Your 2015 HSS Summer In Review

11263963_10153346247184182_420881709113547735_nAs the spring semester winded down, we encouraged our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends to post pictures of their summer adventures to social media with the tag #HSSsummer. Picture were taken inside and outside of the classroom, near and far, to various social media sites. Here are some of your posts.

Religious studies class, Introduction to World Religions, went to the construction of a Tibetan sand mandala at the College’s Addlestone Library.


A study abroad student documents her trip to the Czech Republic. 


Celebrating Dean Hale’s birthday! How will we top it next year?


Students studied creative writing in Spoleto, Italy, this past summer. The picture below is of students at an Italian vineyard.


Political science major Ryan Spraker visits the White House for the Presidential Leadership Summit. 


Hollis France’s political science capstone class out at Swimming Rock Fish and Shrimp Farm in Meggett, SC, to learn about the declining shrimping industry due to cheap global imports. 


Communication’s Bully Pulpit Experience capstone class registering youth voters.


Prof. Jen Wilhelm’s study abroad course in Cambodia spent a week with “the locals.”


History prof. Jacob Steere-Williams’ “Epidemics and Revolutions” class on a walking tour to highlight the history of disease, medicine, and public health local to Charleston. 


Social Psychology class reviewing for their first exam by playing Pictionary.


Women’s and Gender Studies major Emily Trent interning for Senator Tim Scott.


The Director of Urban Studies at summer orientation.


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Welcome Our Newest Faculty of the 2015-16 Year

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences’  newest faculty will be joining over 170 of their HSS colleagues in various home departments across campus. Please join us in welcoming them to campus!


Adam Domby, Assistant Professor

Adam Domby

Rachel Donaldson, Assistant Professor

Rachel Donaldson

Rebecca Shumway, Assistant Professor

Rebecca Shumway

Political Science

Karyn Amira, Assistant Professor

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Jennifer Bestman, Visiting Adjunct Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Research Scientist

Jennifer Bestman

Grace Hubel, Assistant Professor

Grace Hubel

Religious Studies

Matthew Cressler


Sociology and Anthropology

Allison Foley, Visiting Assistant Professor

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Sarah Hatteberg, Assistant Professor

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Do This, Not That! A Professor’s Guide to Surviving College


DO experience new things. If you’re comfortable, if things feel easy, if you think you have it all figured out… you’re doing it wrong! Four years goes by quickly and, trust me on this, and you’ll regret not doing new and unique things when you had the chance. Attend an academic lecture. Join a club or organization. Sign up for an interesting class even if it doesn’t count for your major.

DO stop by your professor’s office. If you’re confused about the class material, talk to him or her about it. Even if you’re not lost, get to know your professors outside of class. If you come by, you’ll be more than just another name on the class roster.

DO work on research. It could be as simple as helping a professor collect data for a project (we love it when students take an interest in our research). It could also be a semester long research paper on a topic of your choosing. Whatever the project, rather than reading your textbook, find the answers on your own!

DO exercise. Granted, exercise is hard and you only have so much time in the day. But research has shown that exercise not only improves your mood, but it improves your grade as well (which, you know, further improves your mood).

DO enjoy yourself. Go to parties, go to sporting events, hang out with friends. College should be one of the most enjoyable times of your life. And you know what, that’s ok.

DO be organized. Yes, that’s easier said than done. But you really do need to work ahead in classes and study daily. How can you avoid procrastination? Make a schedule where you go to the library and study for 2 hours (minimum) each day. Have a mindset where you never, ever, deviate from that routine. I often tell students college is hard but straightforward; it comes down to the number of hours your butt is a chair studying.

DON’T close your door. Ok, maybe you’ll need to close it occasionally. But don’t hide in your room. An open door says “I want to meet new people,” and meeting new people is one of the most rewarding experiences in college. It’s not all about the memories, either. A single person can change your life.

DON’T be silent in class. First, public speaking is an important skill. And it can be terrifying. Speaking in class is a low cost way to improve this important skill. Second, speaking in class is a great way for a professor to get to know you. Going to your professor’s office, speaking in class, and doing well in the course will net you a nice recommendation letter when you apply to law school/graduate school/internships/jobs.

DON’T worry about having all the answers. Pro tip: If you think you have all the answers, no matter what your age, you’re almost certainly wrong. Sign up for an unusual class. Keep an open mind about majors and minors. Consider various career paths. College isn’t for the close minded.

DON’T forget your family. Exercise is great for your personal well-being. An email or phone call to your mom and dad (or any family member) is good for their well-being (and yours).

DON’T enjoy yourself… too much. Everything in life needs to be in moderation. How much is too much? Here are a few signs: Are you sleeping in and missing class? Are you getting “Cs” (or worse)? If you answered yes, spend more time in the library.

DON’T ask “is this going to be on the exam.” It signals that you don’t care about the class. From a professor to a student: Don’t be that student. Be professional. Believe me, it matters.

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Summer Class Highlight’s Charleston’s History of Disease, Medicine, and Public Health

This summer, Department of History Assistant Professor Jacob Steere-Williams took his “Epidemics and Revolutions” class on a walking tour to highlight several aspects of the history of disease, medicine, and public health local to Charleston. Some of the places they visited include the original 19th c. sites of Roper Hospital and the Medical College of South Carolina, the Unitarian and Circular Congregational Churches, and the residences of several important Charleston physicians, such as David Ramsay and John Lining.

Marine Hospital pic

History class on a walking tour of Charleston

The picture here is in front of the controversial Marine Hospital, designed by the famed architect Robert Mills, and federally-funded by the Marine Hospital Fund. Not only did the Hospital serve as the major center for treating yellow fever patients in mid 19th century Charleston, but after the Civil War it was used as a free school for African American children, and later as an orphanage. Today, the Charleston Housing Authority resides in the building.

Learn more about Dr. Steere-Williams’ research interests and classes taught here.

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Film Studies Professor Researches Jimmy Stewart at Motion Picture Library

The Margaret Herrick Library is home to a collection of historical motion picture items visited by scholars and industry professionals, as well as the general public. Among the library’s collection are items, such as books, photographs, scripts, and production records. Colleen Glenn, film studies professor in the Department of English, traveled to Beverly Hills, California, to visit the collection for research on one of Hollywood’s most timeless actors — Jimmy Stewart. Although most of us remember Stewart as the lovable character he plays in the film, It’s a Wonderful Life, Colleen’s research sheds light on the darker roles Stewart played in the post-WWII period; this includes showing how It’s a Wonderful Life is much more troubling than we may remember.

Can you tell us more about your research?

“I am working on a project on Jimmy Stewart that reconsiders the actor and war hero as a star persona who negotiated cultural anxieties related to combat fatigue and traumatized veterans. Prior to WWII, Jimmy Stewart was generally cast as the earnest, genial boy-next-door in movies like The Philadelphia Story (1940) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). After the war, however, his roles became increasingly darker and psychologically complex. Ranging from It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) to The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Stewart plays neurotic, guilt-ridden, distraught, and often, traumatized, men. This includes the films Stewart made with Alfred Hitchcock, Rear Window (1954), The Man who Knew Too Much (1956), and Vertigo (1958), where his behavior is particularly disturbing. While others have noted Stewart’s transformation in the fifties, my project makes a connection between these well-known films and the postwar moment, in which millions of returning veterans—and civilians on the home front—struggled to readjust to “normal” after the war.”

Glenn at Library

The Margaret Herrick Library

What was the Library like? What was your experience there?

“The Margaret Herrick Library is impressive. It’s in Beverly Hills, and it contains an incredible amount of material on the Hollywood movie industry—the films, the people who made them and starred in them. Last summer, I spent a week there doing archival research on Stewart, looking specifically for how the actor was treated by/understood by the media before, during, and after the war. I found some valuable news items and photographs related to his war service.”

Will you be going back to the Library?

“I will definitely be going back to the library again when I can. I need to do more research on Stewart, and I also have a project on Frank Sinatra that may require more archival work.”

What is your favorite Jimmy Stewart movie?

“My favorite Stewart movie. That’s tough. I would probably have to go with Rear Window, but tied for second would be The Shop Around the Corner (1940).”

Glenn at Griffith Observatory

Colleen Glenn at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California.

If you could remake any move Stewart starred in, what would it be and WHO would play Stewart?

“For years, Tom Hanks was compared to Stewart, and actually, The Shop Around the Corner was remade as You’ve Got Mail (1998). Since Hanks has had his turn, I think if I were making a remake today I’d remake Rope (1948) because I think it could be improved and updated in interesting ways. I’d cast Leonardo DiCaprio, who is super talented and has just the right combination of smugness and intelligence to play the cynical schoolteacher, Rupert Cadell, that Stewart played so convincingly in his first collaboration with Hitchcock.

Colleen Glenn ENGLColleen Glenn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English. Her research interests include: Film history, masculinity on film, cultural studies, film industry studies, and 20th century American literature. 

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