Monthly Archives: January 2015

“What I’m Thinking About” faculty discussion series to continue

This semester we’re continuing a series of informal talks with faculty discussing their current research.

All talks will take place at 12pm in the African American Studies conference room:

Education Center Suite 207, room D (25 St. Philip Street)

January 28 —Michael Hemphill, Health and Human Performance
Scholarship and Community Engagement in the Charleston Promise Neighborhood:
Opportunities and Challenges

February 11 —LaTasha Chaffin, Political Science
Training Policy Expansion in Response to the Great Recession:
The Cases of South Carolina and California

March 11 —Mari Crabtree,  African American Studies
My Soul is a Witness: Theorizing Racial Violence with the Blues

College Honors Legacy of MLK

The College of Charleston campus will be closed on January 19, 2015, in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

MLK-Commons-embedThe following events and activities are planned in recognition of this state and federal holiday:

Benjamin Jealous, former president and CEO of the NAACP, will speak at the College on Jan. 15, 2015.

Jealous’ talk – “The Forgotten Origins and Consequences of Race in America” – will take place at 7 p.m. in Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6 p.m.

 RELATED: Read more about Benjamin Jealous.

The annual MLK Holiday Parade, sponsored by the City of Charleston and the YWCA Greater Charleston, begins at 11 a.m., Jan. 19.

MLK_Parade2014-embedThe parade route begins at Burke High School, 244 President St., and Several members of the College community will take part in the parade, including Tommy Baker, a Charleston businessman and member of the School of Business Board of Governors, who will serve as Grand Marshal for the MLK Parade.

The 2015 MLK Youth Speak-Out and Poetry Slam will take place at 12:30 p.m.

The poetry slam will immediately follow the MLK Parade, in the College’s School of Sciences and Mathematics Building Auditorium, 202 Calhoun St. To register for the poetry slam, contact the YWCA at 843.722.1644.

RELATED: See an extended list of other MLK-related events in Charleston.

Several College Offices will host a small-scale day of service.

As part of the national MLK Day of Service, the College’s Center for Civic Engagement, the Office of Institutional Diversity and the Office of Student Life is providing faculty, staff and students with the opportunity to participate in a small-scale day of service in Charleston on Monday, Jan. 19.

These service experiences will be led by a group of 10 students who will spend the weekend preceding MLK Day learning about the Civil Rights movement, active citizenship and volunteer management as part of an Alternative Break weekend in Charleston.

The College’s Bonner Leaders will spend part of MLK Day serving with the Green Heart Project at Mitchell Elementary in Charleston.

For more information about the MLK Day of Service, contact Maggie Szeman, assistant director of the Center for Civic Engagement, at or 843.953.0810.

MLK Jr. Day Speaker: Benjamin Jealous (former NAACP President)

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MLK Jr. Day Speaker: Benjamin Jealous

Ben Jealous

Please join us for a special talk from Former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous! This event is free for all CofC students, faculty, staff, and the general public. The event will be January 15, at 7:00 PM in the Sotille Theater.

Benjamin Jealous has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people. Under his leadership, the NAACP grew to be the largest civil rights organization online and on mobile, experienced its first multi-year membership growth in 20 years, and became the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country. A builder of robust coalitions, Jealous’ leadership at the NAACP included bringing environmentalist organizations into the fight to protect voting rights, and convincing well-known conservatives to join the NAACP in challenging mass incarceration.

Jealous has been named to the 40 under 40 lists of both Forbes and Time magazines. He is #1 on’s 2013 list of black leaders under 45.


New Orleans Revisited: Tourism, Race, and Historical Memory after Katrina (Jan. 22)

Title: New Orleans Revisited: Tourism, Race, and Historical Memory after Katrina

Presented by: Lynell Thomas, UMass-Boston

Date: January 22, 2015

Location: Avery Research Center (125 Bull Street)

Time: 6pm

Overview: By the eve of the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, collective dissent over the slow, uneven and inequitable recovery was displaced by a blitz of favorable media coverage that refashioned a tale of national disaster into a fable of American resilience and rebirth. In this presentation, Lynnell Thomas explores how events, such as the election of a white mayor, the New Orleans Saints’ NFL Super Bowl victory, the critical acclaim and local fandom surrounding the launch of the HBO television series Treme, BP’s tourism promotional campaign following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the positive national attention generated by the city’s neoliberal solutions to public education and affordable housing relied on and reclaimed the racialized tourist tropes central to New Orleans’s place identity. The city’s post-Katrina tourism narrative advances an idea of recovery that obscures painful post-Katrina realities. As the script of New Orleans’ recovery is being written, the city is poised to emerge as an international symbol of rebirth, renewal, and racial unity or a harbinger of the systemic social, economic, and ecological disasters that plague all U.S. metropolitan areas. The nation – indeed the world – is watching (and touring) to see which symbol will win out.

Join us in service to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The 2015 MLK committee in conjunction with the Center for Civic Engagement, the Office of Institutional Diversity, and the Office of Student Life will provide faculty, staff, and students with the opportunity to participate in a small scale day of service to take place locally in Charleston on Monday, January 19th.

Registration to participate opens today (availability is limited). Information regarding community partners can be found on the registration form available on OrgSync.