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2017 Southern Author Festival

The Greenville County Library System will present the 3rd annual Southern Author Festival on Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Hughes Main Library in downtown Greenville. There will also be several preliminary events starting Tuesday, September 12 and leading up to the Saturday festival. The theme for 2017 is “Southern Foodways.” SC Humanities helped support this festival with a Fast Track Literary Grant in May 2017. The Southern Author Festival will feature two noted authors on Saturday, September 16. Alice Randall is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Wind Done Gone, Pushkin and the
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The Way We Worked is Open in McClellanville

With busy hands and minds, American workers perform a diverse array of jobs to power our society. Work is part of nearly every American’s life, whether for professional satisfaction and personal growth or to ensure the well-being of their families. In offices, factories, on the road, and at home, millions keep the nation going through contributions to industry and American culture. Six South Carolina communities, in cooperation with SC Humanities, will celebrate this important history as they host The Way We Worked, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program. The Way We Worked will be on view in South
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2017 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities Announced

SC Humanities is pleased to announce that four extraordinary South Carolina individuals will be recipients of this year’s annual Governor’s Awards in the Humanities, to be presented at a luncheon on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Hilton Columbia Center. The winners are: Karen Alexander (The Auntie Karen Foundation), arts-based community programs; Orville Vernon Burton, historian and author; Dixie Goswami, literacy education researcher; and Betty Jo Rhea, former mayor of Rock Hill and cultural advocate. Established in 1991, the Governor’s Awards in the Humanities recognize outstanding achievement in humanities research, teaching, and scholarship; institutional and individual participation in community-based programs that promote
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Syzygy: The Solar Eclipse Plays (& Poetry)

The Jasper Project will present two special literary activities in conjunction with the total solar eclipse that will run through Columbia on August 21, 2017. On Thursday, August 17, they will present a poetry invitational with poems commemorating this unique event, and in the evening, they will present “Syzygy: The Solar Eclipse Plays” in two stagings. SC Humanities supported this project with a Mini Grant in July 2017. The Syzygy Poetry Invitational will feature some of South Carolina’s most elite poets sharing newly created work about the total solar eclipse. The free reading will take place at Richland Library  on Thursday, August
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Read It and Eat It!

Edventure will present Read It and Eat It programs that tie literacy and nutrition education together in a storytime-like setting for five elementary school aftercare programs in Richland School District 1. AC Moore Elementary School, Greenview Elementary School, Horrell Hill Elementary School, Pine Grove Elementary School, and Rosewood Elementary School will all host Read It and Eat It programming during the 2017 – 2018 academic year. SC Humanities supported this programming with a Fast Track Literary Grant in May 2017. In the Read It and Eat It programs, the EdVenture educator will read a book to the students, focusing on
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Georgetown County Museum Speaker Series

The Georgetown County Museum will present a monthly lecture series from July – December 2017 on a variety of historical and cultural topics, including the the history of tea and tobacco in the state. South Carolina Humanities supported this program with a Mini Grant in May 2017. The Georgetown County Museum preserves and promotes the history of Georgetown County from its origins to the present, providing perspective on the past and a legacy for the future. The monthly lecture series is planned to broaden attendees’ perspective of Georgetown and South Carolina history and culture. Six events are currently planned. All
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Writing for Empathy Day Camp

Hub City Writers Project presented a day camp for high school students to examine identity, civic responsibility, and empathy through writing. The “Writing for Empathy Day Camp” took place June 26 – June 30, 2017 in Spartanburg. Twelve students representing 7 high schools participated in the camp, creating an anthology of their work. SC Humanities supported this project through a Fast Track Literary Grant. The instructors for the “Writing for Empathy Day Camp” were Glenis Redmond from Greenville, Ashley Jones from Birmingham, AL, and Michel Stone from Spartanburg. Michel Stone said about the camp: “Magic happens when people – young or
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The Way We Worked is Open in Chester!

With busy hands and minds, American workers perform a diverse array of jobs to power our society. Work is part of nearly every American’s life, whether for professional satisfaction and personal growth or to ensure the well-being of their families. In offices, factories, on the road, and at home, millions keep the nation going through contributions to industry and American culture. Six South Carolina communities, in cooperation with SC Humanities, will celebrate this important history as they host The Way We Worked, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program. The Way We Worked will be on view in
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Courage: The Carolina Story That Changed America

Taw Caw Community Outreach Center in Summerton, SC will host several programs in July about the Briggs vs. Elliott case, including an exhibit and a question and answer session with surviving children of the plaintiffs. The programs will be open to the public and will also be attended by 25 K-12 teachers participating in a summer institute in Beaufort about Reconstruction. SC Humanities supported this program with a Mini Grant in June 2017. The post-Civil War era of Reconstruction is one of the most neglected and misunderstood periods in America’s history. The legacy of Reconstruction extended into the Civil Rights
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3rd Annual Electric City ComiCon

The Anderson County Library will present the third annual Electric City ComiCon (EC3) on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Main Branch library in Anderson. The event will feature five science fiction, fantasy and comic book writers, as well as exhibitors, contests, gaming, and more. South Carolina Humanities supported this event with a Fast Track Literary Grant. The featured guests at the 2017 event include: Sanford Greene, a comic book illustrator whose work is in Powerman and Iron Fist; Rico Renzi, a colorist on Marvel’s Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Spider-Gwen, as well as Vertigo’s Federal Bureau of Physics and more; Megan Spooner, the New York
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