Reba Parker: Sociology and Anthropology Adjunct Listed As One of Charlie Magazine’s Most Progressive

Original post and full article found on the sociology and anthropology department blog.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is extremely fortunate to have Reba Parker, one of Charlie Magazine’s 2013 Fifty Most Progressive, as an adjunct faculty member.  The following article is from Charlie Magazine’s 2013 Fifty Most Progressive issue.

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Photo by: Karson Photography

“The first thing you notice when you walk into Reba Parker’s office at the College of Charleston is the photographs: huge sepia prints of people you know – Linda Ketner, Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Cyrus Buffum, the Folly Beach roots-rock band Dangermuffin­ – holding signs with personal messages of peace.” – Jason A. Zwiker

Read the full article here.


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Fiction Reading by Alumnus Jon Sealy ’05

Tuesday, March 25: Fiction Reading by Alumnus Jon Sealy ’05
7:30 PM in Randolph, Alumni Memorial Auditorium; Book signing & reception to follow.


Jon Sealy
Photo by Eva Russo

Jon Sealy’s stories have been published in numerous literary journals and magazines, including The South Carolina Review, The Normal School, PANK, and The Sun. His story “Issaqueena” won the 2012 fiction contest at Still. A native of upstate South Carolina, he has a bachelor’s degree in English from the College of Charleston and an MFA in fiction writing from Purdue University. He currently lives in Richmond, Virginia. The Whiskey Baron is his first novel.

The French rights have been purchased by Albin Michel.

“A near flawless effort from a writer to watch.” — Kirkus, starred review

“(An) atmospheric and top-of-the-line debut novel … Sealy’s impressive country noir, which follows in the tradition of such leading practitioners as Daniel Woodrell and Donald Ray Pollock, serves notice of a promising new voice.”

—Publishers Weekly

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CofC Faculty Colloquium Receives Recognition From Columbia and Yale


Dr. Richard Bodek, FLASC director

Richard Bodek, Professor of History and the Coordinator of the Faculty Liberal Arts and Sciences Colloquium (FLASC), and Quinn Burke, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education, were awarded one of only 15 spots in this summer’s Association for Core Texts and Courses seminar. “Tradition and Innovation” is the title of the seminar that will be held at Columbia University and Yale University. This program will be funded by the Teagle Foundation and the Bradley Foundation.

Among other participating universities are American University of Iraq – Sulemani, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Leuphana Universitaet Lueneberg, Xiamen University, Boston University, Universidad de Navarra (in Madrid, Spain), and Beijing Institute of Technology. According to Bodek:

“The acceptance into the Summer Seminar is testament to the great work being done in the teaching of the Liberal Arts and Sciences at the College, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, and the First Year Experience. Participation in this institute will help the College to deepen and expand its already strong program in the Core Curriculum. It will also enhance the work of the FLASC and First Year Experience Programs.”

Bodek and Burke are looking forward to the international discussions about core texts and their central role in contemporary education.  

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Studying Abroad in London by Kristin Brig


Road going down to the Royal Avenue in Bath

As I sit on my bed, looking out the window at red double-decker buses passing by and having just come back from an illuminating discussion with one of my British professors on Jane Austen’s clergy, I can’t think of one good way to sum up how great my experience here in London has been and how I can thank the people who helped me get here. I lived on St. Philip’s Street in Charleston last term, but living on Gower Street in London has a different tone completely. When I hear drunken students go by at night, they have British, Indian, Italian, French accents. When I walk out the door of my flat, I smell curry and fish ‘n’ chips mixed together while looking up at the white-stone anatomy building that is both modern and nineteenth-century at the same time.

Anyone who tells you that Britain is not a different culture is fooling you, especially concerning London.

I am a history major at the College of Charleston who is minoring in British Studies, so London seems an obvious choice in which to study abroad. When I realized that affiliate programs existed outside of merely College of Charleston programs, though, I felt a little overwhelmed by the numerous universities vying for my attention.


Inside Canterbury Cathedral

But you know what’s great about the College of Charleston? Our college is small enough to have close professor-student interaction, and that interaction ended up being one of the most important factors in my choosing to study at University College London for this term, Spring 2014. Because of our small-college feel, I had the opportunity to do an independent study on class-consciousness and the Victorian working class with Dr. Jacob Steere-Williams, who would take time at the end of each session to teach me a little bit about London and British culture. Other professors in the British studies department instructed me in British culture as well, jumping to give me places to visit in Britain and advising in the best places to go in London.


London Bridge

As I said, it’s difficult to sum up my amazing experience here in London. I’ve met so many people from different cultures, visited so many places, and learned so much from my lectures at university that one blog post simply won’t cut it. It goes beyond what we see on the BBC and what we get from movies and books. It’s being right at the bottom of Elizabeth Tower and looking up at Big Ben in real life, riding the Tube while listening your favorite British artist on your iPod, visiting the tomb of Anne Boleyn in the Tower of London. That’s what studying abroad is about, after all: experiencing different cultures face-to-face and breaking free of the hum-drum of American university life for a bit. Spend five months studying abroad, and you’ll understand how great it is.


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The Spring 2014 E-Newsletter

14_hss_spring_newsletterGreetings and welcome to the latest edition of 2 Green Way, the HSS Newsletter! This issue highlights some of our spectacular alumni and how they have made a name for themselves in their respected fields. We also share stories that show the impact donations to the Dean’s fund have on our faculty and students. We feature noteworthy events that brought nationally recognized professionals to campus and we highlight upcoming events in hopes that you will join us.

We take pride in the fact that HSS is the core of the College’s liberal arts tradition and mission. Thanks to our outstanding alumni, students and faculty, it makes it easy to show-off the great things we do and demonstrates just how essential our HSS programs are to a liberal arts education. I hope you enjoy our spring issue.

Warm regards,
Dr. Jerold L. Hale
Dean, School of Humanities & Social Sciences

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