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The Jubilee Project 2013

By Christine Ragusa
Posted on 31 January 2013 | 9:56 am

Over the next month Jubilee Project-related events are happening thick and fast at the College, around town, and throughout the state. Please check the Project’s blog-site at for news, a Google calendar, and a pdf listing of events. Here’s a very brief summary of some of the events:

Starting today (Jan 31st and running through Saturday, February 2nd, the Southern American Studies Association holds its annual conference with the theme “They All Declare for Liberty” (  Keynote lecturers are professors Eric Foner and Tiya Miles, and there’s a spinoff teachers’ workshop on “Teaching the New History of Emancipation” on Friday, February 1st, for which the CLAW program has just won a mini-grant from the Humanities Council SC (

On Saturday February 2nd, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the Charleston Area Friends of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History holds its 17th Annual Carter G. Woodson Luncheon at Magnolia Plantation.  The luncheon features a panel discussion titled “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.” Tickets for the luncheon cost $35. For tickets or further information please email Emily M Phillips at

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On Tuesday February 12th at 3:15 in Addlestone 227 the School of Business and the African American Studies program are hosting a discussion entitled “Bridge Builders: Faces of Black Professionals in Charleston” featuring a panel of Charleston’s young, African American entrepreneurs. Panelists include Marlon Kimpson, Partner at Motley Rice Law Firm; Ken Canty, President and CEO, Freeland Construction; Lamar Bonaparte, Owner and Promoter, 26 Industries; Ayoka Lucas, Creator, Charleston Fashion Week.

At 6pm on Wednesday February 13th will be holding a panel discussion entitled “Entrepreneurship in the South: Then and Now” featuring local entrepreneurs, city officials and students. The panel discussion will be held in Tate Center 202 and will be followed by a light reception.

At noon on Saturday February 16th, Clemson University history professor Vernon Burton will be speaking on “The Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation, and Abraham Lincoln” at this year’s Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Historical Society.  The event will be held at the Carolina Yacht Club in Charleston.  Tickets are $65.00 and include lunch, Dr. Burton’s address, and a house tour. To purchase tickets, go to and click on “events.”

On Wednesday February 20th and Thursday February 21st, the department of Teacher Education and the College of Charleston is pleased to welcome Dr. James Anderson and Dr. Christopher Span from the University of Illinois for a series of workshops and lectures, entitled “The History of Education and the Black Freedom Struggle:Resistance, Desegregation, and the Continued Struggle for Quality Education.”

“Understanding Educational Inequality in American Education,” the first part of this series, on February 20th from 4:00-6:00 pm, is a workshop and student-panel led by Dr. Christopher Span that addresses the history of the Achievement Gap and its implication for schools today. The second event in the series takes place on February 21, between 11:00 am-12:30 pm: “Fifty Years of Desegregation in Charleston: A Panel Discussion with the First Students to Desegregate South Carolina Schools”  is a community panel discussion with Millicent Brown and the other students who were the first to desegregate South Carolina schools in 1963. The panel discussion and Dr. Span’s workshop will both be held in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance Alumni Center at 86 Wentworth Street. The closing event in this series  “Affirmative Action and the New Color Line: Fisher v. University of Texas and Public Discourse about Race in Educational Policy” will take place on February 21 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture (125 Bull Street). This lecture by Dr. James Anderson will address the history of Affirmative Action, how this policy continues to promote diversity in American society, and the ongoing threat this policy faces today.

On Tuesday February 26th at 7 p.m. in the Sottile Theatre the College’s Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services,  Office of Institutional Diversity, Friends of the School of the Arts, and the Department of Music proudly present a joint concert featuring the Gospel Choirs of Claflin University and the College of Charleston (free admission).

These are only a few of the events associated with the Jubilee Project this month. Other events off-campus include the ongoing exhibition of spectacular African art at the I.P. Stanback Museum at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, the current exhibitions at the Gibbes Museum of Art of photography by Civil Rights-era photographer James Karales and of work from the collection of Jonathan Green, and, from February 15th on, a production of A Woman Called Truth at the Dock Street Theatre. On Friday February 22nd, Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission will be holding its annual “African American Heritage Days” event with a variety of performances, workshops, re-enactments, etc. at the North Charleston Wannamaker County Park from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Do you remember the student research series we did back in November? Well, the entire month of February is dedicated to our hard-working faculty members who have recently completed or are currently working on research that they want  featured, like:

Beth Sundstrom (Communication);

Elijah Siegler (Religious Studies);

Timothy Coates (History);

Patrick Harwood (Communication); and

Jonathan Neufeld (Philosophy).

Interested HSS faculty should send an email to Christine Ragusa with information about their research. We are really looking forward to learning about what you have been working on!

Remember reading about the 2013 Poetry Out Loud Contest, sponsored by the Department of English and School of Humanities and Social Sciences, here? Dr. Julia Eichelberger, event coordinator, reflects on the event:

“At this year’s contest, poems came alive when the students recited them, making us think, making us laugh, and touching our hearts. I can’t think of a better way to experience the power of poetry. I was very happy that C of C students, faculty, and staff were all involved in making this a great experience for the audience as well as for the contestants, their teachers and their families.”

The poems recited ranged from works written by poets like Emily Dickinson, William Shakespeare, William Mathews, and Matthew Arnold. In addition, College of Charleston English major Chris Cimorelli and South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth read some of their own poems.

After the poems were recited and the scores were tallied, the three finalists were announced: Katherine Murchison (Charleston County School of the Arts), Sarah Moody (Ashley Hall School), and Whitaker Gannon (Hilton Head Preparatory School).  These finalists will compete in the SC statewide competition in Columbia on March 16, 2013.  Then, one winner will compete in the national finals in Washington, DC (April 29-30, 2013) where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed.

For more information about Poetry Out Loud, check out the organization’s webpage at

Meet an English major: Flannery Winchester

By Christine Ragusa
Posted on 16 January 2013 | 1:40 pm


If you are looking for someone to proofread your next college paper or assignment, Flannery is the girl for the job! (I better make sure this post doesn’t have any spelling errors or misplaced commas!) Flannery Winchester is a (busy) senior in the Honors College majoring in English and minoring in French and Linguistics. She has managed to make the most of her college career by taking advantage of opportunities to study abroad and intern. In addition to day-to-day college-related activities, Flannery launched a freelance editing business, The Word Weeder. Cool, right?

My time at CofC has been awesome! I lived in Buist and then Rutledge for my first and second years, respectively, and for the last two years I have lived in a campus historic house. I studied abroad in Paris during the spring of my sophomore year, which was a blast. During spring of my junior year I had an internship with Sylvan Dell Publishing in Mount Pleasant, in addition to my spring course load. During this past year I have also had a part time job at Ann Taylor Factory Store at Tanger Outlets in North Charleston.”


Flannery and her fiance in the Cistern

Flannery is currently working on a bachelor’s essay about the portrayal of female characters in fantasy literature. Department of English Professor Trish Ward is advising the project that has Flannery reading a range of fantasy literature—from classics like Lord of the RingsDragonriders of Pern, and The Chronicles of Narnia to new fantasy novels like Daughter of Smoke and Bone and The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, and The Name of the Wind.

“… I am [also] addressing recent popular fantasy books like the Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and Twilight series, because they also portray very interesting (and contrasting!) pictures of females.

After graduation, Flannery will marry her fiancé on August 10th in Nashville and continue to freelance and manage her editing business.


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Ever wonder if your degree is preparing you for the real world? Meet Alessandra Castillo (’10).  Alessandra majored in political science and minored in Spanish at the College of Charleston before moving to Santiago, Chile. While completing her degree at the College, she was an active member of various on-campus organizations, such as Dance Marathon. This particular activity gave her fundraising experience which would later help her in her career. Alessandra currently works for a higher education institution in fundraising and alumni affairs.  She also finds time to teach part-time.

I would say that my political science degree prepared me for the real world more than I could have ever imagined. Working in fundraising and higher education, I am constantly dealing with a wide variety of people from all over the world. Political Science has taught me that you need to be able to relate to people with very different opinions (in political, social, or business settings) in order to reach a common goal.

I find political science graduates to have the best of both worlds. We are professionals that have excellent communication skills (written and spoken), thanks to all of the papers and presentations and reading we had during our undergrad. We are  also clear and concise when speaking and writing, which is ideal. Also, we have theory and history and overall a very rich academic formation. I really feel that political science is one of the most ‘complete’ majors.

In my work (fundraising for a top engineering university) I find that I am able to bridge the gap between engineers and public relations, something that I´m not sure a person with a different academic background would be able to do. Finding common ideas and solving social problems is something we always studied and I find a very direct application in my current line of work.”

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