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2015 Post-Commencement Reception

By Christine Ragusa
Posted on 26 January 2015 | 12:07 pm


The School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of English are proud to announce the establishment of the Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at the College of Charleston.

Beginning i456163_10151159021244182_832432169_on the fall of 2016, the College of Charleston will open its doors to graduate study in both poetry and fiction, and for good reason: the College is home not only to a cadre of nationally and internationally recognized writing faculty—Bret Lott, Gary Jackson, Emily Rosko and Anthony Varallo—but also houses one of the country’s premiere literary journals, Crazyhorse, published since 1960 and consistently ranked as among the top publishing venues in the nation. Undergraduate students have for years reaped the benefits of a creative writing concentration within the Department of English, but now, with the MFA, graduate students from across the country will be afforded the opportunity to study writing, literature, publishing and the arts at large on our campus. Given the city of Charleston’s literary heritage and its inherent ties to the arts, the program is sure to become one of the most significant homes for the study of writing in the country.

The MFA in Creative Writing, a two-year program of study, will feature separate Studio and Arts Management tracks, and will offer not only advanced degree training in the writing of poetry and fiction, but also opportunities to assist in the production of Crazyhorse. The backbone of the program will be workshops taught by writing faculty in the two genres, as well as training in the history and traditions associated with writing, theoretical and formal approaches to the craft, and intensive peer and faculty feedback. Students in both the Studio and Arts Management tracks will also gain reading, writing, and critical thinking skills valuable to such humanities-based industries as editing, publicity, marketing, and promotion in publishing and the arts; the Arts Management track will emphasize management, organization, decision-making, and problem-solving skills in preparation for jobs within the creative economy.

And all students, no matter the track, will be writing, and writing, and writing, seeking to find and hone the voice and vision that will see their work into print, and into the larger world of letters.

Stay tuned—we’ll have more on the program as we grow closer to our first class of writers!

For questions about the program, contact Bret Lott. More information about the English department at the College of Charleston can be found here.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) is pleased to offer Student Travel Awards to both graduate and undergraduate students majoring in HSS, beginning 2014-2015. The travel awards are intended to supplement funding acquired through other sources spain4at the College of Charleston.

The deadlines to apply for spring and summer funding are March 11, 2015 and May 13, 2015. Notifications of these awards will be sent by March 20, 2015 and May 22, 2015. Dates for 2015-2016 will be posted after July 1, 2015. The online application can be found here.

If you have any questions regarding the application, please contact Katie Monk at or 953-0803.


2014-15 Dean’s Discretionary Fund Awardees

By Christine Ragusa
Posted on 21 January 2015 | 11:25 am

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Dean’s Office had the pleasure of awarding close to $45,000 to faculty for development purposes over the course of the academic year. Congratulations to:

Department Name Purpose
Communication Beth Sundstrom Research assistant
Communication David Moscowitz Indexing book
Communication Merissa Ferrara Research assistant
Communication Ryan Milner Travel to Arcata, CA
English Bonnie Devet Conference Presentation
English Bonnie Devet International Conference
English Joe Kelly Irish Studies Meeting
English Jonathan Heinen and Gary Jackson Crazyhorse reading series
English Julia Eichelberger Poetry Out Loud
English Kathy Beres Rogers Research in Maryland
English Myra Seaman BABEL meeting
English Scott Peeples Confernce presentation
History Anna Lankina Conference travel
History Erica Buchberger Conference presentation
History Jason Coy Conference travel
History Lisa Covert Travel
History Lisa Covert Conference registration for Charleston
History Peter Schadler Conference presentation
History Peter Schadler Conference travel
History Rich Bodek Conference travel
History Rich Bodek Purchase pulp magazines
History Sandy Slater Conference presentation
History Sandy Slater Research
History Sheridan Hough Permissions for book
History Tammy Ingram Research
History Tammy Ingram Research
History Whitney Dirks-Schuster Conference presentation
Philosophy Larry Krasnoff Conference travel
Philosophy Rachel McKinnon 500 IF-AT testing sheets
Philosophy Rachel McKinnon Book indexing
Philosophy Thomas Nadelhoffer Conference travel
Philosophy Thomas Nadelhoffer and Jen Wright Data/research
Political Science Chris Day Conference travel
Political Science Claire Curtis Conference presentation
Political Science Guoli Liu Research travel
Political Science Kevin Keenan Conference travel
Psychology Adam Doughty Research
Psychology Carol Toris Conference travel
Psychology Dan Greenberg Conference presentation
Psychology Jen Wright Conference presentation
Psychology Jen Wright Conference travel
Psychology Lisa Ross Research
Psychology Mike Ruscio Conference travel
Psychology Sarah Robertson Conference travel
Religious Studies June McDaniel Conference presentation
Religious Studies Meg Cormack Research
Religious Studies Todd LeVasseur Campus lecturer, Clayton Thomas- Mueller
Sociology/Anthro Brad Huber Conference travel
Sociology/Anthro Dave Morris Conference travel
Sociology/Anthro Moore Quinn Conference travel
Sociology/Anthro Moore Quinn Conference travel
Sociology/Anthro Tracy Burkett Conference presentation

An Afternoon of Poetry

By Christine Ragusa
Posted on 20 January 2015 | 3:23 pm

Join us on Sunday January 25 at 1:30 PM in the Stern Center Ballroom for an afternoon of poetry.

11 students from apolrea high schools will be reciting poetry by John Donne, Christina Rosetti, Wallace Stevens, Lisel Muller, Jamaal May, William Wordsworth, Billy Collins, and more. These students have won their high school competitions and are vying for a chance to compete at the state level; one SC winner will compete nationally in Washington, DC.

Each contestant recites two poems chosen from the POL anthology. Contest judges, Dr. Conseula Francis and Dr. Jonathan Heinen of the Department of English, will score the recitations. ASL interpreters will add to our experience of the spoken word, and C of C students will play music and read original poetry between rounds. Student volunteers work alongside our POL community partners, LILA (Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts) and the Poetry Society of South Carolina, to help us run the competition and welcome contestants, teachers, and families to our campus.

This delightful event is free and open to the public. Please join us from 1:30-3 on Sunday January 25.

If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact one of the coordinators:

Julia Eichelberger  Cathy Holmes

Valerie Keller, Student Coordinator


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