Jonathan Green, Artist, Cox Gallery of the Avery Research Center, 12-1:15 pm.
Jonathan Green discusses his art exhibition featured in the Avery Research Center’s Cox Gallery from August 29 – December 15, 2013. Unenslaved: Rice Culture Paintings by Jonathan Green is a body of work inspired by Lowcountry Rice Culture and Green’s involvement with The Lowcountry Rice Culture Project. (http://www.lowcountryriceculture.org/)
The College of Charleston on Saturday recognized its first African-American graduate at a dedication ceremony for the Eddie Ganaway Diversity Education and Resource Center.
Friends, family and college officials gathered to mark the re-naming of the center in Ganaway’s honor.
Ganaway, a 1971 graduate of the college, helped jump-start its diversity efforts, said President George Benson.
Benson said the school is more diverse but it is not yet where it needs to be. “We will get there,” he said.
DERC, which opened in 2010, is devoted to promoting and advancing domestic and global diversity. It offers a wide range of books, journals, videos, recordings and global cultural artifacts that focus on racial, ethnic, social, cultural and religious diversity.
Ganaway left a legacy of faith, hope and love, said Demetria Clemons, a member of the college board of trustees. “He was a humble, spiritual man,” she said.
Ganaway’s achievements show what one committed person can do, said Dr. Lucille Whipper.
“Love to Eddie Ganaway was not just a word, but it was a word with action,” Whipper said.
Ganaway grew up in Charleston Heights and graduated from Bonds Wilson High School in 1962. He attended Benedict College, but a lack of funds led him to enlist in the U.S. Navy where he served as a medic in Vietnam for four years. After his discharge, Ganaway contacted the college admissions office and was encourage to apply. He was admitted in 1968.
“Despite the relative isolation he experienced as one of the few black students on campus, Ganaway came to see the college experience as deeply enriching and rewarding,” according to the college media relations office.
He went on to earn a master’s degree in history from Duke University. He taught at Illinois State University and South Carolina State University. He enjoyed a long career in academia and the insurance industry.
Ganaway, who died Jan. 13, founded the College of Charleston’s first Black Alumni Caucus. In 2007, he was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters from his alma mater. He credited the college with awakening him to “this tremblingly wonderful sense of possibility we all have as human beings.”
Today: November 20, 2013 Time: 3:30 Location: Robert Scott Small Building, Room 250 Sponsor: Office of Institutional Diversity
Ethnic Notions is Marlon Riggs’ Emmy-winning documentary that takes viewers on a disturbing voyage through American history, tracing for the first time the deep-rooted stereotypes which have fueled anti-black prejudice. Through these images we can begin to understand the evolution of racial consciousness in America. (Source: IMDB)
Phil Scher, University of Oregon, Avery Research Center, McKinley Washington Auditorium, 6:00 pm.
Dr. Phil Scher presents his research on the politics of heritage and cultural identity in Barbados. In early March of the year 2000, a very public debate erupted across Barbados’ national newspapers regarding the identity of a designated Barbadian national hero: Bussa. The issue of who Bussa was, was embedded in a more controversial inquiry: Did Bussa play a significant leadership role in Barbados’ most important and signal slave uprising in 1816? What was and is at stake in such debates is, of course, much more than historical accuracy, however that might be interpreted. The debate in question represents only a part of a much larger field of historical production — the effects of which are felt broadly in a society whose feelings about history itself are notoriously complex. This talk is about not only the contestation of a particular historical narrative, but the effect such narratives have beyond the academy to the construction of a post-colonial nationalist mythos of origins with its attendant political priorities.