“Sounds of the Cigar Factory” debuts in Charleston


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On Thursday, October 29th, the Sounds of the Cigar Factory held its first performance at the Amphitheatre on 66 Columbus Street.

 The cast of the Sounds of the Cigar Factory included Mary Arnette Edwards, Marvetta Daniels, Cece Fields, Gloria Barr Ford, Idris L. Harley, Alice DuPre Jordan, Dick Latham, Phoebe J. Williams, Amy Hudock, Roger West, Ross Magoulas, Trisha Gufstafson, and Padgett Skardon.

This one-hour performance reading is inspired by The Cigar Factory by Michele Moore, to be published by the University of South Carolina Press in February 2016. Pat Conroy praises the novel as “Courageous, transcendent—a story in which the truth of language and the truth of lives hold equal sway.” The performance is a musical prose poem of Charleston labor, spoken through 12 voices, a medley of Gullah-Geechee and Charleston English-Geechie.

Wells Fargo Distinguished Public Lecture Series Event, Dr. Stephen Berry

Dr. Stephen Berry poses at the Wells Fargo Distinguished Public Lecture Series Event

Dr. Stephen Berry poses at the Wells Fargo Distinguished Public Lecture Series Event

The Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program, in collaboration with Wells Fargo, was pleased to host Dr. Stephen Berry on Thursday, October 8th. Dr. Berry is an Associate Professor of History at the Simmons College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Berry presented research findings from his recent publication entitled, A Path in Might Waters: Shipboard Life and Atlantic Crossings to the New World. Using the 1735 James Oglethorpe Georgia-bound expedition as his narrative arc, Dr. Berry investigates the story of how people experienced their crossings to the New World in the eighteenth-century. Furthermore, his study includes analyses of gender, race, class, space, and disease. The event was well attended by nearly fifty faculty members and students.


For  more information on Dr. Stephen Berry’s publication, please visit the following website: http://yalepress.yale.edu/book.asp?isbn=9780300204230