 p.m., URC Greatroom
Joey Geier, Vice President of Upstate Pride and Ethan Johnstone, co-founder of the Gender Benders group, “LGBT Advocacy Groups in Upstate, South Carolina"
Sept. 26, 7 p.m.,Tukey Theater
A Contracorriente (Courtesy of the PRAGDA Spanish Film Club)
Oct. 1, 6-7 p.m., CLC Ballroom
Ryan Wilson, Executive Director of the South Carolina Equality Coalition, “104,362 reasons to support for equality in South Carolina ”
Oct. 8, 6-7 p.m., URC Great Room
Ed Madden, “Keynote Address.”
Oct. 11 (National Coming out Day), 6 p.m., URC Greatroom
October 24th, 6-7 p.m., CLC Ballroom
Analouisa Valencia, Miss Lyman 2013, “A trailblazing contestant in the Miss South Carolina pageant.”
Oct. 28, 4 p.m., CASB room 117
“Faith, Humanity and Inclusion: Part I,” featuring a panel of leaders from our faith community
Dec. 2, 5 p.m., Tukey Theater
“Faith, Humanity and Inclusion: Part II,” featuring a panel of leaders from our faith community
Why is it so difficult to sell a plummeting stock or end a doomed relationship? Why do we listen to advice just because it came from someone "important"? Why are we more likely to fall in love when there's danger involved? In this year's book Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior, renowned organizational thinker Ori Brafman and his brother, psychologist Rom Brafman, answer all the questions and more. Drawing on cutting-edge research from the fields of social psychology, behavioral economics, and organizational behavior, Sway reveals the many dynamic forces that influence our personal and business lives, including loss aversion (our tendency to go to great lengths to avoid a perceived loss), the diagnosis bias (our inability to reevaluate our initial diagnosis or a person or situation), and the 'chameleon effect' (our tendency to take on characteristics that have been arbitrarily assigned to us).
This year's Preface events provide opportunities to reflect further on these aspects of our decision-making process.
Aug. 28, 6-7 p.m., CLC Ballroom
Chuck Reback, “Money matters: How we manage our money and why.”
Sept. 6, 6-7 p.m., CLC Ballroom
Andrew Beer, “In the face of the unknown: A look at how we perceive people we don’t know.”
Sept. 13, 6-7 p.m., CLC Ballroom
Katherine Gibbs, “Our life in their hands: How health care professionals make critical decisions.”
Sept. 20, 6-7 p.m., CLC Ballroom
Frances Jarratt-Hortis, “Breaking up is hard to do: A closer look at intimate relationships.”
Oct. 8, 2:30-3:39, CLC 309
English 101 students interview Rom Brafman:
Oct. 8, 7-8 p.m., CLC Ballroom
Rom Brafman, “Keynote Address.”
Oct. 25, 6-7 p.m., CLC Ballroom
Allison Pingley and Trevor Rubenzer, “Swaying the voters: How political elections are decided abroad and at home.”
Nov. 5, 6-7 p.m., CLC Ballroom
Mark Ritter, “I saw daddy spit on the umpire: An umpire discusses sport fans’ behavior.”
Jan. 23, 6-7 p.m., CLC Ballroom
Lizabeth Zack "Crazy or Committed?: Explaining suicide bombings, hunger strikes and setting yourself on fire."
Jan. 31, 6-7 p.m., CLC Ballroom
Louisa Ericson and Oliver Triettenwein, “Head games: A talk about athletes and how they cope with the pressure of competition.”
Feb. 7, 6-7 p.m., CLC Ballroom
Lisa Johnson and Peter Caster, “Throwing like a girl, catching like a boy: A talk about men, women, and how they’re expected to behave.”
Feb. 19, 6-7 p.m., CLC Ballroom
Susan Davis, “Under the sway of the inexplicable: A look at our relationship with music.”
March 7, 6-7 p.m., CLC Ballroom
An international students panel. “Making the strange familiar: A discussion of cultural shock and the aftermath.”
March 26, 6-7 p.m., CLC Ballroom
Shannon Polchow and Araceli Hernandez-Laroche. “There’s this funny saying: What other languages tell us about human behavior.”
April 9, 6-7 p.m., CLC Ballroom
David Damrel. “Why do we believe the unbelievable?: A discussion of how different religions deal with the inexplicable."
As you enter USC Upstate this fall, you’ll be a part of a
special reading, writing, and discussion experience. In every English 101 class,
first-year students will read the highly acclaimed best seller, How Does it
Feel to Be a Problem (Being Young and Arab in America) by author Moustafa
Bayoumi. The entire USC Upstate community, from Student Affairs to academic
departments, will offer a range of activities to help you meet staff, faculty,
and fellow students as you learn more about the PREFACE book's theme. Videos and
images from events will be posted online throughout the semester.
Just over a century ago, W.E.B. Du Bois posed a probing question in his classic, The Souls of Black Folk: "How does it feel to be a
problem?” -- he asked. Today, Arab and Muslim Americans, the newest minorities in the American imagination, are the latest “problem” of American society, and their answers to Du Bois’s question increasingly define what being American means today.
In a wholly revealing portrait of a community that lives next door and yet a world away, Moustafa Bayoumi introduces us to the individual lives of seven twentysomething men and women living in Brooklyn, home to the largest number of Arab Americans in the United States.
Through telling real stories about young people in Brooklyn, Bayoumi jettisons the stereotypes and clichés that constantly surround Arabs and Muslims and allows us instead to enter their worlds and experience their lives. We meet Rasha, Sami, Lina, Akram, Yasmin, Omar and Rami and discover through them
often-unseen entanglements: government surveillance and detentions, workplace discrimination, warfare in their countries of origin, threats of vigilante violence, the infiltration of spies and informants into their midst, and the disappearance of friends or family. Their richly told stories connect us to
their quests for meaning, from falling in love to finding God, and we feel their triumphs and watch them stumble along the way. As their lives turn on the winds of global conflicts, these young Arab Americans manage the major issues of our day while forging the contours of our future society. What the stories in this
book prove is that the fight for equality and the commitment to compassion are as necessary today as ever, if not more so.
Moustafa Bayoumi immerses his reader in a reality at once inconceivable and achingly familiar to unveil an unforgettable American story of race, religion, and civil rights, full of struggle, promise and hope.
more information about Halal, see this list of some of the Websites Ibrahim
Hanif mentioned during his presentation:
September 1, 6 - 7 p.m., CLC 310Spotlight on Members of Our Community: Mr.
Mohamad SultanDrawing on the principle of the PREFACE text, this
talk will provide an opportunity to get to know better Mr. Mohamad Sultan,
Principal Engineer of Wind Systems at General Electric.
Sunday, September 11, 8 - 9 p.m.,
Amphitheater (in event of rain CLC 310)Candlelight Vigil and Interfaith
ForumThis will be an opportunity to remember the victims of 9-11
and also reflect on how to build a better future. Speakers from Morningside
Baptist Church of Spartanburg, Congregation B’nai of Israel in Spartanburg, and
the Islamic Society of Greenville will explore how to build better relations
between members of different faiths in our communities.
September 13, 6 - 7 p.m., CLC 310Introducing Islam - Muslims in AmericaDr. David Damrel, Assistant Professor of Religion at USC Upstate,
discusses the tenets of Islam and the practices of Muslims in the United
Friday, September 16, 1 pm,
HPAC 120Documentary for Students Enrolled in English 101: Dissonance and
Harmony: Arabic Music Goes WestThis documentary traces the
efforts to bring a group of Arabic musicians from various Arabic countries
(Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq among others) to Los Angeles in order to give a sample of
the different trends in Arabic music (including Arabic hip-hop). The purpose of
this event is to provide a sample of an important aspect of Arabic culture. For
what it may be worth, the producer who organized this event is Sting's brother
and the former manager of The Police.
Monday, September 19, 1 p.m., URC GreatroomDocumentary for Students Enrolled in English 101: What Do Muslims Really
Think?Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think, a new
documentary film from Unity Productions Foundation, explores the expertly
gathered opinions of Muslims around the globe as revealed in the world’s first
major opinion poll, conducted by Gallup, the preeminent polling organization.
Monday, September 19, 6 to 7 p.m.,
Tukey TheaterEntirely Secular Muslims: Exploring Muslim Identity from an
Albanian PerspectiveIn the "Yasmine" chapter of Moustafa
Bayoumi's How Does It Feel to be a Problem?, two young Albanian girls attending
high school in New York are described as "Muslim but entirely secular." Dr.
Monika Shehi, Assistant Professor of English at USC Upstate, will explore this
aspect of Muslim identity based on her experience of growing up in
Thursday, September 22, 6 -
7 p.m., CLC 310Getting to Know ArabicMs. Susan Hodge,
Director for Community Engagement and ESL tutor, provides an introduction to
Thursday, September 29, 6 - 7 p.m., CLC 310How
Does it Feel to Sound Like a Problem?Dr. David Marlow, Associate Professor of Linguistics at USC
Upstate, discusses how the way a person speaks affects their standing in our
society and the discrimination faced by those who speak non-standard English
(International, Black, Country, etc).
Wednesday, October 5, 6 - 7 p.m., CLC 310Muslim
Impact/Attitudes in the U.S. - What Women WantMs. Megali Rheault
tackles the issues Muslim women in the United States face.
Monday, October 10, 7 - 8 p.m., CLC 310Invisible
by Design: The Absence of African-American Muslim Voices in the National
Conversation About Islam as Religious ‘Other’Mr. Ibrahim Hanif,
Collection Development Librarian at Wofford College, discusses the absence of
African-American and other convert voices in the post 9-11 conversation on
Thursday, October 27, 6 - 7 p.m., CLC 310 **FINAL FALL 2011
EVENT***Ethical Considerations Within and Outside IslamDr.
Richard Combes, Associate Professor of Philosophy, identifies and discusses the
ethical concerns inherent in the public discourse about Muslims in America.
This fall, as a member of the first-year class enrolled in English 101, you will read a highly acclaimed best seller, The Immortal Life
of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Rebecca Skloot learned about
Henrietta Lacks in a biology class in an alternative school. It became a story
she couldn’t forget, and she spent 10 years reading, researching, and writing
this book. As we come together to read, discuss, and write about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, we hope you discover ideas and learn to
form questions that stay with you far beyond your first-year at USC
Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951, but she lives on today. Cells from a biopsy of her cervical cancer – taken without her consent - became the first immortal cell culture, the HeLa cells. Her cells, one of the most important tools in medicine,
were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovering secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb's effects; and leading to advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping.
But the woman for whom the cells are named is virtually unknown. She was a tobacco farmer who is buried in an unmarked grave. Although HeLa cells have been bought and sold by the billions, her family has never seen any of the profits, and one of her adult sons cannot afford treatment for his own cancer.
This fall you will read her story and think and write about issues such as bioethics, scientific development, and the effect of race, class, and gender on medical care. The Immortal Life of
Henrietta Lacks is an especially appropriate study as our country debates health care and the expanding possibilities of scientific research which hold more promise and raise more concerns about privacy and human dignity than ever before.
Medical Research and
Vulnerable Populations: The US Health Service Study at TuskegeeTuesday, September 7
6:00 pm, HPAC 120
Dr. Lynette Gibson will discuss the infamous study conducted by the US Public Health Service at Tuskegee University, in which 400 poor black men were studied to learn more about the syphilis virus. The men were not informed of their disease, and they
were not treated. In 1997, President Clinton formally apologized to African Americans for the study.
The Way of All
Flesh Film ScreeningTuesday, September 14
6:00 pm, University Readiness Center Greatroom
Students will watch the 1997 BBC documentary The Way of All Flesh by Adam Curtis, about Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cell line. This one hour film includes interviews with family members and many of the researchers covered in Rebecca Skloot's book. This
event will be repeated on September 28.
I a Woman"?: A Historical Dissection of the African American Female
ExperienceWednesday, September 15
6:00 pm, HPAC Theatre
In this dynamic PREFACE event, Dr. Carmen Harris, associate professor of history, will guide students through the long and troubling history of the unauthorized appropriation and use of black women's bodies.
Ounce of Prevention: Cancer and College StudentsTuesday, September 21
6:00 pm, CLC 310
Glaydeane Lee from the Cancer Association of Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties will discuss cancer prevention for college students.
HeLa LiveThursday, September 23
6:00 pm, Tukey Theater
Dr. Jeannie Chapman will show students live HeLa cells that she has grown from culture and discuss the implications of the cell line on cancer research.
Way of All Flesh Film ScreeningTuesday, September 28
6:00 pm, University Readiness Center Greatroom
Students will watch the 1997 BBC documentary The Way of All Flesh by Adam Curtis, about Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cell line. This one hour film includes interviews with family members and many of the researchers covered in Rebecca Skloot's
book. This event is a repeat of the September 14 event.
of the Pen: PREFACE Letter Writing NightWednesday, September 29
6:00pm, CLC Ballroom
Writing instructors will lead students through the steps to write letters to individuals involved in the issues raised by The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Students will have the choice of writing letters to the author, Rebecca Skloot, the Lacks family, South
Carolina legislators, and others. Snacks provided! Sponsored by Student Life.
Conversations: Dinner and Discussion Thursday, October 7
6:00-7:30 pm, CLC Ballroom
First-year students will
join USC Upstate faculty and staff, student leaders from Upstate colleges, and
community leaders from throughout South Carolina for dinner and roundtable
discussions concerning topics related to The Immortal Life of Henrietta
Lacks. Modeled on the
of Arts and Sciences's Evening of Great Conversation, this event brings together good food, good company, and good ideas to foster new friendships across campus and to promote thinking about the complex issues in the PREFACE text. No lectures, no quizzes, just great ideas shared around the dinner
table. Seating is limited to 120. Free tickets for the event are
available beginning September 22 in HPAC 222. Sponsored by Student
The Henrietta Lacks Case: A
Medical Ethicist's Perspective Wednesday, October 20
6:00-7:30 pm, CLC Ballroom
Events described in The Immortal Life of
Henrietta Lacks raise obvious philosophical questions, and the answers are anything but clear. Some of the more controversial topics surrounding HeLa will be discussed by USC Upstate professor of philosophy Dr. Richard Combes.
Life Meets Who Wants to be a Millionaire?Tuesday, October 26
6:00-7:00 pm, CLC Ballroom
An Immortal Life of
Henrietta Lacks game show contest that tests students on their knowledge of the book and issues related to it. Brock Adams, English instructor, will lead this interactive event. Prizes! Sponsored by Student Life.
the Color Line: "The South"Wednesday, October 27
7:00-8:30 pm, Tukey Theater
Students will watch "The South" from the 2007 PBS documentary Beyond the Color Line, in which renowned scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., examines the future of race relations. Dr. Benita Dillard, instructor of English and African American Studies, will lead discussion after
Essay ContestAwards announced November 9
The best student essays on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will be nominated for this award by SEGL 101 instructors, and winners will be selected by the USC Upstate Composition Committee. The first place winner will receive $250. The
runner-up will receive $100.
Student-Led ConferenceTuesday, November 9--6:00-7:25 pm, CLC Ballroom.
Designed and presented by upper-level USC Upstate students, this event will bring together students of all ages and majors to discuss the first-year reading, The
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Students pick the topics; students run the discussions. Relate to the reading in ways that are meaningful to you. Dr. Celena E. Kusch, assistant professor of American literature, will coordinate this interactive event. The conference will include great refreshments,
25-minute discussion sessions with student leaders, and a 25-minute panel discussion that brings together all participants.
Sponsored by Student Life.
Community OpportunitesThroughout the
semesterOrganized student groups will have opportunities to donate their
service to local cancer research facilities or to participate in fundraising
activities for causes related to the text–cancer research, the Henrietta Lacks
Life in the Low Wage Trenches: Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
In every English 101 class, first-year students will read Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in
America by journalist Barbara Ehrenreich. This provocative, heartfelt – and often funny – account of life in the low-wage trenches challenges our assumptions about American prosperity and hardship. Millions of Americans work for poverty-level wages, and one day Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them.
She was inspired in part by the rhetoric promising that any job equals a better life. But can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 to $7 an hour? To fnd out, Ehrenreich took the cheapest lodgings available and went to work as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing-home aide, and Wal-Mart
salesperson. She soon discovered that these low paying jobs require exhausting mental and physical effort, but minimum wage is not a living wage. Nickel
and Dimed is especially appropriate for study as the USC Upstate community, our nation, and our world face the challenges presented by economic uncertainly.
Events in the PREFACE series will give us a better understanding of the book, of the economic issues we face, and of the ways we can respond to help ourselves and others. PREFACE events include:
The Bicycle Thief: Film Screening and DiscussionTuesday, September 15--5:00 pm, Tukey Auditorium
This film was given an honorary Oscar in 1949 and is routinely listed among the best films of all time. It is the story of Ricci, a man who needs a job and a bicycle in order to get a job. Ricci loves his family, wants to protect them and provide for
them, but society makes his goals almost impossible. Dr. Peter Caster, Assistant Professor of English, will lead a discussion following the screening.
Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, visit to USC
UpstateThursday, September 17
4:00 pm, HPAC First Floor Lobby--Meet and Greet the Author
7:00 pm, CLC Ballroom--Reading and Question and Answer
Students are invited to enter a raffle for an opportunity to join Barbara Ehrenreich for dinner before the evening event. Students should pick up free raffle tickets in HPAC 222. The drawing will be held on Monday, September 14, and winners will join the author for dinner at
5:00 pm on Thursday, September 17. All Barbara Ehrenreich events sponsored by Student Life.
You Can't Take It with You: Shoestring Players
ProductionThursday, October 1-Saturday, October 3--8:00 pm, HPAC Main Stage Theatre
Sunday, October 4--3:00 pm, HPAC Main Stage Theatre
This popular play offered escape for its Depression-era audience, and it can lighten our spirits today. Full of witty one-liners and physical antics, this over-the-top portrayal of an eccentric family and its encounter with the class-conscious family of their daughter's boyfriend celebrates nonconformity.
Admission: USC Upstate students $4, General admission $6. Presented by the Shoestring Players, directed by Professor Rich Robinson.
Wants to Be a Minimum-Wage-ionaire? Thursday, October 22--5:30 pm,
A Nickel and Dimed game show contest pitting students against their instructors. Brock Adams, English instructor, will lead this interactive event.
Roundtable DiscussionsTuesday, November 3--7:00-8:30 pm, CLC Ballroom
First-year students will join USC Upstate faculty and staff, student leaders from Upstate colleges, and community leaders from throughout South Carolina for dessert and roundtable discussions concerning topics related to Nickel and Dimed. Modeled on the College of Arts and
Sciences's Evening of Great Conversation, this event brings together good food, good company, and good ideas to promote global thinking and foster new friendships across campus. No lectures, no quizzes, just great ideas shared over desserts. Seating is limited to 200. Pick up free tickets for the event in HPAC
222. Dr. George Williams, assistant professor of English, will lead this interactive event. Sponsored by Student Life.
Financial Success: How Not To Be Broke after CollegeThursday, November 5--12:30-1:30 pm, CLC Room 309
Terra Ayers and Rusty Rhodes of New York Life Insurance Company will share their experiences of being oblivious to saving money while in college, and they will offer tips on how to keep from falling into the same trap. They will also share information on New York Life's
recruiting strategies for internships and careers. Sponsored by the USC Upstate Career Center.
Conspiracy of Silence: The Working Class in AmericaTuesday, November 10--6:00-7:25 pm, CLC Ballroom and surrounding meeting rooms.
Designed and presented by upper-level USC Upstate students, this event will bring together students of all ages and majors to discuss the first-year reading, Nickel and Dimed. The theme of the conference ("A Conspiracy of Silence") focuses on issues that Barbara Ehrenreich covered briefly or ignored
entirely and explores those issues in greater depth. Students pick the topics; students run the discussions. Relate to the reading in ways that are meaningful to you. Student presenters will lead conference discussion sessions on the following topics:
Dr. Celena E. Kusch, assistant professor of American literature, will coordinate this interactive event. The conference will include great refreshments, 25-minute discussion sessions with student leaders, and a 25-minute panel discussion that brings together all participants. Sponsored by Student Life.
Community Service OpportunitiesCommunity service offers an important way for you to connect class topics to the world beyond the university. Two hours of community service may count as attending a PREFACE event. Your service should be something you believe meets a need and can be
realistically performed within the limited time requried. Students working on a community service project for their University 101 class may use that service to count as credit for a PREFACE event, but the paper or written assignment required for English 101 must be completed. Your service may be on-campus or in
the community. Whatever project you choose, contact the group or organization you wish to serve to make sure you have permission to perform your service.
Small Steps: Exploring Planetwalker by Dr. John Francis
In 1971, John Francis stopped riding in motorized vehicles and
started walking. A few months later, he stopped speaking. For 22 years--17 of
them in silence--he hiked 25,000 miles across North and South America and parts
of Cuba and Antarctica. In the process he earned three college degrees,
including a Ph.D. in Land Resources.
What would prompt someone to undertake such a journey? After witnessing the devastating effects of an oil spill in San Francisco Bay, Francis made the life-altering decision to begin a pilgrimage on behalf of the environment, earth stewardship, and world peace. Planetwalker
chronicles both his geographical journey and his interior journey from youth to manhood, from wondering about the environment to his deep conviction that each of us, taking small steps, can change our lives and better our world.
Dr. John Francis, author of
Planetwalker, visit to USC UpstateWednesday, September 10All John Francis events sponsored by Student Life.
Where You AreWednesday, September 17 -
3:25-4:40 pm, CLC 317Making enormous changes in the way you live your life is
not required to start having a positive impact on the world. You can begin just
by paying a bit more attention to some of the small decisions you make every
day. How you wash your clothes or take a shower, what kind of coffee you drink,
the food you buy at the grocery store, the way you get to and from school--all
of these involve making decisions that can help or hurt the planet. Participants
will take part in a fun and thought-provoking workshop to inventory the ways in
which we can all start where we are. Dr. George Williams, assistant professor of
English, will lead this interactive program.
Global Thinking: Dinner and Discussion Wednesday, October 1 - 6:00-7:30 pm, CLC Ballroom
students will join USC Upstate faculty and staff, student leaders from Upstate
colleges, and community leaders from throughout South Carolina for dinner and
roundtable discussions concerning topics related to Planetwalker. Modeled on the
of Arts and Sciences's Evening of Great Conversation, this event brings together good food, good company, and good ideas to promote global thinking and foster new friendships across campus. No lectures, no quizzes, just great ideas shared around the dinner table. Seating is limited to 200. Pick up free tickets for the
event in HPAC 222. Sponsored by Student Life.
Topics include the following:
Authors@Upstate Visiting Writers Series: John LaneTuesday, October 28 - 4:00 pm, Stockwell Administration Building Lobby
This reading, reception, and booksigning will feature John Lane, writer, poet, and English professor at Wofford College. Lane is the author of five collections of essays and several volumes of poems and the editor of numerous anthologies. Lane’s interest in literature, place, and nature has won
him a wide reputation and critical acclaim. Of Circling Home, Alison Hawthorne Deming said, “Whether building a sustainable home with his new wife, kayaking the flooded creek with his stepsons, walking the golf course with his naturalist’s eye, or unearthing local history in conversation with his
neighbors, Lane writes with beautiful care and attention. This book makes very good company for anyone trying to live a more intentional life.” Please contact Ryan Boggs at 503-5218 (
firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan to attend. Sponsored by the university’s Office of Advancement and the Honors Program with support from the Office of Student and Diversity Affairs.
Screening: An Inconvenient TruthMonday, November 10 - 7:00 pm, Sparty's Den
Sponsored by Student Life.
Healthy Water, Healthy YouThursday, November 13 - 6:30-7:30 pm, USC Upstate Community Outreach and Education Center, 325 S. Church St. in downtown Spartanburg. Part Two of a lecture series focuses on "Water Waste: Where Does the Water Go?" The program explores the difference
between storm water and waste water systems and conservation methods to lower water bills. Sponsored by the Watershed Ecology Center.
and Humans: How Humans Impact Populations of Amphibians and ReptilesFriday, November 14 - 5:00-7:00 pm, Tukey Lecture Hall
Dr. Mike Dorcas of Davidson College will lead a
seminar about the impact of human activity on animal populations. A dinner
reception will follow. Contact Dr.
Melissa Pilgrim at 864-503-5781 for more details. Sponsored by the Natural Sciences & Engineering Seminar Series.
Student presenters will lead conference discussion sessions on
topics related to Dr. John Francis's Planetwalker, including environmental
issues, goal planning, hiking South Carolina, life journeys, and music and art
as communication. This event is
sponsored by Student Life, with support from the Executive Vice Chancellor for
Healthy Water, Healthy YouThursday,
November 20 - 6:30-7:30 pm, USC Upstate Community Outreach and Education Center,
325 S. Church St. in downtown Spartanburg. Part Three of a lecture series
focuses on "Water Crisis: What happens when we have too much or too little
water?" This program will look at natural disasters such as flooding,
hurricanes, and droughts. We will also look ahead into the future and examine
our water issues 50 years from now when half the world’s population is expected
to be without water access. Sponsored by the Watershed Ecology Center.
Great American Smoke Out/Stress Free ZoneThursday, November 20 - 10:00 am-3:00
pm, Campus Life Center 1st and 2nd floor
LobbyJohn Francis quit smoking
shortly after he started to walk instead of ride in cars. You, too, can join the
Great American Smoke Out by participating in this campus event.
First-Year Reading: Bobbie Ann Mason's In CountryTheme: Legends, Lessons, and Legacies of the Sixties In Country is the story of Samantha Hughes and her quest to confront her past and
the legacy of the 1960’s in her life. During the summer before she begins college,
Sam makes a trip to the newly dedicated Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial. She is on a
journey to understand her father, who was killed in Vietnam before she was born,
as well as to discover who she is. Sam’s need to deal with the controversies of
war and its impact on soldiers, the families they leave behind, and the country
they serve makes In
meaningful book for today.
It is an especially appropriate study this fall as USC Upstate
celebrates its 40th Anniversary and its founding in the 1967—68 school
year. Events in the PREFACE series will help us make connections between life in
the 60’s—the music and fashion, the social movements, the war—and our lives
today. Click here for
news release about PREFACE Program Photo Contest Winners. Events:
Murder MysteryThursday, September 13 - 6:00 pm, CLC BallroomRemember the groovy 60s as you watch your professors enact a 60s murder
mystery. It's hippies v. the establishment in this fun, interactive event.
Seating is limited to 200. Pick up free tickets for the dinner and show in HPAC
222. Sponsored by Student Life.
Film Screening: I Was a Teenage
FeministThursday, September 13 - 7:00 pm, HPAC
120Explore issues of gender and feminism "Then and Now" in the Upstate
Feminists "Fall for the New 'F' Word" film series screening of I Was a
Teenage Feminist. This documentary asks what happened to the powerful
political movement that sparked passionate response and social revolution 40
years ago. Why did feminism become a bad word? Why do many young, independent
progressive women in today's society feel uncomfortable identifying with the
"New 'F' Word"? Filmmaker Therese Shechter takes a funny, moving, and very
personal journey into the heart of Feminism from her involvement as a teenage
nearly 40 years ago to the threshold of the 21st century. She questions whether
the goals of an earlier generation have been accomplished or whether feminism's
opponents appropriated and denigrated the movement beyond all recognition. Armed
with a video camera and an irreverent sense of humor, Therese talks with
feminist icons and superstars of the early movement and today's rowdy frat boys,
liberated Cosmo girls, and Radical Cheerleaders, all in her quest to find out
whether feminism can still be a source of personal and political power.
Sponsored by the Center for Women's and Gender Studies and Upstate
International Day of PeaceFriday, September 21 - noon, CLC BallroomOn this International
Day of Peace we will gather to reflect upon past and present wars and to call
for peace. Dr. George Williams, assistant professor of English, will lead this
program to remember those lost in war and to honor those who seek peace,
justice, and tolerance.
a Prize-Winning PhotoTuesday, September 25 - 4:00 pm, HPAC 120HarperCollins, the publisher of In Country, is sponsoring a photo contest exclusively for USC Upstate first-year students. Students
submit photos of life at the University featuring the cover of the novel.
Capture yourself or your friends reading the novel while engaging in USC Upstate
activities. Winning photos earn prizes of $500, $250, and $100 and could be
featured in the HarperCollins Books for the First-Year Experience
catalog. Art instructor Judy Battaglia will offer strategies for creating and
capturing a prize-winning shot.
SignalsTuesday and Wednesday, September 25 and 26 - 7:00 pm, CLC
BallroomIn 1967, the Summer of Love marked for many the high point of
hippie culture--a time when uninhibited young people flocked to free-spirited
San Francisco to protest the war and enjoy the "free love" of the sexual
revolution. Today we're more aware of the risks and often the high price of
intimacy, and we recognize the need for thoughtful, accountable intimate
behavior. Sex Signals combines improvisational comedy and audience
participation in a 75-minute two-person play about date rape. Sponsored by the
Division of Student and Diversity Affairs.
Rock and Roll HistoryMonday, October 1 - 7:00 pm, CLC BallroomIn the 60s, the political turmoil, the social upheaval, the hippie movement,
the Vietnam War and the generation gap were all reflected in the music of the
day. Barry Drake hosts a tour of one of the most exciting decades in America's
music history. Sponsored by CAB.
Screening: The GraduateTuesday, October
16 - 6:00 pm, Tukey TheatreDr. Peter Caster, assistant professor of
English, will lead a screening and discussion of this 1967 award-winning film.
Dustin Hoffman stars as Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate who is
seduced by an older woman and then falls in love with her daughter. Sponsored by
the USC Upstate 40th Anniversary Celebration.
Bobbie Ann Mason, author of In Country,
visit to USC UpstateWednesday, October 17
All Bobbie Ann
Mason events sponsored by Student Life.
Then and Now
Panel I: WarMonday, October 22 - 3:30 pm, CLC BallroomDr.
York Bradshaw, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will moderate this
interactive panel discussion. Led by Dr. Rob McCormick, assistant professor of
history, a panel of students, faculty, and members of the community from the 60s
and today will discuss their experiences and insights into Vietnam and
HalloweenWednesday, October 31Dress as a 60s Flower Child
or come as a member of the establishment and join us for fun events across the
campus. Sponsored by the USC Upstate 40th Anniversary Celebration.
Then and Now Panel II: Women's IssuesMonday, November 5 - 3:30 pm, CLC BallroomDr. York Bradshaw, Dean of the
College of Arts and Sciences, will moderate this interactive panel discussion.
Led by Dr. Lisa Johnson, director of the Center for Women's and Gender Studies,
a panel of students, faculty, and members of the community from the 60s and
today will discuss gender issues that shaped society then and influence us
Film Screening: Cool
Hand LukeTuesday, November
13 - 6:00 pm, Tukey TheatreDr. Peter Caster, assistant professor of
English, will lead a screening and discussion of this 1967 award-winning film.
Paul Newman won an Academy Award for his portrayal of a prisoner in a Florida
chain gang who refuses to conform and submit to the system. Sponsored by the USC
Upstate 40th Anniversary Celebration.
Student-Led ConferenceThursday, November 15 - 6:00 pm-7:45 pm
(dinner included), CLC BallroomStudents shaped the 1960s, now today's
students will shape our first-year reading program. Coordinated by senior
Secondary Education-English major, Anthony DeClue, this event will bring
together students of all ages and majors to discuss the first-year reading
program novel, In Country. The conference will include dinner,
discussion sessions, and a panel discussion.
Student presenters will lead conference discussion sessions on
topics related to Bobbie Ann Mason's In Country, including gender
issues, political activism and protest movements, war, the civil rights
movement, and music. Student presenters include the
Then and Now Panel III: Civil
RightsTuesday, February 5 - 3:30 pm, CLC BallroomDr. York
Bradshaw, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will moderate this
interactive panel discussion. Led by Dr. Warren Carson, professor of English and
chair of the Department of Languages, Literature, and Composition, a panel of
students, faculty, and members of the community from the 60s and today will
discuss the racial issues that shaped society then and define us
Film Screening: Guess Who's Coming to DinnerTuesday, February 19 - 6:00 pm,
Tukey TheatreDr. Warren Carson, professor of English and chair of the
Department of Languages, Literature, and Composition, will lead a screening and
discussion of this 1967 award-winning film. The groundbreaking story deals with
the controversial subject of interracial marriage which historically had been
illegal in most of the United States and was still illegal in 17 states in 1967.
Sponsored by the USC Upstate 40th Anniversary Celebration.
Author Lecture, Reception, and
Book Signing: Sarah ColtonThursday,
March 6 - Location TBA4:00 – 5:00
pm, Author Lecture5:00 – 6:30 pm, Reception and
Book SigningTilt 68, is
the story of Louisa Ellington, an 18-year-old freshman at a Southern women's
college in the late sixties, a time when an entire generation experienced the
momentum of social revolution. The story of Louisa’s personal quest for freedom
unfolds against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, the
sudden and widespread availability of the pill, and the arrival of drugs on
college campuses. Published in May 2007, the novel has received five-star
reviews from Amazon readers and praise from Kirkus Reviews which calls
it “an enthusiastic, exuberantly chatty coming-of-age novel.”Sponsored by
the Chancellor’s Office
Screening: Good Morning, VietnamTuesday, March 18 - 6:00 pm, Tukey TheatreDr. Ray
Merlock, professor of journalism and mass communication and director of the
Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, will lead a screening and discussion of
this film set during the Vietnam War. Robin Williams plays Adrian Cronauer, a
disc jockey on Armed Forces Radio Saigon who proves incredibly popular with the
troops serving in South Vietnam, but who infuriates his superiors with what they
call his "irreverent tendency." Sponsored by the USC Upstate 50th Anniversary
Traveling Vietnam Veterans MemorialThursday-Sunday, April 17-20 - all day, Upper QuadThis half-scale
replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., known as The Wall
that Heals, allows many thousands of veterans and others to "face the wall" in
their own communities. The Wall that Heals features a Traveling Museum which
chronicles the Vietnam War era and the unique healing power of the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial as well as an Information Center which serves as a site for
people to learn about friends and loved ones who died in Vietnam. Sponsored by
the USC Upstate 40th Anniversary Celebration.
Film Screening: Romeo and
JulietTuesday, April 22 - 6:00 pm, Tukey TheatreDr.
Cathy Canino, associate professor of English, will lead a screening and
discussion of this 1960s film adaptation of Shakespeare's classic drama of
ill-fated love. Known for its visual beauty, the film was directed by Franco
Zeffirelli and won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Costume
Design. Sponsored by the USC Upstate 40th Anniversary Celebration.
First-Year Reading: Julie Otsuka's When the Emperor Was Divine
Events:Diversity YOUniversity Wednesday, September 6- 3-5 pm, CLC Ballroom“We may have all come on
different ships, but we're in the same boat now.”--Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr.Greg Blake is nationally-known as a “live wire,” a
magnetic trainer and speaker whose mission is to encourage people to get to know
and respect others from different backgrounds. His interactive session will
encourage all of us to go beyond appearance and fear of difference to establish
a true university community. Sponsored by Staff Council
USC Upstate USO ShowThursday,
September 14- 6 pm, CLC BallroomPrompted by patriotism, many of the
brightest stars of theater and film performed in USO shows before audiences in
uniform. They were a welcome respite for the U.S. forces and a reminder, in Bob
Hope's words, "of what they were fighting for." Members of the USC Upstate
faculty, prompted by a desire to welcome you to the University and to offer a
respite from the usual university routine, will recreate the USO show and
canteen experiences of the World War II era. Kilroy will be there and so should
you! Hosted by the English Faculty and Sponsored by Student Life.
Ethics in Action: Actively
Creating a Just and Civil SocietyThursday, September 19- 3 pm,
Nursing AuditoriumDo we want to live in a world in which people go hungry,
are homeless, or are imprisoned because of race? The internment of Japanese
Americans during World War II and many conditions in the world today are
striking examples of social injustice. But creating a civil society requires
more than our recognition of injustice; it requires our action. Dr. Theresa
Ricke-Kiely, Director of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, and Dr. Ron
Romine, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, will lead a discussion
exploring how individual actions can shape a civil society, and USC Upstate
students involved in community service projects will explain the impact of their
work. Workshop participants will learn about projects that offer hands-on
opportunities to help balance the scale of social justice.
Film Screening: Snow Falling
on Cedars with Celia Weston, Award-winning ActressWednesday,
September 20- 6 pm, Sparty's Den, Palmetto HouseSpartanburg native Celia
Weston has earned the respect of both film and stage audiences for her many
touching, believable portrayals of women, be they down home or aristocratic. She
first attracted attention as Jolene, slinging hash and one-liners in Mel’s Diner
in the TV sitcom Alice and has received critical and popular acclaim
for her roles in theatre and film. She has played pivotal roles in films as
diverse as The Talented Mr. Ripley, M. Night Shymalan’s The
Village, and Junebug. Her specific connection to our PREFACE
series is her portrayal of the grief-stricken, prejudiced mother in Snow
Falling on Cedars, a story of forbidden interracial love and murder in a
town torn apart by the internment of the Japanese Americans. Ms. Weston will
conduct a question and answer session and will attend the screening of the film
hosted by Dr. Peter Caster, Assistant Professor of English. Sponsored by Student
the Box: An Art Creativity ChallengeMonday, September 25- 4 pm,
URC Great RoomDr. Marylou Hightower, Assistant Professor of Art Education,
will lead a creative workshop. Show off your creative talents! Inspire others
through your art! For this event, your challenge will be to solve a surprise
problem based on When the Emperor Was Divine. A box of materials will
be provided for you to use to create a piece of art based on the book. You can
bring your own group of four or come solo and join a group. Prizes will be
Superman Goes to War:Truth, Justice, and the
American Way?Monday, October 2- 5 pm, Sparty's Den, Palmetto
HouseDr. Cathy Canino, Associate Professor of English, will lead a
workshop on propaganda. Propagandists love short-cuts – particularly those which
short-circuit rational thought. By playing on emotions, exploiting insecurities,
and bending the rules of logic, they can shape the way we think and act. As
history shows, they can be quite successful. Dr. Canino’s analysis of World War
II cartoons, posters, and images in film will expose the tricks that
propagandists used and discuss their effects.
News, PropagandaWednesday, October 4- 6 pm, Sparty's Den,
Palmetto HouseBefore television, the movie theater provided audiences not
only with the feature; but with cartoons, newsreels, and other short films as
well. Many of these focused on the Japanese and German fronts during World War
II, and we will watch an assortment of them: the U.S. government’s official
documentary Why We Fight, directed by Frank Capra, who would later make
It’s a Wonderful Life; a documentary of life for Japanese children in
1941; several defenses of Japanese internment; newsreel footage of the jungle
war in Burma and the bombing of Japan; and more. Dr. Peter Caster, Assistant
Professor of English, and Dr. Rob McCormick, Assistant Professor of
History, will discuss how these short films “tell” history. Sponsored by
OppressionTuesday, October 10- all day, CLC 3rd FloorThe
Tunnel of Oppression presents the realities of oppression in an interactive,
walk-through museum experience. Each room will present a multi-sensory view that
will both educate and challenge us to think about our roles in various types of
oppression. The experience attempts to break down a barrier that divides those
who do not understand oppression and those who live it. Sponsored by Student
Otsuka, author of When the Emperor Was Divine, visit to USC UpstateWednesday, October 11
Sponsored by Student
Between the United States and Japan: An Elvis Impersonator in a
Camry?Tuesday, October 24- 4 pm, CLC 317Dr. Darrell Parker,
Dean of the School of Business Administration, will discuss current issues in
economic relations between Japan and the United States. Traditional goods and
services are only a part of the exchange between these nations. After all, when
the Prime Minister of Japan does an Elvis impersonation, it's clear
evidence that U.S. exports go beyond traditional manufacturing goods; and the
popularity of anime in the U.S. indicates that Americans want more than cars and
CD players from Japan. Dr. Parker provides an economic perspective for
considering both the pressures and the benefits of trade between America and
The Legacy of Trauma: Mental Health Issues Affecting
SurvivorsThursday, November 2- 3:30 pm, Nursing 101Imagine
government officials detaining you for four to five years in a camp where
freedom is nonexistent. This is the same country that prided itself in welcoming
immigrants and sharing its freedoms – the United States of America. How is the
mental health of these survivors of trauma affected and what lasting effects may
occur for future generations of Japanese Americans? Helen West, RN, MSN, and Pat
Clary, MN, will discuss these mental health issues and their relevance
Screening: Fog of WarWednesday, November 8-6 pm,
Sparty's Den, Palmetto HouseErrol Morris refers to his film as a
20th century fable that looks at “history from the inside out.” It
examines issues of war and peace through the lens of Robert McNamara, former
Secretary of Defense for presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Dr. Peter Caster,
Assistant Professor of English, will screen the section of the film in which
McNamara discusses his World War II service in the logistical branch of the
armed services coordinating the bombing of Japan. McNamara raises deep moral
questions about winning the war against Japan by any means necessary. He asks:
“In order to win a war, is a nation justified in killing 100,000 civilians in
one night?” Sponsored by CAB.
Our History Our Destiny: Student-Led Conference with DinnerMonday, November 13-6 pm, CLC BallroomWhat kind of world do we want to
create? The keynote address by Dr. Warren Carson, Chair of the Department of
Languages, Literature, and Composition, and student-led conference sessions will
examine the history of the World War II era, the internment of Japanese
Americans, and their relevance today. The conference will reflect the goal of
the study of When the Emperor Was Divine and the entire PREFACE series:
not to determine what is “right,” but rather to discuss how a deeper
understanding of the events can inform the way we make personal decisions and
influence public policy today. The event is free, but tickets are
required. Tickets can be picked up in HPAC 222.
Sponsored by Student Affairs.
of PeaceThursday, December 7-Noon, CLC Ballroom and ArboretumOn December 7, 1941, the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was a defining moment
in history. On this Pearl Harbor Day, we will gather to remember a time of war
and to call for peace. The program will begin in CLC with a dedication of the
paper cranes folded by members of the USC Upstate community before they are sent
to the Children's Peace Monument in Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan.
Afterwards, the group will move to the arboretum where a tree will be planted to
remember those lost in war and to honor those who seek peace, justice, and
tolerance. Sponsored by the Center for Student Success.
Japanese “Mini Cultural Events,” including sushi making and calligraphy classes. Sponsored by Student Life.
First-Year Reading: Ron Rash's One Foot in
Done It? A Murder Mystery GameTuesday, September 13- 7 pm, CLC
BallroomPlan to attend Big Daddy Sugarbaker’s birthday
party – it may be his last! Big Daddy made his fortune selling the Southern
Bell Containment Girdle and other products necessary to uphold the genteel
lifestyle; but his worthless, crazy kin may want to speed up his death so they
can reap the rewards of his keen business sense. Join for a grits buffet, a big
birthday cake, and lots of laughs as we solve murders and make friends. Directed by Rich Robinson, Assistant Professor of Theatre Design/Technology. Hosted by the English faculty.
Infertility and IdentityThursday, September 22- 3:30-4:30 pm, CLC 319
Driven by a personal longing and the shame of not fulfilling her destiny as a woman, One
Foot in Eden‘s Amy Holcombe declares she will “do any or everything to get a baby” – and she does. But creating that life sets a tragedy in motion and leads to death, guilt, and secrets. Why would a woman make such a choice? The inability to conceive and/or bear a child challenges a person’s self-image,
sexuality, and hopes for the future. Associate Vice Chancellor Cindy Jennings will speak from her own experience and discuss the social and personal issues surrounding infertility.
Appalachian VoicesThursday, September 29- 3:30-4:30 pm, CLC 317
Y'uns stop by for a spell an' I reckon we can do some jawin' 'bout mountain talk. In this workshop, Dr. David Marlow, Assistant Professor of English, will lead a discussion on the origins and distinctive features of Appalachian English. He’ll present examples
from live and taped sources and discuss the place and value of dialects as a whole in today's society. Audience participation is welcome. So do come an' bring your kin!
Film Screening: The True Meaning of
PicturesThursday, September 29- 5:45-7:00 pm, HPAC 120
Dr. Peter Caster, Assistant Professor of English, will lead a film screening and discussion. Canadian filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal’s The True Meaning of
Pictures explores the work of controversial photographer Shelby Lee Adams. A native of Eastern Kentucky, Adams has devoted thirty years of his life to visiting and making portraits of families living in Appalachia. Do his photographs respectfully capture the experience of the people of Appalachia or
does Adams’ work perpetuate negative stereotypes? As the film examines Adams and his art, it makes us question what we say and do and think about “others.”
The Scene of the Crime: Hike to Whitewater
FallsSaturday, October 1- 8:30 am, HPAC 120
Get on the bus and head up to where it all happened. The trip will include a stop at the Bad Creek Pump Storage Facility to examine the environmental impact of dam construction, a hike to view Whitewater Falls and observe many of the plants mentioned in One Foot in Eden, and a visit to a rustic store. Led by
Dr. Gill Newberry, Professor of Biology. Sponsored by the Center for Student Success.
Ron Rash, author of One Foot in Eden, visit
to USC UpstateThursday, October 6
All Ron Rash Events Sponsored by CAB.
The Blue Ridge and Their Peoples: The Interplay of a Land and Its
InhabitantsMonday, October 10- 3:30-4:30 pm, CLC 319
Dr. Lyle Campbell, Professor of Geology, studies Appalachian geography and geology in his academic research; as a personal study, he is completing a book on the history, culture, and oral history of his family’s Blue Ridge roots. He will discuss some of the basic geologic and human history of our mountains and
explore how a place and the people who live there both define and reflect each other.
Collecting Treasures of Folk Art with their Oral
HistoryWednesday, October 19-4-5 pm, HPAC 120
Is there a treasure in your attic? Even if your great grandmother’s quilt or your uncle’s walking cane has little monetary value, the stories these objects hold make them priceless. Dr. Mary Lou Hightower, Assistant Professor of Art Education, will discuss the art of collecting family stories, and her students
will share oral histories they have collected and preserved interviewing folk artists in the upstate.
Moonshine Run, 5K Run/WalkWednesday, October 19-7 pm, TBA
Sponsored by Alcohol and Drug Education Program, Office of Student Life.
Cracking the CaseWednesday, October 26-3:30-4:30 pm, CLC 317
Even though Sheriff Will Alexander is a clever, logical investigator, he can’t prove what his gut knows. Would modern methods of solving crimes have helped him prove Billy Holcombe guilty? Dr. Diane Daane, Professor of Criminal Justice, will reveal
how technology and other advances help detectives solve crimes today. Even if you haven’t finished One Foot in Eden, you’ll be fascinated by how cases are cracked in the CSI era.
RoshomonWednesday, October 26-5-7:30 pm, HPAC 120
Dr. Peter Caster, Assistant Professor of English, will lead a screening and discussion. A man’s body is found in the forest. The story of how it happened is told from the perspectives of a woman, her husband, and others involved in the murder. Sound familiar? Roshomon, Japanese director Akira Kirosawa’s
film of murder, crime, sex, and relationships, parallels the story and structure of Ron Rash’s One Foot in Eden. Reconstructing this crime leads to an understanding of more than just who committed the murder.
River, Drown the LandTuesday, November 1-3:30-4:30 pm, CLC 319
Rivers are alive. To understand, take a few steps to a nearby stream or just close your eyes to visualize it. The play of light and sound, the colors of the water, and the textures at the water’s edge all tell us something of the water-land relationship. Dams change that dynamic. Dr. Chip Green, Professor
of Geology, will lead a workshop to help us understand how.
Aspects of Appalachia: Student-Led Conference with luncheonMonday, November 7-11:30 am-2 pm, CLC Ballroom
Student-led conference features luncheon and keynote address by George Brosi, Appalachian scholar and editor of Appalachian Heritage. Student-led sessions will begin at 12:45 pm. Hosted by LLC. Sponsored by the Center for Student Success
and Multicultural Affairs.
Dr. Peter CasterDepartment Chair
Dr. Monika ShehiPreface Coordinator
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