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FOCUS: A deeper look at Black History Month by a local academic

FOCUS: A deeper look at Black History Month by a local academic

From the College of Charleston |  For Kameelah L. Martin, director of African American Studies at the College of Charleston, it was the Lowcountry’s rich ties to the African-American community and heritage that drew her to join the faculty in fall 2017. Martin, who holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Georgia Southern University, a master’s in Afro-American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a doctorate in English from Florida State University, came to the College after serving on the faculty of Savannah State University where she taught in the Department of English, Language, and Cultures.

As a literary scholar, Martin, who teaches both English and African American Studies at CofC, is interested in African-American culture, feminism and spirituality – interests which are reflected in her two books, Conjuring Moments in African American Literature: Women, Spirit Work, and Other Such Hoodoo and Envisioning Black Feminist Voodoo Aesthetics: African Spirituality in American Cinema.

“I was most drawn to the history of Charleston and its importance to African-American culture,” says Martin. “My secondary area of study is folklore and the Gullah Geechee culture is a huge part of my interest. I teach about and research the region, so it was very attractive as a place to put down roots – or replant them!”

by · 02/19/2018 · 0 comments · Focus, Good news
GOOD NEWS: Series to look at healing from cultural trauma

GOOD NEWS: Series to look at healing from cultural trauma

Staff reports  |  The College of Charleston is offering a semester-long series to give voice to sociological trauma and the ways in which societies, countries and cultures have worked to heal from conflicts born out of issues such as systemic racism, slavery, genocide and political oppression.

According to a news release, the loosely unified series, titled “When the War Is Over: Memory, Division, and Healing,” brings together a collection of public lectures and forums that address historical trauma and the ways in which sites that have experienced such trauma have moved, or might move toward building a sustainable, peaceful community. From slavery and segregation in the United States to the Holocaust and the impact of the native Brazilian peoples upon the arrival of the Portuguese in the 17th century, the series explores the complexities of how groups move on from a collective feeling of trauma.

by · 01/29/2018 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
GOOD NEWS: Star Wars Reads Day to launch Oct. 7

GOOD NEWS: Star Wars Reads Day to launch Oct. 7

Staff reports  |  One of the most fun-filled days at Charleston County Public Library’s main library is just a few days away – Star Wars Reads Day is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 7.  Also, you can see one of two Star Wars movies starting at 2 p.m.

Dress up your kids (or yourself) in your favorite Star Wars costume and join more than 1,500 people in an event that continues to grow in size and entertainment value.  You might not think about your library doing this kind of thing, but if you visit, you’ll see lots of happy people (and some Stormtroopers), library officials say.

by · 09/25/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
HISTORY:  Scientist Lewis R. Gibbes

HISTORY:  Scientist Lewis R. Gibbes

S.C. Encyclopedia  |  Lewis (or Louis) Reeve Gibbes was born in Charleston on August 14, 1810, eldest of the eight children of Lewis Ladson Gibbes and his wife, Maria Henrietta Drayton. Gibbes attended grammar school in Charleston and Philadelphia, then prepared for college at the Pendleton Academy in the South Carolina upcountry, where he excelled in mathematics and the classics. A student of five languages, he showed an early interest in botany, astronomy, and physics. Gibbes entered South Carolina College soon after graduating first in his class from Pendleton Academy in 1827. For a time in 1830 he was the classics teacher and acting principal at Pendleton Academy. Later that year he enrolled in the Medical College of South Carolina, in Charleston.

by · 08/21/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
GOOD NEWS:  Wonder where the nation’s prettiest campus is?

GOOD NEWS:  Wonder where the nation’s prettiest campus is?

Staff reports  |  An online poll by one of the nation’s premier travel magazines finds the College of Charleston to be the nation’s prettiest college campus according to readers who took the poll. Also in Good News: Seismic testing; Trident Tech’s free application day; Food help for vets; and John’s Island book sale.

FOCUS:  NASA to anchor eclipse coverage at College of Charleston

FOCUS:  NASA to anchor eclipse coverage at College of Charleston

Staff reports  |  This is just plain cool:  NASA, the nation’s apace agency, will broadcast nationwide coverage of the historic Aug. 21 total eclipse of the sun from the College of Charleston.

“The college is so thrilled to have NASA broadcasting from our campus during the upcoming total solar eclipse,” College of Charleston President Glenn F. McConnell said in news release. “This will be a once-in-a-lifetime event that our students, faculty and staff will remember for the rest of their lives.

“To be able to share this moment with NASA specialists not only adds to the significance of the occasion, but deeply enriches the student experience we provide at the college.”

by · 06/26/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
GOOD NEWS:  Big bucks awarded for No Kill South Carolina

GOOD NEWS:  Big bucks awarded for No Kill South Carolina

Staff reports  |  The Petco Foundation on Saturday awarded a $400,000 grant to the Charleston Animal Society to fund the organization’s effort to try to save every healthy and treatable animal in the Palmetto State.

The funding by the Petco Foundation, which help the Charleston Animal Society launch the No Kill South Carolina (NKSC) program earlier, will help it bring together 350 rescue organizations across South Carolina with funding over the next two years.

by · 06/26/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
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GOOD NEWS: Coates to speak Tuesday in race, social justice series

Staff reports | Author Ta-Nehisi Coates will speak 6:30 p.m. March 21 at the College of Charleston’s TD Arena as part of the college’s Race and Social Justice Initiative lecture series. Doors open at 5 p.m. for Coates’s lecture, “A Deeper Black: Race in America.” Also in Good News: Wi-Fi on some buses; Wine Down Wednesdays; and colleges want money.

by · 03/20/2017 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs
FOCUS: Daffodils to be planted Nov. 13 to remember holocaust

FOCUS: Daffodils to be planted Nov. 13 to remember holocaust

Staff reports | College of Charleston sophomore honors student Samantha Krantz is hoping to beautify the Charleston Holocaust Memorial in Marion Square by working Nov. 13 with volunteers to plant 1,800 daffodil bulbs as a living memorial.

You can join the effort at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 13 to remember the 1.5 million children who perished in the holocaust. The garden will be planted at the memorial, which was erected in 1999, “to remember those who were murdered in the Holocaust and to honor the survivors who came to South Carolina to rebuild their lives,” according to the college.

Krantz felt empowered to launch a living garden after discovering her family’s history with the holocaust, and traveling to Eastern Europe over the summer with College of Charleston Zucker/Goldberg Professor of Holocaust Studies Theodore Rosengarten, a press release said. Krantz is the recipient of the Klaper Fellowship in Jewish Studies, which charges recipients with bettering the Lowcountry.

by · 10/24/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Focus, Good news
GOOD NEWS:  City launches online platform for boards, commissions

GOOD NEWS: City launches online platform for boards, commissions

Staff reports | With more than 40 boards and commissions, the city of Charleston has long encouraged independent citizen oversight and participation in local government—at least in theory, according to a press release last week.

But with the debut of Boards+, a new city website that allows citizens to view the members, duties and actions of city boards, committees and commissions and to apply for open positions as they become available, that theory is now becoming a reality for residents throughout the Charleston area.

by · 08/22/2016 · Comments are Disabled · Good news, News briefs