“Sing Your Song” Harry Belafonte documentary; Saturday @ 6:30pm

Great documentary and panel discussion this Saturday at 6:30 pm:

Sing Your Song surveys the life and times of singer/actor/activist Harry Belafonte. From his rise to fame as a singer, and his experiences touring a segregated country, to his provocative crossover into Hollywood, Belafonte’s groundbreaking career personifies the American civil rights movement and impacted many other social justice movements. (singyoursongthemovie.com)

The post-movie moderated Q&A will explore how Belafonte and his peers have influenced Charleston artists, and will touch on the history of social justice in the arts, and the creative value of framing one’s artistic career around a cause. In honor of our guest panelists, GPCFS will give half of all ticket sales and donations from the event to Human Rights Watch.

Noted special guests include Myrtle Glascoe, the first Director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture; textile designer and curator Cookie Washington, filmmaker Liz Oakley (awarding winning writer/producer of Sentencing the Victim) and South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth. The panel will be moderated by Dr. George Hopkins, historian and activist.

WHERE: The Olde North Charleston Picture House, 4820 Jenkins Ave. just off E. Montague Street, North Charleston
WHEN: Saturday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m. (panel immediately following film)
This event is open to the public; $2 for GPCFS members, $5 for nonmembers. Please note the earlier screening time of 6:30 for this special event.

About the Greater Park Circle Film Society (GPCFS)
The Greater Park Circle Film Society is a volunteer-driven, 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2008. Our mission is to screen quality films, educate the public, and engage in community development.

GPCFS has a vision to become an anchor for film and community in the Lowcountry. We seek to showcase local, national, and international filmmakers. We connect aspiring filmmakers with each other and with investors; further community development through collaborations with neighborhoods and other non-profits; and advance knowledge and appreciation about cinema and the filmmaking process.

Theodore B. Guérard Lecture Series: Modeling Connectivity: Cultural Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean


Classical Charleston

Modeling Connectivity:
Cultural Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean

New approaches and technologies for interpreting space – “the spatial turn” — are having a profound impact on human communication, and the structures of social, economic, and political systems. This colloquium will model three perspectives for social networking and connectivity, bringing together the past and future.

On Thursday, February 21
“The Character of the Inhabitants:
Environmental Theory in Classical Antiquity”
Prof. Michael Maas | 4:00 p.m., Randolph Hall, Alumni Hall


“How Romans Saw the World through Portable Sundials”
Prof. Richard Talbert | 5:30 p.m., Randolph Hall, Alumni Hall

On Friday, February 22
“Deep Mapping Archaeology:
Qualitative GIS, Citizen Science, and Immersive Sensual Worlds”
Prof. Trevor Harris | 3:30 p.m., SSMB, Rm. 129

The College Co-sponsors: School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs;
of Department of Art History; Department of Political Science /Geography Program;
Charleston Historic Preservation & Community Planning Program; Classics Club

U.S. Rep. John Lewis Shares His Civil Rights Story at Charleston MLK Service

U.S. Representative John Lewis served as keynote speaker at a recent Martin Luther King, Jr. Ecumenical service, sharing his personal struggles and triumphs during the Civil Rights era.  To read the Post and Courier‘s full article and view its photo gallery, click here.

Filed under: Charleston, SC, Civil Rights Movement, Jubilee Project

CofC’s “History of Education and the Black Freedom Struggle” Lecture/Workshop Series

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.” Drs. Anderson and Span are renowned historians of black education who have examined the long struggle to obtain a quality education. Beyond extensive publication records, their work has included diversifying higher education and serving as Supreme Court expert witnesses on Affirmative Action cases.

February 20, 4:00-6:00 pm: “Understanding Educational Inequality in American Education” 4:00pm – 6:00pm in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance Alumni Center (86 Wentworth) This is workshop and student-panel led by Dr. Christopher Span that addresses the history of the Achievement Gap and its implication for schools today.

February 21, 11:00 am-12:30 pm: “Fifty Years of Desegregation in Charleston: A Panel Discussion with the First Students to Desegregate South Carolina Schools,” 00pm in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance Alumni Center (86 Wentworth). This is a community panel discussion with Millicent Brown and the other students who were the first to desegregate South Carolina schools in 1963.

February 21, 6:00-7:30 pm, “Affirmative Action and the New Color Line: Fisher v. University of Texas and Public Discourse about Race in Educational Policy” 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.

Filed under: Charleston, SC, Civil Rights Movement, Desegregation, Jubilee Project, Upcoming Events

Check out CLAW’s website

The Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) at the College of Charleston was established to promote scholarship on the Lowcountry, the Atlantic World, and the connections between the two. The CLAW program’s mission is to strengthen the College’s instructional program and to promote the public understanding of the region and its place in a broader international context by fostering research that illuminates the constant contact and cultural exchange among the various Atlantic cultures, societies, and ethnicities.

To learn more about CLAW and to view an event calendar, click here.

Filed under: Charleston, SC, Civil Rights Movement, Emancipation, Jubilee Project, U.S. Civil War

2013 SASA Conference in Charleston, January 31-February 2

The Southern American Studies Association is the largest and one of the most respected regional chapters of the American Studies Association (U.S.A.). SASA, with a mailing list of over 700 and an active membership of 500, presents new developments and findings in American Studies scholarship, identified and defines areas of debate about the nature of American culture and its study, and conducts cultural and historical programs on the South and its communities.  This year, the organization will hold its annual conference in Charleston, January 31-February 2, and will include the “Teaching the New History of Emancipation” workshop.  For more information, click here.

Filed under: Charleston, SC, Jubilee Project, Upcoming Events

Guatemala Alternative Spring Break Group Holds Fundraising Event

CofC’s Guatemala Alternative Spring break group is holding a fundraising event:

Where?  Five Loaves (43 Cannon, corner with Coming)

When?   Monday, February 4th (5 pm – 9:30 pm)

Why?     To help pay for the Alternative Spring Break program in Guatemala in early March.  Students will volunteer primarily in clinics.

This is a CofC initiative through the Center for Civic Engagement.

The owner of Five Loaves has agreed to give a percentage of the profits made next Monday night to this enthusiastic group of volunteers.

Please direct related questions to Dr. Verlinden: verlindenm@cofc.edu.